Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internships

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 public engagement. This program enables students to work on independent 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.

As an additional educational benefit, SERC maintains an ongoing seminar program that is designed to bring in noted outside speakers on a variety of topics in the environmental sciences. They also offer experiential field trips to the Smithsonian museums and galleries on the National Mall. Interns receive a stipend of $500 per week.

Eligibility

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will consider applications from currently enrolled undergraduate and Master's students, or students who have recently graduated from undergraduate or Master's programs. Applicants must be in a position to commit fully to the completion of a project. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program. 

Application deadlines

Winter/Spring projects (January - April): November 15 
Summer projects (May - August): February 1
Fall projects (September - December): June 1

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