Community College Biology Research Internship


The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for a Community College Research Intern position in the Gribble Laboratory. The successful applicant will participate in research on maternal effects (how a mother’s health or age affects the phenotype of her offspring) and the biology of aging, in a project funded by the National Science Foundation. This research uses rotifers--microscopic, aquatic organisms--as a laboratory study system.

The Gribble lab is housed within the Josephine Bay Paul Center, a collaborative research group addressing questions of microbial diversity, molecular evolution, and comparative genomics. Information about research at the Gribble lab may be found here.

The lab’s research uses a suite of molecular, microscopic, biochemical, and behavioral assay techniques. The student’s research activities may include designing and conducting experiments, rotifer and phytoplankton culture, PCR, qPCR, protein extraction and analysis, microscopy, data entry and analysis, and/or image and video analysis.

The student will be immersed in an active research environment and will interact with diverse scientists both within the Gribble Laboratory and throughout the Marine Biological Laboratory. Additionally, the student will receive scientific training and career mentoring as important components of the Research Internship.

The Research Internship is available only to students currently enrolled at a 2-year community college.

No prior experience is required. Applicants should be enrolled in a 2-year college. This position requires an independent, organized, and self-motivated individual with robust problem-solving skills. Attention to detail and a strong work ethic are essential.


Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.


The Internship is a research training experience paid via a $600/week stipend for 10 weeks, not employment (work) paid with a salary or wage.

Physical Requirements

Ability to conduct laboratory experiments and to use a computer are required. This is not a field-work position.

 To Apply

Students should apply by May 15, 2022. To apply, please submit the following documents with your application:

  • CV/resume
  • Cover letter describing your reasons for wanting to participate in the program
  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Names and contact information for two references. We will contact references if needed; letters are not required at the time of application.

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