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

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.