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SEANET Innovate for Maine Fellows Program (EPSCoR)

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The SEANET, Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center (MAIC) and the University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) are partnering through the Innovate for Maine Fellows program to make available undergraduate internship opportunities with Maine aquaculture companies during the summer.

The University of Maine Foster Center for Student Innovation manages the Innovate for Maine Fellows Program, a statewide college internship program focused on innovation.

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program directed at states that have historically received lesser amounts of R&D funding. Through this program, states develop partnerships to effect lasting improvements in their R&D infrastructure, capacity, and national competitiveness. Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine oversees and implements the state's NSF EPSCoR programs.

Undergraduate Internship Opportunities:

The Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center (MAIC), Maine EPSCoR and the University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) are partnering through the Innovate for Maine Fellows program to make available undergraduate internship opportunities with Maine aquaculture companies during the summer. The Innovate for Maine Fellows program connects the best and brightest Maine college students with Maine’s most exciting, growing companies and business leaders in an effort to help grow and create jobs across the state of Maine.


Key Benefits:

• Students can work on-site or at our facilities.

• You can opt for full-time, part-time or even short-term intern projects.

• Our students make real contributions because of their training in Innovation Engineering.

• Our interns are student employees, so you don’t need to go through a length hiring process.

• Our interns are matched with an Innovation Engineering mentor to supervise and ensure that both the company and the intern have a positive experience.

The Brady lab is seeking 3-6 interns to work as a team at the Darling Marine Center on various projects related to marine food web ecology and interactions with aquaculture in coastal Maine ecosystems. Internships are available for 3 months, starting May 18th through August 31st (starting and ending dates can be flexible).

Interns will work on a variety of projects that examine the ecology of estuaries with an emphasis on how estuarine ecology and oceanography interact with aquaculture systems. Interns will assist and lead projects related to: (1) examining drivers of primary production in Maine estuaries (including nutrients, light, and grazing), (2) monitoring physical and biogeochemical conditions in aquaculture growing areas including climate related properties (e.g., coastal acidification and seasonal cycles of productivity), (3) taking this understanding into the lab to examine acidification effects on aquacultured species, and (4) integrating this information with estuarine models that help aquaculturists and citizens make sustainable and profitable decisions about siting. Interns will assist with field collections of phytoplankton and zooplankton samples and measure physical variables in Damariscotta River estuary and Saco Bay. Interns will gain both laboratory, field, and modeling experience in various sampling and processing techniques used in marine ecology and aquaculture research. Interns will also gain first-hand experience in experimental design.


Interns will participate in field-based activities that may be physically demanding and require long hours outdoors. Further, interns will participate in sample processing which will include long hours spent filtering water samples and/or working at a microscope. Interns will be required to stay at the Ira C. Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME. Stipends of $3,000 will be provided to each intern. Please contact Dr. Damian Brady for more information at

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Maine (Lead)
University of Maine (Lead)
Maine Maritime Academy
University of New England
University of Southern Maine

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Environmental Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography

Coastal Resource Management
Estuarine Science
Marine Science

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 8/15/2021
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