SCA and NOAA Pave the Way for Marine Internships


Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher and SCA President Dale Penny with SCA members in Washington, DC

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and SCA signed an agreement on October 10 that will pave the way for SCA conservation interns to protect some of our most valued coastal natural resources, working in collaboration with many of the nation’s premier marine scientists.

NOAA is the federal agency responsible for enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events while providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.

This agreement matches NOAA’s desire to open opportunities for young scientists and conservationists with SCA’s ability to recruit highly motivated individuals who are committed to conservation work.

“This partnership will enable thousands of students from across the country to pursue meaningful career-development experiences by serving in the marine and coastal management fields,” according to Scott C. Weaver, SCA Senior Vice President.

It is expected that the first round of internships will last six months and will involve marine habitat restoration and monitoring relevant scientific data to assist NOAA project managers.