Many internships are available for enthusiastic students who are interested in pursuing biodiversity research or conservation projects. Washington University students pursuing an internship listed below are eligible to receive credit through General Studies 2991 04. An unpaid internship that is not specifically listed below may also qualify the student; email Professor Jonathan Losos at with interest or questions.

Living Earth Collaborative Behavior & Animal Welfare Research Projects at the Saint Louis Zoo 

 The Living Earth Collaborative is currently seeking applications for summer research in animal behavior and welfare conducted in collaboration with the Saint Louis Zoo. 

Students should expect to work 32-40 hours per week on weekdays during regular business hours. This fellowship offers a paid opportunity to collect data through live observation in public spaces or from recorded video. The project list includes many species, including multiple primates, Bali mynas, endangered vipers, and others, with studies on a variety of topics such as effects of construction noise, activity levels, and engagement with enrichment items. Students will also perform data organization, analysis, and other tasks as assigned. 

For information about the zoo’s behavior research department, please see

You can read about the research program and download an application at

If you have any questions, contact Ashley Edes (Animal Welfare Scientist, Saint Louis Zoo) at, Eli Baskir (Manager, Behavioral Sciences, Saint Louis Zoo) at, or Jonathan Losos (Director, Living Earth Collaborative) at

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Missouri Botanical Garden 2021 Internship Announcement

Living Earth Collaborative Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Plant Biodiversity Internship Opportunities at the Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), one of the premier botanical institutions in North America, has partnered with the Living Earth Collaborative to offer summer research internships on plant taxonomy, ecology and conservation for Washington University undergraduate students.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 2, 2021

HOURS: Full-time (40 hrs per week) for 10 weeks
AWARD AMOUNT: $4,000 for the entire summer season
DATES: June 7 – August 13, 2021
LOCATION: All projects will be performed ONLINE
CONTACT INFO: Dr. Monica Carlsen (, Assistant Scientist – Education Coordinator, Science & Conservation Division, Missouri Botanical Garden
HOW TO APPLY: submit your Resume or CV, a list of courses taken, choice of two top projects and a letter of interest explaining why you would like to be an intern at the Missouri Botanical Garden.


1. Interactive, probabilistic identification key for the Espeletia species from páramo de Sumapaz: Espeletia is a genus of plants endemic to the northern Andes, largely restricted to high elevation ecosystems known as “páramos.” Unfortunately, species identification can be difficult in Espeletia, in part because these species diverged recently and hybridize frequently. The student participating in this project will manipulate data, write a key for species identification and perform computer simulation experiments to test the key.

2. Building a botanical foundation for sustainable agriculture: characterizing patterns of variation and covariation in herbaceous perennials: This project aims to systematically evaluate wild, perennial herbaceous and shrubby grain, legume, and oilseed species for inclusion in pre-breeding and domestication programs with the goal of developing new, environmentally friendly, agricultural species. The student will help characterize traits (i.e. plant size and growth rate, flowering time and duration, flower morphology, pollinator visitation, plant architecture, leaflevel physiology and seed production) and analyze relationships among traits to help inform a predictive model.

Plant Biodiversity Research Opportunities at the Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden announces the availability of research projects on plant diversity for Washington University undergraduates. Projects cover a wide range of topics from geographic and climatic diversification to analyses of DNA sequences.

 Students may receive course credit (e.g., Biology 200 or 500, or comparable courses in other departments) for research in the spring 2021 semester.

HOURS: The student intern will spend between 9-10 hours per week for during the spring 2021 semester and receive 3 units of credit. This internship can be extended for another semester, upon mutual agreement.

LOCATION: All projects would be conducted online with supervision from a Garden mentor through regular zoom meetings.

