UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Summer Internship Program

This opportunity is postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns in Florida.

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 previous Interns and their experiences, go see the blog.

For more information about this opportunity visit: NCBS Summer Internship Program


Applications are due by midnight March 8, 2020.


NCBS/Florida Sea Grant Scholarship

This opportunity is currently closed

We are pleased to announce that the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and Florida Sea Grant are co-sponsoring a Graduate Research Scholar program. This scholarship will offer $10,000 per year to a University of Florida graduate student working on natural resources in the Nature Coast region.

The scholarship is intended to improve graduate research and recognize excellence in graduate education. Eligible students must have matching funds of $10,000 per year from their graduate advisor.

The NCBS/FSG scholar will recognize an outstanding graduate student at the University of Florida who conducts applied research in the region, working to solve an issue related to fisheries, aquaculture, community resilience or coastal ecosystems. This scholar program aligns well with the missions of both UF/IFAS NCBS and Florida Sea Grant. The scholar will work closely with the Florida Sea Grant Agent with UF/IFAS Extension at the NCBS and with local community leaders (policy makers) and/or business owners (e.g., fishing charter captains, aquaculture harvesters or processors, ecotour operators, etc.) to conduct collaborative research.

The scholarship provides $10,000 of support per year for a total of two years for a master’s student or three years for a Ph.D. student. The student’s faculty advisor must submit an email annually to the NCBS affirming that the student continues to be enrolled full-time and making good progress towards their degree in order to continue to receive funds in years two or three.

One student will hold the scholar position at a time, and selection will be through a competitive process with a review panel comprised of UF research and extension faculty. Academic qualifications and the nature of the student’s research program will be the main focus of evaluation.

To apply, please send a current CV, copies of graduate transcripts, and a two-page description of your research, emphasizing how you are working with or plan to work with the community, an agency or industry to realize practical benefits for the management of natural resources in the Nature Coast region.


Applications are due by June 15, 2019

Submit these materials as a single PDF to:
Mendy Allen, Program Coordinator
Nature Coast Biological Station