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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 Veterinary Science).
  • 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.


Conservation Science Student checking kestrel box

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).

2014 Research Group




Beta Beta BetaStudents 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 service. 





Student Employment

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.