Internships and Scholarships

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NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU sites program. An REU site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU site may be at either a US or foreign location. Select the link above to search for REU sites and application information.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge Program

This is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. Representatives from companies looking to host interns will review applications and select candidates with the qualifications that are most suited to their needs. Internships can be part or full time and take place throughout the year. The Center’s internship program year runs from May 1 through April 30 of any given year. Apply online at the link above.

New England BioLabs offers a number of paid summer internships to undergraduate students. 

The New England Aquarium Internships   The New England Aquarium is currently seeking candidates for Summer 2016 internships! Applications are being accepted for all positions, but a link to our Marine Mammal internship as well as our Marine Mammal Education and Research internship is below. We hope to receive your application soon!  Applications consist of a cover letter, resume, references, a completed questionnaire, an unofficial transcript, and a letter of recommendation. Applications may be sent electronically to<>. Internships are 2-3 days per week for 12-16 weeks, and all positions are unpaid. The priority deadline is listed as January 31st, but we will continue to accept applications beyond that date; any applications received before January 31st receive priority consideration.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Program is currently accepting applications for Marine Mammal Stranding Internship for our summer session 2016 (June 6th 2016 - August 29th 2016). All application materials must be received by Friday, March 11th by 5:00pm ESTPlease see link above for application and for future internship sessions.

The National Marine Life Center is seeking qualified students to fill our summer internship positions. Marine Animal Rehabilitation/Education interns will assist NMLC staff and volunteers with education projects and animal husbandry, and Marketing/Development interns will assist with fundraising, public relations, social media. See above link for the complete details.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium offers 3 internship time frames annually. The Summer Internship runs from May through August. The application deadline for this internship is February 1st. To learn more about Clearwater Marine Aquarium's animal care internships and how to apply, please visit the link above.

NOAA Student Opportunities
The Student Opportunities website is designed to provide information about educational opportunities that are available throughout NOAA. On this site, you can find information on scholarships, internships, fellowships and post docs, including a brief description of each program, the application deadline, award amount, dates of the opportunity, contact e-mail address and a link to the website.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships [PDF]

Fellowships are offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution. These fellowships are offered through the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships, and are administered under the charter of the Institution, 20 U.S. Code section 41 et seq. Fellowship awards under this program are contingent upon the availability of funds

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), is a division of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and maintains research facilities for marine and terrestrial research at various locations on the Isthmus of Panama. STRI offers fellowships for undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral research in the areas represented by its scientific staff. Disciplines include ecology, anthropology, paleontology, paleoecology, evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, animal behavior, neurobiology, soils sciences, and physiology of tropical plants and animals.

U.S. EPA Student Summer Employment Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking for energetic and highly motivated students for summer employment. Numerous opportunities are available within EPA for students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the environment. Student summer employment opportunities are available at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and at regional office and laboratory locations nationwide.


The Alfred L. Borgatti Biology Scholarship  

This award is endowed with a donation from the family of Alfred L. Borgatti. Dr. Borgatti, a long time member of the biology faculty, who was an ardent supporter of student scholarship in the natural sciences. Each year, a biology major will be awarded funds to support student scholarship. 2015 awards: 3 scholarships at $800 each. Application deadline: April 11, 2016.

The Frederick A. Meier Science Award

This award is endowed with a donation from the family of Frederick A. Meier. Dr. Meier who was a part of the university from faculty member to president. There are two awards that have been historically in the amount of $725 each, one for a chemistry major and one for a biology major. Application deadline: April 11, 2016

Edward F. Sweeney Award in Field Biology

The Edward F. Sweeney award is being presented by Professor Emerita (biology) Anita V.M. Shea to support research and scholarship of advanced undergraduate majors in biology and promoting student interest in entering a career in field biology.  Edward F. Sweeney was a long time member of the biology department and served as chair for 9 years. He had a true passion for traveling around the world collecting specimens that we still have in our labs today. Scholarship Award in the amount of $1,000. Application deadline: April 11, 2016.

Alan M. Young Award in Marine Biology

This fund has been established for the purpose of supporting research and scholarship of advanced undergraduate majors in biology and promoting student interest in entering a career in marine biology. This award is restricted to covering the costs of student research projects overseen by Salem State University biology faculty. Acceptable uses include approved student travel for research, purchase of appropriate texts and/ or research materials, participation in established undergraduate research organization activities, expenses related to presentation of research findings at a scientific conference or other expenses needed for credit-bearing research or internship courses supervised by Salem State University biology faculty. The award can be used during the summer, in a single semester or spread out over two semesters annually according to the following principles and guidelines: Award amount: $500 Application deadline: April 11, 2016. 

2015-2016 Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award  

Since 2012, Thermo Fisher Scientific Pierce has offered scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in science fields.  For Spring 2016, we are again offering six scholarships for future science scholars. Two $10,000 scholarships and four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded on 15-Dec-2015.  The current application deadline is 11:59 pm Central Time (CT) on November 24, 2015. Complete information regarding the scholarship program’s eligibility criteria, rules and the application form can be found on our website at

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research  

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. Application deadlines are March 15 and October 15 annually. 

The Women Divers Hall of Fame Undergraduate Marine Research Internship in Marine Biology 

 A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a female undergraduate student who is (or will be) participating in an internship program with a focus in marine biology. Students must have completed at least 60 credits or hold third year (junior) status before starting the internship. Application deadline is January 15 each year.

Our World Underwater Scholarship and Internships

A full year scholarship working side by side with current leaders in underwater fields (application deadline is December 31). Summer Internships are for 2-3 summer months (application deadline is January 31). For more information and applications, go to