Marine Science and Engineering Summer Internships

Program Overview

Application Procedure

Forms and Documents 

Research Areas


Program Overview

For an immersion in a marine science or technology internship, apply to the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University Summer Internship Program. Open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, the 10-week program is designed to provide hands-on experience in a research environment in areas that include:

  • Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement
  • Biomedical and Biotechnology
  • Marine Ecosystem Health
  • Ocean Dynamics and Modeling
  • Ocean Engineering and Technology
  • Ocean Exploration
  • Outreach and Informal Education

Internationally known for its research in marine science and biomedicine, aquaculture, and ocean engineering, Harbor Branch-FAU is located between Vero Beach and Fort Pierce, Florida, on the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the United States. Nearby habitats include seagrass beds, mangrove forests, salt marshes, mud and sand flats, beaches, rock ledges, and nearshore reefs.

Harbor Branch-FAU faculty members are leaders in their fields. You will be learning from, and studying with, the best.

Undergraduate Interns: Open to students currently enrolled in a full-time program who have completed at least the equivalent of two years of college and are seeking a four-year degree.

Graduate Interns: Open to currently enrolled graduate students and graduating seniors who have been accepted and are pre-registered for a graduate program.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and in good academic standing as evidenced by submission of a current official transcript. Students who are not U.S. citizens must have a current visa with authorization to receive stipends or be on an educational visa. All other applicants must have a social security number.

Applications are due by March 1. Awards will be announced April 1. The 2019 Summer Intern Program begins May 28 and continues through August 2.

The major portion of the funding for this program is provided through the generosity of the Link Foundation. The Gertrude Skelly Foundation provides major support for interns in marine biomedical research.

 Application Procedure 

To be considered a complete application for review by the intern selection committee, the following materials must be submitted for this program:

  1. Completed application form (see Forms and Documents section)
  2. Brief (single spaced, no more than one-page) essay outlining experience and career/research interests
  3. Resume
  4. Three (3) letters of reference submitted by Faculty members who are familiar with you. Faculty may send their reference directly to
  5. Official copy of college transcript, sealed envelope mailed to FAU Harbor Branch address below
  6. Graduating seniors must submit proof (copy of registration and letter of acceptance to graduate school) of continuing education

Official transcripts must be mailed to HBOI:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University
5600 US 1 North
Fort Pierce, FL 34946
All other application materials must be sent in one email* with each item an individual attachment. *If attachments exceed the size for one email as allowed by your service provider, an additional email is permitted. Email to:

Forms and Documents 

Deadline to received applications is March 1. 

Click here to download the fillable PDF application. 
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Download a Summer Intern program brochure here

Research Areas

  • Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement
  • Biomedical and Biotechnology
  • Marine Ecosystem Health
  • Ocean Dynamics and Modeling
  • Ocean Engineering and Technology
  • Ocean Exploration
  • Outreach and Informal Education


  Faculty Area of Specialization Webpage
matt Dr. Matthew Ajemian Fisheries Ecology & Conservation Link
gabby Dr. Gabby Barbarite Director of Outreach & Engagement Link
matt William Baxley Chief Engineer, Ocean Energy Program Link
Beckler Dr. Jordon Beckler Geochemistry and Geochemical Sensing Link
Laurent Cherubin Dr. Laurent Cherubin

Ocean Modeling & Bio-physical Processes

Dr. Andia Chaves Fonnegra Dr. Andia Chaves Fonnegra Integrative Marine and Coastal Ecology Link
 Megan Davis Dr. Megan Davis Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement Link
Dr Ester Guzman Dr. Esther Guzmán Marine Biomedical & Biotechnology Research Link
Dr. Dennis Hanisak Dr. Dennis Hanisak Marine Botany Link
Dr. Mingshun Jiang Dr. Mingshun Jiang Physical-Biogeochemical Ocean Observation & Modeling Link
Dr. Lapointe Dr. Brian Lapointe Harmful Algal Blooms Link
Dr. Laramore Dr. Susan Laramore Aquatic Animal Health Link
 Dr. Sahar Mejri Dr. Sahar Mejri Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement   Link
Dr. McCarthy Dr. Peter McCarthy Microbiology Link
 Dr. Malcolm McFarland Dr. Malcolm McFarland  Dynamic processes that determine the distribution, abundance and diversity of marine phytoplankton populations and communities  Link
 Dr. Tracy Mincer Tracy Mincer  Biology/Biogeochemistry  Link
 Dr. Tim Moore Tim Moore  Remote Sensing Technologies   Link
Dr. Aditya Nayak Dr. Aditya Nayak

Ocean Engineering and Technology

Dr. O'Corry-Crowe Dr. Gregory O’Corry-Crowe

Population Biology & Behavioral Ecology

Dr. Bing Dr. Bing Ouyang Ocean Engineering & Technology Link
Dr. Karjian Dr. Annie Page-Karjian

Marine Wildlife Veterinary Medicine & Research

Dr. Pomponi Dr. Shirley Pomponi

Sponge Biotechnology Systematics, Cell & Molecular Biology

 Dr. Marty Riche Marty Riche  Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement    Link
adam Adam Schaefer Epidemiology, Population Health & Pathology Link
Dr. James Sullivan Dr. James Sullivan Phytoplankton Dynamics Link
Dr. Mike Twardowski Dr. Mike Twardowski Ocean Engineering & Technology Link
Dr. Voss Dr. Joshua Voss Coral Reef and Molecular Ecology Link
Dr. Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish Dr. Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish Ocean Engineering & Technology Link
 Dr. Guojun Wang Dr. Guojun Wang Biosynthesis & Biocatalysis of Natural Products Link
 Dr. Paul Wills Dr. Paul Wills Finfish Aquaculture Link
Dr. Amy Wright Dr. Amy Wright Marine Biomedical & Biotechnology Research - Natural Products Chemistry                                                                                      Link