Undergraduate/Graduate Summer Research Internship

Background
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is one of ten parks operated by Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. It is also one of three sites that comprise the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. It contains 1,700 acres of open water, tidal freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, upland and riparian forest, creeks, meadows, pine and sand barrens, and fields. Jug Bay is located in the tidal reaches of the Patuxent River (about 45 miles from the river’s mouth at Solomons Island). The Sanctuary’s mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine ecosystems through outdoor education, research, stewardship, and volunteerism.

The Friends of Jug Bay (FOJB) is a non-profit organization that supports education,
stewardship, and research programs at the Sanctuary. FOJB funds annually one
undergraduate/graduate summer research internship to advance the Sanctuary’s
knowledge on topics of interest regarding its natural resources and social history.
Internships are open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who will conduct a summer research project within Sanctuary grounds under the mentorship of a staff member or an associated researcher.

Term of Internship
The internship runs for approximately 12 weeks during the summer time: June – August. Exact start and end time of internship will vary depending on research project and intern’s availability.

Open Period
Internship open period starts in November. Please check our website during this time for more information regarding deadlines and research topics.

Qualifications
Internships are open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are capable of working independently with mentor guidance. Students should be self-motivated, have good communication and writing skills, and be comfortable working in physically challenging environments.

Application Requirements
Qualified applicants should submit the following:
1. A short proposal (five single spaced pages or less that include a title,
introduction, literature review, methodology, and cited literature).
2. One-page resume.
3. Copies of unofficial transcripts.
4. Two letters of recommendation.
Internship Requirements

The successful applicant is expected to fulfill the following requirements during the time of the internship:
1. Develop an expanded, detailed research proposal.
2. Conduct independent research with support from a project mentor.
3. Develop a final report.
4. Give a presentation at the Jug Bay’s Annual Volunteer Picnic Event.
5. Write an article for Jug Bay’s newsletter, “Marsh Notes” or our website
summarizing research findings.

Financial Support
The Friends of Jug Bay will provide a stipend totaling $4,000; two equal installments of $1,500 will be given during the first two months of the internship. A final payment of $1000 is made upon the receipt of the final report. Interns should expect to work approximately 12 weeks during the summer (June through August).

Housing: As needed, housing at the residence of a FOJB member will be available at no cost.

Transportation: Applicant must provide his/her own transportation.