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Student Opportunities at NOAA
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office

Who Are We and What Do We Do?

The NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Office manages living marine species and their habitats along the U.S. coast of the northwest Atlantic Ocean. The region encompasses the rich diversity of sea life in waters from Cape Hatteras through Maine, including the bays, estuaries, and rivers. We are a regional office of NOAA Fisheries, an organization within the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

As stewards of marine resources, we protect and recover marine and anadromous species (including marine mammals, sea turtles, and endangered anadromous fish such as salmon). We manage commercial and recreational marine fisheries in partnership with the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. We also protect and help restore the riverine, oceanic, and coastal habitats that support these species.  Our management and stewardship efforts are supported by the science conducted at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Located primarily in Gloucester, Massachusetts, we also have field offices from Maine through Virginia.

Student Opportunities

We conduct volunteer and internship programs to create a diverse pool of qualified applicants for future jobs in marine science and stewardship organizations. We host graduate and undergraduate interns for a wide range of projects from various backgrounds and majors. Disciplines include biology, ecology, environmental policy, natural resource and fisheries science, geography, government affairs, statistics, communications, computer science, and business, among others. Students gain experience working in the federal government and obtain skills that are transferable to a wide range of opportunities.

In summer 2018, we plan to host interns to work on a range of projects. We will recruit through the Pathways Program, the Hollings Program, and NOAA’s College-Supported Internship Program beginning in late fall 2017. See a partial list of projects we will be filling this summer on the next page.

Look for Pathways Program internship on our platform. These opportunities are usually only posted for a week or two. If you think you may be interested in applying for a NOAA internship or other federal job opportunities, we strongly recommend that you prepare by creating an account on  The site provides helpful hints for applicants.

Note that we also occasionally have unpaid student service-learning or volunteer opportunities. To find out about available opportunities, contact

Sample Projects

Northeast Fisheries Science Center Opportunities

Our research partners at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center offer participation in research and education opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students.  Find out more about these opportunities here.

NOAA Student Opportunities

NOAA offers many undergraduate and graduate student opportunities including internships and scholarships – listed on NOAA Office of Education’s Student Opportunity webpage.

Why pursue an opportunity with NOAA? 

Internship and volunteer opportunities with NOAA in the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office or in other NOAA programs can help you compete for permanent or contract jobs with NOAA and partner agencies devoted to marine or environmental science and stewardship. And because NOAA is a U.S. federal government agency, permanent positions come with many benefits, including: competitive salaries, job security, flexible work schedules, telework opportunities generous leave programs and commuter subsidies.  Some jobs may also have student loan repayment programs, loan forgiveness, and professional development training opportunities.