The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is an innovative summer internship for high school students.
General Program Overview
The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is an eight week, paid, full time summer internship and mentoring program for high school students sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS). Selected students, known as Hutton Scholars, are matched and mentored by a fisheries and aquatic science professional in their local area to enjoy a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting.
Hutton Scholars receive a stipend over the course of their internship as well as valuable work experience in an exciting and rewarding field. Each student must complete biweekly time sheets, a mid-summer report, and a final report in order to successfully complete the program.
The mission of the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is to engage, inspire and support diversity in the next generation of fisheries and aquatic specialists.
The principal goal of the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is to recruit high school students from traditionally underrepresented communities in the fisheries profession and introduce them to the field of fisheries and aquatic science. This is done by matching selected students with a mentor in an 8-week paid summer internship among fisheries and aquatic specialists. We hope the student’s experience through the Hutton Program is the catalyst that encourages them to study and ultimately pursue a career working in the field of fisheries and aquatic sciences.
The American Fisheries Society has overall program management responsibility. The Executive Director of AFS provides an annual report on the program to the Governing Board of AFS. A Hutton committee appointed by the AFS President evaluates and makes recommendations for improvements in the Hutton Program.