The Blue Economy Internship Program (BEIP)

The Blue Economy Internship Program (BEIP) at the Marine Biological Laboratory offers paid experiential learning opportunities for Commonwealth of Massachusetts public high school, state college & university, and community college students to build their professional experience, skills, and knowledge related to the life sciences, technology, and the Blue Economy. We are seeking applicants to fill the current opportunities listed below.

Who Can Apply: These internships are available to students attending public schools (high schools, colleges & universities) in the state of Massachusetts. Click HERE for a list of MA public colleges & universities. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to apply.

Current Internship Opportunities


Internship Description: Assisting with Safety Duties, Chemical Inventory, Waste Collection, Research Support. Learn about Biological Safety, Laser Safety, Chemical safety, and Radiological Safety. In addition, there will be evaluation of OSHA safety programs - electrical, ladder, hearing conservation, etc.

Skills/Interests Required: Able to lift 50 lbs; interest in environmental safety

20 – 40 hours per week


Internship Description: Assist in the care, feeding and management of marine animal research specimens

Skills/Interests Required:  Basic background in biology and an interest in marine biology. Interest in marine animal handling and care. Internship involves food preparation, tank cleaning and maintenance, water quality testing, assisting researchers and staff in handling, transporting and managing an array of living marine invertebrates and fishes. May include opportunities to participate in field collections, supporting public outreach and interacting with students and researchers.   

20-40 hours per week


Internship Description: Develop and maintain experimental marine lab animal model systems 

Skills/Interests Required:  Current undergraduate student.  Basic background in biology or veterinary animal sciences. Interest in the study of exotic marine invertebrates, live animal care, as well as building and maintaining automated marine aquatic systems. Some experience in animal care is desired. Mechanical/electrical aptitude is a plus. 

10 – 20 hours per week


Position Summary:

The Human Resources Intern will partner with the Human Resources team on a wide range of HR projects and assist employees and managers. This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. The MBL Human Resources Department is a full-service department providing all key HR functions to the greater MBL community including  Recruitment, Compensation & Benefits, HRIS, Compliance, Employee Relations, Onboarding/Orientation, and Employee Communications.  In this position, the intern will gain a better understanding of the role that Human Resources can play and be better prepared to work in the Human Resources field.

Goals of Internship Experience:

  • Gain an overview of various Human Resources Dept. functions
  • To apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real world situations
  • Understand “Best Practices” in Human Resources
  • Begin to understand the role of HR in a mid-sized non-profit organization

Primary Duties Will Include: This position will expose you to many aspects of HR and allow you to gain working experience by:

  • Working closely with HR Coordinator on administrative duties
  • Performing steps in the onboarding, recruiting and hiring process (including new hire action items)
  • Coordinating and preparing materials for employee orientations
  • Other HR projects and assignment as needed


  • Strong customer service, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and internet applications
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Outstanding organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Some experience in an administrative office preferred