Blue Economy Internships

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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.

Internships are paid by a stipend that is based on number of hours per week at a rate of up to $18 per hour. 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.

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Current Internship Opportunities

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY ASSISTANT

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
 

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION & WEBSITE DESIGN

Internship Description:  For this project, the student will design a website that profiles the research program, lab members, publications, and news for an aquatic biology laboratory at the MBL. Additionally, the student will write short articles describing the lab’s research projects and results for publication on the website. Other activities may include creating and editing videos of research organisms, lab procedures, and lab personnel. The final product will be a science communication portfolio, including a public website, series of science articles, photographs, and videos.

Skills/Interests Required:  This project requires strong writing skills, comfort with computers, and an interest in science and science communication

10 – 20 hours per week
 

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP – LAMPREY AS A MODEL FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

Internship Description:  The Morgan Lab at the MBL seeks an intern to assist with projects related to spinal cord injury and regeneration using the lamprey as a model organism. Unlike humans, lampreys are capable of recovering from traumatic spinal cord injury. The intern will work with our team to investigate the neural and molecular basis of regeneration. The intern will also learn basic laboratory skills and assist the team with weekly lab maintenance. 

Skills/Interests Required:  Interest in science

10 – 20 hours per week
 

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP – TESTING THE IMPACT OF TEMPERATURE, LIGHT, AND NUTRIENTS ON GROWTH AND SURVIVORSHIP OF SEEDSTOCK FOR OFFSHORE SEAWEED

Internship Description:  Monitoring growth rates of tropical red seaweeds in the lab. Measurement of photosynthesis. Preparation of samples for chemical analysis. Data management and preparation of graphs and figures.

Skills/Interests Required:  Ability to follow instructions and work as part of a team. Prefer someone interested in the Blue Economy or sustainability

Minimum of 3 hours per week for four weeks but can be flexible
 

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP – DEVELOPMENT OF PROPER REARING TECHNIQUES FOR CORAL LARVAE

Internship Description:  Testing different feeds and feeding rates on growth and survivorship of coral larvae. Catalog feeding behaviors and development. Testing different settlement substrates. Induction of coral spawning.

Skills/Interests Required:  Ability to follow instructions and work as part of a team.

Minimum of 3 hours per week for four weeks but can be flexible
 

CEPHALOPOD AQUARIST INTERN  

Internship Description:  Responsible for assisting the cephalopod operations team with a diverse set of tasks, primarily supporting animal husbandry initiatives.  Some of these duties include but are not limited to feeding animals, harvesting eggs, daily maintenance, organizational responsibilities, assisting with system setup, etc.  This is a great opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience with marine laboratory mariculture systems and animals.

Skills/Interests Required:  Teamwork, attention to detail, interested in animal care.

12 – 16 hours per week, six months minimum
 

HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE DISCOVERY PROGRAM CURRICULUM ENRICHMENT

Internship Description:  The MBL’s High School Science Discovery Program is seeking an intern to assist with the ongoing course development and implementation. These residential courses provide high level educational experiences to High School students through immersive, hands-on laboratory sessions. The selected intern will work with program managers to review the curriculum for current courses and connect Next Generation Science Standards to specific course activities and content. Additionally, the selected intern will advise on any potential additions to course content where appropriate and, when needed, assist in the setup, delivery, or breakdown of courses.

Skills/Interests Required:  Interest in science education and curriculum development. Some familiarity with traditional or Next Generation Science Standards.

6 – 10 hours per week
 
RESEARCH INTERNSHIP – OBTAINING SOLUBLE RECOMBINANT PROTEINS FROM AQUATIC ANIMALS FOR FUNCTIONAL ASSAYS

Internship Description: After initial training, the intern will conduct experiments aimed to optimize protein expression in E. coli. The intern will also prepare and sterilize chemical solutions and bacterial growth media and perform regular lab maintenance tasks.

Skills/Interests Required: Basic knowledge of microbiological techniques and sterile work is desirable. The project requires high punctuality and attention to detail, as well as the ability to work independently and to keep a detailed record of results.
16 hours per week for 4 to 8 weeks – possibly more, depending on results

 
 

2022 Opportunities

ACCOUNTANT

Internship Description: Assist with processing, entry, and organizing transactions in accordance with established procedures; Assist with projects to prepare data for computer system conversion to Oracle; Assist with project and procedural documentation.

Skills/Interests Required: Strong math and computer skills; attention to detail; integrity; resourcefulness

Hours: 24 – 30 hours per week beginning May, 2022
 

RESEARCH INTERNSHIP – BIOLOGY OF MARINE ANIMALS CONTRIBUTING TO THE DEEP OCEAN’S PARTICLE FLUX

Internship Description: This internship involves working with microscopic photographs and datasets to study the animals that contribute to sinking particles (the particle flux) in the deep ocean off Bermuda. The focus of the project is to enumerate the shells of deep sea organisms that contribute to the deep ocean flux in this region and prepare a “Field Guide to the Deep” booklet describing the organisms’ life history, seasonality and year to year variations in their abundance in the sinking flux. The intern also will assist with laboratory methods, learn basic statistical methods, Excel and Powerpoint and hone writing skills. Project will be tailored to intern’s interests and abilities.

Skills/Interests Required: Interest in oceans and biology, strong quantitative skills. Some familiarity with Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Open to high school juniors, seniors and undergrads.

Hours: Semester-long project w/ flexible hours, can evolve into fulltime summer position. Could be tailored into an undergrad thesis project. Number of hours per week is flexible with student academic schedule.

 
RESEARCH INTERNSHIP – IMAGE ANALYSIS OF THE DEEP OCEAN PARTICLE FLUX

Internship Description: The intern will develop image analysis strategies for quantifying different biological components of sinking particles (the particle flux) in the deep ocean offshore Bermuda. The intern will use commercial image analysis software to enumerate major biological components (e.g. shells of microplankton) of the flux. An intern with a computer science background also will have the opportunity to learn computing tools to develop a machine learning strategy for identification and classification of target objects.

Skills/Interests Required: Interest in oceanography and marine biology, strong analytical and computing skills. Undergraduate junior or senior – sophomores may be considered.

Hours: Flexible, January – June, FT January intersession

 
RESEARCH INTERNSHIP – STRIPED BASS MAGIC PROGRAM

Internship Description:  The Striped Bass Program is seeking interns to contribute to and conduct a variety of small-scale research projects related to the biology and ecology of the seasonally migratory striped bass in Eel Pond, Woods Hole, MA. Striped bass arrive in late spring and small populations return to Eel Pond each year resulting in a unique opportunity to study large and small timescale behaviors. The selected applicants will work with resident program managers in behavioral observations, water quality monitoring, movement tracking, data analysis, and other projects. Selected applicants will also be encouraged to identify their own projects related to the larger focus of striped bass ecosystem.  For examples of projects conducted by past interns please visit: stripedbassmagic.org

Skills/Interests Required:  Interest in marine ecosystem dynamics and fish biology and behavior

6 hours per week, spring/summer 2022
 

MARINE RESOURCES INTERNSHIP #1

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
 

MARINE RESOURCES INTERNSHIP #2

Internship Description:  Develop experimental marine lab animal model systems

Skills/Interests Required:  Current undergraduate student.  Basic background in biology, cell and molecular biology. Interest in exotic marine invertebrates, and developing inbred and transgenic lines of exotic marine invertebrates to support lab research. Work involves molecular biology, cloning, developmental biology and microinjection. Some prior, basic molecular biology lab experience is expected.

10 – 20 hours per week