John Marshall Everglades Internship Program

May 17, 2018- July 13, 2018

The John Marshall Everglades Internship Program invites qualified undergraduate students to learn all aspects of the Everglades restoration project through this 8-week in-depth Everglades experience. Interns learn all aspects of the Everglades from ecology to policy. They meet and speak with several stakeholders from different components of Everglades Restoration in an effort to learn about the inner workings and complications of the project while building a strong contacts network. There are several field trips to natural areas providing hands-on exposure to all parts of the Everglades ecosystem. Additionally, the interns shadow an Everglades Foundation mentor completing specific projects and assignments in one of the following categories: Science and Engineering, Policy and Advocacy, Education, and Digital Communications.

Meet with Scientists, Policymakers, and Stakeholders of the Everglades Restoration Project

Interns having lunch with Senator Bob Graham

During this “crash course” of the Everglades, you will:
• learn the basics of Everglades ecology;
• get introduced to the fundamentals of Everglades restoration;
• go on field explorations in south Florida weather, wetlands, and forests;
• participate in face-to-face meetings with stakeholders;
• attend official meetings and conferences; and,
• perform individual project work, including researching, designing, editing, etc.

The internship is based in Miami, where interns are provided housing near the Foundation’s office. A stipend not to exceed $2,000 (dependent on the number of interns accepted) is provided for living expenses during the program.

Sixty-eight interns have graduated since 2002 working in environmental law, education, engineering and science.

2017 interns on a swamp walk.

Visit Restoration and Water Management Projects and Everglades Habitats

The Tamiami Trail bridge project. Completed in 2016, this is one of the major projects allowing water to flow south into Everglades National Park.

2017 interns visit Everglades National Park.

Big Cypress National Preserve

Shadowing and Projects: Science and Engineering, Policy and Advocacy, Education, or Digital Communications

Interns spend four-weeks shadowing and completing projects with an Everglades Foundation staff member in one of the following categories: Science and Engineering, Policy and Advocacy, Education, or Digital Communications. Their projects contribute to the mission of the Everglades Foundation – protecting and restoring America’s Everglades.

Interns presenting their project at the 2010 Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) conference


Who Should Apply:

Good candidates for this internship are science, policy, education, communications-related majors who are interested in learning about the complicated nature of Everglades restoration. They should be willing to have flexible schedules and open minds. Candidates should be able to maintain a good attitude while traversing uneven terrain for up to five miles, lifting 30lbs, and be physically fit to endure outdoor heat, humidity, and mosquitos.


Will this internship guarantee a job?

No, we cannot guarantee a job opportunity, but the internship program provides resume-building experiences that would hope to prove helpful for future career opportunities.

How much free time will we have?

Interns will be spending a majority of time on field trips, out in meetings, or in the office for most of the day Monday-Friday, with the exception of some field trips over weekends depending on scheduling.

Is housing provided? If so, where, and what should I bring?

Shared housing is provided in Miami. Basic necessities such as pots, pans, cutlery, etc. are provided with the house.

Is food provided on this internship?

Some meals will be provided throughout the internship. There will also be a small food allowance provided through a shopping trip for a few essentials to last the duration of the internship and shared between all interns. However, a majority of meals will be the responsibility of the intern.

Do I need transportation?

A personal vehicle is necessary to drive to places around Miami and carpool to the office.

Is there an age requirement?

We are seeking undergraduates between their junior and senior year or just recently graduated.

We will be accepting applications at the end of October. Please check back to the website for details. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Kristie Wendelberger at kwendelberger (at) evergladesfoundation dot org.