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Internship Resources

What is an Internship?

"An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Students earn academic credit, or there is some other connection to a degree-granting, educational institution. This work/learning arrangement is overseen by a faculty or staff member of an educational institution and by a designated employee of an organization. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection contained within learning agendas or objectives." - Definition formulated in May 2010 by internship professionals subscribed to the Internship-Net listserv.

Internship Compensation and Internships for Credit

Student internships may be paid or unpaid, for credit or not-for-credit. Credit must be arranged in advance directly through the student’s academic department. Credit should not be confused for compensation as students pay tuition dollars to obtain credit. Internships may be both paid and for credit.

Students considering unpaid internships with "for-profit" private sector companies are encouraged to engage in job-shadowing, educational internship experiences to benefit student learning rather than providing direct benefit to the organization as set by Department of Labor six criteria test and guidelines. The Department of Labor recognizes that 501 (c)(3) designated non-profit organizations may be excluded from these guidelines. For details, please refer to http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf.

Students may also refer to Career Center employer recommendations for developing an internship program here.

Web Links for Internships

The Career Center strives to provide quality, reputable resources to the students of Colorado State University and does its best to screen these resources. Some programs and organizations may have associated fees or expenses. We encourage students to obtain possible associated costs with these programs in writing. Should any CSU student have specific concerns about a program, please contact Lucinda Van Inwagen.

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Agriculture

  • American Horse Publications, Inc. - The AHP Internship Program is designed specifically for college students who have an interest in horses and seek a career in equine publishing.
  • USDA Internships and Special Programs - USDA employs students throughout the year under the Federal Student Educational Employment Program.
  • AgCareers.com - is a leader in posting positions in the Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources, and Biotechnology industries.
  • JOBS in Horticulture - has an internship and assistantship category in their job search for jobs in the Green Industry.
  • Green Industry Jobs.com - job postings from multiple websites in the Horticulture, Landscape, Turf, and Nursery Industry.
  • Camp Jobs.com - is on online source for summer camp employment opportunities.
  • Farm Credit - a leader in agricultural credit and financial services. They offer internships across the US.
  • Cargill - a global leader in nourishing people. They have opportunities ranging from biofuels and pharmaceuticals to livestock producers and food manufacturers, and much more!
  • Larimer Bioscience Cluster - Northern Colorado
  • Ag Job Network- New social network for connecting job seekers and employers with a grassroots approach.
  • Dude Ranches.com - a ranch directory and guide, which can serve as a resource to opportunities across North America.
  • Idealist.org - Internships at Non Profit organizations.
  • Kentucky Equine Management Internship - The KEMI Internship Program places students in internships on Thoroughbred Farms in Kentucky.
  • Hagyard Equine Medical Institute - Hagyard has a unique internship program with the CSU Equine Science program.
  • CNFA- Originally Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs is a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating economic growth around the world by nurturing entrepreneurship, private enterprise, and market linkages.
  • Pork Information Gateway (PIG) - is a program offered by the US Pork Center of Excellence and is designed to encourage individuals to pursue a career in the pork industry.

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Arts

  • American Conservatory Theater - A.C.T.'s internship program provides advanced training in both theater production and administration.
  • Entertainment Employment Journal - Companies offering internships can range from major studios to TV and radio stations to production/development offices to publicity or talent agencies.
  • Gigmasters - Online Booking Agents - Gigmasters is the world's largest online directory of actively gigging musicians. Looking for students who love music, who want to gain media experience and have fun doing it. This is a virtual internship.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Offers several internship opportunities for students in the visual arts and humanities areas. Many of these opportunities include stipends, scholarships or honorarium.
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Open to student interested in beginning careers in the performing arts management and/or arts education.
  • Welcome to Frank Salomon Associates - Frank Salomon Associates is an equal opportunity employer seeking ambitious and talented persons interested in the classical music industry.

