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CCCC Blue Economy Internships


We are offering a paid internship opportunity for Cape Cod Community College students at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA, January-May, 2023. The program consists of a short course on “Blue Economy” topics and an internship placement in a WHOI lab. No previous experience is required – just interest and a desire to learn more!

The 2-week short course will be held in early January and will include lectures and daily hands-on activities and tours. The course will present Blue Economy topics including ocean aquaculture, engineering and sensors, offshore wind energy, fisheries, and marine pollution such as oil and plastics. The course requires about 20 hours on-site.

The internship/lab placement will introduce students to career paths that exist locally within ocean science and engineering, and the Blue Economy. Interns will be placed with a research group that most closely matches their interests. The internship requires 50 hours on-site over the course of the Spring Semester and scheduling is flexible.

Eligibility: Applicants should be currently enrolled in a degree program at CCCC. They should be STEM majors or have completed 2 community college science courses.

Stipend/Tuition: Students are paid $17/hour for the course and internship (total 70 hours). Reimbursement for transportation or mileage will be provided. Students will earn one credit through course ENV260 and tuition is covered by the STEM Starter Academy.

The application for 2023 is now closed. The application for winter/spring 2024 will open in Fall 2023.

To apply, please submit:

  1. On-line Application Form - includes contact and academic information, and short answer questions about your educational/career goals and interests
  2. Unofficial Transcript - email to
  3. One Reference is required from a CCCC instructor. A second reference is optional from a job supervisor. Reference letter instructions can be found here.

If you have any questions about the program or the application, please contact