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Guest Students

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers informal internships in which full-time graduate and undergraduate students are accepted as guest students in our laboratories on a year-round basis.  Advanced high school students enrolled in Upper Cape and Island schools may also be eligible for a guest student appointment.

As guest students, undergraduate and graduate students from universities all over the world have the opportunity to participate in a research project under the sponsorship and guidance of a staff scientist at WHOI. Guest student appointments can be arranged for any time throughout the year, depending on the student's and scientist's schedules, and can be from one month to one year in length. An appointment can be renewed if the circumstances warrant it and if the student is in good standing at his or her home institution. WHOI does not issue academic credit for guest student appointments. Guest students are expected to observe the regular working hours of the Institution and are encouraged to participate in the many seminars and lecture programs offered by the Woods Hole scientific community.

Our ability to place a guest student depends on whether the student's interests and academic background coincide with that of WHOI scientists who might be interested in providing an educational opportunity by hosting a student in their laboratory. We therefore encourage students to contact WHOI researchers by email to introduce themselves and inquire whether there is interest in hosting a guest student in their laboratory before applying to the program. Lists of WHOI researchers and their research interests are available on the various department webpages: http://www.whoi.edu/main/research.

Please Note: Guest students are responsible for arranging their own room and board and are expected to arrive with their own health insurance.

An electronic guest student application can be found on the 'Admissions' webpage (see link in the menu to the left).
IMPORTANT: Please do not submit an application until you have a confirmed sponsor from our scientific staff.