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Field trips are an informative and fun part of the summer intern experience. (Credit: PEP/NOAA)

Academic Programs: Educational Opportunities and Internships

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) of NOAA Fisheries Service encourages participation in its research and education activities by students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge about fisheries science are available to high school and college students through a number of programs.

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Bradford E. Brown Student Internship Program

The NEFSC has named its student intern program after Dr. Bradford Brown, a retired NOAA Fisheries scientist who was a leader in recruiting young people into fishery science. NEFSC conducts directed fisheries research to conserve and manage living marine resources and their environment. Research topics include population biology and dynamics,resource assessment and environmental surveys, taxonomy, physical and biological oceanography, social sciences, data management, larvalfish/plankton ecology, large marine ecosystems, aquaculture, biotechnology, remote sensing, protected species and apex predators. Pending available funding, a limited number of summer positions are offered throughout our laboratories, which are located in Woods Hole, MA; Narragansett, RI; Milford, CT; Highlands, NJ; Washington, DC and Orono, ME. Learn more >

Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP)

The Woods Hole Partnership Educational Program (PEP) is designed primarily for college students (second semester sophomores, juniors, or seniors) who want to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science. The program consists of a four-week course in the sea-side village of Woods Hole and a research project. Learn more >

Woods Hole Science Aquarium High School Intern Programs

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium (WHSA) offers two summer programs for students who have completed grades 10, 11, or 12. Both programs are run by the WHSA staff, and are projects of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the Marine Biological Laboratory. The first is a five-week program working in the aquarium, helping to lead public collecting walks, and participating in the Careers in Marine Science Seminar. The second is a two-week Careers in Marine Science Seminar consisting of short presentations by marine scientists, activities, and field trips that introduce students to marine-related careers.
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Careers in Fishery Science

A 2008 Joint Report to Congress from the Departments of Commerce and Education forecasts a serious shortage of scientists trained to do the high-quality research required to rebuild fish stocks and restore marine species in the next decade. The Report to Congress combines a study of demand for stock assessment scientists at NOAA, other federal agencies, regional fishery commissions, state agencies and other organizations, with an independent report on the supply of scientists trained in this field. Learn more >

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