Summer Internship Opportunities

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Description:  The oyster culture program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory ( is accepting applications for summer internships.  The oyster hatchery, one of the largest on the east coast, produces oyster larvae and spat for restoration activities throughout the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay.  The facility includes large larval tanks housed indoors, a greenhouse for algal production, and over fifty outside setting tanks. 

Duties:  Interns will become part of the hatchery team and learn all aspects of oyster culture including broodstock management, spawning, larval culture, algal culture, settlement, outplanting and deployment.  Interns will be expected to assist in all facets of hatchery operation, but may also assist in hatchery experiments under the supervision of a faculty member. 

Conditions:  This is a seasonal internship that will run from as early as May through September 2012.  Some weekend and holiday work is required along with occasional irregular hours.  Applicants must be able to lift at least 30 pounds and work in a wet and humid environment.

Eligibility:  High school applicants should have completed at least their junior year.  Applicants enrolled in college should have at least one year of course work towards a degree in biology, environmental science or a related field.  Stipend is $300 per week.  Limited dormitory space is available.

Contact:  If interested, contact Stephanie Alexander, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory, P.O. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613; email:  for more information. Deadline to apply is February 17, 2012.

Application Form (pdf)

Recommendation Form (pdf)