Hands On Opportunities Database

Deadline: April 20, 2020
Location: Ocean Springs, Mississippi

The 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!

Deadline: February 1, 2020
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Led by Dr. Dorceta Taylor, the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan is a two-summer internship opportunity for undergraduates from typically underrepresented backgrounds in the conservation field and those committed to the principals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The program draws students from colleges/universities nationwide and they reside both summers in Ann Arbor. In their first summer, the scholars are placed with a lab or research group at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability or in another closely-related department. In their second summer, scholars are placed at a local non-profit organization or government agency to gain career experience.

Demmer Deadline: October 7, 2019
Glassen Deadline: October 17, 2019
Location: Michigan (Glassen) or Washington D.C. (Demmer)
Program Duration: May 18-August 7, 2020

The Glassen and Demmer scholars programs offer upper-level undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn about and participate in policymaking related to natural resources and conservation in Michigan or Washington, D.C. These programs are open to Michigan State University students with any major.

Deadline: September 20, 2019
Program Dates: January 2-16, 2020
Location: Galapagos Islands

Study abroad in Darwin’s footsteps with the University of Southern Mississippi! This program will cover tropical biology topics, including terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Most of the program will be spent island-hopping through the Galapagos archipelago, including stays on several islands to experience the highlands and local culture. The program will also visit tropical habitats on the Ecuadorian mainland. The class will involve daily field experiences, including hikes, snorkeling and boat excursions. Field trips will emphasize the area’s unique habitats and organisms.

Location: Costa Rica
Position: Paid, Full-Time 

One field assistant needed for the Capuchins at Taboga Project, a long-term project in Costa Rica on the behavior, communication, endocrinology, and conservation of wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). All research is conducted at a field station located in the Taboga Forest Reserve in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica.

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.

Deadline: September 15, 2019
Employment Period: Fall 2019 through Summer 2020
Location: MSU Campus
Position: Paid

RS&GIS, a geospatial research and outreach group within the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences at MSU is looking to hire GIS technicians to assist with project work. Technicians will assist analyst staff with image scanning, data creation, image processing, research, and other activities.

Deadline: September 20, 2019
Location: MSU Campus
Position: Volunteer

The Ganz and Braasch Laboratories are seeking summer volunteers to work in their joint Fish Facility. This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain fish husbandry, laboratory, and research experience.

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.

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. 

Spring Deadline: November 1, 2019
Location: Tampa, Florida
Position: Internship

The Florida Aquarium Internship Program provides college students with an exclusive, hands-on opportunity to gain experience in the aquarium field. Internships are available in the following specialties: Development, Education, Marine Operations, Entertainment, Husbandry, Sales / Events, Veterinary Externship, Horticulture, Occup. Health and Safety, Volunteer Programming, and Human Resources.

Deadline: September 17, 2019
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.

Spring 2020 Deadline: October 31, 2019
Summer 2020 Deadline: January 31, 2020
Location: 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.

Spring 2020 Deadline: November 15, 2019
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.

Location: 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.

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 doverhea@msu.edu 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.

The Association of Zoo & Aquarium Science job board has internships posted for spring 2018.