Opportunities for College Undergraduates

In addition to Undergraduate Marine Science at W&M opportunities, The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) offers a number of educational and research opportunities for college undergraduates.

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.

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, and in laboratories. 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.