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January 11, 2011
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Woods Hole Science Aquarium Announces 2011 Summer Programs for High School Students

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2011 inters on beach
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2010 WHSA summer interns during a collecting walk on Nantucket with the Maria Mitchell Aquarium (left to right): Josh Lopes, Gabriel White, Matthew LaGanke, Alexandra Wilson, Sarah Poulin, and Samantha Emmert. (Courtesy Woods Hole Science Aquarium, NEFSC/NOAA)
Juile Pringle at touch tank
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2009 WHSA summer high school interns Julie Pringle (front right, holding a crab) and Ann Thompson (partly visible at top, with a sea star) explain some of the local marine life to visitors at the aquarium's touch tank. (Credit: Shelley Dawicki, NEFSC/NOAA)
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Keith Love, a 2008 summer intern, works with LuSeal, one of two harbor seals at the Aquarium who cannot be returned to the wild, during one of the public feeding and education sessions. (Credit: Shelley Dawicki, NEFSC/NOAA)
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The Woods Hole Science Aquarium (WHSA) is offering two summer programs forhigh school students in 2011, a five-week internship and a two-week seminar devoted to careers in marine science. Both programs are designed for students who are interested in marine science and marine animals, aquarium operations, and marine education and conservation.

Interns in the five-week program will spend approximately 25 hours per week in the aquarium helping to care for animals. The interns will learn about animal husbandry and will be trained as assistant naturalists for shore-side collecting trips for the public. The five-week program will run from June 27 through July 29. In the last two weeks, the interns will participate in the careers seminar.

The Careers in Marine Science seminar will run from July 18 to July 29, approximately 15 to 20 hours per week. The seminar is designed to give students an idea of what people working in Woods Hole science institutions do, and how different disciplines contribute to the larger effort to understand the marine world and to manage marine resources wisely.

Seminar participants will learn animal husbandry and basic aquarist skills, hear presentations from scientists working in a variety of fields, go on collecting trips, and visit other science institutions and aquariums. Students who participate in the seminar may have the option of staying on an additional one to two weeks to help with animal husbandry and to serve as assistant naturalists on collecting walks. 

To participate in either the internship or the seminar, students must have finished 10th, 11th or 12th grade and must be at least 16 years old by June 27. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship.  Application forms are available in the aquarium and online at Applicants must also provide a transcript and two references. E-mail applications are welcome.  All application materials must be postmarked by February 18.  The 2011 interns and seminar participants will be announced by March 1.

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium holds approximately 140 species of marine animals in several dozen tanks that provide cold water, temperate water, and warm water habitats. In a typical summer week, thousands of visitors come to the aquarium from many states and nations.

The summer programs are run by the staff of the Woods Hole Science Aquarium and are a project of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory.

The aquarium welcomes applications from students of all backgrounds. Students from groups currently under-represented in marine sciences are especially encouraged to apply – this includes African American, Cape Verdean, Hispanic, and Native American students.

Questions about the program may be directed to George Liles, WHSA Curator, (508) 495-2037, or

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