Summer Research and Internship 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.  Applications due March 1, 2019.

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 

Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaThe Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute hosts the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, a 10-week paid summer research internship opportunity for undergraduate students.

Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Large nationwide and international job board used by universities, agencies, private companies, and non-profits for natural resource positions in wildlife, fisheries, and habitat management.

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

Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District:  Intern’s focus will be on water quality monitoring in Mississippi River – Lake Pepin Watershed in Goodhue and Wabasha County. Intern will collect stream grab samples, conduct stream surveys, coordinate sample shipment assist with data
analysis and interpretation and assist district staff with office and fieldwork when needed.

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

Friends of Taiwan: unpaid but all expenses covered summer undergraduate research experience in Taiwan.  Opportunities in most areas of biology, from molecular and cellular biology to coral reef and fish ecology.  Students apply and request specific mentors.

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Internships available for college level students with majors in biology, environmental science, education or related course of study.

Iowa Learning Farms Water Resource Internship Program 

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

Lacawac Sanctuary & Biological Field Station:  This is a non-profit biological field station and Environmental education center located in NE Pennsylvania.

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

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Mussels of Minnesota DNR's Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs (CAMP) is busy re-building populations of threatened and endangered native mussel species. 

Minnesota Zoo Internship The Minnesota Zoo offers unpaid internships in many of its divisions.  A MN Zoo internship provides workplace experience and the opportunity to learn about careers in zoology, education, communication, conservation, and public service.

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

National Center for Rural Health Professions: The National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) is located on the campus of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and is under the direction of the associate dean for Rural Health Professions.

The Nature Conservancy Summer internship opportunities around the world

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

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services - Internships are available in the areas of Biology, Vegetation Management, Visitor Services/Environmental Education, and Native Plant Propagation. Interns typically work for 9-12 weeks in the spring, summer or fall seasons.

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 Iowa - Iowa Institute of Human Genetics:  Bioinformatics Summer Internship

University of Iowa:  Genetic Counseling Internship 

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 North Texas:   SOAR (Summer Opportunities in Anatomy Research) program

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