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Summer Research Internship for Undergraduates: MAR 499

*Registration available in May for June through August summer sessions*
*All summer courses are offered through Online & Continuing Education
*Contact UMass Dartmouth Registrar’s Office/University Enrollment Center:

Monday-Thursday, 8 am-7 pm
Friday, 8 am-5 pm

The School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST), which includes the Departments of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences (DEOS) and Fisheries Oceanography (DFO), offers a 4-8 week, two-credit summer research internship that is open to undergraduate science and engineering majors from within and outside of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The UMass Dartmouth course listing for this summer-only internship is #MAR 499.

The goals of the internship are to provide undergraduates with hands-on research experiences in marine science in the lab and/or field and to engage students who may have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree and professional career in oceanography.

Living expense support/stipend payment is available through faculty research grant support.

Specific internship topics may be focused in the following general research areas:

  • Integrated ocean observations, numerical modeling and analysis
  • Oceanographic remote sensing
  • Coastal engineering and fluid mechanics
  • Coastal ecosystems
  • Marine biogeochemical cycles and climate change
  • Marine plankton ecology
  • Marine sedimentation processes
  • Ocean mixing and stirring
  • Turbulence and fluid dynamics
  • Fisheries oceanography
  • Fisheries biology and aquaculture

Each intern will be matched to and work with a particular faculty member determined by mutual research interests, communication prior to the internship, and development of an internship project/activity.

Students should contact:

Professor Cindy Pilskaln ( with their area of internship interest.

Pertinent readings and/or background information relative to each internship research area and project will be provided by the individual SMAST faculty hosting/advising the summer intern. Evaluation of the internship performance (pass/fail) will be flexible & based upon an agreed-upon activity schedule and completion of a research activity report by the student at the end of the internship period.

Undergraduate Summer Internship in Marine Nitrogen Cycling

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer internship is available in the Altabet Biogeochemistry Lab at the School of Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Duration is 12 weeks, starting in June, with the start date flexible to accommodate the intern’s academic commitments.

The internship is funded as part of an NSF-funded project on nitrogen cycling in the Peru low oxygen region, focusing on the application of stable isotopes. The summer intern will conduct an individual research project that is relevant to the larger project goals.

Additionally, the intern will contribute to the on-going research efforts of the Altabet Biogeochemistry Lab and, with training and guidance, will process samples and analyze data. At the end of the summer, s/he will be required to write a report in the format of a scientific paper and give a short presentation. 

We invite applications from qualified, highly-motivated undergraduate students with interests in marine science. Prior completion of a college-level introductory chemistry course is essential, and an oceanography course is desirable but not required.  A stipend of $5000 will be provided to cover living expenses.

Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, one letter of recommendation and contact information for one additional reference. The statement of interest should be less than 500 words and include current academic interests, research experience and how this position would help the candidate achieve their career goals.

Internship Opportunities with the Coastal Systems Program

The Coastal Systems Program has opportunities for interns to participate as part of the research effort in summer and throughout the academic year (contingent on funding availability). Research areas include water quality monitoring, nutrient cycling, coastal ecosystems and wetlands ecology.  

Interns participate in a wide range of field and laboratory work, including but not limited to nearshore and offshore sampling, citizen-based environmental monitoring, maintenance of long-term experiments in wetlands, sample preparation, and a wide variety of laboratory analytical procedures. Successful candidates should be capable of working both independently and as part of a team.

To apply for an internship, please send a cover letter and a resume, including the names of at least three references, to:

Dr. David Schlezinger
706 South Rodney French Blvd.
New Bedford, MA 02744

Cover letters and resumes can also be attached as Word files and emailed to

NUWC Student Programs

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island, offers a suite of research and employment opportunities for students. Current or prospective SMAST students should contact Professor Miles Sundermeyer ( to learn how NUWC programs dovetail with graduate studies at SMAST. 

Undergraduate/Graduate Programs

  • Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)
    -18-27 students at NUWC for 10 weeks in summer
    - Application deadline mid-January
  • Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
    - Student commits to working at NUWC upon completion of degree – receives a scholarship from DoD
  • NUWC Student Services Contract
    - 10-15 students at NUWC during the year - 20 hours per week during academic year, 40 hours during summers and vacations
    - Program is administered by URI; however, the student from any institution can apply
    - POC Sally Marinelli (401) 874-5467

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