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Business

  • Direct Marketing Association - This national nonprofit has a listing service for hundreds of national internships many of them are paid. Direct marketing is not just about getting junk mail in your box. Its various methods serve many industries and interests.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities with Private Companies - offered by private, for-profit companies in the Life Sciences. Often these companies offer opportunities year-round, usually pay more than most nonprofit organizations and universities, and have less "restrictions" on eligibility. However, some of the positions offered by these organizations are routine in nature, although still related to life sciences.
  • Entertainment Employment Journal - Companies offering internships can range from major studios to TV and radio stations to production/development offices to publicity or talent agencies.
  • Everett Public Service Internship Program - Internships in public service with a heavy emphasis in New York and Washington DC. Great site for MBA students.
  • Institute for Humane Studies - The mission of IHS is to support the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and who demonstrate the potential to help change the current climate of opinion to one more congenial to the principles and practice of freedom.
  • Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC - Internship opportunities for highly motivated students who wish to pursue technical and business careers in visual effects and sound design for feature films and commercials. Designed for juniors or seniors with an overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.5 in the major.
  • PBS - Job Openings - Internships - PBS student internships are available in many different departments at their headquarters in Alexandria, VA.
  • PRSA Detroit - Student Internships - The Detroit Chapter's Public Relations Internship Program Development Guide helps profit and not-for-profit organizations develop employment opportunities that benefit both the student intern and the organization. Internships are available in Agency PR, Automotive PR, Corporate PR, Education PR, Entertainment/Arts PR, Health Care PR and Nonprofit PR.
  • Rocky Mountain PBS Internships - local PBS station in Denver has variety of internships including marketing, public relations and hands on video production work
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC Open to student interested in beginning careers in the performing arts management and/or arts education.
  • Welcome to Lands' End - Direct Experience - Direct Experience is a dynamic opportunity to pursue an internship with Lands' End! The goal of our internship program is to offer you a challenging learning opportunity and to enhance our pool of qualified candidates to help meet our growing future needs.

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Communications, TV and Journalism

  • Editor and Publisher Home Page - media and communication opportunities.
  • Entertainment Employment Journal - Companies offering internships can range from major studios to TV and radio stations to production/development offices to publicity or talent agencies.
  • Institute for Humane Studies - The mission of IHS is to support the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and who demonstrate the potential to help change the current climate of opinion to one more congenial to the principles and practice of freedom.
  • Journalism Jobs - journalism internships in searchable database.
  • NAB Broadcast Career Center - Broadcasting Scholarships - Just starting your career? Search for internships and scholarships.
  • PBS - Job Openings - Internships - PBS student internships are available in many different departments at their headquarters in Alexandria, VA.
  • Rocky Mountain PBS Internships - local PBS station in Denver has variety of internships including marketing, public relations and hands on video production work.
  • About SNPA - Internships offered by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association for newspapers in the South.
  • TVJOBS - A listing of available internships in the Television Industry.

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Computers and Information Technology

  • Adobe - Positions in San Jose, CA and Seattle, WA for technical and MBA students.
  • Internships and Study Opportunities - Focus is Math and Computer Science internships. Site is housed at Purdue.
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory - Areas of interest include Nuclear Weapons, Strategic and Supporting Research to national security and Threat Reduction to our national security.
  • Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC - Internship opportunities for highly motivated students who wish to pursue technical and business careers in visual effects and sound design for feature films and commercials. Designed for juniors or seniors with an overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.5 in the major.
  • NASA Academy - The intent of this program is to give the selected students a working knowledge of NASA and its programs.
  • PBS - Job Openings - Internships - PBS student internships are available in many different departments at their headquarters in Alexandria, VA.
  • Santa Fe Institute REU - This 10-week individualized program allows students to work with faculty mentors on a self-selected project focusing on some aspect of the computational properties of complex systems.
  • University of California, Berkeley - SUPERB-IT - Open to students who have completed the junior year by the end of the academic year for an 8 week research apprenticeship. All students receive a stipend, travel allowance and room and board.

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Construction

  • The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation - The Mission of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is to promote an appreciation of Georgia's diverse historic resources and provide for their protection and use to preserve, enhance and revitalize Georgia's communities.
  • NCPE 2000-2001 Internships - National Council for Preservation Education - If you're interested in Historic Preservation this is the site for you. Sponsored by the National Parks Service areas include Historic Architecture, Archeological Information Management, Archeological Collections Management, Museum Management and more.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation - For more than 50 years, the National Trust has been helping people protect the irreplaceable. A private nonprofit organization with more than a quarter million members, the National Trust is the leader of the vigorous preservation movement that is saving the best of our past for the future.

