The Environmental Discovery Awards Program (EDAP) funds paid, field experience internships for students pursuing degrees related to environmental studies at New College of Florida, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Ringling College of Art + Design, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. 

The program was established in 2019 thanks to a $55,000 grant to the Cross College Alliance awarded by an anonymous donor with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The donor purposefully chose to work with the Alliance to efficiently work with multiple higher-education institutions to enrich the learning experience of students and to expand career development resources.

2024 Internship Organizations

The 2024 EDAP internship organizations include many of the region’s distinguished environmental organizations and CCA faculty researchers including:

  • Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
  • Manatee County Natural Resources Department, Environmental Protection Division
  • Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
  • Southface Sarasota
  • Sunshine Community Compost
  • Sarasota Bay Watch
  • New College of Florida

Cross College Alliance | Partner Institutions

Learn More About the Cross College Alliance and its Environmental Discovery Awards Program