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


  1. Zingiberales diversification in the tropics: Plants in the Zingiberales (i.e. gingers, bananas, and relatives) are hyperdiverse in the American tropics but not in the Asian continent, where the group originated. This project will test whether these differences in number of species are due to changes in diversification, speciation or extinction rates dependent on their geographic distribution.
  2. Climatic diversification of the genus Croton in AfricaCroton is a diverse species group distributed around the globe with 50 species distributed in continental Africa. Using morphologic and climatic data this project will explore multiple macroecological questions such as the relationship between leaf morphology and climate.
  3. Global Genome Initiative in Gardens: The living plant collections at the Missouri Botanical Garden harbor a vast amount of diversity. This project aims to understand how much phylogenetic diversity is currently represented at the Garden by analyzing DNA sequences of the species in the collections.

Saint Louis Zoo

Internships and Externships (summer, limited positions in fall and spring)

Contact: Katie Emerick, Director of volunteer services,

The Saint Louis Zoo provides college students, recent graduates and individuals with prior college coursework an opportunity to learn about the Zoo’s zoological operations while obtaining valuable, hands-on work experience and an understanding of the Zoo’s role in research and conservation. Over 100 interns/externs contribute to the Zoo’s mission each year! Internships and externships are available in animal management areas, non-animal related areas and research.

Saint Louis Zoo – Research Internships

Internships in the Behavior Lab are remote only as of fall 2020, with decisions about on-grounds internships on indefinite hold. Interns will assist with video observations from studies on a variety of subjects and taxa, including bird enrichment interactions, viper tongue flick rates, animal use of space, and other topics. Interns will also gain experience with data organization summary, and graphing using data collected from these or other research projects. Studies of behavior are observational and do not include animal contact. Coursework in animal behavior is strongly recommended but not required, and skill using Excel is helpful. 

To Apply: Please review the material at for more information, and download the Research Internship Application and send it to Eli Baskir, MS, Manager of Behavioral Sciences, at

Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Summer Internship

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.

See for listings and instructions. 

Sophia Sacks Butterfly House

Missouri Botanical Garden

Horticulture Interns

The Horticulture internship provides practical, hands-on work experience in a unique garden setting. Interns will assist the horticulture staff and volunteers in maintaining the tropical Conservatory garden, Native Habitat, prairie garden, annual garden, and grounds. Duties may include planting, pruning, watering, and pest management. Interns will have direct contact with visitors and be responsible for answering general questions about the Butterfly House including questions about the plant collection and general butterfly questions. The internship requires an interest in horticulture and coursework in botany, horticulture, or a related disciple.

Project Pollinator Interns

This internship provides practical, hands-on work experience in designing native habitats for pollinators and educating visitors about pollinators and how we can support them in our landscapes. Interns will assist the Education and Horticulture staff in maintaining native gardens both at the Butterfly House and at community sites where the Butterfly House has worked.

In addition, there will be many opportunities for interacting with the public in our Native Habitat garden and teaching them about pollinators. Interns will teach both adults and children and will also have the chance to help design signs or other education materials. Interns will have direct contact with visitors and be responsible for answering general questions about the Butterfly House including questions about the plant collection and general butterfly questions. Internship requires an interest in education, horticulture, environmental science, or a related biological field, and the ability to work under hot conditions.

To apply please visit:

Missouri Botanical Garden

Place-Based Education Intern, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

Place-Based Education Interns at LREC will be introduced to techniques for using outdoor spaces to enhance learning, develop schoolyard native plant habitats, and engage students with their community. This will be accomplished as they: lead small groups of school children in ecological investigations and explorations of the natural world,

become familiar with the ecology and natural habitats of Missouri, and interact with staff, students (pre-k-8th grade), teachers, and volunteers.

Spring or Fall semesters, part time, 8-15 hours per week. Scheduling is somewhat flexible within operating hours of 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday.

To apply: Email Susan Baron your resume and cover letter.

World Bird Sanctuary

Internships (Spring, Summer and Fall)

Interns will experience all aspects of the World Bird Sanctuary by assisting staff with: Captive management of resident birds and other animals, daily husbandry duties, maintenance of facilities, rehabilitation of injured birds, public education programs through the Office of Wildlife Learning, interacting with the public at the Visitor’s Center, and field identification of birds & documentation of behaviors.

This internship is a 12 week program. Please contact for more information.

Tyson Research Center
Washington University in St. Louis

Undergraduate Fellows Program (Summer)

Spend your summer immersed within WashU’s environmental field station community. During this 10-week program, undergraduate students work elbow-to-elbow with a faculty or staff principal investigator, post-doctoral scientist, or graduate student mentor on current Tyson-based research projects. A weekly colloquium provides

professional preparation activities including scientific communication practice, journal article discussion, career panels, and research poster development. Fellows also attend a weekly visiting scientist seminar and potluck dinner for the Tyson community. WashU students and outstanding students from other universities are eligible to apply. Tyson welcomes people of all racial, cultural, ethnic, and gender identities. Fellows are provided with a stipend and daily transportation. Scholarship support is available for Pell-eligible students.

Contact: Susan Flowers,


Animal Keeper Intern

Unpaid Animal Keeper Internships are available year round with the Endangered Wolf Center located in southwest St. Louis County at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center.

The Endangered Wolf Center (EWC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving endangered wolves and other canid species from extinction by educating people about their importance in the ecosystem and supporting their reintroduction into their native habitat through a combination of managed breeding and research.  

Internships provide hands on experience working directly with the animal care staff. Intern responsibilities include but are not limited to diet preparation, monitoring behavior and health of animals, creating and distributing enrichment, observing training sessions, as well as enclosure maintenance. 

Internships are generally twelve weeks in duration (24-40 hour work week). Duration and of an internship is variable depending on the need of the intern or facility and can be discussed. Internships can be arranged for college credit. With limited intern positions available throughout the year, our internship program is highly competitive so we recommend turning your application in as soon as possible for consideration.

Applications Due Dates:

Spring (February- April) – November 1st
Summer (May-August) – March 31st
Fall (September- November) – August 1st
Winter (November- January) – September 31st


  • College degree or current enrollment in appropriate biological sciences programAbility to work outdoors in all weather conditions and handle natural elements including: insects, snakes and other wildlife, poison ivy, etc.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Provide your own appropriate clothing and foot gear for working outdoors in various seasonal conditions
  • Provide your own transportation and housing
  • Must be able to commit to at least twelve weeks 

For consideration, please send a resume, contact information for two references, 1 recommendation letter and a cover letter stating dates or time frame you are available to:

Rachel Crosby, Animal Keeper

Missouri Botanical Garden
EarthWays Sustainability Education Intern

As part of the Garden’s Sustainability division, EWC works to promote and advance sustainability initiatives in the Saint Louis region and beyond by supporting efforts to improve the built environment and through environmental education. EWC works closely with the building industry through partnership with the U.S Green Building Council’s Missouri Gateway Chapter and other professional groups. Topics addressed through EWC programs include energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, solid waste reduction and recycling, green building, water conservation, and air quality. The Sustainability Education Intern will work closely with EWC education staff to support education programs for K-12 schools, colleges/universities, adults, and teacher professional development. The intern will have the opportunity to interact and learn from with other EWC staff as well.

To apply contact: Maggie McCoy, Education and Volunteer Coordinator

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Research Experience for Undergraduates Internship (Summer)

Become an Intern

Danforth interns gain exposure to all aspects of modern scientific research, from design to experimentation to reporting. See first-hand what it takes to become a world-class plant scientist, and the broader impact of scientific discovery.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Fostering the next generation of plant scientists is critical to solving some of our planet’s biggest challenges. For eleven weeks each summer, students in our Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) summer internship program are immersed in a rich research environment that lays the foundation for a career in plant science.

Our REU program gives students experience with all aspects of modern scientific research, from design to experimentation to reporting. Faculty mentors and staff provide insight into the personal qualities that make a good researcher, the process and training involved in becoming a scientist, and the broader impact of scientific discovery. The program is made possible through generous support from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

For more information, please contact:

Cathy Kromer, Program Manager /

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