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Ecology and Environment

  • Student Conservation Association - One of the largest existing conservation resource organizations in the country that offers expense paid internships at government agencies and nonprofit. Also offer post-graduation opportunities for all majors.
  • Orion Grassroots Network - Nationwide environmental internship and job opportunities.
  • Cyber-Sierra's Natural Resources - Links from this site provide access to postings in categories such as GIS, Environment, Forestry, Natural Resources, Watershed, and Wildlife.
  • Texas A and M Job Board - Comprehensive site with internship listings in natural resources, wildlife biology and fisheries biology. Also has temporary/seasonal, full-time, and part-time job listings.
  • Idealist and Action without Borders - Comprehensive nonprofit web-based resource that allows you to search for internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities by job category including Environment and Ecology.
  • OutdoorEd.com - Provides resources and job listings for outdoor and experiential education professionals.
  • Backdoor Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures - Lists of opportunities of short-term job adventures in a variety of areas (including Environmental and Outdoor Jobs) in the US and abroad.
  • American Hiking Society: Inside American Hiking: Jobs and Internships - American Hiking is the only national organization dedicated to serving hikers and protecting the nation's hiking trails. From the halls of Congress to the backcountry, AHS speaks up for America's hikers and the trails they love.
  • National Wildlife Federation Internship Program - Offers internships at offices nationwide; interns can work in conservation, education, fundraising, communications, legal and publications.

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Engineering

  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities for Minority and Underrepresented Students - website specifically focus on providing opportunities for minority students and students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and medicine. If you believe that you qualify, you should definitely explore these exciting opportunities.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities in University-Based Research Positions - offered by universities and university-based research organizations. These types of co-ops are especially useful for students who want to explore research careers and/or graduate school. The pay for most of these positions is ~$2,500-$3,000 for 9-12 weeks. Most of these university research programs fully pay (or subsidize) room and board (usually in dormitories) and pay the full (or partial) costs of your transportation to and from the university.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities with Private Companies - offered by private, for-profit companies in the Life Sciences. Often these companies offer opportunities year-round, usually pay more than most nonprofit organizations and universities, and have less "restrictions" on eligibility. However, some of the positions offered by these organizations are routine in nature, although still related to life sciences.
  • Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC - Internship opportunities for highly motivated students who wish to pursue technical and business careers in visual effects and sound design for feature films and commercials. Designed for juniors or seniors with an overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.5 in the major.
  • NASA Academy - Interested in flight and space? Then look at these listings for various opportunities with NASA.
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities - Graduate Research Fellowships to support graduate study in science, mathematics and engineering. Three-year fellowship provides a stipend, and a cost-of-education allowance.
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - The National Science Foundation makes possible a number of opportunities for undergraduates to join research projects each summer. This allows students to experience first-hand how basic research is carried out, and to contribute consequentially. February application deadline.
  • University of California, Berkeley - SUPERB-IT - Open to students who have completed the junior year by the end of the academic year for an 8 week research apprenticeship. All students receive a stipend, travel allowance and room and board.
  • U S Army Corps of Engineers - Kansas City District has "student career experience" positions open for civil engineers, architects, chemical engineers, environmental engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, geologists/hydrogeologists, and chemists. For more information contact Linda Moore: e-mail Linda.s.moore@usace.army.mil
  • Washington Internships for Students of Engineering - Each year, 14-16 outstanding engineering students are selected to spend ten weeks in a special summer program in Washington, D.C. to learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions. December application deadline.

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Fitness and Health

  • American Heart Association Employment - Intern - The Digital Strategies unit within Marketing and Communications, in Dallas, Texas, offers an internship in worksite health promotion for students at the undergraduate level. If you are interested in an internship in your area, you may call 1-800-AHA-USA1 and ask for the local AHA office.
  • ExerciseJobs.com - search nationwide database for jobs and internships in fitness and exercise. Also sports promotion positions listed
  • Online Sports.com - database of full time and internships in sports industry worldwide.

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Government, Law Enforcement, Political Science


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Graduate Students

  • ASPH/CDC/ATSDR Internship Program - a twelve-week assignment offered during the spring/summer or fall/winter. All interns are based at CDC's and ATSDR's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, or Hyattsville, Maryland; Cincinnati, Ohio; Morgantown, West Virginia; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Anchorage, Alaska. Are these internships paid? A stipend of $5,000.00 is provided for the twelve-week period. Any full- or part-time student, who is enrolled in a master's or doctoral level degree program in an ASPH member school of public health in the United States or Puerto Rico, qualifies for participation in the program. To be eligible for an internship, the applicant must be a US citizen or have a visa permitting permanent residence in the US
  • The Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry - Young professionals and mature students from the ages of 21 to 35 who share the dream of a leadership career in business and industry. Global Village interns are a diverse group in many respects, coming from different backgrounds, cultures, countries, and languages.
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities - Graduate Research Fellowships to support graduate study in science, mathematics and engineering. Three-year fellowship provides a stipend, and a cost-of-education allowance.
  • Presidential Management Intern Program - is designed to attract to the federal service outstanding graduate-level students from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have an interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. It is a two-year internship program which enables graduate degree students to be appointed to federal positions as PMIs and to also have the opportunity to be converted to a permanent federal civil service position following their successful internship.
  • Smithsonian Institution Research and Study Opportunities - The Smithsonian Institution offers fellowships and internships for research and study in a variety of fields covering numerous majors at CSU. Postdoctoral Fellowships and Graduate Student Fellowships are also available.

