NSF EDGE Program

 

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NSF EDGE Program Internships

Marine Sciences Program, Savannah State University

Purpose:  EDGE internships are designed to prepare Savannah State University students for graduate study and employment in the geosciences (earth, atmospheric, and oceanic sciences).  The program is funded by the National Science Foundation with the goal of enhancing diversity among those studying and working in the geosciences. 

Types of Internships:

Coastal research team internships. Interns assist in the collection and processing of samples and data collected during EDGE-related monitoring and research projects.  The intern may be responsible for a small-scale research project at the discretion of the faculty mentor.  These positions are typically part-time one-semester positions during the academic year.  The purpose is to provide short-term opportunities for students to explore a new area of research while contributing to the efforts of lab groups (teams) involved in EDGE coastal research and monitoring.  The final product of the internship (paper, database, webpage, etc.) is to be determined by the project advisor.  Receipt of final stipend payment will depend on timely submission of final product to the advisor.  All interns will maintain a log book of their internship hours and activities.  Stipend is $650/semester for a 78 hr commitment.

Research internships. These are highly competitive full-time summer research positions which provide in-depth experience in the design, completion, and documentation of a research project.  Successful applicants will have already proven themselves as reliable and hard-working students in prior internship, class or laboratory settings. The application for these positions requires a statement on the research to be conducted. This statement should be put together in consultation with a faculty research advisor at SSU or the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.  A paper or poster on the results of the research project must be submitted prior to the end of the internship period. Receipt of final stipend payment will depend on timely submission of this document.  All interns will maintain a log book of their internship hours and activities.  Stipend is $4000 for a 12-week full-time position. 

Community partnership internships.  These positions provide students with job experience in non-research based geoscience careers.  Interns work at a partnering facility, report to both the facility mentor and to either Dr. Curran or Pride at SSU, and are paid through the EDGE program.  These positions may be part-time during the academic year ($650) or full-time during the summer ($4000) depending on the needs of the partnering institution and the availability of the intern.  The current list of potential internship sites include:  Tybee Island Marine Science Center, Test America, Georgia Tech Savannah, Thunderbolt Elementary Marine Science Academy (academic year only), NOAA/ SSU Coast Camp (summer only), COSEE-SE, Georgia Department of Natural Resouces, the Nature Conservancy, NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, and the UGA Marine Extension Service.  These positions are highly competitive and require a proven track-record of reliability, timeliness, and a strong work ethic.  All interns will maintain a log book of their internship hours and activities.  Stipend is $4000 for a 12-week full-time summer position and $650 for an academic year 78-hour commitment.  The final stipend payment will be contingent upon receipt of a positive review and verification of hours by the on-site intern supervisor.

Application:  Calls for applications are made once per semester. Applications are available on-line. Deadlines will be announced via email and will be posted in the Marine Sciences building. Please address questions to EDGE@savannahstate.edu.

Spring 2014 EDGE internships applications will be due
by 5:00 PM

Monday, April 28, 2014

At that date, the selection committee will begin to review applications so submission by the due date is advantageous.  Please see the descriptions online of the types of EDGE internships available.  Only complete, well written applications, that have been submitted following the directions provided on the form will be considered.