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WHSA High School Summer Intern Program

Our summer program for high school students gives young people a chance to learn about marine animals and environments, aquarium operations, and careers in marine science and related fields.

What our interns do

Learning about fish anatomy
Summer interns spend anywhere from two to five weeks in the aquarium, working approximately 30 hours per week with the professional staff to care for our collection of marine animals from New England waters. Interns are trained to serve as assistant naturalists on public shoreside collecting walks. Summer interns also participate in the Careers in Marine Science Seminar, a series of meetings with scientists, hands-on activities, tours of laboratories, and field trips to other aquariums.

Who our interns are

The WHSA values diversity. We accept interns from various academic backgrounds, from different parts of the country, from rural, urban and suburban communities. We especially encourage applications from students under-represented in marine sciences – this includes African American, Cape Verdean, Hispanic, and Native American students. Interns must have finished the 10th grade and be at least 16 years old on the first day of their program.

How many

Our program is limited by space: we are able to host 5-10 high school interns plus several college interns. You can see previous intern classes and learn a bit about their experiences by viewing the class posters.

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This year’s program

The program began in 2002 and has evolved to include two components: a five-week internship and a two-week seminar devoted to careers in marine science. We announce program details in January or February by posting a program description and an application form on this site.


intern eye view
2011 summer high school intern Gabe Keefe describes his experience.

did you know
By traveling north on the Gulf Stream, many tropical fish can be found on Cape Cod during the summer.

Slideshow: What Kind of Fish Are These?
See photos of our high school interns and how they help us.
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