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International Internships

  • CDS International - CDS serves almost 1,400 individuals each year from the United States, Germany, and over 50 other countries in Europe, Asia and South America in a variety of work/study, internship, and study tour programs. A nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of international practical training opportunities.
  • Council on Educational Exchange - offers lots of volunteer and work experiences abroad, which may be worked out through department for credit. Several tips on going abroad.
  • Cross Cultural Solutions - Cross-Cultural Solutions is a non-profit organization which operates international volunteer programs worldwide. CCS is recognized as a leader in its field by the United Nations and CARE.
  • Dickinson College Career Center - has links to several free services for linking students to internships in field and country desired. Also, the mail page offers in-depth advice in making the decision to go abroad and how to prepare.
  • GoABroad.com - Offers comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases as well as internships, volunteering and study abroad information.
  • Interexchange - offers internships abroad for all majors. Current location postings are England and France. Most are unpaid.
  • InternAbroad - an extension of GoAbroad.com. Students can conduct a search by country or major.
  • Intrax Intern Abroad (IIA) - is a professional career development program focused on providing students with practical, professional work experience and global skills training in major economic centers overseas.
  • ISLA - International Service Learning Alliance - is a Fort Collins-based non-profit organization offering internships abroad that focus on sustainable development. Internships are available in natural resources, youth development and education, health and nutrition, applied sciences, business, design and merchandising, and more.
  • MindExchange - International employment site contains useful links to job listings in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
  • One Small Planet - A resource for international work, study, volunteer and travel opportunities.
  • OverseasJobs - contains information on how to find work abroad. Features international job opportunities for professionals, expatriates and adventure seekers.
  • Purdue University's Center for Career Opportunities - offers a large list of international internship links.
  • StudyAbroad.com - allows students to click on intern link and do a search by country.
  • SummerJobs - searchable database for internships around the world (i.e. type in "resort" if you're looking for something at a resort location).
  • United Nations Internship - open to undergraduate and graduate students. Program is for the United Nations Secretariat New York only. There are links to other opportunities.
  • US State Department - several student employment programs that enable students to get experience in a foreign affairs environment through on-the job experience. Some of our students work in Washington, DC, and others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas. Positions are both paid and unpaid and many are available during spring, summer or fall.

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Liberal Arts

  • Career Opportunities - IREX Internship Program - The IREX Internship Program is designed to give students and young professionals the opportunity to develop valuable skills and firsthand experience in the field of international exchanges and training programs.
  • IHS Journalism Internship - full-time paid internships at daily newspapers where students gain invaluable reporting and writing experience in Washington, DC
  • Koch Summer Fellowship - If you're interested in public policy, there's no better place to be than Washington, DC And this paid internship will give you experience in DC at a public policy organization.
  • Longmont Museum - Internship for students interested in careers in Museums, Archives, Exhibition Design and Informal Education. Call 303-651-8374 for application.
  • Museum Job Resources Online - Internships - Internships for history majors in museums.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation - For more than 50 years, the National Trust has been helping people protect the irreplaceable. A private nonprofit organization with more than a quarter million members, the National Trust is the leader of the vigorous preservation movement that is saving the best of our past for the future.
  • PBS - Job Openings - Internships - PBS student internships are available in many different departments at their headquarters in Alexandria, VA.
  • Preserve/Net Opportunities - Links to a variety of national internships related to history and preservation.
  • Smithsonian Institution Research and Study Opportunities - The Smithsonian Institution offers fellowships and internships for research and study in a variety of fields covering numerous majors at CSU. Postdoctoral Fellowships and Graduate Student Fellowships are also available.

