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Student Internship Opportunities

Listed below are internship opportunities for Biology students. Please click on the links for more information on a particular internship.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)


NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research program of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunites in the subject.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas


"The SURF program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend ten weeks pursuing supervised research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. The program introduces students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training. At the end of the summer, fellows present their research in the form of a seminar. In addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled. Approximately fifty fellows participate in the summer research program."

Ornithological Societies of North America (OSNA)


This website has listings for hundreds of posted jobs and internships, paid and unpaid, for different lengths of time (semester/summer/year), domestic and abroad, with opportunities for field, lab, and/or research experiences, all related to birds (ornithology).

Cornell and Boyce Thompson Institute

Plant Genome Research Project


"The PGRP summer internships at Cornell and Boyce Thompson are 8-10 weeks in length in one of 16 participating labs currently doing plant genome research. The interns will be mentored by a graduate student or post-doctoral associate and will work with their mentors on a project related to plant genomics. They will learn the latest in molecular biology techniques, and depending on the lab, they may also participate in fieldwork. All students will be attending lab meetings, reading and discussing recent literature related to their project, and will present their research to other students, principal investigators, and mentors at our summer student symposium. For participation in the program, student interns will be provided with housing and a modest stipend."

Mote's Marine Laboratory(Sarasota, FL)


"Unpaid internships (and a limited number of scholarships) available throughout the year in all research and support programs for college students and recent graduates. We seek biology, chemistry, zoology, or environmental science majors for our research and aquarium internships. Although we require a two-month commitment, the exact internship dates can be determined by each intern's schedule."

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (Nantucket, MA)


"The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA), a science and history based education, conservation, astronomy and natural science research institution is offering Discovery Class teaching internships for the summer. Interns will gain valuable experience in natural science based cirriculum design and implementation, teaching a variety of topics, and working with children ages 4-15. Interns will also work in other aspects of the organization through assigned projects. This paid internship is an excellent opportunity for students considering a career in the environmental education field. Housing is included."

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida (Naples, FL)


"As part of its commitment to bettering the environment, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers internships to help aspiring environmentalists gain valuable skills and training in specific areas of interest. Supporting careers in the field is a key part of The Conservancy's role as a steward for the environment. Each year, The Conservancy places approximately 30 interns in various positions throughout the organization. Participants are recent college graduates or students completing university studies who wish to receive real-world, hands-on experience in environmental careers. A scholarship is awarded at completion of the internship in the amount of $1,000 for every quarter (3 months) completed. Optional free housing is also available." Visit their website for more information.

Somerset County Park Commission (North Branch, NJ)


The Somerset County Park Commission is seeking seasonal park rangers for May-September. Qualifications include two years of college preferred majoring in environmental science, natural resource management, parks management or closely related field, or equivalent combination of college and job experience. Seasonal rangers will assist with nature hikes for the general public. Send cover letter, resume, and references to Somerset County Park Commission, Park Ranger Department, ATTN: Dave Dendler, PO Box 5327, North Branch, NJ. For more information e-mail dadendler@parks.co.somerset.nj.us or phone (908) 369-1458 ext. 422.

Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Sudbury, MA)


The Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex has internships available in various locations in MA. Past experience in bird identification and an academic background in wildlife, zoology, or related fields are preferred. Duties will include participating in invasive species mapping (using GPS and GIS equipment and software), monitoring, and control. For more information visit their website and click on "summer jobs."

New York State Research and Development Authority (Albany, NY)


The New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) sponsors and funds the research, development, and commercialization of new energy and environmental technologies and products. Innovations like alternative-fueled vehicles, green building projects, and solar/wind industries help create jobs in New York, preserve energy, and protect the environment. Paid internships with NYSERDA are available in the Albany, NY office, both full and part-time. Qualifications are: undergraduate (junior/senior preferred) or graduate student majoring in physical/natural science, engineering, environmental, public policy, planning, economics, or a related field; experience with a computer word processing, spreadsheet, or databases; excellent interpersonal/communication skills, technical writing, and organization skills; ability to collect, analyze, and synthesize useful data from a variety of sources; and a good GPA. Interested students should submit a resume to Wanda Jackson at NYSERDA, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203 or wfj@nyserda.org. For more information, visit their website.

IDEXX Laboratories (Westbrook, ME)


"IDEXX is a worldwide leader in innovative products and services for veterinary, food and water applications. Our companion animal and equine businesses combine biotechnology with medical devices and information technology to support veterinarians' efforts in providing excellent care while building successful practices. Our food and water businesses employ efficient technologies for livestock/poultry monitoring and ensuring the safety of public water and milk." Internships are available in the Research and Development department as well as other departments. For more information contact David Elsemore '89, Group Leader, at (207) 591-3337 or One IDEXX Drive, Westbrook, ME, 04092.

New York State Department of Health (Albany, NY)


The New York State Department of Health is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2010 New York State Public Health Works! Undergraduate Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to introduce undergraduate students to the variety of public health careers available for individuals with training in a science- based field.Undergraduate college students majoring in science fields, such as biology,chemistry and earth science, or public health, are eligible to apply for the program. Graduates or seniors planning to graduate in May of 2010 are not eligible to apply. Internships will last for 8 weeks beginning on or around June 1, 2010 and students will receive a stipend of $3,000.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Summer in Biomedical Sciences

Other Online Resources

-The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

-American Physiological Society

-Amherst College Department of Biology (large list and links to other resources)

The Department of Biology also keeps a file of student internship opportunities in the fields of biology. See Sue Ciani in Dana 372 for the location of this file.