MIT Sea Grant Announces Ocean Science Summer Internships

MIT Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the Summer 2012 Ocean Science Internship!
Applications due: April 13, 2012
Program Dates: July 2nd – July 27th, 2012
Open to: High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Stipend: $800

About the Internship
Over the course of a four-week program, interns will work collaboratively to investigate the intertidal zone in the Boston Harbor Islands. The student work is part of an ongoing ecological assessment and non-native species monitoring effort conducted by MIT Sea Grant in collaboration with the Boston Harbor Islands National Parks Service.

Students will gain valuable hands-on experience in the field of marine ecology. Interns may also have the opportunity to work with engineers, biologists and/or policy experts who design, build and utilize autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

Who Should Apply
Successful applicants will:

  • Be students who are entering their junior or senior year of high school, or students who will be entering college in the fall
  • Be responsible, investigative thinkers
  • Have a strong interest in, or currently be pursuing, studies in ocean science
  • Be at least 16 years old by program start date (July 2, 2012)
  • To Apply

    1. Complete the application form and return that form to
      Rachel VanCott, MIT Sea Grant College Program
      77 Mass Ave., Bldg. E38-300
      Cambridge, MA 02139
    2. Or, by email, to

    3. Have a member of the science faculty at your high school, or a teacher that you’ve worked closely with, send a letter of recommendation, in a signed, sealed envelope.
    4. Have one official copy of your transcript sent to Rachel VanCott, at the address above.

    All application materials must be postmarked or emailed by April 13, 2012.

    Contact Rachel Vancott with any questions at

    City of Boston Offers Scholarships for New England Aquarium Summer Camps

    A limited number of Harbor Discoveries Camp scholarships are available for Boston residents entering grades 4 through 7 in Fall 2012. Camp activities include behind-the-scenes activities in New England Aquarium galleries, excursions to Boston Harbor Islands, daily trips to north and south shore habitats and an overnight experience.

    These scholarships contribute 90% of the tuition fee for one week of Harbor Discoveries. A co-pay of $65 will be required, payable to New England Aquarium upon acceptance to the program. Scholarship Applications can be found on the city of Boston’s website

    The scholarship application deadline is April 2, 2012.

    Learn more about Harbor Discoveries Camp and sign up here!

    Ocean Survey Vessel Open House, Boston

    From June 18-25, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) staff will be conducting an eight-day survey in Massachusetts Bay on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Ocean Survey Vessel Bold—a 224-foot converted U.S. Navy ocean surveillance ship that is specifically designed to help EPA conduct a wide range of environmental monitoring activities and perform onboard data analysis. CZM will be collecting samples of sediments and benthic organisms and shooting underwater videos of the seafloor to support the state’s ocean planning efforts. After the CZM survey, the Bold will be docked along the Harborwalk at Fan Pier between the Moakley Courthouse and the Institute for Contemporary Art, and on June 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EPA will host a free open house aboard the vessel. The Bold is staffed by a team of EPA scientists who conduct surveys with partner research institutions and government agencies to monitor and assess the health of coastal and ocean waters. In addition to demonstrations of how the Bold’s state-of-the art oceanographic equipment is used, scientists from partner agencies—CZM, the Massachusetts Bays Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston Urban Harbors Institute—will present information about recent research from coastal Massachusetts. There will also be a “touch tank” full of sea organisms from New England waters provided by the New England Aquarium. Kids of all ages will be able to see research equipment up close and learn from marine scientists and dive team members about the ship and ongoing research projects.

    Boston Science Partnership Showcase

    The Boston Science Partnership (BSP) has changed the culture of science education in Boston by creating a vibrant, highly qualified, high-achieving community of instructors and students from kindergarten through higher education. In five years, the project has tripled the number of students succeeding in Advanced Placement (AP) science, added 260 licenses to teachers’ resumes, formed long-lasting partnerships between higher education and schools, and created an active network of teacher leaders in science education. Come celebrate our success, learn from our experience, and envision the future of urban science education, April 12 at UMass Boston. For program information, registration and other details, visit the BSP website.