Undergraduate Internship Program

Funded Opportunities

Ohio EPA Summer Internships 2023

Ohio EPA has posted their summer internships, which can be found here. The deadline to apply is February 27th, so act now!

Summit Metro Parks - Seasonal Apiarist

TITLE: Seasonal Apiarist
STATUS OF EMPLOYMENT: Seasonal – Up to 6 months
SALARY CLASSIFICATION: Hourly – Grade C $12.00 - $15.00
BENEFITS: Public Employment Retirement System (PERS)
PROFILE: Assigned to the Conservation Department

We are looking to hire a skilled beekeeper to raise and care for our honeybee colonies. As a beekeeper, you will be responsible for growing and maintaining beehives, inducting wild swarms, collecting and processing honey. removing hive parasites and maintaining the health of the hive.

To ensure success as a beekeeper, you should have a passion for beekeeping, the ability to stay calm under pressure, enjoy working independently, and a desire to work outdoors. Ultimately, a top-class beekeeper maintains healthy hives and produces high-quality honeybee products.

Duties include:
Performing routine hive checks to maintain growing colonies.
Collecting and processing honey.
Performing mite checks and treatments in a timely manner.
Splitting colonies to produce more hives for the parks using the OTS method.
Transporting small colonies of live bees to other metro parks.

· High school diploma or GED.
· Degree in zoology or animal science preferred.
· Proven work experience as a beekeeper.
· Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
· Ability to lift heavy objects.
· Ability to work flexible hours.
· Ability to work unsupervised.
· Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
· Not allergic to honeybee stings.

To apply - Send completed application to employment@summitmetroparks.org. Phone calls will not be accepted.

Summit Metro Parks - Seasonal Park Biologist

TITLE: Seasonal Park Biologist
CLASSIFICATION: Grade C, Hourly, Starting $12.00 - $15.00
BENEFITS: Public Employment Retirement System (PERS)
PROFILE: Assigned to Conservation Department

Duties Include:
1. Assist with or perform wildlife studies, such as fish, turtle, bat, snake and other similar surveys;
2. Assist with or perform forestry surveys, wetlands and stream delineations and assessments and other botanical studies;
3. Collect and prepare specimens and voucher labels;
4. Participate in Citizen Science Programs (requires the ability to supervise volunteers);
5. Assist with or perform data collection and mapping using GPS, GIS and drone technology;
6. Assist with or perform data entry and the preparation of documents as needed to illustrate geographically referenced data (sample stations, rare species, wildlife, etc.);
7. Assist in the implementation of natural resource management projects, including plant propagation, nursery maintenance, invasive species control, rare fish maintenance, bee hive maintenance and species monitoring.

QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated understanding of biology (with emphasis in botany, wildlife, or ecology. Bachelor’s degree with professional experience preferred but students with relevant skills or experience are also encouraged to apply.

To apply - Send completed application to employment@summitmetroparks.org. Phone calls will not be accepted.

Humane Animal Rescue Of Pittsburgh’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

As the second largest rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania, we admit over 4,200 animals of over 150 different native PA Species annually and holds over 20 State and Federal Permits.

Our internship program is designed for students studying biology or environmental sciences. Students will be provided with a well-rounded program in which they will have the opportunity to observe and assist our Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitators with examinations, treatments, and medication distribution. Daily work will be heavily focused on animal husbandry, supportive care, and general preparation for releasing healthy animals to their native habitats.

We pride ourselves in offering unique hands-on experiences to all students in our program. No two days are alike, so to ensure each student is getting the most out of their time at our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, we provide a small curriculum with assignments due every two weeks for the duration of the internship.

While previous experience is a bonus, this program is also great for entry level students. The practical experiences gained will help round out your student’s education and assist them in their future careers.

Internship Program Details
View all details on our website, https://humaneanimalrescue.org/wildlife/wildlife-internships/. Applications, resume, and cover letter to be sent to Colleen Dougherty ( cdougherty@humaneanimalrescue.org ) or via mail:

      Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
      attn.: Colleen Dougherty
      6000 Verona Road, Verona PA 15147

Summer Internship: Application opens March 1st – April 1st
· 20-25 hours per week, 15 week commitment
· Start Dates: May 1st - 15th
· End Dates: August 14th – 28th

About Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh
Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (HARP) is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Pennsylvania, providing services to tens of thousands of animals each year at our two shelters and wildlife rehabilitation center. Formed in 2017, HARP is the result of a merger between the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (established in 1909) and Western Pennsylvania Humane Society (established in 1874), each with independently rich histories of serving our community’s animals in need. Our new organization continues the legacies of our predecessors with the task of providing enhanced services to domestic and wild animals alike, while bringing greater efficiency in animal care processes, staff training, and cutting-edge practices to one cohesive organization. Thank you in advance for sharing this opportunity with your students. Please let us know if you have any additional questions!

