SeaVibe Foundation

creating unity in the community

SeaVibe Internship


Finding Solutions to Water Quality Issues
Around the World



Project Goals:

The SeaVibe Internship educates students about the health of their watershed, the global impacts of local water quality issues, and about making smart choices on land that improve ocean health. Students participate in real-life university research that emphasizes short and long-term environmental planning and academic mentoring as a stepping stone toward a career. Students develop skills for understanding the complexities of the environment, including the importance of protecting natural resources, biodiversity, watersheds and marine ecosystems for future generations. The program prepares students for the 21st century job market by developing analytic ability, critical thinking, teamwork skills and professional etiquette. These practical, environmentally-relevant job skills are critical for the management of water resources on which we depend for good health and survival.

SeaVibe Foundation offers a diverse approach to education by marrying science with the arts. Through experiential, hands-on field research and creative art exhibits that translate research findings for the public, students learn to bridge the gap between environmental and social needs in a beneficial, peaceful, sustainable way. The program is designed in three parts to connect with different learning abilities and styles.


Part I. Water Quality Testing

Students conduct water quality testing, species monitoring, habitat surveys and data analyses to identify water pollutants in their neighborhoods. In North Carolina, they conduct research in creeks and tributaries of one of the nation’s most endangered rivers, the Catawba River, which provides the drinking water for over 7 million people. In California, students form partnerships with universities to develop watershed monitoring plans to better understand land-sea connections between agricultural runoff and cyanobacteria into Pinto Lake, which is known to travel through the Pajaro River watershed and into the Monterey Bay causing mass die-offs of endangered sea otters


Part II. Interpretation through Art

Students interpret hard science through the arts as they discover how mathematical data can be translated into artistic community exhibits to reach local people, gain support, and impact legislation. Their community murals and art exhibits create a sense of belonging and responsibility in the community. The exhibits are a symbol of positive change and influence decisions that dramatically impact the quality of life in their neighborhoods.



Part III. International Field Study

Students travel internationally to collaborate with other schools, teachers, and organizations. They present their water research to the global community and work together to share ideas and develop solutions for environmental improvements. Together they conduct watershed and marine-related field research. Students participate in volunteer projects that focus on how our actions on land impact coastal and marine ecosystems and how we are are connected to all living things on a global scale.

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