Opportunities, Resources and Links
Recent internships for Conservation Science students include:
- The Nation Science Foundation Research
Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students accepted in this
prestigious program typically spend the summer engaged in research under
the mentorship of experienced research scientists. Under the guidance
of their advisor, students develop a research proposal and then work to
address their research questions over an 8-9 week period. In many
cases, such research is later presented at a professional meeting and/or
published in a scientific journal.
- Audubon Center for Research of Endangered
Species (ACRES), New Orleans, LA. This internship provides experience
in captive animal husbandry particularly with regard to at-risk species.
- The Wilds, Cumberland, Ohio. Students
have participated in this program for a number of years which involves
work with the Animal Management Department as well as participation in
programs overseen by the Department of Animal Health (Wildlife
- National Capital Region National Parks
(Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.). This
internship offered a student experience in managing wind energy in
western Maryland in addition to working with bat biologists from the
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Employment and Internship Opportunities
- Internship Opportunities Database
- Students also have access to The Job Seeker - a biweekly print publication that provides information about both internships and permanent postions in areas such as conservation management, wildlife research, environmental science, environmental science, and environmental education. Postions are associated with non-profits, academic institutions, private companies and governments.
Students in our program are required to complete a 3-semester
research experience and training program. During the first semester
students read primary scientific literature and develop an in-depth
research proposal (very similar to what would be expected in graduate
school). During the second semester (or summer between their junior and
senior years) students conduct the research project, analyze their data
and begin to write their final paper which will take the form of a
scientific journal paper. During the final semester students complete
their thesis writing and present their work both on campus and at a
professional scientific meeting.
Along the way students are encouraged to participate in ongoing
research projects with faculty (such as the wide array of field and
conservation research projects at the Wilds) or apply to some of the
many programs that offer research experience to undergraduate students
(such as the Research Experience for Undergraduates offered by the
National Science Foundation).
List of field research projects undertaken by Muskingum University life science students over the last decade (Student Field Research Projects).
Students in Conservation Science can seek application to Beta Beta Beta (the
national honor society for biology students). Muskingum’s chapter is
very active, typically providing forums for the reporting of student
research, an array of social activities, and opportunities for community
Employment opportunities for life science students are available during the academic terms as well as during the summer. Postions are limited but other work opportunities exist across campus and in the local community.