A summer internship program for high school students, to engage and inspire the next, more diverse, generation of fisheries professionals

About Hutton

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is an eight-week paid summer internship and mentoring program for high school students sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS). Our vision is to stimulate interest in fisheries and aquatic science among underrepresented groups in the profession today. Participating students receive a $3,000 stipend and an all-expense paid trip to the Hutton Scholars Summit. Through our network of mentors, we can place students in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico within a 45-minute commute of the student’s home. 

Since 2001:

Host Institutions

Over the past 10 years:


Hutton Alumni (2011-2020) attribute their internship to increasing their interest in fisheries, aquatics or environmental science studies and careers!


Hutton Alumni (2011-2020) who currently are studying or have studied fisheries or other biological sciences since their Hutton Program internship!

2024 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program General Timeline

To view a more detailed calendar of dates and deadlines for Fall 2023-Summer 2024: CLICK HERE

Applications Open
Student Application Portal Opens
Applications Close
Student Application Portal Closes
Applications Under Review
All Applicants Notified and Accepted Students Matched with Mentor
8 Week Internships Begin in June and Finish in Late July/August
November 14th, 2023
January 16th, 2024
February 2024
April 2024
Mid-June 2024

2023 Hutton Class has been selected!

This summer, we will be welcoming 43 students from 23 states to participate in a unique internship opportunity. If you applied and have not received an email from us about your application status, please review your notification settings in the application portal. We received a record-breaking 534 applications this year and are able to support our largest class since 2006!

Become a Hutton Program Partner

Is your agency or organization interested in becoming more involved in the Hutton Program? We are always looking for new Hutton Program Partners to support and host a Hutton Scholar! Questions about partnering with us? Please email the Education Program Coordinator at [email protected].

"The value of this internship has continued to increase as time has gone on. The connections I was able to make because of it helped me find a field of study that I have become more passionate about…"
2018 Hutton Scholar
"I grew up in a very urbanized city...each day in the field gave me an opportunity to really savor and appreciate the beauty of nature, even in the shrubby, hot chaparrals of Southern California. It also motivated me to become more conscious of the footprint that I make as an inhabitant of the earth and to try to lessen my impact."
2016 Hutton Scholar
"This was an awesome experience and definitely gave me a competitive advantage when applying for internships and environmental‐related jobs. It gave me a life‐long mentor! I think we’re going on 6 years of friendship now!"
2013 Hutton Scholar

Support Hutton!

We are celebrating over 20 years of internships through the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program! Help us continue to engage and inspire high school students by supporting the Hutton Program today. For more information about the Robert F. Hutton Fund and how to donate, click the button below: