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

Featured Summer 2019 Internships:

NGRREC 2019 Summer Internships

The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center

Application due Jan. 23!

Drs. Antony Dell, Andrew Berdahl, and Jason Knouft are seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist them in their project: ‘The Effects of Temperature on Schooling Behavior in Juvenile Asian Carp.’ There are also a number of other NGRREC projects with open internship positions!

Dates: May 20 – July 30
Location: The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
Compensation: $5,000

View the NGRREC 2019 Summer Internship Promotional Flyer

Learn more about the Asian carp project & see application details

LEC Summer Research Internships at the Missouri Botanical Garden

This program provides research opportunities for Washington University in St. Louis students for 10 weeks during the summer of 2019. Interns will work on independent mentored projects in plant systematics, conservation biology, and/or ethnobotany. 

Dates: June 3 – August 9, 2019
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden (some projects conducted at Shaw Nature Reserve)
Compensation: Weekly $575 stipend

More information & application details

Featured Spring 2019 Internships:

Internship at the Endangered Wolf Center

Positions open for Spring 2019 – Start date ASAP!

Tammy Cloutier is an Environmental Studies PhD candidate whose research focuses on zoological and wild painted dog behavior and growth rates. She is excited to be collaborating with the Endangered Wolf Center and their painted dogs (including 23 new painted dog puppies!). She is collecting data from December 2018 until May 2019 and is looking for interns to support her project. 

More information & application details

Internship in Animal Behavior

Saint Louis Zoo

Positions open for Spring 2019

The Animal Behavior Laboratory at the Saint Louis Zoo is currently seeking applications for our spring internship program. Throughout the course of the internship, students will collect data live from the public space or by reviewing video footage using Noldus Observer XT software. Interns are expected to perform on studies of social dynamics, mother and infant interactions, as well as behavioral diversity and use of space.

For more information about the internship program and to download an application, please visit the zoo website.

Please contact Eli Baskir (email:; phone: 312-646-4593) with any questions. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Open internship positions in the Saint Louis area are regularly posted on the following organizations’ websites; Some may have openings for Spring and Summer 2019: