Biology & Marine Biology


BIO 498 Internship in Biology and Marine Biology

To earn academic credit for BIO 498 the following responsibilities must be adhered to:

  1. Meet all pre-requisites as stated in the course catalogue. Pre-requisites: Junior or senior major within the Department of Biology and Marine Biology, minimum overall grade point average of 2.0, and consent of instructor.
  2. Consult with your academic advisor regarding approval of internship.
  3. Arrange with a faculty within the Department of Biology and Marine Biology to be the faculty supervisor. The faculty supervisor will assign the grade.
  4. If your internship site is not an approved agency contact the Advising Coordinator to obtain the "Agency Approval" form (Form #1). The Chair of the Department of Biology and Marine Biology and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences must approve your internship site prior to your internship placement. (Agency Approval usually takes about 6 weeks). Credit will not be given after the fact, if an internship site has not been approved prior to beginning the internship.
  5. Complete The "Permission to Enroll in Internship Course Form" (Form #2) with the assistance of the Faculty Supervisor. The signatures of four individuals are required on this form. Please allow 3 weeks for the processing of this form. Also, in order to earn credit for your internship, this form must be approved and submitted to the Registrar's office prior to the end of the drop/add period of the semester you are planning to intern. There is a tuition charge.
  6. Complete and submit the "Placement Confirmation Agreement" to your faculty supervisor before the beginning of your internship placement.

*The internship site must provide experiential learning related to the student's academic major and enhance, supplement and integrate the learning that occurs in formal classroom and laboratory settings.

*Students are responsible for securing placement with an approved internship agency.

Internship Programs and Employers for Summer and Permanent Positions

Paid internships and summer jobs offer the dual advantage of allowing students to build their resumes while earning money.

American Society for Engineering Education and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

"Our database is designed as a pointer to internship/co-op/research opportunities offered by a vast array of organizations. We've worked hard to make this database as comprehensive as possible. We've included programs in a wide range of technical work-experience related opportunities and from a broad spectrum of organizations including large corporate firms, university research programs, non-profit organizations, and government organizations and sponsored research." Go to or contact:

Diane Reed
 Career Development Counselor
UNCW Career Services
601 S. College Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403

910-962-3174 (office)
910-962-4257 (fax)

Student Conservation Associates
SCA is the nation's largest and oldest provider of national and community service opportunities, involving student and adult volunteers in the stewardship of our public lands and natural and cultural resources. Contact: SCA Capital Office in Arlington, VA at (703) 524-2441 or visit their website.

Carolina Raptor Center, Inc.
Dedicated to environmental education and conservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation, research and reproduction. Volunteer positions available in rehabilitation, fund-raising, transport, cage construction, trail work. Training provided. Call and apply. Contact: Volunteer Coordinator at (704) 875-6521 or visit their website.

Discovery Place, Inc.
Educate persons of all ages and backgrounds about the world they live in and what it has to offer. Assist with exhibits, education, questions all pertaining to area of interest. Internships vary upon students needs, school requirements, and availability. Call and arrange internship. Contact: Arlene Finklea at (704) 845-3882 ext.241

Disney Land Internships

North Carolina Forest Service
Concentration on forest research, management practices, and protection. Call for possible internship openings - depends on yearly funding. Contact: David Loftis at (704) 667-5261

Youth Advocacy and Involvement (Statewide Program)
Organization focusing on placement of individuals into state organization internships, such as DEHNR, listed below. Over 100 internships available in such areas as air, soil, and water conservation and control, park management, aquariums, waste management and legislation. Application deadline is January. Contact: Virginia Eagles at (919) 733-9296

Greensboro - High Point Guilford County Area

Environmental Coalition Group dedicated to educating the public about environmentally-sound land-use practices and growth management. They maintain a resource center in Greensboro, where public forums are held. Contact: Tom Berry at (336) 273-1308 Environmental Resource Center for Sustainable Living Non-profit organization hosting forums for public awareness about such topics as energy efficiency and permaculture. Contact: Chris Hammond at (336) 272-6610

Natural Science Center Education resource center for the public. Also involved with science-oriented research. Areas of interest: naturalist, animal care, exhibit design, bird assistance, planetarium, teaching. Paid and unpaid internships available. Contact: Peggy Ferebee at (336) 288-3769 Piedmont Environmental Center Environmental education center in High Point utilizing hands-on teaching methods. Skills needed during school year: herbarium, insect collection, resources, research (dendrochronology, bird list, etc.) Call for arrangements. Contact: Richard Thomas, executive director, at (336)883-8534

Raleigh-Durham (Research Triangle Area)

Environmental Federation of North Carolina EFNC provides financial assistance for environmental organizations statewide. Internship possible for business and environmental interests. Collection and distribution of education material. Contact: Keith Burwell at (919) 687-4840

Environmental Media Corporation
Environmental Media Corporation, located in Chapel Hill, designs, produces, and distributes media to support environmental education. Contact: Coordinator at (919) 933-3003 and visit their website.

Greenways, Inc.
Greenways Incorporated is a multi-disciplinary environmental planning and design firm located near Raleigh that specializes in providing consulting services to government agencies, for-profit corporations and non-profit organizations. Our chosen professional focus is in greenways, alternative transportation, rail-to-trails, open space and park planning, design, development and management. Contact: Human Resources, 121 Edinburgh South, Suite 210, MacGregor Park, Cary, NC 27511 or at

League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
An environmental organization working with grassroots environmental groups across the country to help engage them in the democratic process. Internship positions may be available - call for arrangements. Contact: Mark Ezzell at (919) 832-4699 or visit their website.

National Institute of Environmental Health Services
Principal federal agency for basic biomedical research on health effects of environmental agents. Expose students to laboratory investigations and research procedures in a unique environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research and training. Deadline is February. Contact: Emily Starnes at (919) 541-3317 or visit their website.

The Nature Conservancy International.
A conservation organization is committed to conservation and preservation of biodiversity through land and water protection. Various positions available in sciences, arts, government, economics, media, etc. Call for list of openings and other information in November. Apply in January; deadline in February. Contact: Internship Coordinator at (919) 403-8558 or visit their website.

North Carolina Alternative Energy Company
Targets reduction of electrical demand and peak loads through research, education, demonstration and commercialization of energy efficiency techniques and alternative energy resources. Internships available. Contact: Maggie Inman at (919) 857-9000 NC Department of Environmental Health and Natural Resources DEHNR Forest Resources and Environmental Division in Raleigh has internships in the area of environmental protection and research. Apply through Youth Advocacy Center. Contact: Virginia Eagles at (919) 733-9296 or visit their website.

North Carolina Recycling Association
Help individuals, businesses, and local government leaders find new ways to advance waste reduction and recycling efforts in North Carolina. Individual projects can be arranged. Contact: Craig Berry at (919) 851-8444 or via e-mail at

North Carolina Solar Center
Statewide clearinghouse for information, education and technical assistance on solar energy technologies. Research projects on photovoltaics, energy economics, biomass, and alternative energy practices. Areas of interest covers policy, political science, international studies, business development and environmental studies. Call for individual arrangement. Contact: Larry Shirly at (919) 541-6506 or via e-mail at NCSUN@NCSU.EDU

North Carolina WARN: Waste Awareness and Reduction Network Deal with industrial pollution and its effects on human health and the environment. Based in Durham. Call to arrange volunteer work. Contact: Jim Warren via e-mail at NC-WARN@POBOX.COM

North Carolina Wildlife Federation Organization is the voice of North Carolina's conversationalists, communicating between members and governing agencies and industry to reduce impact on wildlife and environmental quality. Volunteer positions available in three areas: 1) conservation education, 2) legislative assistant working with environmental policy, and 3) research assistant. Internships may be semester-long or summer. College credit available. Contact: Tom Bean at (919) 853-1923

Solar Village Institute Corporation in Saxapahaw dedicated to harnessing, in an ecologically responsible manner, the world's renewable resources, including wind, water and solar. Internships possible. Looking for self-motivated individuals that are planning to seek a career in renewable energy. GIS work plan developed for each student. Contact: Lynne Carter at (919) 376-9530

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Various environmental research projects ongoing. Internships vary - call for current lists. Contact: Craig Ditzler at (919) 873-2136

Western North Carolina-Appalachian Trail Conference

Private, non-profit organization that coordinates the management and protection of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, in cooperation with state and federal land-owning agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. Position duties would include various volunteer projects, trail work, species inventory, proposal writing, map work and field work. Contact: Morgan Summerville at (704) 254-3708 or via e-mail at

Great Smokey Mountains Institute
The institute, located in Tremont, attracts educators, naturalists, and hikers year-round. Interns are needed to serve at GSMI in the summer as assistant teaches and stewards. Contact: Ken Voorhees, GSMI Director

Hanging Rock State Park
State park stewardship activities. Three paid internships available: (1) six month internship position, (2) three month or summer internship positions. Volunteers are needed year-round. Deadline is March 1, so apply early. College credit available. Contact: Tommy Wagner at (336) 593-8480 or visit their website.

Institute of Marine and Agriculture Research
IMAR is a non-profit research group that works to create alternative food sources for an increasingly crowded planet. IMAR has a field test site in McDowell County, near the town of Old Fort. Looking for summer interns for field studies, lab work, and environmental education activities. Contact: Long Branch Environmental Education Center Long Branch concentrates its programs on environmental design, organic food production, renewable energy, shelter design and construction, appropriate technology, resource conservation, recycling, wildlife protection, and improved environmental quality. Located in Buncombe County's Newfound Mountains, about 18 miles northwest of Asheville. Summer interns engage in physical labor, construction, and teaching activities. Contact: Paul Gallimore, Director

New River State Park
Focus on preservation of state natural areas, outdoor education, land management practices and public relations. Several internship/research positions available. Applied research positions - apply through Youth Advocacy Center. Seasonal park ranger and assistants - paid positions involving development of interpretive programs and providing environmental education programs.

Student Conservation Association positions - small stipend - duties include trail design and construction, design of environmental education programs, natural heritage inventories and implementation of GIS technology. Contact: Jerry Wilds at (336) 982-2587 or visit their website.

Western North Carolina Alliance Organization in Asheville seeking to protect the rich resources of the state's mountains through citizen involvement, community leadership, government accountability, and regional clout. Call to arrange an internship. Small stipend possible. Contact: Matt Diaz at (704) 258-8737

Wildlife Care Center of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Licensed by the State of North Carolina and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department, this wildlife rehabilitation center needs two summer interns to care for a variety of injured birds and other wounded animals for reintroduction back into nature. Teaching community educational programs is also required during internships. Contact: Nina Fischesser

Wilmington and Coastal North Carolina

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge - U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Goal is to protect unique areas and associated wildlife species. Various positions available - main office in Manteo. Looking for experience with wildlife identification and surveying, timber cruising and forest management techniques, GPS concepts and applications, general computer skills, basic plant taxonomy, canoeing, and maintenance (trail and other). Send resume and description of relevant background and experiences. Contact: Bonnie Strawser, volunteer coordinator, at (919) 473-1131 or via e-mail.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association - Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Major research facility in Beaufort for marine fisheries and coastal marine ecology in the Southeastern U.S. Possible internships for students interested in marine ecology, chemistry, and biological sciences. Salary, housing possible. Paid positions limited, volunteers encouraged. Contact: Dr. John Gavoni at (919) 728-3595 or visit their website.

The Nature Conservancy - Nags Head Woods Preserve
Responsible for the management and protection of Nags Head Woods Preserve. Duties may include: coordination and instruction of educational field trips for visitors and conduct research on various projects. Various positions available - call for updated listings. Apply directly. Contact: Tracy Matthews at (919) 441-2525 or visit their website.

The Nature Conservancy - Southeast Coastal Plain
Protection of various natural areas in Southeast NC. Duties may include: gathering botanical data, monitoring rare plant species, and maintenance. Based in Wilmington. Internships possible. Apply early. Contact: Linda Gintoli at (910) 762-6277 or visit their website.

Neuse River Foundation
Focus on water quality, environmental education, pollution prevention, agricultural and land use issues. No formal internship program. Therefore, they will tailor an internship to interested person's needs. Volunteer positions with small stipend available. Located in New Bern. Contact: Marianna Harrison or Geogiana Bircher at (252) 637-7972

North Carolina Aquariums: Pine Knolls Shores, Fort Fisher, Roanoke Island
Marine research, education, exhibit maintenance. Contact Youth Advocacy Center. Contact: Stuart May (Pine Knolls) at (252) 247-4003 or visit their website.

North Carolina Coastal Federation
Focus on coastal environmental issues.

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Marine research internships available in Wilmington. Apply through the Youth Advocacy Center. Contact: Martha McGavin at (252) 726-7012 or visit their website.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences
Focuses on various research projects concerning marine studies, including ecology, water quality, climate, wildlife, etc. Institute in Morehead City does not have established summer employment positions; however, individual faculty members may have research funds to employ temporary summer help. Send cover letter with interests and goals, resume and two references to 3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. Contact: Laura White at (252) 726-2426 or visit their website.

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department
Focus on minimizing adverse effect of environmental contaminants on human health and welfare; foster public awareness of environmental issues; encourage wise use of natural environment of Forsyth County. Air quality monitoring, radon testing, water quality, and environmental education. Paid and non-paid internships in Winston. College credit available. Contact: Robert Fulp at (336) 727-8060

John Muir Foundation of North Carolina
A non-profit organization located in Winston-Salem dedicated to safeguarding North Carolina's natural heritage. They provide support for environmental projects in the state. Contact: Jeff Lawyer at (336) 607-7500 Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful Coordinate the efforts, energy and resources of Winston-Salem to fight litter, recycle waste and beautify the city. Volunteer work predominantly. Call and set up specific programs. Contact: Yvette Evans at (336) 727-8013 or visit their website.

Forest Resources Division in Lexington works to develop, protect, and manage the multiple resources of North Carolina's forests through professional stewardship, enhancing the quality of life for our citizens, while ensuring the continuity of these vital resources. Volunteer work, working with the private sector and forest management are potential duties. Contact: Victor Owen at (336) 956-2111 or visit their website.

Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. Organization focusing on endangered species and wildlife protection through public education and awareness. Contact: Glenda Combs at (336) 785-0912

Internships for North Carolina Aquarium from the North Carolina State Government
North Carolina State Government Internship program offers students work experience to bridge the gap between students classroom experience and intended careers. One hundred internships of 10-week working period offering a stipend of $270 per week in which students work 49 hours per week and participate in seminars, tours, and other activities to broaden their perspective of state government.

Eligibility requirements:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Enrolled in four-year college or university
  • Sophomore year must be completed
  • Graduating from a four-year or a two program must be continuing their education in the fall

Application Process:
-Submit an original North Carolina Internship Application and a photo copy for each project choice with specific project number and title (up to six applications permitted).
-One original cover letter and a photocopy for each project choice outlining reasons for each of the five project choices and reasons for wanting to participate in the program, stapled to the back of each application.
-A transcript of post-secondary grades
-An updated copy of a resume

Contact Melanie Canfield for application information. Application process must be completed by mid-February. Interviews will be done in March.

For other Internship Opportunities in State Government, contact Lisa Padhajsky, Institute of Government, Campus Box 3330, Knapp Building, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill NC 27599-330

Telephone 919-966-4347

Marine Biology Internships Around the World

Undergraduate Research Experiences in Marine Biology in Alaska

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) offers research experiences to undergraduate students interested in the physiology, ecology, and behavior of marine organisms. In addition to the Juneau area, field research projects take place in Glacier Bay National Park, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Arctic Ocean.

Students will conduct research under the guidance of UAS Biology faculty and/or collaborating research scientists. The program is supported with funds from the National Science Foundation and UAS. Participants will receive a stipend of $325 per week and campus housing while in Juneau.

Travel and subsistence costs within Alaska will also be provided.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and enrolled as undergraduate students at accredited institutions. The program seeks academically strong students interested in marine biological research.

Minority applicants are especially encouraged.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the largest independent oceanographic research institution in the United States. This world-renowned institution blends the diverse expertise of professionals in many disciplines to advance knowledge of our ocean planet and our marine environment.

CONTACT: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543 - ph: (508) 457-2000