Education at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium
From visitors to students from near and far, the aquarium offers fascinating learning experiences for all ages. Learn about our educational opportunities here!
Approximately 85,000 people tour the Woods Hole Science Aquarium every year. Since 2002, more than one million visitors have been counted. Many of these are K-6 school groups from around New England that visit during the school year.
Visitor levels peak in the summer when local residents are joined by tourists and the swell of researchers and their students who conduct summer studies in the village. By the fall, the aquarium has had visitors from nearly every state and around the globe.
Interns at the Aquarium
Since 2002, nearly 200 high school and college students have participated in the Aquarium's education programs. Several recent high school summer interns are now college interns in other education programs at the Woods Hole Laboratory including the NOAA Hollings Scholars program and the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program.
In recent years one or more college students have had paying summer internships in the Aquarium, funded through the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Academic Programs Office.
Some interns have worked in the aquarium as assistant aquarists, caring for the animals and leading public collecting walks. Other interns have served as program assistants, helping to run the high school intern program.
Internships are competitive positions that provide undergraduates with summer employment opportunities at our laboratories in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; Milford, Connecticut; Highlands, New Jersey; and Orono, Maine.
Internship opportunities are posted in mid-winter and applications are usually due in February. Fellowships are awarded in March or April, depending on availability of funds.