Texas Sea Grant – Community Engaged Internship (TXSG-CEI)

A summer internship opportunity for undergraduate students in any field of study with an interest in coastal and marine sciences and who may be in a community that may be underserved and/or underrepresented.

This undergraduate competition is OPEN with applications due March 8th, 2024. Results will be announced late April, with a start date of June 3, 2024.


Undergraduate student who is currently enrolled at a 2- to 4-year college or institution in Texas.

Program Overview

The goal of the Community Engaged Internship Program is to broaden the reach of participation in coastal and marine professions by providing training and mentorship to undergraduate students. Texas Sea Grant welcomes all fields of study. Program goals are to seek applicants of diversity, equity and inclusion for those who may be underserved and/or underrepresented. The National Sea Grant Program’s DEI Vision is a future where all communities that Sea Grant serves, can equitably participate in and benefit from an environmentally sound and socially responsible local economy.

Link to funding opportunity: National Sea Grant’s Undergraduate Community Engaged Internship Funding Opportunity

Texas Sea Grant TXSG-CEI Stipend for 2024: $6,000. 

The stipend is to be used by the intern based on their realistic needs and the project’s scope of work requirements and timeline, in coordination and advisement with the Texas Sea Grant Extension Program Mentor. 

How to Apply

Submit ONE compiled application PDF by email to Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, at mzwolinski@tamu.edu.


Applications due: March 8, 2024, 5:00 PM CST

Decisions released: late April 2024

Funding to be received: mid-to-late May 2024

Internship start date: June 3, 2024

Internship end date: August 9, 2024

Application Content

ONE compiled PDF consisting of the following 3 elements compiled in the following order:

1.  CV – (2-page limit) detailed education and work experience;

2.  Goal Statement – (1-page-limit) emphasize your interest, self-identify your fit with the internship, if applicable, as being underrepresented or underserved, and how the opportunity will further your career goals; and

3.  One Letter of Recommendation – (1-page-limit) from a previous employer, current academic mentor, or a professor/instructor. Letter must be on the referee’s letterhead stationerydated, and signed.

More Info

Expectation of intern: 40 hours/week of work for 10 weeks

This summer’s interns will be working on the following projects:

  • 1-2 interns will work in the Corpus Christi area, focusing on the Je’Sani Smith Foundation’s work on beach safety and rip current awareness
  • 1 intern will work assisting at the YMCA Environmental Summer Camp Program in the Calhoun County / Port Lavaca area
  • 1 intern will work assisting in marine debris prevention in the recreational fisheries sector in the Corpus Christi area

NSG CEI Program Intern Plans:  Host an in-person professional development experience for the 20 competitively selected interns in the summer of 2024. Details on this opportunity will be provided as it develops.

CEI https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Community-Engaged-Internship

Sea Grant https://seagrant.noaa.gov/

For more information specific to the TXSG-CEI program, please contact Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant Research Coordinator, at mzwolinski@tamu.edu.