Natural History Internship

Students are the future of environmental and science leadership. Experiences in scientific research and investigation are important opportunities to foster the next generation of environmental leaders. The Highlands Center for Natural History is offering paid internships to local high school and college students in areas of natural history work.

High School Students

Our 2021 spring and summer opportunity is rearing giant silk moths from caterpillar to cocoon. One of the main goals is to produce cocoons for a study focusing on evolutionary factors affecting cocoon architecture led by the University of Cincinnati. Once given the caterpillars, students will be responsible for their care, lasting for 2 months. During that time interns will have meetings (in person or on zoom depending) and work on a final project for submission to the Highlands Center at the end of the internship. This final project can be an article, field journal with summary from your caterpillar observations, a video of your caterpillars and what you learned, etc.  These internships are open for sophomore-senior students. A stipend will be awarded upon completion. Application requires a letter of recommendation and short answer questions. Top candidates will be interviewed before a final selection is made.

Application Deadline for this opportunity is March 15, 2021.

College Students

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to pursue their own environmental science interests here at the Highlands Center. Examples of opportunities include old-growth tree survey of the Highlands Center forests, water quality testing on Lynx creek, restoration work, observations and planting in our Discovery Garden, inventory and curation of natural history collections, or surveying local animal populations. If you have a particular interest, apply for this internship and discuss it with our staff. To complete your internship you will need to meet with Highlands Center staff mentors and submit a final project. This final project can be an educational article, video, or presentation. Stipend awarded at the end of the project depends on the length of the project. Application requires a letter of recommendation, resume, and cover letter. Top candidates will be interviewed before a final selection is made.

Application Deadline for this opportunity is March 15, 2021.

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