A mix of photos from student internships

Michigan Sea Grant’s summer undergraduate internship program supports students pursuing Great Lakes stewardship or research projects with non-profits, academic units, government agencies, or businesses. 

In 2024, we’re supporting five interns, representing four universities. Meet the interns:

  • Abraham Stone (Michigan Technological University) will work with the Keweenaw Community Forest Company to survey plants along the Keweenaw Peninsula shoreline, hoping to shed light on this unique coastal ecosystem.
  • Jake Downey (University of Michigan) will join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Charlevoix Fisheries Research Station to collect population data about chinook salmon to inform predator-prey stocking models.
  • Ella Ford (Wayne State University) will help facilitate and expand the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Stream Leaders program for K-12 students. 
  • Clay Wilton (Lake Superior State University) will assist the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct acoustic monitoring of bat populations in northern Michigan.
  • Elliana Prow (Lake Superior State University) will work with the LSSU Center for Freshwater Research and Education to sample zooplankton and other environmental data at beach sites in northern Michigan to compare how water depth and time of day affect zooplankton diversity and biomass.

The interns will give presentations about their projects at an August 2024 symposium.

Learn more about the Michigan Sea Grant undergraduate internship program and explore presentations and blog posts from the 2023 intern cohort.