National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

Expand your horizons with a paid internship!


Do you have an interest in ecology, natural resource management, environmental education, science communication, environmental policy, or social science as it relates to our natural resources?


Are you interested in exploring a career path you may not have considered yet, instead of looking for a summer job?  If so, then apply to become an intern with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.


The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is looking for 19 undergraduate students interested in exploring natural resource and science-related careers through internships located throughout theMidwest. Please download the project summaries to see available projects and the requirements and locations for each and the important program dates to ensure your availability to participate in the program. These materials, a copy of the application questions, and the online application link can also be found by visiting our internship website ( The program starts with a week-long short course at NGRREC’s field station in East Alton, IL before students depart for their various project locations. At the end of the summer, students will return to present their work in a professional, two-day Symposium attended by their peers, research advisors, and other professionals.


We encourage all students to apply, including community and junior college students, students who are undecided in their career path, and students who would like to explore including science, research, or education and outreach as a component of their educational growth.

In addition to the $5,000 stipend paid in two installments during the summer, we have $1,000 in reimbursement funds to assist each student with their summer housing and, if necessary, relocation costs. Program staff will assist students in finding suitable housing at their internship location, if needed.

All applications are due via online submission by midnight January 23, 2018.


Application requirements Minimum Requirements: Students must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or certificate program (community, junior or four-year colleges) and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher to be eligible for this program. Attendance at the Intern Program Short Course (May 20-24) and Intern Symposium (July 29-30) is required if accepted as an intern and student must be able to commit to a full-time internship (approximately 40 hour/ week). All application materials must be submitted online (no email submissions accepted) by the application deadline (Jan. 23). Some projects have other, specific requirements (e.g. ability to swim, a personal laptop). Please take this into account when selecting your projects of interest and answer all application questions accurately to ensure a proper project match.


Required Application Materials: All application materials must be submitted electronically within the online application form by the January 23 deadline.

1)      Biographical sketch – Submit a brief statement (100 words or less) about yourself, your interests, and where you see yourself career-wise in 5 years. This information will be included in the printed symposium proceedings handed out to all attendees at the Intern Symposium.

2)     College transcript – Unofficial copy will suffice as long as your name is clearly visible on the transcript. A screenshot or a typed Word version of your transcript will not be accepted.

3)     Resume – Include all relevant coursework, previous employment, internships, and volunteer positions. Organization name, location, and dates should be included.

4)     Cover letter (optional, but encouraged) – Feel free to include a cover letter outlining what makes you a good candidate for this internship. Include any additional information, such as your career and academic goals that would help us assess your fit for our internship program and match you with the right project.

  1. Copy of International Visa (international applicants only)


Important Dates

  • Jan. 23 (midnight): Application Deadline
  • May 20-24: Intern Program Short Course (attendance required)
  • May 29 – July 28: Summer Internship (approximately 40 hour/ week)
  • July 29-30: Intern Symposium (attendance required).


Please contact me if you have any questions about applying to the internship program!



Natalie Marioni, Intern Program Coordinator (

Director of Environmental Education & Citizen Science

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Lewis and Clark Community College

One Confluence Way * East Alton, IL 62024
Ph: 618.468.2783 * Fax: 618.468.7211
[email protected] *