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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program

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.

Internship appointments are generally fulltime (40 hours per week), 12 to 16 weeks in length, and coincide with the usual academic semesters and summer terms.

Stipend and discounted housing provided.

Website:
https://serc.si.edu/pro_training/internships/projectmenu.aspx

Deadline:
November 15, February 15, June 1

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: At any stage

Graduate: First Year Graduate Student, Masters Student

Award Type:
Internship
Research

Award Period:
Academic Year (Undergraduate)
Academic Year (Graduate)
Summer (Undergraduate)
Summer (Graduate)
Post Bachelors

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Natural Sciences-Environmental Studies, Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics, Physics

Additional Qualifications:

Last Updated:
July 11, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17