Working as an intern in a professional setting can be a great way to experience how your discipline serves the community in the real world. You'll also be able to meet and observe the professionals whom you might aspire to be, and make connections with important people in the field and people who may be able to assist you in the future. These internship experiences may lead directly to job offers after graduation and to acceptance and financial support for competitive graduate programs. Additionally, you might be able to earn academic credit that will count towards graduation for your internship experiences. Sometimes interns are even paid for their work. Marine affairs students have interned for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Coastal Resources Center at URI, the Metcalf Institute, and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, as well as for numerous agencies in other states, nonprofit organizations, on fishing and research vessels, and other institutions.
To find a possible internship opportunity, consult the following resources:
You might also explore individual company sites. Many hire academic-year and summer interns. If you don't see an internship listed, don't be hesitant to ask about such a program in the personnel office! Contact the person in charge of volunteers, community outreach, internships, or education, if such titles exist.