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Mote College Intern Program Application Form


Please read these instructions carefully and complete this application form in its entirety. In an effort to reduce paper consumption and our impact on the environment, we encourage you to PLEASE EMAIL your submissions of the application materials. The list of required materials will be sent to you via email after you submit this application, and they are also listed below:

1. A one- to two-page Statement of Interest that describes: a) your interests in the program(s) you choose and your career goals, b) your reasons for applying for a Mote internship, and c) why you should be selected for a Mote internship.  (This can be sent as a Word document or a pdf file or, as a last resort, faxed or mailed to us.)

2. An unofficial copy of your most recent college transcript that lists all college-level courses you have taken to-date and the grades you have received. Both unofficial and official copies are accepted. If your school's grading scale differs from the 4.0 scale, please include an explanation of that scale. (Sent as a pdf file, saved from your school's website as a jpg or png image or an htm file, copy-and-pasted into a Word document or, as a last resort, faxed or mailed to us.)

3. One (1) letter of recommendation from an individual capable of commenting on your academic qualifications and, if possible, research skills.  College or university faculty or research advisors preferred. Letters of recommendation MUST be sent directly from the person writing the letter, preferably via email as an attachment or in the body of the email; letters will NOT be accepted if sent from the applicant's email.  (As a last resort, letters can be faxed or mailed but then must be on school/organization letterhead and signed.)

5. If you are applying for a Mote scholarship, please include the following components in your application:

1. Check "yes" that you are applying for a scholarship.
2. Have a second letter of recommendation submitted on your behalf.
3. Submit an additional document that states your level of financial need. When writing about your financial need, think about your budget and discuss as thoroughly as possible any financial difficulty you may be facing.

4. A resume or curriculum vitae describing any relevant jobs, internships, volunteer work, scholarships and/or other activities that you have held or participated in and other skills or accomplishments that you wish to identify. (This can be sent as a Word document or pdf file or, as a last resort, faxed or mailed to us.)

It is the student's responsibility to assure that all materials have arrived on or before the deadline. Please email materials to in the suggested formats above with your last name in the title (example: Lastname_Firstname transcript).

Email is strongly preferred, but if you are having difficulties with email or formatting, you may also fax materials to 941-388-4007 "ATTN: Intern Coordinator;" or mail them to Mote College Intern Program, Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.

First Name
Last Name
Date of birth (MM/DD/YY)
Permanent mailing address
City or town
Zip code
Phone number
Primary Email (through which all communication from Mote will be received)
Alternate Email (enter "None" if you do not have another email address)
College or University currently attending or most recently attended
City or town
Year of study (at time of internship, not application)
Major field of study
Highest degree received (at time of internship, not application)
College or University graduation month/year
Please list other colleges or universities attended
Please indicate the month/session that you would like to begin your internship.
Please indicate the duration that you wish your internship to be
Please select from the calendar the earliest date that you could begin an internship, regardless of the preferred month you selected above.
Please indicate the latest date by which you would need to end your internship (e.g. if you begin school in the fall, have another internship lined up, etc.)

Please select up to three programs, in order of preference, for which you wish to be considered. Select "None" for your second and/or third choices if you only wish to be considered for 1-2 programs. To view the internship descriptions again, click here.

First choice
Second choice
Third choice
Are you also applying for a scholarship?

Scholarships are a one-time award of up to $2500 and are based on financial need. *Applicants: by selecting "yes," you are confirming that you are a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident with a U.S. social security number, which is REQUIRED in order to qualify for a scholarship. You are also acknowledging that you understand you must submit additional materials, listed at the top of this application and in the confirmation email you will receive. Your application will be considered incomplete and will not be submitted for review if you do not submit the required additional materials.

Final reminder: Application materials received by the deadline will be given priority over those received after the deadline. If your materials arrive late, you may be asked to reapply for another session. Please note the deadlines listed below:

Summer (May, June, July start dates) deadline: March 1

Fall (Aug, Sept, Oct start dates) deadline: June 1

Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan start dates) deadline: September 1

Spring (Feb, March, April start dates) deadline: December 1