Mote's High School Internship Program
The Mote High School Internship Program provides high school students with a dynamic, hands-on marine science experience that complements their traditional academic studies. It’s perfect for students who are excited about marine biology, curious about Mote’s exhibit animals, interested in ocean conservation, and ready to participate in a structured research project.
The application process is competitive and the internship requires a significant commitment of time and energy, but participation has many rewards. Interns become a valued part of the Mote staff as they assist with marine research, animal care, and the delivery of our education programs. They are also invited to participate in special classes, like SCUBA certification and kayaking, and attend field trips, such as a behind-the-scenes tour at Disney’s The Living Seas and a weekend at Mote’s Tropical Research Laboratory in Summerland Key. Students may earn volunteer hours for Bright Futures scholarships while assisting with Mote education programs.
The high school internship is both a learning experience and a work experience. Interns attend after-school workshops at Mote throughout the school year (September through May) and commit to volunteer shifts every month either after-school or on Saturdays. Students spend a minimum of eight hours on-site at Mote every month, and are asked to meet other participation benchmarks throughout the year. There is no limit to how much time you can spend at Mote! Interns chronicle their experience with pictures and posts on their own blog site.
Ready to Apply?
Download the 2013-2014 High School Internship Application
Completed applications are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday May 17, 2013. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please address your envelope to Mote Marine Laboratory- High School Internship Program, Attn: Gina Santoianni. You may deliver your application to the front desk of the Laboratory or mail it to 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. We do not accept faxes or emails.
We’re looking for students entering grades 9-12 who are enthusiastic, professional, and hard-working. We will accept 15-20 students into the 2013-2014 internship program.
Before you apply, we ask you to carefully consider with your family your ability to make a long-term time commitment to Mote and your access to consistent transportation to our facility.
The High School Internship Application includes the following sections:
- Student & Parent Contact Information
- Three Short Essays
- Extracurricular Activities
- Two Recommendation Forms: Recommendation forms should be completed by someone who knows you well, such as a teacher, academic advisor, extracurricular activity supervisor, or work supervisor. Recommendations from family members will not be considered. Recommendation forms should be treated as confidential and submitted in sealed envelopes.
- Official School Transcripts: Home school students should provide the most official grade documentation that is available.
Interns who successfully complete the Internship Program may be invited to apply to the Alumni Internship Program, another year-long program during which they will work together as a team to conduct a Mote marine science research project.
To apply for a scholarship, please contact Gina Santoianni for an application. Scholarship requests must be submitted with your High School Internship Application Package. For Alumni Interns seeking funds, please submit your form to Aly Busse by May 17, 2012. All scholarship awards are contingent on, and not related to, admission to the program. Scholarship requests will be dated upon receipt and separated from the application materials during the evaluation process.
Scholarships are need-based. All requests from families participating in, or eligible for, the National School Lunch Program will be filled on a first come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.
There is a $250 course fee associated with this program. The optional SCUBA certification course offered through the internship requires an additional $350 fee. The optional weekend trip to Mote's Summerland Key laboratory requires an additional $450 fee. Scholarships for the High School Internship Program are available and will be awarded based on financial need. Please contact Gina Santoianni at (941) 388-4441, ext. 514 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a scholarship application.