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Walker Lab Research Positions

Deadline: Applications accepted until positions are full
Location: Off-Campus, Michigan
Dates: June 1 - August 31, 2020 with possible earlier start date and later end date, pending resolution of the COVID-19 outbreak with freedom to mobilize this research project.
Position: Paid 

Field and laboratory duties for mosquito sampling, mosquito identification, and mosquito habitat assessment in the Kalamazoo and Calhoun county areas. 

African Safari Wildlife Park Seasonal Keeper

Deadline: Applications accepted until positions are full
Location: Off Campus, Ohio
Position: Paid 

No two days will be the same, this Position entails being able to be cross-trained in all animal-related Positions at African Safari Wildlife Park. This position will be working in both Guest areas as well as behind-the-scenes areas with on-Staff Keepers.  

International Animal Exchange Management Intern

Deadline: Applications accepted until positions are full
Location: Off-Campus, Royal Oak
Position: Internships

This summer several internships are open to provide support to the International Animal Exchange, INC (IAE) in Royal Oak, Michigan. IAE is a global animal transport company.

New World Primate Caregiver/Documentarian at Pacific Primate Sanctuary

Deadline: Ongoing 
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Position: Internship (1 Year Commitment) 

The PPS Resident Internship Selection Committee invites qualified applicants with a background and interest in animal husbandry, welfare and conservation, exotic veterinary medicine, biology, and related fields to apply for this residency.  

MSU Museum Internships

Location: MSU Campus
Position: Internship

The MSU Museum Education Department offers internship opportunities throughout the academic year and during the summer. These opportunities include a Museum Education/Informal Learning, an Education Collections, and a Research internship. Internships are normally unpaid, unless otherwise noted. All internships may be done for credit – the student is responsible to complete all paperwork and requirements for credit through their respective departments.

Murphy Lab Volunteers

Deadline: April 1, 2020
Location: MSU Campus
Position: Volunteer

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in the animal behavior or toxicological field? Do you have at least 10 hours a week of free time? If so, we are continually looking for volunteers to process fish videos during the 2019/2020 school year, providing you with scientific data collecting experience.  You will gain knowledge about how toxicological fish behavioral assays are conducted and how to collect fish behavior data using video processing tools.

Primatology Field Course

Summer Deadline: May 10, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, South America
Position: Student

This three-week intensive course is perfect for monkey-loving adventurers. You’ll explore unbeaten tracks in several Neotropical habitats. Experience real biological fieldwork techniques including VHF telemetry and camera-trapping. Design your own primatological study, and try your hand at the blow gun. This is the first program of its kind in Paraguay, developed by primatologist Rebecca Smith, and the multi-international award-winning team at Para La Tierra.

Danta Field Courses

Summer Session Deadlines: May 15, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, Costa Ricca
Position: Student

Danta offers field courses (1) Primate Behavior and Conservation, (2) Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation, and (3) Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability. These field-courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate-level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch Internship Opportunities

Location: Murchison, Texas
Position: Internship

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch (CABBR) is a world-renowned animal sanctuary that is home to over 800 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories, and trophy hunting ranches. Animal Care Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on animal care experience, knowledge about a variety of species, and exposure to the operations of an animal care center. The Animal Care Interns rotate between our three animal care departments: Equine, Primate, and Wildlife. They will spend 1 month in each department working alongside professional caretakers learning about the various species in their care. 

MSU College Advising Corps

Position: Paid, Full-Time
Location: Throughout MI + MSU Campus

If college was an unbelievable experience for you, turn that passion into opportunity. Become a college advisor. MSU College Advising Corps (MSUCAC) is recruiting MSU students who graduated between Spring 2017 and Summer Session II 2019 to serve in these full-time paid positions. Review the application materials on Handshake posting #3087024: MSUCAC College Adviser.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Internship Program

Summer Deadline: January 31
Fall Deadline: June 30
Spring Deadline: October 31
Location: Off-Campus, Cincinnati, Ohio
Position: Internship

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Internship Program is designed for current college students in their junior or senior year or recent college graduates. Under the guidance and supervision of Zoo staff, interns will develop skills and gain valuable real-world experience in their field of interest. For a minimal fee, housing may be available for a limited number of interns.

Potter Park Zoo Education Internships

Summer 2020 Deadline: April 1, 2020
Location: Lansing, MI
Position: Internship

The Potter Park Zoo Education Department is offering a limited number of unpaid full-time (40 hours) and part-time (20+ hours) internships.  The Education Internship provides a practical learning experience and knowledge of zoo operations and informal conservation education in a zoological setting.

Internships in Zoos & Aquariums

The Association of Zoo & Aquarium Science job board is a go-to place for internships.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Internships

Location: Off-Campus, Millbrook, New York
Position: Internship

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is one of the world’s leading independent environmental research organizations. Areas of expertise include disease ecology, forest and freshwater health, climate change, urban ecology, and invasive species.

Smithsonian Internships

This is a list of all the current internship opportunities at the Smithsonian, sorted by unit.

New Student Orientation Job Openings

Deadline: March 30, 2020
Formerly known as AOP, New Student Orientation (NSO) at MSU is for orientation for incoming freshman and transfer students. Student workers are needed for June-August orientations or August orientation only.

University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Summer Field Program

Deadline: April 19, 2020
Location: Off-Campus, Mississippi
Position: Student

GCRL's Summer Field Program provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn about coastal environments in an intensive field and lab based setting. On-site amenities include research vessels, dormitory, dining hall, research labs, library, and a specimen museum. Make your plans today to attend the GCRL Summer Field Program and gain an experience of a lifetime!

Oceans Research Internships

Location: Off-Campus; South Africa

African Campus hosts an array of internship training and volunteer programs designed to get clients out in the field, gaining experience and developing skills, while indulging in the incredible wildlife and landscapes of South Africa. From research to media knowledge, these programs are empowering the next generation of wildlife conservationists to protect vulnerable animals and our fragile planet.

Impact. Experience. Grow. Volunteer with Vive Perú in Peru!

Location: Off-Campus, Peru
Position: Internship

Work side-by-side with doctors in local clinics and hospitals, volunteer with underprivileged communities, or share your love for music or languages with the children of Peru. In your free time, explore one of the most ecologically diverse and historically rich countries in the world.   Vive Perú offers programs in the areas of: clinical medicine, public health, english education, music education, social work, engineering, learn spanish, community development, etc. to support our partner organizations and communities in Northern Peru!  

Travel Support for Students Presenting Research at a Professional Conference

Undergraduate students who are presenting their research or creative activity at a professional conference are eligible for travel support from the Undergraduate Research Office. Students should send the attached application to Heather Dover at least 30 days prior to the conference.  They can learn more about our conference travel support and other funding opportunities from the Undergraduate Research website.