Internship Opportunities

Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) offers internship opportunities for students to learn more about the field of environmental education and marine science through assisting in our outdoor classes, summer camps, outreach events, and workshops. These opportunities include school year and summer internships for high school students, undergraduate students, and recent college graduates.

2023 Summer Environmental Education Internship
Dates: May 31-July 28, 2023

Discovery Hall Programs (DHP) has two summer internship positions available for an undergraduate (junior, senior) or recent graduate. We are particularly interested in applications from groups currently underrepresented in marine science and environmental education.

Interns work with DHP’s education personnel in our many different summer programs including summer camps for K-12 students, residential class in marine science for high school students, teacher workshops, and public outreach events. Interns assist in all aspects of logistics, preparation, and teaching.  These internships are a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of environmental education and learn about the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems. 

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The internship includes a $4,000 stipend, as well as full room and board in DISL dorms.  A background check and drug testing are requirements for employment. This internship is supported by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

To apply, please complete the Google Form by clicking here. The Google form includes fields for uploading your 1) cover letter, 2) your current CV/resume, 3) transcripts (unofficial is OK). Should you need to email materials (as a single PDF if possible) send them to with the subject line Discovery Hall Summer Internship.

Alternatively, mail application materials to:

Discovery Hall Summer Internship
Dauphin Island Sea Lab    
101 Bienville Blvd      
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528  

For further information, please contact DHP Registrar Cassie Hanback at (251) 861-2141 x7515 or email

2022 Interns

Savannah Simpson

Madeleine Jones

"I am a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I am majoring in environmental studies and minoring in secondary education. My plan is to teach high school when I graduate and integrate Project Based Learning into my classroom. I am tremendously excited to come to Dauphin Island Sea Lab to help and learn as much as I can!"

Gavin Walker Gavin Walker

“Hey everyone! My name is Gavin Walker. I am a Graduate in biology from Huntingdon College ‘22. I am very, very excited to be working with Discovery Hall this summer.  I want to be a high school biology teacher somewhere in North Alabama.  I love to hunt and fish and on my days off, you can find me on the beach with a line in the water, hopefully with some fish in the cooler!”

Charmayne Planter Charmayne Planter

“My name is Charmayne Planter. I am a current resident of Atlanta, Georgia attending school at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. I am currently a Junior majoring in Environmental Studies. During my undergraduate career, my engagement with Environmental Conservation comes from my dedication with the More Gardens Fund which is a non-profit that focuses on Urban Garden development in New York City. While there I have utilized various mediums to promote accessible access to environmental education among urban communities. This work is super important to me and in my career, I plan to continue environmental conservation through education.”

Mason Lily Mason Lilly

“Hello, my name is Mason Lilly and I am a rising Senior at Alma Bryant High School. Being around the seafood and marine industry my entire life, I feel right at home in the marine world. It is an honor to be part of the Sea Lab team this summer and be such a critical part of environmental education!”

Mason is a participant in the Mobile County Public School System’s Summer Internship Program.

Past Interns

Savannah Kilgore Simpson (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), 2021
Maya Zambrano-Lee (Summer, University of Maryland), 2021
Rachel Mason (Mary G. Montgomery High School), 2021

Liz Hoadley (post-graduate), 2020-2021

Selena Magallanes (Summer, Humboldt State University), 2019
Samantha Young (Summer, University of South Carolina), 2019
Rosemary Meas (Alma Bryant High School), 2019

Alex Lau (Summer, University of Hawaii), 2018
Dreu Dixon (Baker High School), 2018
Hannah Blackmon (Murphy High School), 2018

Lauren Still (post-graduate), 2017
Jordan Brown (Summer, Oakwood University), 2017
Linda Wyatt (Alma Bryant High School), 2017

Chris Flight (post-graduate), 2016
Dani Lacy (Summer, University of Miami), 2016

Alia Barnes (Summer, Hampton University), 2015

Jenni Ford (Summer, University of Florida), 2014
Tisheena Howard (Summer, Savannah State University), 2014

Jonathan Watts (Summer, Troy University), 2013
Danielle Gissendanner (Summer, University of Montevallo), 2013
Lauren Jakubowski (Summer, Spring Hill College), 2013

Leticia Solis, (Summer, Bates College), 2012
Lauren Baang, (Summer, St Francis University), 2012

Rakeyta Scales (Summer, Alabama A&M University), 2011
Darian Young (Summer, University of West Alabama), 2011

Jasmine Santana (Summer, University of Michigan), 2010
Mary Ruth Steele (Summer, University of South Alabama), 2010

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