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is looking for a College Intern for environmental work in our Akron office.

Every ODOT transportation project is subject to an environmental review for various scientific and social disciplines. Transportation projects involve constructing and improving roads, bridges, trails, sidewalks, facilities, and other infrastructure. We need an intern who is interested in assisting with the preparation of environmental reports, field studies and documents necessary under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental requirements. The position includes a mix of office and field work involving ecological resources, cultural resources, historic contamination, noise abatement, air quality, floodplains, permitting, mapping, environmental justice, and public outreach efforts outreach efforts.

Follow the link below to see the job posting and apply:

Job Description - PAID College Internship-Environmental Dept./Capital Programs Administration (District 4 HQ-Akron), PN 20053169 (230000N7)

USDA-Agricultural Research Service-Horticultural Insects Research Lab

The USDA-Agricultural Research Service-Horticultural Insects Research Lab is inviting undergraduate students to apply for a paid internship for spring-summer 2023. The position will be based at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio and located in the new Wooster Science Building. The student will assist with field and laboratory experiments supporting a $7.5 million grant studying wood-boring ambrosia beetles that infest horticultural trees.

The Horticultural Insects Research Lab currently consists of two research entomologists, two postdoctoral researchers, and two technicians. The successful applicant will learn the basics of designing and conducting experiments, including experimental design, data collection, and data analysis.

Prior experience is not required, but U.S. citizenship, a driver’s license, and transportation to campus are required.

Interested students please contact as soon as possible via email: christopher.ranger@usda.gov 

Mosquito Control Field Technicians - Student/Temporary Help

Department/Division: Summit County Public Health
Full Time/Part Time: Part Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Work Schedule:  Temporary Status – 28 hours per week (May through August) may include evening and weekend work.
Job Description: The Student/Temporary Help position performs programmatic activities under supervision, conducts field inspections, and collects samples. Must display initiative and follow through in completing tasks; be reliable, mature and adaptable; interact successfully with the community and co-workers regardless of their social, ethnic, or religious status; comply with agency objectives, philosophy and policies. Work under the general direction and guidance of the program staff and manager.
Required Qualifications
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
• Ability to organize and communicate with program participants via text (work phone) and email (work provided)
• Current valid driver’s license
Preferred Qualifications
• Clean driving record.
• Organizational skills to maintain programmatic performance of multi-step process
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee typically works in a normal office environment as well as in various work sites that involve potential exposure to inclement weather, extreme temperatures, insects, wildlife, unpleasant smells or odors and excessive levels of dust, dirt and other elements of typical outdoor work. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts in precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, airborne particles, pesticides, toxins, raw sewage or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers, handle, feel, carry or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand; talk or hear; walk; sit. The employee may be required to lift items as heavy as 80 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Description of Job Duty
• Perform time specific programmatic duties as listed below.
• The program will run from May-August
• May investigate mosquito complaints in an assigned area
• Informing residents of steps for mosquito abatement
• Mosquito surveillance
• Larviciding for mosquito breeding sites
• Reading and maintaining accurate maps and data
• Responsible for various program equipment
• May perform evening adult mosquito spray treatments utilizing a truck mounted sprayer up to five nights per week
• May assist in data entry or research
• May assist with special mosquito spray applications as needed (parks, special events, etc.)
• Employee has the obligation, set forth by the Summit County Public Health Emergency Operations Plan and within the scope of their employment, to be available for emergency service during routine and non-routine hours of operation including 24/7/365 availability

Requisition Number C/U - 0172023-P - Click here to apply on the company website
Number of Vacancies: 12
Advertised Salary: $13.50 per hour
Open Date 02/01/2023 - Close Date 04/30/2023

Summer Research Experience Program at Ohio University

The Diabetes Institute and Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University will host the Diabetes Institute Summer Interprofessional Research Experience (DISIRE) Program sponsored by The National Institutes of Health during the from June 5, 2023 to July 28, 2023.

Application Deadline: March 20, 2023.

The DISIRE program provides a hands-on research experience in the structure of an 8-week paid internship focused on one of a number of various aspects of diabetes research. During the program, participants will learn various aspects of diabetes and perform research with a faculty mentor on a topic of mutual interest. Also, the students will participate in activities crucial to preparation for graduate and/or medical school, including a professional development series. At the end of the summer program, participants present their research at a research symposium to faculty, staff, and summer scholars.

Faculty mentors in the DISIRE program study a wide range of affiliated fields including physiology, molecular biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, and understanding psychosocial and cognitive factors.

Students are expected to be on site full time during the program.


  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Current full-time enrollment in a U.S. college or university
  • Completion of basic course work in chemistry, biology and physics
  • Persons from groups underrepresented in science, including first-generation college students and those from the Appalachian region are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Sophomores and Juniors are especially encouraged to apply, but strong applications from Freshmen will be considered.
  • Applications from students with limited research opportunities are highly encouraged.


