Summer Opportunities and Links

Luther biology students regularly participate in a wide variety of off-campus summer research and internship experiences. Listed here are links to application information for some of the numerous summer research opportunities our students have participated in.

Additional summer research and internship opportunities may be found in a binder kept on the shelves in the 2nd floor student study lounge (SHL 290).

Links to Popular Off-Campus Summer Programs

National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Click “Search for an REU Site” for list of all REU sites, topics, and contact information.

Amgen Scholars Program: providing summer undergraduate research opportunities at major research universities around the country

Association of American Medical Colleges: a wide variety of summer undergraduate research program opportunities

Blandy Experimental Farm REU Program: University of Virginia summer REU Program in field ecology

Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University: summer research opportunities in plant genomics

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve: University of Minnesota’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) summer research internships in ecology

Chicago Botanic Garden: Conservation and Land Management Internships  

Conservation and Land Internship Program: places interns in 5 month internships with federal land management agencies

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center:  internships in plant biology, 11 week program in St. Louis, MO

Genetic Counseling Summer Internship: Summer internships at the University of Iowa

Hormel Institute, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience: S.U.R.E. Student Program, University of Minnesota research center in Austin, MN with opportunities in biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and nutrition

Iowa Learning Farms Water Resource Internship Program 

Iowa Nature Conservancy Iowa Crew: Anna Beal Trust summer internship program students have the opportunity to learn basic land stewardship and ecological management while working in Iowa’s diverse landscapes.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Internship-Statewide Crew: Land Stewardship Internship program including an Iowa statewide crew.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Internship-Blufflands Crew: Land stewardship internship program in the driftless region in Northeast Iowa, based out of Decorah.

Kellogg Biological Station: Michigan State University summer REU Program in agricultural and field ecology.

Konza Prairie and Kansas State University REU Program: study tallgrass prairie conservation and ecology

Mayo Clinic Summer Lab Science Program: working in the clinical laboratory environment alongside Mayo Clinical Scientists

Minnesota DNR: a variety of paid internships that are available across the state of Minnesota 

Minnesota Zoo Internships

National Institutes of Health: Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)

The Nature Conservancy Conservation internships available in all 50 states and 72 countries around the globe.

Neon:  "National Ecological Observatory Network" Research Internships

Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge: Summer internships in Biology, Plant Propagation, Vegetation Management and Environmental Education located in Prairie City, Iowa.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU): Neuroscience Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Portland, OR 

Organization for Tropical Studies: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Tropical Biology in Costa Rica

Prior Lake - Spring Lake Watershed District:  Water resources interns.

REU Site in Raptor Research in Idaho

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: summer REU program in ecology and alpine biology

Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR): summer program in Sioux Falls, SD

Seed Savers Exchange The Mike and Simone Chilton Horticultural Internship - Seed Savers Exchange works with prospective interns to develop custom internships that meet their learning objectives.  A recent graduate or currently enrolled at an institution of higher education. All majors are welcome to apply. Knowledge of horticulture, gardening/farming, biology/botany, history, anthropology, and/or communications will be helpful but are not essential.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Natural History Research Experiences: in Washington, D.C.

Sustainable RIVER:  NSF Research Experiences for undergraduates (REU) Program 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Internships in Biology, Vegetation Management, Native Plant Propagation, and Environmental Education

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Summer in in Biomedical Science (SIBS): Undergraduate Research Program in biomedicine.

University of Chicago:  This summer immersion experience is available for juniors and sophomores in Molecular Genetics and/or Cell Biology courses whose backgrounds may make them less likely to have considered a PhD or research as a career.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln summer research program: for undergraduates in the natural and health sciences

University of Iowa Health Care: Biochemistry summer undergraduate research fellowship (BSURF)

University of Iowa Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Program: for students interested in genetics, immunology, molecular and cellular biology, or neuroscience

University of Iowa Summer Health Professions Program: SHPEP at the University of Iowa is a free, six-week program for undergraduate students interested in health professional careers.  Students must be from an underrepresented in health professions background, low income, first generation college, or rural student.  An informational webinar will be held on January 31st .  Early admission deadline is February 1st and regular admission deadline March 1st.

University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) program: sponsored by the Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program for students interested in combined MD/PhD medical scientist training programs.  

University of Iowa Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Microbiology

University of Michigan Biological Station Summer REU Program - a wide variety of field, environmental and ecology research projects at a summer camp in northern Michigan.

University of Minnesota Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (LSSURP): biomedical engineering, ecology & the environment, molecular biology, and neuroscience

University of Montana We have nine great courses on offer in both aquatic and terrestrial realms that will be of interest to students ranging from “sophomores-to-be” (Field Ecology) to upperclassmen to early grad students.

University of Nebraska Summer Research Program in Lincoln, Nebraska.

University of North Dakota:   Summer Research program in North Dakota.  The program is Genes & the Environment

University of Texas at El Paso: (SMART MIND): Summer Mentoring and Research Training program in Methods in the Neuroscience of Drug-addiction

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP): Summer Research Program for Undergraduates in Biology

University of Wisconsin-Stout:  Summer REU Internship with research to focus on the lakes.

Upstate Medical University: Summer undergraduate research fellowship program

Additional Opportunities

Sustainability Internship Opportunities

Environmental Career Center

Cyber-Sierra's Natural Resources

Environmental Career Opportunities