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The Bermuda Program offers a unique opportunity for Bermudian students, ages 18 and older, to broaden their knowledge of marine and atmospheric sciences and learn about the daily operations of an active research station. Since 1976 more than 150 young Bermudians have taken part in this exciting program, with many applying their summer experiences toward further university studies. Beyond that, some Bermuda Program graduates have successfully translated their summer internships into employment opportunities at BIOS and other related organizations in Bermuda.
Program Requirements and Schedule
A handful of budding scientists are selected each year to receive paid fellowships (stipend plus laboratory expenses) that allow them to work on a specific project of interest alongside BIOS scientists in both field and laboratory settings. The internships are full time (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) and may have occasional night and weekend work as required by the project. Internships run for 8 or 4 weeks during the summer and include opportunities for participants to present their research in a traditional academic seminar. If selected, you’ll be placed with a faculty mentor who'll work with you to set the 8-week or 4-week internship period.
Prerequisites for acceptance into the Bermuda Program are:
There are no academic prerequisites to receive this fellowship and each application is given equal weight. However, faculty tend to select students who already have considerable laboratory experience in their field, possibly through previous BIOS programs. Please note: at the request of sponsors, the Bermuda Program is only open to Bermudians and Bermuda permanent residents (PRC). Non-Bermudians interested in similar experiences are encouraged to consider BIOS Independent Research Internships.
You can find the 2020 Bermuda Program application form here. Depending on which version of Adobe you are using, you may be able to download this form (save it to your desktop), fill it out on your computer, save it, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those with older versions of Adobe, it may be easiest to print the form, fill it out, then scan and email it. The deadline for submitting completed applications is April 30, 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by April 30, 2020.
Academic Credit for BIOS Internships
Students can receive academic credit for participating in summer courses and/or internships at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). We suggest you start planning early if you are seeking academic credit. The following steps may be useful:
- Speak to your advisor, department head, study abroad coordinator, or internship office at your home university about setting up an independent program that will provide you with unique educational benefits.
- Obtain a copy of all related information from the BIOS website (e.g., course syllabus) about the program in which you will participate. Bring this information when you meet with your academic advisor, department head, or study abroad coordinator. Work with your academic advisor to ensure that your proposal meets your school's academic requirements.
- Upon request, BIOS will provide you with a signed certificate of completion that you may submit to your school. The certificate will identify the course or project title, the instructor or principal investigator, location, dates, and will describe the type of course material that was covered and/or the type of research you conducted as part of your internship.
- Submit all completed documentation to your advisor when you finish your BIOS visit. Make sure the final documentation is filed with your department, study abroad office, or internship program.
In Their Own Words
“The Bermuda Program offers a unique and invaluable experience for any student interested in science/research. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience and enables you to gain confidence in your skills.” Megan Zimmerer, 2019.
“Being able to participate in this internship is something I am extremely grateful for and it is something I will never forget. I have learned so much and I will only build on the knowledge that I have been given access to.” Treiana Zuill, 2019.
Monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The health and well-being of everyone involved in BIOS’s educational programs is our top priority.
If you have questions that relate to the coronavirus disease as it concerns your plans for studying at BIOS, including application deadlines, the potential for cancellations, rescheduling, and refunding, please contact Ocean Academy.