Undergraduate Training Experience

As part of its outreach and education role, the Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior offers opportunities to enrolled college students whose academic institutions require participation in internship opportunities for academic credit. This is generally a one-semester, unpaid, experience that can be arranged depending on most academic calendars.   We welcome prospective academic institutions to post these opportunities to their students.

Undergraduate students will gain hands-on experience in aquatic animal care, husbandry, and culture. Qualifying students may also learn new scientific methods and theory by participating in research being conducted by one of the program scientists. For more details about the two current research projects offered in the Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior, see below.

Students are expected to participate in the training experience for 40 hours per week or as required by the individual’s home institution.  Daily duties include preparing animals’ diets, feeding animals, maintaining water quality in aquaria and holding tanks, recording animal health and water quality data in logbooks, and routine cleaning and upkeep of equipment and husbandry areas. Opportunities exist for students to observe and/or participate in laboratory procedures and animal necropsies, and to learn about the mechanical aspects of large and small water filtration and sterilization systems.


Barbara Burbank, Program Administrator
(508) 289-7700; bburbank@mbl.edu


In addition, undergraduate students may wish to consider applying to the MBL’s Biological Discovery in Woods Hole Summer Opportunity for Undergraduate Research, part of the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, and request placement in one of the participating MBL research scientists affiliated with the Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior.