The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences offers internship opportunities to both undergraduate, and recent graduate, students. Volunteer internships may run for 8, 10 or 12 weeks in the summer, although both timing and duration can be flexible. BIOS interns can expect to work in BIOS laboratories with faculty and staff mentors, participating in active research projects of mutual interest., As a BIOS Volunteer Intern you could have the opportunity to participate in an open-ocean research cruise aboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer, SCUBA dive on Bermuda’s coral reefs, learn progressive techniques from scientists at the forefront of their field, gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge laboratory equipment, and engage in workshops and seminars with peers and BIOS staff. Check out what previous Volunteer Interns at BIOS had to say about their experiences!
Benefits of a BIOS Internship include:
- The Bermuda platform allows quick access to both shallow reef and deep open-ocean environments, providing exceptional opportunities for either nearshore or offshore research;
- Bermuda enjoys a unique assemblage of readily accessible marine ecosystems and species;
- Access to BIOS’s world-class facilitie with modern, well-equipped labs and our fleet of boats, including the R/V Atlantic Explorer;
- Exposure to a wide range of faculty interests and expertise among BIOS’s diverse community of researchers, as well as visiting scientists;
- Participating in pioneering research at the forefront of current knowledge and technology;
- The potential to publish in peer-review journals as a result of BIOS-based research, in collaboration with BIOS faculty and staff;
- Opportunities to collaborate with students from other universities;
- Many BIOS intern alumni have attributed their experiences at BIOS as being a major stepping stone in their career, research advancement and success.
How to Apply for a Volunteer Internship
Students interested in a Volunteer Internship at BIOS should email firstname.lastname@example.org a cover letter that clearly states your research interests and why you would like a BIOS internship, as well as which faculty member(s) you would like to work with. Please attach the following to your email: recent transcripts, a copy of your current CV and at least two letters of reference from academics familiar with your work. Your application will be circulated for review and consideration amongst the faculty you nominate; the Education Department will advise you of the results of the process.
How to Fund a Volunteer Internship
Costs normally associated with an internship include, but are not limited to, accommodation and meals on-campus, supplies/expenses associated with the intern’s research project and an intern stipend. The cost of a Volunteer Internship at BIOS is dependent on a number of factors including duration of the internship. To obtain an accurate budget, personalized for a potential Volunteer Internship at BIOS, please contact BIOS Education.
Applicants for Volunteer Internships are strongly encouraged to secure external sources of funding. Students interested in a Volunteer Internship should investigate funding opportunities through their home institution and external grant opportunities. BIOS Education does not generally have funds to support Volunteer Interns, although individual BIOS Faculty or research programs may have some funding. Interested individuals may also investigate the BIOS Grant-in-Aid program for small contributions to their in-house costs at BIOS.
Other Internships at BIOS
Independent of our Volunteer Internships, BIOS offers the following funded internship programs:
- Bermuda Program (open to Bermudian citizens and permanent residents only)
- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program (open to US citizens and permanent residents)
Additionally, BIOS partners in ongoing, funded internships for which students at the following universities are eligible to apply:
- USA: Princeton University, Eckerd College
- UK: Cambridge University
- Canada: Students enrolled in Canadian colleges/universities and Canadian students enrolled in universities outside Canada, but who intend to return to Canada after graduation, are eligible to apply for an internship funded by the Canadian Associates of BIOS (CABIOS)
Foreign nationals traveling to Bermuda do not require an entry visa. However, proof of residency or a valid Multi Re-Entry Visa for the USA, UK or Canada may be required for non-US/UK/Canadian citizens, depending upon your country of origin. Please review Immigration Information to check the Bermuda Department of Immigration requirements.
Please contact the BIOS Education Department at email@example.com for additional information