  • Stipend of $4,500
  • Housing and meal allowance in university dormitory

For more information about the program: https://www.ohio.edu/medicine/med-education/pre-med-education/summer-programs/disire

Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)


Join Us for Summer 2023

The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is soliciting student applications for our summer undergraduate research programs for summer 2023. As a land-grant institution, we are devoted to accessible education and helping those in our communities through research translation and outreach. Our college participates in two primary summer undergraduate research experience (REU) programs – the OSU Research Internship Program (ORIP) and the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP).

Both programs provide full-time, paid, summer internship opportunities to budding researchers. Participants will be matched with a faculty mentor to pursue cutting edge research at one of the top institutions in the nation. From understanding best practices for growing food, pest management, animal reproduction and nutrition, environmental quality, zoonotic diseases... the research at our college touches every aspect of life.

The OSU Research Internship Program (ORIP) is an annual summer research internship opportunity for motivated graduating high school seniors and current underclassmen at college or university over the age of 18. ORIP is tailored specifically to enhance student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Through laboratory and field research, interns receive a hands-on experience in data collection and analysis, project design, and scientific communication of results. The coming program will run from May 15 to July 28, 2023. ORIP takes place on the CFAES Wooster Campus.

Click here to check out more information



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National Aviary Internships


The National Aviary will be accepting applications for 2023 internships during the following periods:

Spring: October 7 through November 7, 2022
Summer: February 7 through March 7, 2023
Fall: June 7 through July 7, 2023

USDA-Agricultural Research Service - Horticultural Insects Research Lab

Christopher M. Ranger, Ph.D., will be hiring 1-2 students to start in Spring 2023 for the USDA-ARS-Horticultural Insects Research Lab, located on the campus of OSU’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio.

The student will assist with experiments focusing on ambrosia beetles infesting trees in ornamental nurseries and tree fruit orchards.

Prior experience is not required, but a driver’s license and transportation to campus are required.

Interested students may contact: christopher.ranger@usda.gov

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)

Students can go to www.careers.ohio.gov and keyword search "ODNR" to see current positions available now.

Summit County Jobs


Try searching here under "Temporary" positions for Internship opportunities. 

The Davey Tree Expert Company


Davey Tree internships and seasonal positions introduce career orientated students to exceptional opportunities in the industry. Davey has a national reputation for stewardship and excellence in the green industry and our programs provide students and entry level candidates with the fundamentals they will need to grow their careers.


ORISE - Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education - U.S. Department of Defense


All ORISE opportunities provide a competitive stipend.

Check out https://www.zintellect.com/catalog and adjust to your education level to search for opportunities. 


Ohio Environmental Protection Agency


About Us:

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is a trusted leader and environmental steward using innovation, quality service and public involvement to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all Ohioans.
Ohio EPA's goal is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship.

What You'll Do:

Assist the supervising environmental engineer by collecting and summarizing all available data pertinent to the review of permit to install applications, general or facility plans, detail engineering plans, sludge management plans, infiltration-inflow analysis, SSES analysis for municipal, industrial, and semi-public wastewater treatment facilities and residential wastewater systems in special sanitary districts.
Prepare reports and correspond with the engineer preparing the plans to obtain additional information.
Review plans for conformance with Agency design guidelines.
Assist the environmental engineer in the collection and tabulation of data required to draft discharge permits, findings and orders, enforcement referrals and complaints for municipal, industrial, and semi-public wastewater sources.
Participate in training in all aspects of office and field work activities involved in the wastewater pollution section and receive orientation to all other sections.
Assist with the updating of files, tabulating information needed for monthly or annual administrative reports or surveys requested by Central Office, outside agencies, or citizens.

What’s In It For You:

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

  • Medical Coverage
    • Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the available Ohio Med plans.
  • Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance
    • Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completed eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.
  • Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance
    • Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave
    • 11 paid holidays per year
    • Childbirth/Adoption leave
  • Employee Development Funds
    • The State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.
  • Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
    • OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees. The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement. The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary. Visit the OPERS website for more information.
  • Deferred Compensation
    • The Ohio Deferred Compensation program is a 457(b) voluntary retirement savings plan. Visit the Ohio Deferred Compensation website for more information.

Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a Model Employer of Individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.


Major area of study: Environmental Science, Water Resources, Chemistry or Engineering (Environmental, Civil, Chemical).
Knowledge of safety practices, public relations, Agency policies and procedures and permits as applicable.
Ability to swim and lift 50 pounds.
Skills in computers (word processing and database work).