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Math and Statistics


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Nonprofit and Education

  • The Carter Center - Internship Program - The Carter Center offers unique and diverse opportunities for undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent graduates, and graduate/professional students who are interested in contemporary international and domestic issues. The internship program is recognized both nationally and internationally and has special appeal for those who wish to combine academic study with practical application and experience.
  • Idealist - lists of social service positions and internships in nonprofit organizations worldwide.
  • Work at FAS - Federation of American Scientists - Founded in 1945 by atomic scientists of the Manhattan Project, FAS is dedicated to the responsible use of science and technology. The bulk of our work focuses on arms control and disarmament issues.

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Other Cities and States


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Recreation and Tourism


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Scientific (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, etc)

Scientific (Biology, Biochemistry, etc)

  • Aprovecho Research Center Home Page - Aprovecho is a center for research, experimentation and education on alternative technologies that are ecologically sustainable and culturally responsive. Our fields of study include organic gardening, sustainable forestry, indigenous skills and appropriate technology. The center is located on a beautiful 40-acre land trust near Eugene, Oregon.
  • Cedar Creek Natural History Area - Much of our current work examines the ecology of our changing planet. Around the globe, humans are inducing extinctions, changing the atmosphere, increasing nutrients, transporting invasive species, altering fire frequency---all of which may alter the stability and functioning of ecosystems worldwide. At Cedar Creek we try to understand such impacts on ecosystems through long-term experiments and observations.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities in Bioinformatics and Genomics - offers experience in bioinformatics, genomics, computational biology or proteomics.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities in Ecology, Animal and Plant Biology and Marine Science - websites that offer experience in ecology, animal biology and behavior, plant sciences, marine biology and marine science/oceanography.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities in Genetic Counseling - provide experiences in genetics, human genetics, gene expression, developmental biology and clinical genetics.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities for Premedical Studies Students - located in a medical or clinical setting, 2. located in a medical school or health science center, 3 has "biomedical" as a descriptor, 4. may be of particular interest to pre-med students.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities for Pre-Veterinary Medicine Students - offers selected co-ops from the larger 'Biology and Biotechnology Co-op Opportunities on the Web' website that meet any of the following criteria - 1. located in a veterinary or agricultural setting, 2. located in a veterinary school, 3. may be of particular interest to pre-vet students.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities in University-Based Research Positions - offered by universities and university-based research organizations. These types of co-ops are especially useful for students who want to explore research careers and/or graduate school. The pay for most of these positions is ~$2,500-$3,000 for 9-12 weeks. Most of these university research programs fully pay (or subsidize) room and board (usually in dormitories) and pay the full (or partial) costs of your transportation to and from the university.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities with Immunology - offers experiences in Immunology or any related field (e.g., cancer, vaccines, autoimmunity, infectious diseases, etc.).
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities with Private Companies - offered by private, for-profit companies in the Life Sciences. Often these companies offer opportunities year-round, usually pay more than most nonprofit organizations and universities, and have less "restrictions" on eligibility. However, some of the positions offered by these organizations are routine in nature, although still related to life sciences.
  • NASA Academy - The intent of this program is to give the selected students a working knowledge of NASA and its programs.
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities - Graduate Research Fellowships to support graduate study in science, mathematics and engineering. Three-year fellowship provides a stipend, and a cost-of-education allowance.
  • ScienceJobs.com - Free science career site for job seekers listing industry, academic, and government bioscience and chemistry employment opportunities from the scientific publishers of New Scientist, Cell, BioMedNet and ChemWeb.com.
  • Research and Training Opportunities at NIH - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the Federal Government's primary agency for the support of biomedical research. Within its Institutes and Centers, the NIH employs approximately 14,800 people including 900 tenured faculty and nearly 3,000 postdoctoral fellows with either medical, dental, or graduate degrees.
  • Team Trek - Internships - NorthwestTrek, located outside Seattle Washington offers opportunities for zoology majors and other animal lovers.
  • University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research Program - an 8-week program for motivated undergraduates interested in pursuing the combined MD/PhD.

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Social Sciences (Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Human Development, Anthropology)


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Special Populations

  • Academic Careers Online - a global job site of career opportunities in education and academia. Includes faculty, research, post doc, administrative, and senior management positions at (community) colleges, universities, and research institutes around the world.
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities for Minority and Underrepresented Students - website specifically focus on providing opportunities for minority students and students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and medicine. If you believe that you qualify, you should definitely explore these exciting opportunities.
  • ENTRY POINT! 2004 - a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offering Outstanding Internship Opportunities in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science for Students with Disabilities.
  • Feminist Career Center - Feminist Majority Foundation listing of internships involving women and women's issues.

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