The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is an innovative summer internship for high school students.

Our Mission

To recruit high school students and introduce them to the fisheries profession through a hands-on, eight week summer internship opportunity. 

Our Vision

The principal goal of the Hutton Program aims to stimulate career interest in Fisheries Science and Management among high school students from underrepresented groups, such as women and minorities, in the fisheries profession today.

General Program Overview

The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a paid 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 professional in their local area to enjoy a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting.

Hutton Scholars receive payment over the course of the eight-week internship as well as valuable work experience in an exciting and rewarding field. Each student must complete mid-summer and final reports in order to successfully complete the program.


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.

Contact Us

Telephone: (301) 897-8616 ex. 204

Email: [email protected] 

Mailing address:

American Fisheries Society
425 Barlow Place, Suite 110
Bethesda, MD 20814-2199