DIVISION: Surface Water

LOCATION: 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

EEO Statement

The Ohio Environmental Protections Agency is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender/sex, gender identity or expression, national origin (ancestry), military status, disability, age (40 years of age or older), genetic information, sexual orientation, status as a parent during pregnancy and immediately after the birth of a child, status as a parent of a young child, or status as a foster parent as those are defined in applicable Ohio law, federal law, and any Executive Order, in admission or access to the operation of its programs, services, activities or its own employment practices. Employment practices are any employment related decisions including, but not limited to hiring, layoff, transfer, termination, promotion, demotion, discipline, rate of compensation, eligibility for in-service training programs, or terms and conditions of employment.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is committed to providing access, equal employment opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the Office of Employee Services at 614-644-2100 prior to testing or interviewing.

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Unfunded Opportunities

Summa Health

Research Interns and Students
Summa Health accepts students or individuals interested in an unpaid internship to address an educational goal. Research interns at Summa will work under the supervision of a Research Mentor on a project. Example activities interns may participate in include literature reviews, data abstraction, translational research and more.

Student Eligibility Information:
To be considered for an unpaid research internship at Summa, you are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Enrolled in an accredited academic program or have educational goals that can be addressed with an internship
  • U.S. citizen
  • Pass a background check
  • Willingness to obtain mandatory vaccinations and/or demonstrate proof of vaccination
  • Willingness to complete all training as required by Summa Health
  • Willingness to obtain personal liability insurance as applicable

Student Inquiry Information:
If you are interested in learning more regarding potential research opportunities at Summa Health, email research@summahealth.org the following information:

  • Name:
  • Contact Information:
  • Program:
  • University/College:
  • If Internship is to Fulfill a Course Requirement:
  • Desired Start/ End Date:
  • Availability and Hours/Week:
  • Desired Department(s):
  • Desired Type of Research Activity:

A research staff member will review your information and reach out if there are potential opportunities. Availability of internships within departments and types of opportunities will vary throughout the year.

General Requirements:
Students successfully placed with a research or scholarly activity project at Summa Health will be required to obtain clearance before starting their assignment. Students are expected to complete mandatory orientation and training and will be asked to provide a background check and immunization history.

To apply, check out the Summa Health website

Stark County Park District

Currently seeking a Wildlife Rehabilitation intern to further their education and experience at the Wildlife Conservation Center. "If you're passionate about wildlife and wish to gain some hands-on experience in animal care, we're the place for you!"

Students Can Expect To:

  • Gain supervised knowledge of Ohio's native wildlife, human/wildlife conflicts, non-lethal solutions, and state and federal regulations governing wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Students will be working closely with staff and volunteers as well as gaining experience in educating the public on wildlife.
  • Learn species specific diets, basic animal husbandly, caging criteria, handling techniques, animal enrichment, release criteria, and other skills relating to wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Students will also be responsible for completing a project, Featured Case feature the life of a native wild animal from the time it has come into the center to the time it is released. This feature will be displayed on our website and/or Facebook for public viewing.
  • Gain valuable customer service, communication, and listening skills.
  • Encounter moderate to frequent exposure to insects, poisonous vegetation, zoonotic diseases and moderate exposure to outside weather conditions throughout the year.


  • Freshman or sophomore level college students in field of biology, pre-vet, zoology, conservation, or equivalent field(s)
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • GPA of 3.00 or higher preferred

Hours: 24 hours a week. Ability to work a pre-determined hours and days of the week and a varied schedule including weekends is required. Typical scheduled shifts are 8:00a.m. 2:00p.m. and 2:00p.m. 8:00p.m. but may vary with advance notice.


Colobus Conservation in Kenya


Students, as volunteers, can gain valuable hands-on practical primate rescue and rehabilitation experience at our center, where we operate an on-site veterinary clinic and have a 24/7 emergency response team. There are opportunities to learn conservation outreach skills by assisting with our community work to reduce the human-primate conflicts of the area and gain habitat management skills by working on our forest restoration projects.

As a scientific organization, we are interested in developing collaborative internship opportunities with universities. We can host group field trips that are tailored to specific module learning outcomes incorporating captive and wild primate management. Previous students have gained a range of interesting conservation jobs after volunteering with us. Here at Colobus Conservation, we provide a safe and secure environment to students, which is easily accessible by air from Nairobi and by road from Mombasa. Diani has excellent nearby amenities, including shops, banks, hospitals, and restaurants. We are located within easy reach of a range of National Parks, marine conservation initiatives, and community development projects.

If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mwarabu S. Mwakutunza
Volunteer Coordinator
Colobus Conservation
P.O. Box 5380 Diani
80401 Kenya
Mobile: +254 724 227 224
Website: www.colobusconservation.org
Follow us on Social Media: @colobusconservation

Columbus Zoo and Associated Parks

View current opportunities here: https://careers3-columbuszoo.icims.com/jobs/intro 

Specifically, check out the Ecology Apprenticeship options.