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student checks tanks in lab PEP student William Melvin at work in a Woods Hole laboratory during the research portion of his summer internship. Photo credit: PEP/NOAA Fisheries
Teddy Verra stands next to small tanbks with fishWoods Hole Science Aquarium summer intern Teddy Verra next to some specimen tanks in the aquarium's off-display area. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Young woman stands behind table with display about salmon research ASERT summer intern Sameera Salame helped staff the Atlantic salmon research display at the Woods Hole Science Stroll, a summer public open house showcasing research at the NEFSC. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Ruth Haas-Castro, NEFSC
two women pull seine in water SHIP students at the Howard Laboratory seining for Atlantic silversides at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/NEFSC
family with young son sit at table to make a fish print A family makes a fish print at the Milford Lab Open House. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Mark Dixon, NEFSC

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May 4, 2017
Contact: Shelley Dawicki

NEFSC Summer Internship Programs Offer Variety of Experiences

As summer approaches, the labs and facilities of the NEFSC are once again gearing up for the arrival of high school and college students from around the country. Students from diverse backgrounds and experiences will be participating in research and education programs designed to provide hands-on experiences and knowledge as well as opportunities to learn more about careers in marine and environmental sciences, resource management and policy, and aquarium operations. Some of the more formal programs are listed below, but they are by no means all of the educational efforts underway during the summer or throughout the school year at the NEFSC.

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. Learn more about PEP »

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. Find out more about our high school interns »

Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Research Team Internships

Research on Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems that support them, linking Maine’s rivers with the Gulf of Maine, are among the topics related to the diadromous fish community available to interested students. 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. Learn more about Atlantic Salmon Ecosystems Research Team Internships »

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 NOAA Fisheries 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. Learn more about the NOAA College-Supported Internship Program

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. Visit the Milford Laboratory for more information.

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