Summer Programs

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

While Williams-Mystic does not offer a summer term, we usually have a number of undergraduates working on original research with our faculty. Our summer research students come from colleges and universities around the world and can be found working in our labs or academic buildings and traveling with professors for field research.

Past students have worked alongside literature, marine ecology, and oceanography faculty. Research opportunities change every year; we encourage interested students to write to faculty directly or to the admissions department with questions: [email protected]

Graduate Studies

The Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies

Each summer, the Frank C. Munson Institute offers America’s oldest and most respected graduate-level courses in Maritime Studies. Educating more than six hundred students over the last fifty years, the Munson Institute is open to anyone interested in studying the sea, including teachers, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and auditors. The Munson Institute is accredited through the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University, and Trinity College.

For admissions and program information, please visit the Munson Institute web page or contact the organization at:

The Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies

P.O. Box 6000

75 Greenmanville Ave.

Mystic, CT 06355-0990

Phone: 860-572-0711 Fax: 860-572-5329

E-mail: [email protected]

Working at Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum hires seasonal staff every summer to work in all areas of the museum. Departments include the Conrad sailing camp, interpretation, education, and shipyard. Please check the Mystic Seaport Museum website for updated information and job postings.

Other Opportunities

Our friends at the U.S. Brig Niagara offer numerous summer programs for high school students, college students, and the general public, as well as apprentice and professional opportunities for qualified mariners.  For further information, please see