UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Summer Internship Program

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 2020 program are found below. These internships are open to current undergraduates and recent graduates (within the past year) from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Florida. To see more information on our previous Interns and their experiences, go see our blog.


2020 Internship Important Dates

Applications Due: by midnight March 8th, 2020

Candidates will be Notified: March 27th, 2020 or sooner

Intern Orientation for Selected Candidates: April 16th (evening event in Gainesville, attendance required)

Intern Wrap-Up Workshop: July 31st, 2020 (afternoon event in Cedar Key)

Application Requirements:

Please send a cover letter, CV, your top three internship choices, and contact information for three references in a single PDF file to Emily Colson at emilycolson@ufl.edu. The CV should include GPA and transcript as well as details of experience and skills relevant to the position. Multiple files from applicants will not be reviewed, and applications will be reviewed by a committee of UF faculty and hosts. 

You must also include your top three internship choices. (See list below)

2020 Internship Projects

Graduate Research Assistantship in Recreational Fisheries

Job Description: This is an opportunity for a graduate research assistantship that supports research to improve the conservation and management of recreational fisheries. The assistantship is sponsored by a donation by Z-Man Fishing Products, Inc. in partnership with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station at the University of Florida. The graduate assistantship will provide a stipend and full tuition for a Master of Science student to conduct research focusing on improving the sustainability and management of recreational fisheries, with emphasis on the Nature Coast region of
Florida. The student could pursue a degree in any UF/IFAS department or in the interdisciplinary ecology program in the School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Requirements: Faculty interested in advising graduate students for this assistantship should submit a 300-word project summary that outlines the objectives and scope of the research proposed, the CV of the proposed student, and a timeline for completion of the MS degree. The project summary should highlight how the proposed research can be used to improve recreational fisheries in Florida, with emphasis on the Nature Coast region and in cooperation with the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.

A committee of faculty from the UF/IFAS School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program, the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and the Food and Resource Economics Department will serve as the selection committee. Send in applications to Emily Colson at emilycolson@ufl.edu. Applications are due by March 13, 2020.