Academic Programs: Educational Opportunities and Internships at NEFSC
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.
Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP)
Launched in 2009 as a project of the six science institutions in the village, the Woods Hole Partnership Educational Program (PEP) is designed to promote a diverse scientific community by recruiting talent from minority groups that are under-represented in marine and environmental sciences.
College students (primarily second semester sophomores, juniors, or seniors) who want to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science live together and share a wide range of experiences. The 10-week program consists of a four-week course and a six-week research project; students may receive credit through the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the program’s academic partner.
Woods Hole Science Aquarium Summer Internships for High School Students
Marine animal husbandry, helping to care for animals, aquarium operations, conservation and public education are just a few of the topics students will learn about during the Woods Hole Science Aquarium’s two summer programs for high school students.
Interns work with Aquarium staff on routine chores, visit village research institutions to get an introduction to careers in marine and environmental science, and go on collecting trips to a local beach.
Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Research Team Internships
The Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Research Team (ASERT), in conjunction with the University of Maine in Orono, offers paid internships through an agreement with the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture and School of Marine Science.
These internship opportunities range from 10 to 40 hours per week and are available during both the academic year and summer months. They are open to all undergraduate students for work on the UMaine Campus; at the NEFSC’s Maine Field Station in Orono, the Woods Hole Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. or other NEFSC locations; or during the summer months at co-op Maine Department of Marine Resources Offices in Augusta, Bangor, and Jonesboro, Maine.
Sandy Hook Internship Program (SHIP)
A critical part of our work as federal scientists is cultivating an appreciation of science – and the scientific enterprise – in students who are likely to choose marine sciences as a career path. Initiated in 2010, the Sandy Hook Internship Program (SHIP) is designed to broaden the research experiences and professional growth of lab associates (summer interns, contractors, and volunteers) while at NOAA through the sharing of ideas with NEFSC staff about how science gets done and how it is communicated, and how to develop professional networks. Along with the research experience that each associate receives while at the Howard Laboratory at Sandy Hook, associates, mentors, and laboratory staff gather for weekly SHIP meetings where all discuss items critical to a robust foundation for students as they ponder graduate school and a career in the marine sciences.
NOAA College-Supported Internships
Sixteen colleges and universities are partnering with NOAA to provide research opportunities for undergraduates for ten weeks in the summer. Students are provided a college-funded stipend and can pursue an independent research project at the NEFSC's Narragansett Laboratory in Rhode Island and at other NOAA labs across the country under the guidance of a staff mentor. Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable experience conducting fieldwork, processing samples in the lab, performing data analysis, and participating in research cruises (if available). Oral and poster presentations and visits to other research facilities are all part of the summer experience.
Milford Laboratory: From an Open House to International Students
Each October, hundreds of high school students visit the Milford Laboratory for an organized day of school lab visits as part of an annual two-day Open House. The following day, hundreds from the general public view exhibits and learn about aquaculture, growing different types of shellfish and microalgal cultures as feeds for shellfish, as well as a range of research including nearshore habitats and restoration efforts, water quality studies using shellfish, and the impacts of ocean chemistry, harmful algal blooms, and other environmental variation on shellfish. In the summer, college-level students from the U.S., France, and sometimes other nations work as interns at the lab. In addition, graduate students from local and international universities conduct thesis research, taking advantage of the facilities, technologies and scientific expertise at the Milford Lab.
Careers in Fishery Science
NOAA Fisheries Office of Science & Technology's education and outreach efforts are directed at a wide range of audiences that include K-12, undergraduate and graduate students, the general public, and international fisheries communities.
Many of these efforts focus on building capacity and increasing diversity in NOAA Fisheries' science workforce, particularly in the fields of stock assessment, ecosystem assessment, and marine resource economics.