Students will work closely with a Ph.D. mentor from the Missouri Botanical Garden on an independent research project. Projects available in 2024 include:

  1. Urban bees (project #2 in the description):
  2. Variation in ex-situ collections:

Students will be trained in all aspects of research, including project design, background research using library and electronic resources, methods, data collection and analysis, and presentation of results in a poster, public research symposium, and possibly a published paper.

Students will participate in weekly professional enrichment sessions dedicated to a variety of topics, including improving writing skills, ethics in research, intellectual property rights, getting into graduate school, taking the GRE exam, graduate school options, conservation, and sustainable living. Students will also participate in field trips to local natural areas.

HOURS: Full-time (40 hours per week), Monday through Friday, between 8:00AM and 5PM. Total of 10 weeks during the summer of 2024, from June 3 to August 9.

LOCATION: Activities will be performed in different locations across the extended Missouri Botanical Garden campus facilities. Transportation to and between locations is the responsibility of the student.

HOW TO APPLY: Please contact Dr. Monica Carlsen (, Assistant Scientist – Education Coordinator, Science & Conservation Division, Missouri Botanical Garden to start your application process BEFORE February 1st, 2024.

Oertli Oaks: local adaptation in phenotypic traits of Quercus arkansana

Plant Conservation Internship

This projects uses a common garden experiment to test for adaptive variation across the geographic range of Quercus arkansana, an oak species of particular interest for the ex situ conservation program of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Students will be measuring morphological traits weekly on oak saplings growing in a common garden experiment, and entering, editing and analyzing this data.

HOURS: Working hours are flexible, Monday to Friday, between 7 am and 3 pm. The student intern will spend 4-10 hours per week, starting in February 2023, and with the possibility of continuing until December 2023, based on mutual agreement.

LOCATION: Activities will be performed in three different locations, the Oertli Hardy Plant Nursery, the Emerson Electric Conservation Center and the Lehmann Building, all part of the extended Missouri Botanical Garden campus facilities. Transportation between locations is the responsibility of the student.

CONTACT INFO: Dr. Monica Carlsen (, Assistant Scientist – Education Coordinator, Science & Conservation Division, Missouri Botanical Garden.

Additional Information


Interns will assist with video and live observations from studies on a variety of subjects and taxa. As of fall 2023, we are focusing on insects (burying beetles and cockroaches), Humbolt penguins, takin, and painted dogs. Interns will also gain experience with data organization and generating figures using information collected from these or other research projects. Studies of behavior are observational and will not include animal contact. Coursework in animal behavior is strongly recommended but not required, and prior experience using Excel is helpful. 

To Apply:

Please review the material at for more information. Here, you can apply for the Research Internship Application ( Questions should be sent to:

Eli Baskir, MS, Manager of Behavioral Sciences, at

Dr. Ashley Edes, PhD, Animal Welfare Scientist, at

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) is Missouri’s independent citizens’ environmental organization for clean water, clean air, clean energy, and a healthy environment. We envision a future where the people of Missouri, regardless of race, income, or geography, live in and demand a clean, safe, and protected environment, now and for generations to come. We work to achieve this vision through our mission of educating, organizing, and advocating in defense of Missouri’s people and their environment.

We strive to provide a multidisciplinary experience that gives you the chance to see the many sides of an environmental issue. We will plan field trips and other outings to make sure you get out of the office to see the communities we serve and understand first-hand the impacts of the issues we address. Internships are unpaid, unless otherwise specified.


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