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Internship & Research Opportunities
Florida Tech students have an opportunity to take part in specially designed environmental science internships at several organizations, including:
- The Audobon Society
- Marine Resources Council of East Central Florida
- Save the Manatee
- Center for Coastal Studies
- Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Environmental science internships are real-world work opportunities, often provided by Florida Tech alumni through Career Management Services, in partnership with the degree program advisor.
In addition to environmental science internships, many students build experience by volunteering in faculty research labs. The department of marine and environmental systems is an integrated collaboration of environmental scientists, oceanographers, ocean engineers and meteorologists who share a keen interest in preserving, protecting and enhancing natural resources. Current research studies focus on such topics as:
- Offshore oil spills and Antarctic oil drilling
- Drinking water resources in Florida
- Sea-level rise
- Managing natural resources
Students participating in environmental science internships and research have access to high-tech marine and environmental systems laboratories. These facilities have instrumentation that can be used for core-boring and sediment analysis, beach surveying, the measurement and analysis of water quality, the processes of fouling by marine organisms and saltwater corrosion, and more.
Students also participate in field research projects at locations across Florida. Because of Florida Tech's location near several important and complex ecosystems, students can obtain experience conducting research at nearby environmental hubs.
Topics for these projects include:
- Human impact on water quality
- Human impact on air quality
- Ecological surveys
- Effects of local weather on ecosystems
Through these environmental science internships and studies at locations such as the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean, students gain the experience to present a project at the Field Projects Symposium at the end of summer, as well as application of the theories taught in the classroom.
Join Clubs and Organizations to Enhance Your Degree
The new Florida Tech Environmental Club is a group of students looking to better the campus and surrounding ecosystems by finding new ways to be environmentally friendly. They hold educational events and recycling drives to promote interest in "green" living. Additionally, there are intramural sports, Student Government, and over 100 other student organizations to join.