Student Opportunities

Michigan Sea Grant strives to provide students with the tools and opportunities to pursue careers that strengthen Great Lakes ecosystems and communities. By working with undergraduate and graduate students, we aim to help students hone their strengths and passion at different stages in their career paths.

We coordinate several fellowships for graduate students. These fellowships run from one to two years and offer career-building and networking opportunities, real-world training, salary and benefits, and a chance to explore careers where science and policy meet. Graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds and a strong interest in Great Lakes, coastal, or marine issues are encouraged to apply. The federal programs require a full-time commitment; most, but not all, fellows participate after completing their graduate studies. Other fellowships are designed to support graduate student researchers.

Michigan Sea Grant also offers a summer internship for undergraduate students. The internship provides funding for students who spent the summer working with a business, agency, non-profit, or academic unit to advance Great Lakes environmental stewardship.

Fellowship Blog

Many of our fellows write blog posts to share their projects, adventures, and lessons learned. Potential applicants can check out posts from current and previous fellows to get a better idea of the application and selection process, as well as a peek into the types of work our fellows do.

Current fellows

Kathryn Frens

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, 2019-2020
kathryn.frens@gmail.com

Jillian Mayer

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, 2019-2020
jbmayer@umich.edu

Katie Pritchard

Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, 2019-2020
kpritc@umich.edu

Angela Yu

Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016-2018
awyu@mtu.edu
Project overview

Erin McCann

Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016-2018
mccan1e@cmich.edu
Project overview

Nicole Olson

Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018-2020
niolson@umich.edu
Project overview

Erin Burkett

Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018-2020
emburket@mtu.edu
Project overview

Peter Alsip

Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018-2020
peterals@umich.edu
Project overview