Ocean Renewable Energy Internship

2023 Undergraduate Research Internship in Ocean Renewable Energy

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center is seeking an undergraduate intern to contribute to an engaged research project that examines the values and beliefs that guide the social acceptance of ocean renewable energy (ORE) in Maine. This internship is for 8 weeks (June 1-August 1, 2023) and will be based at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. Remote work is possible.

The intern will contribute to identifying, gathering, and synthesizing information about the social acceptance of ocean renewable energy. This may include a broad literature review of relevant information, as well as learning and utilizing social science methodologies and methods to interact with diverse stakeholders. Additional opportunities to hone skills in oral and written communication and community engagement are possible.

The intern will be compensated $15.80/hour and be expected to work full-time during the 8 weeks. For UMaine students, this internship could fulfill the University’s capstone requirement (SMS 400) and also is a great complement to Semester-by-the-Sea courses in Fall 2023. Contact Prof. Heather Leslie at heather.leslie@maine.edu for more information about how this internship could contribute to your degree requirements.

Requirements: This position will include extensive time at a computer and may include virtual or in-person interactions with project participants. Competitive candidates must be self-motivated and demonstrate willingness to contribute to research, outreach, and learning in ocean renewable energy spaces. This position may include engaging with coastal stakeholders and other community members; strong communication skills and an open mind is essential. Diverse experiences, and an interest in, coastal and marine employment and perspectives in Maine are given priority. Competitive candidates will have completed the equivalent of two years of college study in a natural or social sciences field relevant to the project and be capable of working independently, as well as in a team.

Note: On-campus housing may be available but is not guaranteed. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 7, 2023. To apply, please send a cover letter and 2-page resume with three references to Dr. Jessica Reilly-Moman (jessica.reillymoman@maine.edu), with ‘DMC ORE Internship’ in the subject line.