Research Experience for Undergraduate Program (REU) 
The REU Program is run by the National Science Foundation. This is a fantastic program open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in college who are interested in gaining research experience under a mentored design. Generally, students come to the research site for the summer, work with their faculty mentor to design a research project, carry out the work and finish the experience by putting together a formal report or presentation. Stipends are generally generous, so there's no need to worry about losing wages while gaining experience. Jim Dooley has a great deal of experience with this program and would be happy to answer any questions, or help students locate REU sites suitable for their needs. 


Student Conservation Association
This year the Student Conservation Association  will offer almost 2,000 Conservation Internships in all 50 states. Participants enjoy exciting and challenging work and service opportunities in more than 50 different disciplines in national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and with other resource management agencies. Position lengths vary from 12 weeks to 12 months. These are full-time internships. Be flexible. If you only list a couple codes you are limiting yourself. New positions are added everyday, and with almost 2,000 opportunities you might miss the perfect opportunity in the listing or on the website on SCA’s searchable database. Visit for a more indepth look at this fantastic program. Visit Shirley Atkinson for applications and available positions for the current year, or e-mail


Organization of Biological Field Stations 
The Organization of Biological Field Stations is a national association of biological field stations.  This site has an interactive US map so you can click on any state and see what preserves and programs are available. You will notice that many of these stations have R.E.U. programs (see the separate section on the R.E.U. programs) but in addition, many also feature research programs for undergraduate students based on local institutional money or funds drawn from individual research projects. In any case, these links will give you a good idea on what sort of opportunities exist.

U.S. Forest Service 
The Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area is a 170,000 acre outdoor recreation, environmental, education and resource management demonstration area located in Western Kentucky and Tennessee. Internship opportunities and apprentice programs are both available in disciplines ranging from botany and forestry to history, safety, or the environment. For further information go to


The National Parks Service
Each year the National Parks Service hires a substantial number of seasonal staff to assist its permanent workforce. Seasonal work includes positions such as park rangers, guides, biological technicians, visitor use assistants, and historians, to name but a few. Many of the positions require 2 years of college education (60 semester hours with 12 semester hours of natural sciences, social sciences, park and recreational management), so be sure to look carefully at the qualifications required. As with many summer internships/jobs, the number of applicants far exceeds the number of available positions, so in order to have the best chance, make sure that your completed application is submitted between November 15 and January 15. 


The Nature Conservancy
With over 1,500 preserves here in the United States, the Nature Conservancy operates one of the largest private systems of nature sanctuaries in the US. Their web site provides information on the organization's mission as well as numerous pages dedicated to short term stewardship internship opportunities (many of which are paid positions). The vacancies are posted for a maximum of one month and the list is updated weekly. Keep in mind, however, that while the vacancies are listed together on the same pages, there is no central "clearing house" for resumes, so you will need to apply for specific openings. As with the Biological Field Stations web site, this site also has an interactive US map so you can click on any state and see what preserves and programs are available. Most positions require a Bachelors degree or current enrollment in a conservation/environmental science program.


The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
The Conservancy of Southwest Flordia is leading the challenge to protect and sustain Southwest Florida's natural resources. The location provides the perfect venue for interns to gain knowledge and experience dealing with marine ecosystems, native wildlife, environmental policy/advocacy, education programs and more! The Conservancy is looking for "strong students with an interest in conservation as it relates to education, science, research, museums, environmental protection and wild animal rehabilitation." There are a variety of positions available that are described in detail on their website. Applicants must be at least a junior and have a valid drivers license. 


Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region Internships - through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than
520 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas nationwide. supports a variety of wildlife, including endangered and reintroduced species. For more information on available internships in the Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region visit this direct link above, or view for current up to date listings.


Southeastern Region Internships - through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
Interns play a vital role in helping the National Wildlife Refuge System in preserving a national network of lands and waters for the conservation and management of the fish, wildlife, and plants of the United States for the benefit of present and future generations. Most National Wildlife Refuges in the Southeastern United States offer internships to those interested in working in the field of Natural Resource Management and/or Environmental Education. Many refuges provide housing for their interns and/or a food stipend. Most internships last between 12 and 20 weeks. A valid driver's license is required and some internships request at least two years of a biology classes prior to working. There are several opportunities available that can be checked out by visiting Southeast Region Internship page.


SEE-U Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates
This is not an internship opportunity, but rather a summer program on ecology offered through Columbia University. Students wishing to pursue higher education or careers in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or Conservation Biology need to have a good understanding of the scientific method and how to design and conduct research in order to further their education and job potential. During the five weeks of the SEE-U program students will work through approximately 20 experiments and explorations. 


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is to serve as a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology. They strive to achieve this mission through the development of better instruments, systems, and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. The focus of the MBARI internship is on the intern's professional development-learning research techniques and improving communication and collaboration skills. 


Jobs with National Parks
Amfac Parks & Resorts is the nation's largest park-management company. Their operations span the country - from the subtropical swamplands of the Everglades to the magical desert of Death Valley. Their mission is to remain true to their legacy of outstanding hospitality and continue to set the standard for lodging, restaurants and concessions that complement the natural beauty of our nation's parks. Since they offer many job positions in a wide variety of places, students have the opportunity to earn a summer income while learning more about their field of study.


Camps and Smaller State Parks
Smaller parks and camps that are in need of interns or volunteers are also abundant. There are seasonal positions available and positions that afford for a variety of interests. As an intern one could work at the Custer State Park Resort in South Dakota, serving as a horse wrangler and leading tours, or in Hilton Head, South Carolina interns help with sales, tours, and tickets for the Vagabond Cruise line. Volunteers can work in parks with the Christian Minsitry Team or Mercy Ships.


The Allegheny Watershed Network
The Allegheny Watershed Network is a project of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. There are several colleges, universities, and professional organizations throughout the watershed that can provide assistance to local groups by offering both technical advice and interns. The Network’s home site can be viewed at


NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is sponsoring the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (NASA-USRP) offering undergraduates across the United States mentored research experiences at nine participating NASA Centers.