4-H/CCAR Aquaculture Internship Program

Program Overview

Hancock County 4-H and the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) will be hosting an Aquaculture Extension/4-H and CCAR Logo combinedInternship Program for youth entering grades 10-12 (ages 15-18) this Summer 2019. Interns will meet once per week for eight weeks at CCAR in Franklin, ME. The interns will be immersed in a positive youth development setting where they will “learn by doing” from aquaculture experts at CCAR and beyond. They will be expected to perform daily tasks to care for and raise Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi) while also working as a team to manage a project which they will present at the 4-H Exhibit Hall at the Blue Hill Fair. They will learn about the role of sustainable aquaculture in the global food system, gain marketable skills relevant to the aquaculture industry, and practice project management skills with the help of adult mentors. At least one of the sessions will be a field trip (site to be determined) to another aquaculture facility in Maine. Space is limited to 10 youth for this program.

This program is made possible through funding from Maine EPSCoR/SEANET.

4-H youth dissecting squid
4-H/CCAR Intern dissecting squid, Summer 2018

Youth Expectations

  • Perform daily tasks necessary to care for living animals (water quality testing, systems check, etc)
  • Enroll as Hancock County 4-H members (requires parent/guardian permission)
  • Come with an open mind and hands-on approach to learning in an experiential setting
  • Ready to work as a team player to complete a group project
  • Be respectful and participate fully in the program
  • Abide by all safety regulations as well as CCAR and 4-H policies
  • Be available for at least one day during the Blue Hill Fair (Thursday Aug 29 – Monday Sept 2, 2019)
  • Bring your own lunch


  • Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, from July 9 – August 27
  • Blue Hill Fair Exhibit Presentation: Labor Day Weekend, exact presentation date/s TBD by the Intern group


Aquaculture Interns will receive a $500 stipend for the eight-week program. Mileage will also be reimbursed for travel to and from CCAR and Blue Hill Fairgrounds.

Apply Now

Apply for this internship using the form below by June 10, 2019; space is limited to 10 participants. Please contact us with any questions.

If there are any barriers that would prevent you from participating in this program, please contact the Extension Office to discuss your needs. We are committed to making 4-H programs accessible to all youth.


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