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Internships & Student Opportunities

College Undergraduates

DREAMS: Diversity in Research in Environmental and Marine Science

DREAMS is a partnership between VIMS and Hampton University's Department of Marine & Environmental Science to provide HU undergraduate students with comprehensive research experience, career preparation, and leadership training.

REU Summer Internship Program

Rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply for this summer-long internship program (late May- early August). Interns live in a William & Mary dormitory and conduct a project under the direction of a VIMS research scientist.

High School Students

Summer Aide Program

A limited number of paid positions may be available at VIMS campus during the summer, depending on faculty need and funding. High school students may apply for these temporary positions. To be considered, students must complete The College of William & Mary on-line application. Researchers or faculty looking for Summer Aides review the on-line applications to find potential candidates. To submit an on-line application, go to the W&M Jobs site and follow the instructions. Note: paper applications are not accepted; in the event that there are no positions or you are not selected, you will not be notified.

Summer Governor's School Program

Open to Virginia high school students via the Virginia Department of Education Governor's Schools program. During this four-week summer residential school, VIMS researchers host up to six high school students with demonstrated interest in and aptitude for marine science. Students are housed at Christopher Newport University.

Oyster Aquaculture Training Program (OAT)

The Oyster Aquaculture Training program is designed to help meet the growing demand for trained staff for Virginia's oyster aquaculture industry, and to assist VIMS' Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center in its oyster-domestication programs.


Become more involved in VIMS activities by becoming a volunteer. Volunteer positions are regularly available in the Library, Visitor's Center, Gift Shop, in laboratories, and in the field. There are also opportunities to lead group tours and assist with public outreach events. Volunteers play a vital role in advancing the research and educational mission of the Institute.