Application Deadline: February 15th 2018
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and public engagement. This program enables students to work on independent research projects under the direction of a SERC mentor.
Since 2001 the SERC internship program has been a National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) site. With this funding, along with generous donations from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and university partnerships, we are able to provide internship opportunities to qualified students looking to further their knowledge in the natural sciences.
Interns projects span the range of research conducted at SERC, including environmental chemistry, marine and estuarine ecology, molecular ecology, and terrestrial ecology. Projects are also offered in public engagement, with opportunities in environmental education, citizen science, and science writing. Although students will become familiar with much of the research of SERC in general, individuals will devote most of their time to an independent research project. Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a selected field of study and to learn a variety of research techniques through firsthand experience. At the conclusion of the internship, student participants will be expected to present the findings of their independent projects in a formal seminar to the SERC community.
- The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will consider applications from currently enrolled undergraduate and Master’s students, or students who have recently graduated from undergraduate or Master’s programs.
- Applicants must be in a position to commit fully to the completion of a project.
- U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program.
The Smithsonian is committed to ensuring that all intern applicants are treated equitably in an environment that is free from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender stereotyping, pregnancy, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, parental or marital status, or genetic information.
How to Apply:
You will need to register at the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). Select the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship program from the drop down list of programs. You will need to provide an essay, CV or resume, academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and two letters of recommendation.
Winter/Spring projects (January – April): November 15
Summer projects (May – August): February 15
Fall projects (September – December): June 1
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