Biology

Summer Research Internships

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Brandon Payton

  • Conservation Scholars Program: a multi-year conservation immersion program at the University of Washington. An 8-week, paid summer experience for freshmen and sophomores. Deadline for applications is 31 January 2017. 
  • The Ecology of Human Dominated Landscapes: 10-week, paid ($5500) Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF funded) in Ecology and Environmental Science offered by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Preference given to sophomores and juniors.  Internship runs from 22 May to 28 July 2017, and the application deadline is 27 January 2017.
  • George Melendez Wright Young Leaders in Climate Change: 11- or 12-week paid ($15 per hour) summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students to work on issues related to the effects of climate change on national parks.  Deadline for applications is Thursday, 19 January 2017.  Free or subsidized housing in accommodations in the park is available for most positions.
  • Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI) in health sciences in Utah.  Paid 10-week summer research internship (30 May - 4 August 2017) for junior and senior undergraduates who are Native American.  Deadline for applications is 6 February 2017.  Click here (PDF) for application.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies Research Experience for Undergraduates is for students who are African American, Hispanic American, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Pacific Islanders. A 9-week, paid summer experience in Costa Rica runs from 7 June - 9 August 2017.  Program pays for all travel and basic living expenses. Deadline for applications is 31 January 2017.
  • Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program: 12-week, paid summer internship in health sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Open to rising sophomores, juniors or seniors.  "SUMR scholars earn $15/hour during the summer months for a time commitment of 35 hours per week."  Program runs from 30 May to 18 August 2017, and the application deadline is 1 February 2017.
  • The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) usually has some undergraduate summer fellowships.
  • NASA Undergraduate Internships.
  • National Internship Clearinghouse. This is another "clearing house" for summer internships which lists numerous opportunities.
  • The National Science Foundation has listings of numerous summer research opportunities, especially Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), across the country.
  • WIScience Biological Signals: Information Flow, Exchange, and Storage at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, has paid summer research internships for junior and senior undergraduates.  Program covers costs of housing and travel, and runs from 30 May to 5 August 2017.  Application deadline is 15 February 2017.
  • U.S. Department of State for internships and job experiences.
  • Past deadline: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Intern Program, in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), has summer internships in Natural Resources Management, Wildlife, Maintenance, and Interpretation. Some of the positions require students to have a vehicle; the SCA provides a generous travel stipend, $150 weekly living allowance, free housing, and an AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,540 for school). Deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 6, 2016.  Click here (PDF) for more information.
  • www.eco.org. You can post your resume here for potential internships.

Graduate School Information:

  • Assistance for Beginning Graduate Students: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides three years of financial support for students at or near the beginning of graduate studies.

Top photograph: Brandon Payton presents a research poster based on his summer internship.  Lower photograph: Davon Goodwin and Justin Duncan experienced summer internships with the Student Conservation Association.

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