SERC Internship Program in Environmental Studies

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program in Environmental Studies

Near Chesapeake Bay, MD

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 education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC’s professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.
Projects include terrestrial, atmospheric and estuarine environmental research within the disciplines of ecology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology, mathematics and physics. Projects are also offered in environmental education and environmental information management (See Project Menu). Although students will become familiar with all the research being conducted by a particular staff member and with much of the research of SERC in general, individuals will devote most of their time to a project and content area of particular interest to them. 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.

For more information regarding eligibility, selection, living arrangements, stipends, please visit the SERC internship webpage:

Applicants must register and submit an application online.

There are THREE application deadlines:

For Winter/Spring projects from January-April, the deadline is November 15

For Summer projects from May-August, the deadline is February 1

For Fall appointments from September-December, the deadline is June 1

TO APPLY, please follow the How To Apply link: