The Bermuda Program Celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2016!
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 130 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 run full time (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) 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 that works best for both of your schedules.
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 Bermudian students. Non-Bermudians interested in similar experiences are encouraged to consider the BIOS Volunteer Internship Program.
You can find the 2017 Bermuda Program application here. Depending on which version of Adobe you are using, you may be able to download these forms (save them to your desktop), fill them out on your computer, save them, and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those with older versions of Adobe, it may be easiest to print the forms, fill them out, then scan and email them. The deadline for submitting completed applications is April 1, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2017.
Recent Bermuda Program Interns
Research conducted by Bermuda Program students covers a variety of topics in ocean and atmospheric sciences.
In Their Own Words...
“My research project has developed into something really interesting. I like that I’ve been able to step into the role of a scientist and research a topic that others have not looked at before. It’s really exciting. In school, there is a lot of memorization and repetitions, and here it is refreshing to be able to make your own discoveries.” Ashby Bradshaw, St. Mary’s University, 2015
"I think the Bermuda Program is a very important part of the Bermudian community because it gives people like me who want to do marine biology, the opportunity to really kick-start our marine biology or conservation career and stay local. I’ve benefited from the funding that these programs get, and they make a world of difference to people like me." Phoebe Barboza, University of Southampton, 2015
"Through my Bermuda Program internship I hoped to gain a lot of experience and learn about lab techniques used in the field of marine science research. I have definitely achieved this from the internship. Working at the molecular lab has taught me many different techniques of molecular and biochemistry research. I am very thankful for another year of being an intern at BIOS. Whenever I participate in the Bermuda Program, I know that it is guaranteed that I will learn something new. This knowledge and experience that I have gained from working at BIOS has and will continue to benefit me in the future. I would definitely recommend BIOS to students who are not only interested in ocean-based research, but also in lab work because BIOS has a unique laboratory that relates human health to ocean study." Jecar Chapman 2010 - 2015
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 Bermuda visit. Make sure the final documentation is filed with your department, study abroad office, or internship program.