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Internships: Ecology and Environmental Studies

Summer Internships in Ecology and Environmental Studies

Notre Dame Univeristy has announced its 2015 summer research program in ecology and environmental science at its Environmental Research Center field station in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Students receive 3 credits from ND, with free tuition, housing, meals and travel expenses, plus a $3500 stipend. What a deal!   Applications and more information are at
Information is also posted on the Summer research board on first floor DeVries hall.

Several Calvin students have previously been accepted to this program and had excellent experiences. This program fulfills the requirement for research in the Biology major.

The application deadline is November 7, 2014

Student Conservation Association >> Several Calvin students have participated in SCA internships which place interns in national parks, wildlife refuges etc. These internships may be research or work experiences and range from field research to construction/maintenance or interpretive work. CSA internships are open to students at all educational levels.

University of Notre Dame Field Environmental Biology program >> This ecology research program is located at the Notre Dame field station in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. You will receive academic credit from ND that can be transferred to Calvin. The program lasts for 10 weeks It includes a stipend plus free tuition, housing and a travel allowance. Several Calvin students have participated in the program and had very good experiences, with the added advantage for you that the people at ND know Calvin and the good reputation of our students. Research programs include animal behavior and forest, lake or stream ecology. You will receive 3 credits from Notre Dame that can be transferred to Calvin, free tuition, housing and travel plus a $3500 stipend! Open to current sophomores and juniors. Applications are due on November 1.  Information at  See also the flyer on the 2nd floor DH summer research bulletin board.

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology >> An opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species.

University of Michigan Biological Station NSF-REU: Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Global Environment >> Located in northern Michigan on Douglas Lake. Includes a stipend, room, meals, travel. A great place to spend a summer. Our own Prof. Curt Blankespoor teaches at UMBS in the summer.

The Earthworks web site >> 
A listing of ecology jobs and more!

The Ecological Society of America >>
The Ecological Society of America posts job announcements that are submitted for advertisement on-line, as well as funding opportunities. These pages provide specific listings for individuals looking for internships, employment or additional funding to further their careers and research in ecology. Job seekers are also encouraged to visit their online career resources site for information about the field of ecology and to read profiles of ecologists, gain advice on applying to graduate school, learn about the many career paths options, and obtain additional links to help in finding an internship or job.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory >>
Offers programs for undergraduate and post graduate research. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the multitude of scientific activities at the field station.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center >>
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 education.

Hope College - Environmental Impacts on Biological Systems: from Molecules to Ecosystems, NSF-REU program >>. The department offers undergraduate research opportunities for up to 25 students. Many students in the department co-author papers with faculty members for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The new and expanded A. Paul Schaap Science Center gives you access to state-of-the-art academic and laboratory facilities. Hope maintains a 55-acre nature preserve on nearby Lake Michigan and a biology greenhouse in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.



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EcologyWhen 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.