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Summer Internship – Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 by in The OFI Blog |

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is now accepting applications for their paid, Summer Internship Program which runs May through August. This program is open to both undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Interns will receive a weekly stipend while gaining a hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and public engagement. Additionally, during the internship, students will have the opportunity to work independently on research projects under the direction of a SERC mentor.

Interns projects span the range of research conducted at SERC, including environmental chemistry, marine and esturaine 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.

SERC interns will also have opportunities to learn during an ongoing seminar program in which noted outside speakers will talk on a variety of topics in the environmental sciences. Interns also participate in field trips to the Smithsonian museums and galleries on the Mall.

For more information on this opportunity, click here. Application deadline is Wednesday 2/15/17.