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The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): Marine Science Laboratory Alliance Center of Excellence (MarSci-LACE) opens doors into marine science research, education and careers for underrepresented, minority students and aims to provide unique and authentic research and training opportunities that go beyond training received by traditional degree-granting institutions. To qualify for this program, applicants must be currently enrolled in coursework at State College of Florida or College of the Florida Keys and identify as an underrepresented minority in STEM as defined by NSF. Internship requires a minimum of 120 research hours over the course of the semester and interns will receive a $1400 stipend.

*Applications are due December 18th for Spring 2021

Apply to be a MarSci-LACE Intern

Programs Accepting Interns in Spring 2021

Coral Health and Disease- Dr. Erinn Muller 

Coral Restoration- Zachary Craig (Summerland Key, FL)

Coral Restoration- Sarah Hamlyn (Summerland Key, FL)

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Investigations- Gretchen Lovewell

Marine Microbiology- Dr. Andrea Tarnecki

Phytoplankton Ecology- Dr. Vince Lovko

*All programs are housed in Sarasota, FL unless otherwise noted

Learn more about Mote's other internships


MarSci-LACE’s Intern Alliance is a program connecting underrepresented minority students participating in internships. The goal is to create a lasting peer-support network for students pursuing careers in marine science. The Alliance provides a safe space for students to openly discuss challenges unique to underrepresented minority students while providing tools to face these challenges. In addition, students are connected with positive role models working in the field of marine science. All students involved in any of the internship programs at Mote can participate in the Intern Alliance.

Summer 2020 Intern Spotlight


Photos of Summer 2020 interns