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

St. Louis Aquarium Foundation
Volunteers Needed

We currently have two volunteer positions available – Volunteer Ambassador and Education Volunteer.

Here is the link to our volunteer page on the Foundation website (there is a button with the position descriptions listed and another button to click to complete the volunteer application):


 St. Louis Aquarium Foundation
Education Intern 

 Application Deadline: April 30, 2020 

Reports To: Education Curator of the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation 

Status: Part-time (approx. 20-30 hours per week) 

Salary: Unpaid internship, eligible for college credit hours if the role meets your program guidelines 

Anticipated Start Date: May or June 2020 

Schedule: Schedule will be fairly consistent week to week, and may include some evenings and weekends. The hours of operation of the Aquarium Foundation’s Conservation & Education Center are Sunday-Thursday: 9am-5pm and Friday- Saturday 9am-8pm. 

Organization Background: 

The St. Louis Aquarium Foundation is the nonprofit partner to the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station that opened in December 2019. The Foundation’s mission is to engage the community through providing access and education programs and serving as the region’s recognized voice for water stewardship. The education, volunteers, fundraising and conservation programs are managed through the Aquarium Foundation. This includes managing the Conservation & Education Center – a separate, free-admission attraction at Union Station which showcases water conservation/educational exhibits – and our H2O Friends program, which provides free Aquarium admission to underserved populations. 

Position Summary: 

The St. Louis Aquarium Foundation is seeking an enthusiastic, upbeat, conservation enthusiast to join us as an Education Intern. Responsibilities include assisting with education programs, summer camp, story time, creating content for the conservation education carts, and assisting with daily operation of the Conservation & Education Center. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Help create an educational experience for all who visit the Conservation & Education Center 
  • Assist with 2 weeks of summer camp including supervising youth, creating camp materials, and contributing to camp curriculum 
  • Work alongside volunteers 
  • Help operate the Conservation & Education Center including providing excellent guest service and being able to accurately communicate information about each exhibit 
  • Assist the Education Curator in other projects and program as requested 

Education & Experience Requirements: 

  • Pursuing or completed a Bachelor’s degree in a related field 
  • High school diploma or equivalent required 

Critical Skills/Competencies: 

  • Proficiency in a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software (MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint) 
  • Detail-oriented, with strong presentation and communication skills 
  • Ability to adapt and maintain flexibility in changing environments 
  • Help maintain a positive work environment and work cooperatively and collaboratively within a team 
  • Basic trouble shooting skills and ability to learn technology systems 
  • Passion for conservation and marine biology is a plus! 

Working Conditions and Requirements of the Job: 

  • This internship requires occasional periods of standing and walking, sometimes outdoors; lifting objects; as well as periods of sitting and working on a computer. 
  • This internship requires the ability to work effectively, comfortably and respectfully with all ages and a variety of backgrounds, races and nationalities. 
  • This internship may include additional weekend days/events, and evenings as schedule permits. 
  • The St. Louis Aquarium Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, physical, mental or medical disability, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by the state or federal law or local ordinance. 

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:  (With the email subject “Education Intern”)

Living Earth Collaborative

Summer Undergraduate Research Award

The Living Earth CollaborativeTM at Washington University in St. Louis is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of biodiversity and to ensuring the future of earth’s species in their many forms. Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Zoo, and other St. Louis institutions offer a variety of research opportunities to undergraduate students that allow students to study and conserve biodiversity, regionally and around the world.
In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, students may apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Award to conduct 10 weeks of full-time biodiversity research with a WashU Faculty Living Earth Collaborative Biodiversity Fellow or post doc.  Applicants should connect with a WashU faculty member who is a designated Biodiversity Fellow, if they have not already done so, and collaboratively develop a research proposal.
Project Timeframe: The proposed project must take place between May 7 – August 23, 2020.  
The Award: $4000 for 10 weeks of full-time research.
  • Open to all continuing WashU undergraduate students.
  • For research related to biodiversity, it’s study and conservation, regionally and around the world.
  • Applicants must be nominated by their research mentor, who must be a WashU Faculty Living Earth Collaborative Biodiversity Fellow or Living Earth Collaborative Post-doc.
Deadline: The online application should be completed by March 1, 2020.
Award expectations:
  1. Awardees must participate in the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Workshop on Research Ethics in early May or mid-June.
  2. Awardees must present their work at the Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  3. Awardees must submit an end of summer award report following completion of their research experience—due first day of classes in August.
  4. Awardees may not be enrolled in summer school during the period in which the award has been made.
  5. Awardees may not ENROLL or TA in any class during the time of their research and may not engage in any outside employment during that period.