A six-month internship experience provides students with an opportunity to gain workplace experience in marine biology in either an academic setting, or within the private or public sector.  This transition from classroom to workplace allows students to put the experience gained in the year of coursework to use while working with academic research scientists, state and federal agencies, or private consulting firms.

Although our students have had success in obtaining paid internships, we do not guarantee that all internships will result in paid positions. While the majority of internships will be located in New England, students have pursued internships as far afield as Australia and Taiwan.

MS Marine Biology students conduct a research project (but not a formal thesis) while enrolled in our program. During the fall of their second year, students return to the Marine Science Center in Nahant during the first week of December to present their research in a 15-minute talk (similar to at a scientific conference) and submit a journal-style research paper. The research project is an important component of the Master of Science degree because it demonstrates that students can perform the entire suite of skills needed to traverse the path from scientific inquiry to synthesis of findings. This is evident in the dozens of publications our students have authored or co-authored in the past 10 years.