Internship at the Marine Biological Laboratory

The E.E. Just Internship at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole provides Dartmouth students with a unique opportunity to work alongside leading scientists at the very institution where E.E. Just made many of his important scientific discoveries. Current undergraduate students can apply to spend any leave term participating in this fully-funded, residential internship. Fall, winter, and spring term internships are generally more available.

About the Internship

Internship Description

The E.E. Just Marine Biological Laboratory Internship provides the opportunity for a number of Dartmouth undergraduates to participate in an exciting program directed by the world-renowned MBL at Woods Hole. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to conduct research with world leaders in molecular and cell biology, neurobiology and behavior, physiology, developmental biology, and evolutionary biology. This is a great opportunity for the budding scientist curious about the life sciences.

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), located in the picturesque village of Woods Hole Massachusetts, is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment. Resident scientists utilize the unique resources at the institution with a strategic focus on new discoveries emerging from the study of novel marine organisms, encompassing research in regenerative biology, neuroscience, sensory physiology, environmental science and comparative evolution and genomics.

In addition, faculty research centers on the study of microbiomes and microbial diversity and ecology in a variety of ocean and terrestrial habitats; cutting-edge imaging and computation, illuminating cellular function and previously unknown biology; and organismal adaptation and resilience in the face of global change and rapidly changing ecosystems.

A partnership between Dartmouth's E.E. Just Program and the MBL allows the MBL to welcome eligible undergraduates to Woods Hole during their 10-week "off-term," to work with resident scientists on a cutting-edge research project.

  • Applicants will be asked to identify three MBL scientists with whom they would like to work. The names of available faculty mentors can be found on the introductory page of the application form (see link below).
  • Other written application materials will be requested on the form.
  • All application materials will be reviewed by the prospective mentors, staff at the E.E. Just Program, and the Marine Biological Laboratory.
  • The program can accommodate 2-4 students per quarter.
  • Admitted students will be housed on the MBL campus and work in their mentors' labs on an agreed-upon research project.
  • Participants will receive a stipend of $3,000 in addition to fully subsidized room and board on the MBL campus.
  • This program has been made possible by the The Milton L. Shifman Endowed Scholarship Fund at the MBL and the Dartmouth E.E. Just Program.


Dartmouth undergraduates (first-years through juniors) with sufficient background in biology/chemistry and who are committed to the mission of the E.E. Just Program are eligible to apply.  

Benefits & Responsibilities

  • Mentorship: Interns work closely with world-class scientists at the MBL 
  • Community: Interns become members of the E.E. Just Community 
  • Room & Board: Accommodations and meals provided by the Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Stipend: Interns will receive a stipend of $3,000 provided by the E.E. Just Program
  • Final Report: A final report summarizing your experience and scientific findings will be required by the E.E. Just Program at the end of your internship.

Application Process & Deadline

  • The MBL Dartmouth Internship Application Form is not currently live. 


    **Applications for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, Winter 2024 & Spring 2024 were due May 15**

  • After creating an application account, you will see information about the following required materials:
    I. Two Letters of Recommendation from Dartmouth Faculty (you request these via the form)
    II. Three Short Answer Questions (max 500 word each)
    III. Three Essay Questions
    IV. (Unofficial) Undergraduate transcript
    V. Resume
  • Applicants will be notified of next steps as applications are reviewed.
    Please feel free to reach out and contact the program at any time if you have questions.