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Advanced Studies Program, St. Paul’s School Intern Positions

Interns are very involved in teaching classes, leading discussions with the students, class planning, and evening homework help during study hours. They work closely with their teacher daily. In addition, interns lead the sports and extracurricular programs, help supervise the dormitories they live in, and assist in the library.

Contact: Saint Paul’s School, 325 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Summer Naturalist

Interns teach environmental education and assist in the management of nature preserves in the Rocky Mountains.

Contact: Summer Naturalist, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, 100 Puppy Smith Street, Aspen, CO 81611

Audubon Center of the North Woods Naturalist Internship Program

Internships provide upper-level undergraduate students opportunities to gain teaching experience, expand their natural history knowledge, and further their education. The environmental education internship includes teaching programs for schools and other groups and assisting with program and curriculum development. The wildlife internship consists of conducting educational programs and care of wild and captive animals.

Contact: Intern Coordinator, Audubon Center of the North Woods, P.O. Box 530, Sandstone, MN 55072

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm Internship

Interns work with the public in environmental education program presentation, animal care at the Nature Center and Farm, with store operations, and maintenance.

Contact: Intern Coordinator, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, 1000 Aullwood Rd, Dayton, OH 45414

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, University of Minnesota Environmental Education/Interpretive Guide

The persons in this internship would help interpret and communicate Cedar Creek’s experiments and natural resources to the outside community through our school-yard program and our interpretive trail. John Thomas (Biology '03) did an internship in the BioCON project at Cedar Creek in Summer 2002.

Contact: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, Attn: Internship Program, 2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, Bethel, MN 55005

IMAGO Earth Center Environmental Education Internships

The IMAGO Earth Center is an environmental education organization located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The mission of the Earth Center is to educate about the wonders of nature, to protect greenspace and to provide a place for communities to gather and grow. Interns' duties include teaching, helping with administrative decisions, working on the upkeep of the facilities and working on projects.

Contact: Director, IMAGO Earth Center, 700 Enright Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205

Los Alamos National Laboratory Undergraduate Internships

Research in life sciences, biomedical sciences, health sciences, and environmental sciences. Of special interest to cell biologists are projects in pulmonary biology, radiation biology, flow cytometry, and the Laboratory's leadership role in development of the Human Genome Project. The laboratory is also very active in science education.

Contact: Student Program Coordination STB/EPO, PO Box 1663, MS M706, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545

National Wildlife Federation Internship Program

Interns may work in conservation, education, fundraising, communications, environmental law, and publications, in areas including endangered species, floodplains, conservation funding, population, climate, trade, finance, Smart Growth, water use policy, sustainable forestry, watersheds, frogs, grizzly recovery, wolf recovery, and grasslands. Internships may be at one of the NWF's field offices in Washington, DC; Anchorage, Alaska; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Austin, Texas; Montpelier, Vermont; Missoula, Montana; Atlanta, Georgia; Boulder, Colorado; San Diego, California; or Seattle, Washington.

Contact: NWF, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190.

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium Internship Programs

Internship opportunities in animal husbandry, horticulture, and conservation education. The animal husbandry internship may include: observation of animals for disease, injuries, and pregnancy; preparing and distributing food and water; exercising and grooming domestic animals; assisting in veterinary procedures; collecting biological specimens; cleaning animal enclosures; and answering visitor questions and narrating animal demonstrations. The animal departments include: aquarium; elephants and ungulates; primates; reptiles and amphibians; Asian animals (leopards, tiger, waterfowl); African Savanna (lion, rhino, cheetah); and domestic animals. The horticulture internship may include care and maintenance of tropical and temperate plants, landscape installation, annual display beds, and botanical interpretation programs for visitors. Conservation education interns will be involved in educational programs such as Zoo classes, summer day camp, and amphitheater demonstrations. Science and conservation research internships are also available in ethology.

Contact: Human Resources, Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium Internship Program, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Plymouth State University Summer Research Experience at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest

Research based at the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This program emphasizes the societal relevance of ecology and ecosystem science and is designed to appeal to students interested in ecosystem research and the interpretation and communication of science to the broader society. This will include students interested in using science to address environmental issues, as well as those pursuing careers in resource management, teaching, and applied environmental science. 

Contact: Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, 25 Dobson Hill Road, Thornton, NH 03285

Queens Botanical Garden Summer Internships

Research and education work in the children’s garden, compost education, or horticulture.

Contact: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center SERCInternship Program in Environmental Studies

Hands-on experience at the SERC in the fields of environmental research and education. Projects include terrestrial, atmospheric, and estuarine environmental research within the disciplines of ecology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology, mathematics, and physics. Projects are also offered in environmental education and environmental information management. The SERC is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay about 30 miles east of Washington D.C.

Contact: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Attn: Internship Coordinator, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037

Smithsonian National Zoological Park Research Internship Program

Internships in conservation biology (behavior, ecology and GIS, genetics, and nutrition), reproductive sciences (gamete biology and endocrinology), and science education and training.

Contact: Internship/Fellowship Coordinator, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013

Student Conservation Association

Lists wide range of internships and jobs in National Parks and National Forests in areas such as archaeology, recreation management, interpretation, river patrol and management, wildlife biology, backcountry and wilderness management, environmental education, forestry, visitor services, geology, horseback patrol, trail construction, and cave management.