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Applications for the 2023 Program are now closed. The 2023 class will be announced on this page in mid-March.

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The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP) is designed primarily for college students who are rising junior and seniors majoring in the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, or geosciences and earth system sciences), engineering, mathematics or the social sciences, who have had some course work in oceanography, biology, or marine and/or environmental science. However, PEP does encourage any interested undergraduate to apply, that includes students from community college and students of all majors (social sciences, communications, policy, etc). Applicants should have a desire to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science.

Tips for your application:

  • Read the questions/prompts carefully,
  • Talk to your letter of recommendation writers early in your application process - do not wait until the last minute; and
  • Review your essay answers for spelling and grammar


You may review the PDF of the application here. This is for reference only, applications will only be accepted through the online portal.

Application Requirements

  • Completion of the online application through formsite. Application materials required to submit through formsite:
    • Current résumé or CV
    • Unofficial transcripts (submitted through formsite)
      • Official transcripts will be requested upon offer
    • 2 letters of recommendation; 1 must be from a faculty member
    • Review the potential projects and mentors for 2023

2023 Important Dates

February 10 - Application deadline (the portal will close promptly at 11:59 PM EST)

February 17 - Letter of recommendation deadline (the portal will close promptly at 11:59 PM EST)

June 3 - Interns travel to Woods Hole

June 5 - Welcome and orientation events

August 11 - Final presentations and symposium

August 12 - Interns depart Woods Hole

Contact Information

For questions or technical support, send an email to with the subject line “PEP 2023 Application Help – [Your first & last name]

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How is the pandemic due to COVID-19 affecting the PEP internship? 

After running PEP virtually for 2 summers (2020, 2021), we have returned to the residential program.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes. However, while we welcome applications from both US citizens and non-citizens, we do give priority in selection to US citizens.

When will I hear about the status of my application?

We will announce the PEP 2023 class in mid-March with a posting on this website.

I am a graduating senior, or a recent graduate, am I eligible to participate?

Yes. You are eligible to apply and we do sometimes make offers to graduating (or recently graduated) seniors.