Summer Internship Opportunities at NOAA

Conduct Research with Scientists at the Marine Mammal Laboratory

The Marine Mammal Laboratory of NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center (MML/AFSC) and the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences (SAFS) request applications for student summer internships. Internships will be for about 10 weeks (during the period of June to September 2021; 40 hours per week) working on a marine mammal research project. Each internship will be supported on a stipend of $5,400, provided in partnership by the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, the Marine Biology Program, and MML/AFSC. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all of these internships will be conducted online rather than at the offices of MML/AFSC at NOAA’s Sand Point campus. Successful applicants will be provided with a scientific mentor and online access to research resources associated with their projects

The following marine mammal research projects may be available for internships during summer 2021 at the Marine Mammal Laboratory:

  1. Northern fur seal and Steller sea lion video and image processing (MML/AFSC Mentor: Carey Kuhn).
  2. Estimating aerial survey detection rates of seals and polar bears on Arctic sea ice (MML/AFSC Mentor: Erin Moreland).
  3. Estimating rates of disturbance of seals and polar bears by a survey aircraft (MML/AFSC Mentors: Erin Moreland, Skyla Walcott). [offered provisionally depending on status of project field work in early April]

See attached for more information on these projects and/or contact the lead MML/AFSC mentors: Carey Kuhn (; Erin Moreland (; Skyla Walcott (

The SAFS values the strengths and professional experience that students, faculty, and staff bring to our community. We are committed to providing an excellent education to all of our students, regardless of their race, gender, class, nationality, physical ability, religion, age, or sexual orientation. We are proud of the different roles that our students, staff, and faculty play in the community of the School and the College of the Environment. We also recognize that science is richer, and the SAFS and MMML/AFSC communities are more vibrant when a diverse group of people participate in research. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to our programs’ diversity through their life experiences, scholarship, and/or service to the institutions. Minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Any UW student who will be matriculated in Spring quarter 2021 is eligible to apply


Please submit the following by the deadline:

  • Online Application:
  • Application Materials – upload (using form linked above) the following materials in one pdf. Save as “LastnameFirstname_MML2021.pdf” (where Lastname and Firstname are your name):
  • Recent Resumé
  • Unofficial UW Transcript
  • Letter of Interest (maximum of four pages) – include:
    • the name of the project that most interests you and why
    • tell us about yourself and your research interests
    • explain how the internship will further your studies and career
    • include other information the selection committee should be aware of, such as what it means to you to have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


DECISIONS:  Award notifications will be made by March 31, 2021

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