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Internships: Botany

Summer Internships in Botany

Michigan State University  (Go Spartans!)
This is an NSF-REU program in plant genomics. The stipend is $5250 plus free housing, meals and travel costs. Information and application at
The program is open to US citizens and permanent residents entering the sophomore, junior and senior years of college. Application deadline is February 18, 2015, but apply early.

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in the beautiful Finger Lakes region.
This is an NSF-REU program in the very hot area of interactions of microbes with eukaryotic hosts. The emphasis is on interactions of microbes with plants, but the students will gain experience in areas such as molecular biology, bioinformatics, evolution and genetics. The stipend is $5000 plus free housing, meals and travel costs. The program is open to US citizens and permanent residents entering the sophomore, junior and senior years of college. Information and application at  Application deadline is early, January 7, 2015. Act promptly!

Undergraduate Research in Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany at the Missouri Botanical Garden >> The MBG program focuses on the areas of plant systematics, conservation biology, and ethnobotany. Potential projects include taxonomic description of new species and revisionary studies in Brassicaceae, Araceae, and Melastomataceae, DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, DNA barcoding, pollen analysis, pollination biology of rare species, seed morphology and anatomy of Lythraceae and Passifloraceae, conservation biology of threatened species, ecology of invasive species, herbarium study of historically important collections, Native American ethnobotany, and revisionary studies of economically important plants. REU students have access to a herbarium of 6.2 million specimens, an excellent botanical library, rich garden collections, a 2,400 acre natural area, and a laboratory with facilities for plant anatomy, microscopy, digital imaging, SEM, and DNA analysis. The Botanical Society of America >>
This site lists links to career and employment opportunities in botany and related fields. Scroll down the page and find links to Other Botanical/Plant Related Employment Opportunities.

Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station >> in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students can participate in exciting research projects within one of four disciplines including Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Entomology, Food Science and Horticulture. The student interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students, postdocs and staff on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based.

Michigan State University Summer Undergraduate program in Plant Genomics >> Don't rule this out if you are pre-med or not currently a plant person. You will learn lots of molecular biology and genetics which is valuable for anyone. Several Calvin students have participated in this program very successfully and have gone on to greater things in grad school and med school. As a result MSU wants more Calvin people for this program.

Purdue University Botany and Plant Pathology >>
Advancing and teaching the disciplines of Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science

Plant Biology & Conservation: From Genes to Ecosystems, REU >>
The Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) and Northwestern University (NU) collaborate to host a 10-week summer research experience in Plant Biology & Conservation.


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botanyWhen to apply

The time to begin applying for summer off-campus research opportunities begins in Novenber.

Applications Deadlines

Most applications are due between Feb. 1 and Mar. 31. A few are due as early as Nov. 2 and Jan. 10.

Earning credit

You can earn credit, either elective or in fulfilment of the research requirements in the BS in biology major, for a summer internship. Professor John Ubels, Internship Director, will work with you to formalize the requirements for earning credit from Calvin College once you have been accepted to a lab or a company.

What you need to do

  • apply to the programs as they are announced
  • search the web for programs at places where you might like to work
  • contact people whom you know that work in research labs or companies
  • apply to many programs to increase your chances.

What are your chances?

Our internship program is highly successful with up to15 students working off-campus each summer, at prestigious universities and institutions.

Where do Calvin students get internships?

We commonly have students working at Michigan State, Purdue, University of Michigan (2 spots reserved for Calvin students in physiology), Northwestern, Minnesota, Harvard, Notre Dame, UCLA, U of Virginia, Johns Hopkins, NIH, Van Andel Institute and many more.

Get more info

Check out the Internships FAQ.>>

Contact Calvin's internship coordinator, Professor John Ubels or biology administrative assistant, Pat Buist.


Go to Calvin's Career Development site to find many more internship postings and possibilities.