2017 MBIT programming will be posted here by December 2016.

Do you want to dive deeper into the world of marine science? Explore science at the New England Aquarium! From studying fish, jellies and fur seals, to becoming a better scientist as you contribute to ongoing research projects, you will join researchers and educators as we investigate the world around us in a bid to better understand and protect our Blue Planet.

Marine Biologist in Training (MBIT) courses are challenging opportunities for students in grades 8 to 11 to learn about marine science through the New England Aquarium and build skills for problem solving, leadership and environmental stewardship.

It's cool! It's also different. It wasn't huge on facts and worrisome tests, it was just a friendly, open, learn-at-your-own-pace, fun class.
- Anonymous MBIT:Fish student

Fall 2016— MBIT: Scientist

During MBIT, participants will spend six intensive days using the New England Aquarium and nearby habitats as living laboratories to conduct research projects and discover how research is done by real marine biologists at the Aquarium and around the world. Participants lead a research team as you design and perform research studies to answer questions about the ocean’s inhabitants.

In this program, you will …

  • Learn scientific methods and study design
  • Practice project management
  • Gain familiarity with real field and laboratory biology techniques
  • Promote collaboration, build leadership and teamwork skills
  • Gain confidence with your public speaking abilities as you communicate your research to an audience


Fall program application Deadline: September 14, 2016
Class Schedule: Classes are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6 Sundays: October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 2016

That was the first time I actually felt like a real marine biologist at work, conducting an investigation and later analyzing the data.
- Dylan, MBIT:Scientist student

Tuition and Expenses

Upon acceptance to an MBIT program, tuition per participant is $350 for Aquarium members ($390 for non-members). Limited needs-based financial aid is available. Eligibility for financial aid is determined by your household’s Gross Adjusted Income, as is the amount of copay for which you will be responsible. Applying for financial aid will not influence the success of your application to the program.

Annual Household Gross Adjusted Income

< $40K
  1. Copay$75$150

Please note that there are limited spaces available in each financial aid category. Therefore, if you are accepted into the program, and your household’s income level falls within one of the financial aid categories, you are not guaranteed to receive the offer of reduced tuition in that, or either category. Financial aid awards will be granted based on a combination of demonstrated financial need, and the relative merit of your application.

Snacks are provided during the program, although participants are required to bring their own lunch. Lunch may also be purchased at the Aquarium Café.

How to Sign Up

Download the application for Fall MBIT: Scientist

Return the completed application to: 

  1. By Mail

    Camp Programs Office — MBIT
    New England Aquarium
    Central Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110

  2. By Fax

    Fax it to 617-973-0251,
    attn: Camp Programs Office — MBIT

  3. By Email

    Email it to dbadger@neaq.org, Subject Line: MBIT Application

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I know I got in?

    Applicants will be informed by email by the date mentioned in the application. If you are accepted, you will be emailed forms to fill out, sign and return along with payment.

  2. If I do MBIT, can I become a volunteer at the New England Aquarium?

    Successful completion of the MBIT program does not guarantee a volunteer opportunity at the Aquarium. Please visit the volunteer website for details about volunteer opportunities.

  3. What do I get with my tuition?

    • Six days of instruction by Aquarium educators, with backgrounds in research science, ocean education and fish biology
    • Free access to the Aquarium when the Aquarium is open for the duration of the program
    • Discount at the Aquarium Café while class is in session
    • Meet students from other schools with a similar passion for the ocean
    • Eligibility (and a leg up in the application process) for several other Aquarium programming options (e.g. live blue™ Ambassadors, Teen Internships, Junior Instructor roles))

  4. What do I need to bring the first day?

    On the first day you should have:

    • Closed-toed shoes that can get wet
    • Layers of comfortable clothing; be ready for an active classroom
    • A positive attitude and a willingness to work and learn!

  5. Is the whole program at the Aquarium?

    Most of the time will be spent in classrooms adjacent to the Aquarium, along the Harborwalk around the Aquarium or in the Aquarium itself. There is, however, one day with a planned field trip (weather dependent) to a local coastal area.

  6. OK, if I do MBIT, what then?

    Some youth do MBIT as a stand-alone experience, to participate in a marine-oriented program at the Aquarium because it fits into their interests and adds to their tool belt of knowledge and experiences. But if you choose, MBIT can be so much more! Our goal is to provide opportunities for youth to gain the knowledge to fully appreciate and steward the ocean, along with skills that will serve our students for life in whatever path they choose. MBIT is but a rung along a ladder of learning at the Aquarium, with subsequent potential opportunities including:

    • Participation in live blue™ Ambassadors (LBA)
    • Assist in data collection with LBA or the Advanced level of Harbor Discoveries Camps
    • Potential to be a MBIT Assistant Instructor
    • Be a leader in LBA
    • Eligibility to apply to be a Counselor in Training (CIT) for the Junior/Senior level of Harbor Discoveries Camps
    • You will build the expertise to take a leadership role on in any science or environmental project you do inside and outside of the Aquarium

  7. What's coming up?

    The 2017 MBIT programming will be posted here by December 2016.

Contact Us

Contact the Program Office at 617-973-0250 or email dbadger@neaq.org.