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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.  


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.


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.


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.


MSU's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Opportunities

Deadline: March 1, 2020 (for Internships and URA Program)
Location: Off-Campus, MSU's Kellogg Biological Station 
Position: Field Courses, Internships, Research Programs

Applications for summer field-courses, undergraduate research apprenticeships, and internships at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station are open.