Internship Program


Nature Coast Biological Station is partnering with federal and state agencies with UF students to work on research in the Nature Coast region this summer. The list below includes the intern and their partnered host affiliate, as well as the project title. To see more information on our previous Interns and their experiences, look at our blog.

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“This summer internship was truly an adventure. Fieldwork was exciting, exhilarating, and eye opening. To see and assess the variety of sites along the Big Bend was truly a rewarding and educational experience. Thank you again to the DEP, UF, and NCBS for the adventure of a lifetime.”
– Lisa DeFillips
“I would like to thank everyone involved with the Demopoulos lab, the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center and the Nature Coast Biological Station. I am forever grateful for the experiences I had this summer and how they will connect with my future career in the sphere of marine ecology.”
– Meredith Anderson, 2021 Intern
“I want to thank Dr. Carrie Adams, Stephanie Verhulst, and NCBS for providing a one-of-a-kind internship that allows students to gain practical research experience that is useful for a career in the natural sciences!”
– Kassidy King, 2021 Intern
“I would like to especially thank SRWMD staff for providing such fantastic mentoring, a welcoming environment, and endless learning opportunities. I am also deeply grateful to UF/IFAS and the Nature Coast Biological Station for making this internship possible and for their logistical support.”
– Alex Janelle, 2021 Intern

Past Interns

NameSupervisorHost DepartmentProject Title
Walker MarechalMike Allen and Caleb PurtlebaughNCBS & FWCFisheries-Independent Monitoring and Assessment Using Stratified-Random Sampling
Aliyah FormontTimothy Jones, Trisha Green, and Kate SuchaneeBBSAPBig Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve – Coastal Monitoring Internship
Grace HejmanowskiDr. Mark Clark and Travis ThomasUF IFAS SWS & UF IFAS NCBSSturgeon and Terrapin Ecology in the Suwannee River
Megan SanfordMarc C. Minno and Stephanie ArmstrongSRWMDWater Quality Monitoring and Data Collection in the Suwannee River Water Management District
Kyle WilliamsDr. Charlie Martin
Estuarine Ecology
Jessie MosesSavanna Barry
Marine and Coastal Science Communication
Aadil RahmanJoyce Kleen and Monica ScrogginFWS & CRNWRManaging public use/communications and outreach for the Three Sisters Springs Unit of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Chloe SchwabDr. Mark Clark
Operation Spatfall: Investigating strategies for the restoration of oyster habitat along Florida’s Nature Coast
Kaitlyn TuckerDr. Laura Reynolds
Seagrass Ecology


Application Details

This internship program is intended to give undergraduate students at UF an opportunity for real-world experience in research and/or extension activities. Selected students will work alongside practicing researchers and natural resource managers. These internships are 240 paid work hours, from early May to mid-August (scheduled depending on host needs, some full time for six weeks, some part-time for a longer period), and interns are paid $12.00 per hour for up to 40 hours a week. The hosts include UF/IFAS faculty as well as state and federal agency partners. Interns will participate in an orientation meeting with NCBS staff and hosts, as well as a summer wrap-up workshop where interns will summarize their experiences. This is a great opportunity for students to enhance their skill sets and explore career options in natural resource fields. Application materials and host information for the 2021 program are found below. These internships are open to current undergraduates and recent graduates (within the past year) from the University of Florida. To see more information on our previous Interns and their experiences, go see our blog.

Diversity & Inclusion

The UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station will be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution for the benefit of UF members, our partners, and the communities we serve. We strive to (1) develop and maintain faculty, staff, and students that value and include people with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and life experiences, (2) promote equitable opportunities through the work we conduct, and (3) make continuous efforts to review, self-critique, adapt, and improve.

The success of the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station’s academic and research programs is sustained through genuine dialogue among faculty, staff, and students with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and identities. We strive to create an open, inclusive, and equitable environment for all employees, partners, and volunteers.


Applications Due: by midnight March 11th, 2022
Candidates will be notified: March 31st, 2022
Intern Orientation for Selected Candidates: April 29th, 2022 (Virtual, attendance required)
Intern Wrap-Up Workshop: August 12th, 2022 (Cedar Key, possibly virtual)