Inclusive NOAA Fisheries Internship Program (IN FISH!)
The Inclusive NOAA Fisheries Internship Program helps to build a diverse and inclusive workforce of scientists and managers.
2022 IN FISH! Acceptance Announcement
The 2022 class has been selected and alternates have been notified. The 2022 roster will be posted here in the coming days.
To all students who applied: thank you! We had nine applicants for each available intern position—the pool of undergraduate talent looking for summer internships is deep. If you did not receive an offer or an alternate email, please know that we appreciate your interest and we hope you find another good summer experience.
About IN FISH!
Our Inclusive NOAA Fisheries InternSHip (IN FISH!) is a partnership program between NOAA and research partners in academia and non-governmental research institutions. It is a 10-week paid undergraduate internship for U.S. citizens in a NOAA or partner institution marine research lab or marine resources program office.
The internship is a 10-week experience that includes a 2-week course available for credit through University of Maryland Eastern Shore and 8 weeks of project experience working with a mentor in science or management. A $5,000 stipend is provided to each participant, with tuition and course supplies also covered.
The IN FISH! program is modeled after the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program and Alaska Partnership Education Program internship programs. The structure can vary due to program needs, for example, student interests, program format (virtual, in-person, hybrid), or laboratory location. However the basic structure will consist of:
- Two-week ecosystems dynamics course
- Weekly professional development activities, including resume and writing. workshops, scientific presentations and seminars, guest speakers, discussion about graduate school, networking panels, and more
- Team building activities, including ice breakers, trivia night, coffee breaks, team meetings, and more
- Computational and technical workshops in R, R Shiny, GIS, and more
- Completion of research or management projects and can include things like posters, abstracts, presentations, websites, concept maps, and more
- Participation in the student symposium
What kinds of research and management projects did our 2021 IN FISH! students work on? Visit our student highlight to find out.
Who is Eligible
All undergraduate students enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of the application period and are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply and participate.
What are the Benefits
- Academic training and college credits (2 hours) in ecosystem dynamics and complex systems
- Experiencing real-world research and/or resource management
- Building a professional network of mentors, educators, potential employers, and colleagues
- Training in communications, networking, and other skills needed to succeed in graduate work and entry level research and management positions
- $5,000 stipend
How to Apply
Application packets must include:
- A completed 2022 IN FISH! application form
- Cover letter
- Resume or CV
- Unofficial transcript(s)
- Two letters of reference—one must be from a faculty member and the other can be from another professional source
Once you submit your application through the application portal, the references you listed in field #21 will be emailed and asked to submit their letters of reference directly to us. Be advised that once you submit your application it can not be edited. However, you can submit a new application to include any changes or updates. The program will review and consider the most recent application submitted. Returning users can login to retrieve their saved responses. Applications for 2022 are closed. Please check back for information for the 2023 program.
Application Portal Instructions
- Fill in all required fields on the application form
- Create one PDF file that includes your cover letter, resume, or CV (include the names of those writing recommendations on your behalf), and unofficial transcript(s). Name your PDF file using this format: “Lastname_Firstname_App_Attachments_2022.”
- Upload your PDF in field #19. Here is a guided video for how to compile multiple Microsoft Word documents into a single document that can be saved as a PDF.
The 2022 IN FISH! program is designed as an in-person, residential program. If conditions make travel and/or residency unsafe, we are prepared to offer parts or all of the program virtually. Note that the successful 2021 IN FISH! program was a virtual program.
More Information and Related Links
- 2021 IN FISH! Student Highlight
- NEFSC Academic Programs
- NOAA Fisheries Outreach and Education
- NOAA Fisheries Careers and More
If you experience any technical difficulties or have questions about the program or application process, please contact our Academic Programs Office’s Help Desk. Please include the following in the subject line of your email, “IN FISH! 2022 Application Help – [Your first & last name].”