SMEA students apply for a number of competitive fellowships during their second year of study or when they are close to completion of the MMA degree. The four fellowships listed below are the ones most frequently pursued and obtained by SMEA students. Generally, these fellowships start the summer after graduation, and they frequently lead to employment after successful completion of the fellowship. Click on a fellowship title below to go to the program’s web site for more information.
The National Sea Grant Federal Fellows Program/Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship was established in 1979 to provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources, and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program, matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, the executive branch or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, D.C., area for a one-year paid fellowhip.
Washington Sea Grant manages the Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship, describing it as a program that places “four graduate students or recent graduates for one year with host offices in Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, working on ocean and coastal science and management issues. The Hershman Fellowship offers a first-hand experience in crafting marine and natural resource policies and enables fellows to share their academic expertise with state decision makers.” This Fellowship was created to honor the memory and legacy of former SMEA Professor and Director Marc Hershman, who had a tremendous impact locally and nationally in shaping marine policy. Application and deadline information are available on the Washington Sea Grant web site.
The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide professional on-the-job education and training opportunities for post-graduate students in coastal resource management and policy and to provide specific technical assistance for state coastal resource management programs. The program matches highly qualified, recently graduated master’s, professional and doctoral degree students with state hosts around the U.S. in state coastal zone management programs. For two years, the recipient will work on substantive state-level coastal resource management issues that pertain to federal management policies and regulations.
The Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program, established in 1977, is designed to attract to the federal service outstanding recent graduates with a master’s degree or PhD who have an interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. Interns receive a two-year assignment with a federal agency. All cabinet departments and more than 50 federal agencies have hired Presidential Management Fellows.
PMFs from SMEA have gone on to work as Resource Management Specialists, Research Coordinators, Fisheries Management Biologists, Regulatory Specialists and other positions for organizations such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fishery management councils and various state agencies