The Woods Hole Science Aquarium (WHSA) is offering three summer programs for high school students in 2013, a five-week internship and two two-week seminars devoted to careers in marine science. All three programs are designed for students who are interested in marine science and marine animals, aquarium operations, and marine education and conservation.
Interns in the five-week program will spend approximately 25
hours per week in the aquarium helping to care for animals. The interns
will learn about animal husbandry and will be trained as assistant
naturalists for shore-side collecting trips for the public. Interns are
expected to help with cleaning tanks, preparing fish food, and other
animal husbandry chores that can be messy and smelly. The five-week
program will run from June 24 through July 26.; In the last two weeks,
the interns will participate in the two-week Careers seminar.
The Careers in Marine Science seminars will run from July
15-26 and July 29 to August 9. The seminar are designed to give
students an idea of what people working in Woods Hole science
institutions do, and how different disciplines contribute to the larger
effort to understand the marine world and to manage marine resources
Seminar participants will learn animal husbandry and basic
aquarist skills, hear presentations from scientists working in a
variety of fields, go on collecting trips, and visit other science
institutions and aquariums.
To participate in either the internship or the seminar,
students must have finished 10th, 11th or 12th grade and must be at
least 16 years old by June 24. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship.
Application forms are available in the aquarium and online at http://aquarium.nefsc.noaa.gov/hsinterns.html/.
Applicants must also provide a transcript and two references. E-mail
applications are welcome. All application materials must be
postmarked by March 15. The 2013 interns and seminar participants will
be announced by April 1.
The Woods Hole Science Aquarium holds approximately 120
species of marine animals in several dozen tanks that provide cold
water, temperate water, and tropical water habitats. In a typical summer
the aquarium hosts more than 50,000 visitors from all 50 states and
more than 50 countries.
The summer programs are run by the staff of the Woods Hole
Science Aquarium and are a project of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries
Service in partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory.
The aquarium welcomes applications from students of all
backgrounds. Students from groups currently under-represented in marine
sciences are especially encouraged to apply – this includes African
American, Cape Verdean, Hispanic, and Native American students.
Questions about the program may be directed to George Liles, WHSA Curator, (508) 495-2037, or email@example.com.
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