Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Life, Planet Health


Bigelow Laboratory offers internships to high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Internships actively engage students in the lab through participation in current research projects. Interns develop research, critical thinking, and professional skills and are exposed to academic and career options in ocean science through interactions with Senior Research Scientists, science staff, and other students.

Each intern is managed by a Senior Research Scientist (SRS), who is responsible for instructing, mentoring, and supervising the intern. Interns are expected to work with their mentor to develop a final report or project that reflects upon and synthesizes their internship experience at the Laboratory.

Interns are generally accepted three times a year: June (summer), September (fall), and January (spring). Applications in the general pool will be reviewed three times a year for available internship positions: summer applicants will be reviewed in March; fall applicants will be reviewed in June; and spring applicants will be reviewed in October.

As internship opportunities become available, our Senior Research Scientists will review applications from the general pool, and they may ask for further information or materials directly from the applicants as needed. Specific listings may also be posted on this page with separate application processes.

The timing and duration of these internship opportunities vary. You will only be contacted if you are being considered.

How to Apply

Please fill out the online application form to be considered an applicant to our general pool. All application materials must be received by the posted deadline. Due to the high number of applications received each year, incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Internship Period                                Application Due Date
Summer (June)                                      March 15
Fall (September)                                    June 15
Spring (January)                                  October 15

Additional internship opportunities will be posted on this page as they become available.  Questions may be directed to

Undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores and juniors) looking for a summer internship should apply to our NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program.