NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Student Opportunities

Explorer-in-Training Program

As part of its mission to train the next generation of ocean explorers, scientists, engineers, and communicators, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) hosts students in the Explorer-in-Training Program. These interns gain valuable, interdisciplinary experience in ocean exploration while collaborating on OER projects and expeditions. Explorer-in-Training internships enable students to increase their competitiveness for educational and career opportunities in ocean-related fields.

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Explorer-in-Training Program Alumni

Explorers-in-Training showcases undergraduate and graduate students who have participated in education opportunities on NOAA Office of Exploration and Research expeditions. View profiles for these "Explorers-in-Training," as well as resources to help you discover how to become part of this dynamic field.

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Previous Student Explorers

Meet students who have participated in opportunities supported by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, from sailing on research expeditions, learning mapping operations, supporting science teams, or building policy and outreach skills.

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Other NOAA Student Opportunities

Check out the NOAA Office of Education website, as well as the opportunities below.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding scholars and encourages independent graduate level research—particularly by female and minority students—in NOAA mission-related sciences of oceanography, marine biology and maritime archaeology, including all science, engineering, and resource management of ocean and coastal areas. OER hosts a limited number of scholars, as opportunities are available.

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Educational Partnership Program/Minority Serving Institution (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. OER hosts a limited number of scholars, as opportunities are available.

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Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship during the summer at a NOAA facility. OER hosts a limited number of scholars, as opportunities are available.

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Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. OER hosts fellows as opportunities are available.

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Job Opportunities

Work for NOAA

Visit this page to learn about the variety of opportunities to get involved with NOAA, from federal positions to opportunities for students, educators, and volunteers as well as contracting and funding opportunities.

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Careers with the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations

Interested in working on a NOAA vessel? Check out this page to learn more about opportunities with the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, including serving as a wage mariner.

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Careers with NOAA Corps

Interested in serving as a commissioned officer in the NOAA Corps, one of the nation's seven uniformed services? Check out this page to learn more about the Corps and to apply.

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