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Flyers and further information may be attained in the biological sciences main office on the undergraduate internship posting board.

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Binder Park Zoo

Animal care intern

Education intern

Horticulture intern

All internships are open to college students majoring in related fields of study.  Interns must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays in all weather conditions and have the ability to lift 50 pounds.  Please see full job descriptions for further requirements.

Internships are available year-round but responsibility descriptions may vary depending on the season/semester. 

Please visit to print out an application.  Complete and return to:

Binder Park Zoo
Attn: Human Resources
7400 Division Dr.
Battle Creek, MI 49014

Phone: (269) 979-1351
Fax: (269) 979-8834

Kingman Museum

The Outreach Coordinator position at Kingman Museum in Battle Creek, a small natural history museum with a planetarium, is a great learning experience for those interested in teaching or working in the museum environment. We are open to students looking to volunteer a few hours a month or work as an unpaid intern. Interested students may contact Sarah Kelly, the education department manager, at for more information.

Kingman Musuem
175 Limit St.
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Phone: (269) 965-5117

Global Vision International

Volunteer as a member of GVI's research team and experience dolphins, primates and big game. The expedition looks at the biodiversity of the immediate region around Shimoni, which is on the Kenyan border with mainland Tanzania - a unique opportunity to combine marine, forest and national park research. The expedition also examines how local communities affect and utilize the region's natural resources, and aims to help these communities profit from their resources in a sustainable manner.

Expedition members are needed for periods of 5, 10 and 15 weeks. Projects include: marine mammal research recording bottlenose dolphins, Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins, Spinner dolphins and larger cetacean such as Humpback whales; marine mega-fauna research, including turtles, whalesharks, and manta rays (seasonal); big game and community projects in national parks (eg. elephant relocation, rare coral rag forest exploration and primate surveys including Angolan Black and White monkeys). No experience is necessary as the GVI training program will provide a baseline and holistic understanding of all aspects of the area and project work.

Further details are available, or can be requested by contacting GVI at (888) 653-6028 or email .

MPI Research

You will be conducting pre-clinical research that will help aid in bringing safer, healthier products to the world. You will be responsible for the administration of test materials via various routes (oral, dermal, IV, subcu, IP, IM), measuring body weights & food consumption, collecting blood samples, and performing detailed observations with a variety of animal species varying from mice to non-human primates.

Internships requirements and qualifications:

Interested students are encouraged to send send inquiries or their curriculum vitae/resume along with a brief cover letter (preferably via an email attachment in a Microsoft Word document) directly to:

Britt Tasker, Employment Manager
MPI Research
54943 North Main Street
Mattawan, MI 49071
Phone: (269) 668-3336 Extention: 446

Student Conservation Association

Student Conservation Association interns are not armchair environmentalists; they are out in the forests, marshes, prairies, estuaries, deserts, and a multitude of other habitats giving back to the land, practicing what they preach. Their environmental ethic will help preserve the integrity of these habitats for future generations. Our interns are restoring critical habitats by eliminating pollutants and invasive species, re-establishing natural ecosystem processes, and re-introducing native plants and other wildlife to the area. Join our conservation community by applying for a restoration internship today and become part of the solution.

Benefits include:

Examples of restoration internships:
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana

Plant propagation, identification and natural areas restoration are just some of the projects you'll be involved in at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Lakeshore is more than just a shore. Located on Lake Michigan, an hour east of the Chicago, you'll find dunes, beaches, bogs, marshes, prairie remnants, oak savanna, woodland, forest and historic buildings. Approximately 118 acres of former farm fields identified for prairie restoration are dominated by non-native, low-quality aggressive and woody vegetation. Responsibilities include: actively working with resource management staff to improve impacted areas. About 75% of the internship will involve conducting exotic vegetation control, removing excessive woody vegetation, collecting seed propagating plants, preparing and planting restoration areas and maintaining seed production nurseries. Logging and compiling project data, and electronically map completed work is about 25% of the internship.

The Student Conservation Association has many other internship positions.
To apply for for any of these, send a resume and cover letter to .

The SCA is also offering AmeriCorps Education Awards. In addition to the many other upsides, qualified SCA interns can now earn at least $1,000 for college tuition or to repay school loans. If you’re interested in this valuable benefit, please be sure to apply. Applicants must serve at least 300 field hours to be eligible (U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status also required). If you’re only now considering an SCA internship, these generous Education Awards are just one more great reason to complete and submit your application today.

Research Experience For Undergraduates

The biological sciences and chemistry departments of WMU have a National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Environmental Signal Transduction. This is a program that allows undergraduates from WMU and other colleges and universities from around the country to participate in interdisciplinary research in environmental signal transduction. The REU experience at Western Michigan University includes: participation in a research project; presentation/discussion series on the process of science; considerations of scientific ethics and integrity; research seminars; and career-oriented discussions. In addition to WMU's REU Program, other universities have similar opportunities. One such opportunity exists at Boston University.

Michigan DNR/MCCC Stewardship positions

Michigan Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for MCCC/Americorps Stewardship Field Crew positions at Island Lake Recreation Area and Algonac State Park. There are many opportunities and benefits, such as:

• Earn up to $4,700 in grants to pay for school or pay off student loans
• Protect some of Michigan's most endangered ecosystems
• Learn native flora of Michigan and help eradicate invasive species
• Participate in prescribed burns
• Assist with rare and endangered species recovery & monitoring
• Reestablish native plant communities through native seed collection and planting

More information and how to apply - visit us online or contact:

Mr. Bob Clancy
MDNR, Parks and Recreation Bureau
P.O. Box 30257
Lansing MI 48909-7757
Phone: (517) 241-2055