National Ocean Service Intern Program

To establish an Intern Program which will provide unique opportunities for cooperative study, research, and development that would be of major benefit in advancing the number and diversity of skilled engineers, scientists, and managers in the environmental arena who are familiar with the techniques and
technologies used by the National Ocean Service (NOS).

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Program Accomplishments

The initial grant was issued on March 12, 1999, for $267,690 to Environmental Careers Organization covering seven (7) internships, after an open competition which closed October 5, 1998, in response to a Federal Register Notice published August 25, 1998, Vol 63, #164, p. 45223-45227. Additional grants were issued on 10/1/99 covering 2 interns, 7/17/00 covering 4 new interns and extending 2 previously initiated interns. Grants were issued on 7/30/01 covering 12 new interns and extending 3 previously initiated interns and on 9/30/01 covering 8 new interns and extending 3 previously initiated interns. On 12/31/01 a grant covering 4 new interns and extending 5 others was issued. A grant was issued on September 30, 2002 to Environmental Careers Organization covering seven twenty (20) new) internships and extending sixteen (16) Internships, after an open competition which closed June 10, 2002, in response to a Federal Register Notice published April 25, 1998, Vol 67, #164, pg 20487-20491. On September 30, 2003, a renewal of the grant covering 12 new interns and extending 13 others was issued. Currently, the grant covers over 30 interns working in varied fields including cartography, oceanography, web design, and international policy. Currently, the grant has closed and no longer accepts funding.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Primary grantee may use funds to recruit and evaluate candidate interns and to administer and fund stipends for implemented internships.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Primary awards will be available to nonprofit organizations.

Internships are restricted to recent college graduates and have a maximum cumulative duration of 24 months for any individual.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Benefits to the Nation are increased opportunities for recent college graduates to increase public awareness and gain exposure to government programs that affect the Nation's coastal areas and resources. This program will also promote interest in civil service as a career. Benefits also include a transfer of the techniques, technologies, and methods used by NOS to the next generation of engineers, scientists, and managers in the environmental arena. Interns who are selected by the program will receive increased training and skill enhancement as identified by the particular Internship opportunity in which they participate.


Applicants are required to satisfy all Department of Commerce (DOC) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions, for financial assistance programs application and conduct. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-21 for educational institutions and A-22 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372, Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.

Application Procedures

Grantee: Candidate partners will submit an application for financial assistance (SF 424) with statement of work to be performed and proposed amount. This program is subject to the requirements of OMB Circular No. A-110 and 15 CFR 24, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments, as applicable. The Statement of work should include the proposed plan for advertising and recruitment, costs for recruiting, selecting, and administering an intern based on duration and stipend level of the internship. Intern: Intern candidates will apply for internships developed, documented, and funded by a component of NOS, and transmitted, after review by the project office, to the grantee who shall advertise them according to their proposed plan. The grantee will screen the applicants based on the documented requirements of the internship and transmit the highest qualified (typically 5 to 10) to NOS for further review. NOS will assign priority sequences to the candidates who will be offered the internship by the grantee in that order. Funding of the intern and administrative supervision will be through the grantee according to their proposal. The interns will work in Governmental offices under the technical supervision of the Government. Proposals are submitted through Grants.Gov. Applicants will need to enter the Funding Opportunity Number and/or CFDA number to access the application package and instructions. Application package will then be submitted directly to the Office of Coast Survey. Proposals are subject to the requirements of 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24, as applicable. In FY06 this grant closed and no further funding accepted.

Award Procedures

Awards are made on the basis of proposal evaluation, technical review, and administrative review.


Applications must be received by NOS 45 days following announcement in the Federal Register.


15 U.S.C. 1540.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval time is expected to range from 90 to 180 days, which includes processing of the award through the NOS, NOAA, and DOC financial assistance functions.




Cooperative activities are generally approved on an annual fiscal year basis, but may be continued beyond the first year, subject to satisfactory progress and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Five years with funding approved annually.

Post Assistance Requirements


Implementation plans are required annually.

Progress reports are due semi-annually.

Financial status reports are require quarterly.

Final reports are due ninety days after expiration of reward.


Recipients will be subject to the provisions of the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 and revised OMB Circular No. A-133.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Indeterminate and highly variable. Minimum of $40,000 and maximum of $1,800,000 per year (1 to 50 interns).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, 1315 East West Highway, 6th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-2780, ext. 137. Attn: Curtis C. Loy.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are subject to a review process taking into consideration the proposed recruiting plan, qualifications of the applicant, costs, and previous experience.

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