Internship Program

    Our interns attend orientation, spend the summer working on various research projects related to river ecology and education, alongside mentors, and reconvene at the end of the summer to present at our annual Intern Symposium.

  • Undergraduate Intern Programs

    The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Internship Programs give students a chance to gain meaningful experience in a variety of careers with projects spanning from ecological research, education, outreach and policy, to the social science fields. 

    School Year Internship Program

    Beginning in Fall 2020, NGRREC is hosting its inaugural school year internship program. The program includes the opportunity for two 14-week paid internships working with Riverwatch's Stream Discovery program or the the Mississippi River Xchange (MRX) Program. The school year internship program is open exclusively to students enrolled at Lewis and Clark Community College.

    Applications for Fall 2020 have now closed, check back for more information about other programs.

    Summer Internship Program

    Each year, NGRREC hosts a summer internship program for college sophomores, juniors and seniors. This program is a paid internship opportunity and gives students a chance to gain real experience in a variety of environmental careers such as ecological research, fisheries science, education, social science, and policy. At the conclusion of this internship, students present their project results to their fellow interns, research advisors, and invited guests at a professional Intern Symposium.

    Each 9-week paid internship is managed by an advisor who is responsible for instruction, supervision, and mentoring of the intern, as well as the design of the summer project. Students receive a $5,000 stipend for full participation in the 9-week program. Additionally, funding is available to help offset some of the summer housing and/or transportation costs to the internship location, as needed.

    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

    Wetland Science in a Modern World is a summer REU program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Our REU program focuses on a modern integrative approach to studying wetlands using recent technological and theoretical developments with a goal of unifying wetland science across scales. More information is available at www.ngrrec.org/REU/.

    Intern Program Information

    How Projects Are Selected

    A Call for Proposals is distributed each fall to potential advisors. The proposals are reviewed and selected by a panel, and the list of available projects is posted on this page.

    Due to budget constraints, proposals for 2021 Summer Internship projects will ONLY be accepted from NGRREC and Lewis and Clark Community College staff.


    An application process is available online. This is a competitive program - we receive more than 130 applications per year. All online applications for the summer 2021 intern program must be submitted before 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2021.

    Who May Apply?

    The school year internship program is only open to Lewis and Clark Community College students but the summer internship program is open to all current college students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with preference given to students currently in their sophomore and junior years. All college students are encouraged to apply, including community college and junior college students and international students. 

    Internship Locations

    Locations differ each year according to where the advisors are located. Placement locations are offered primarily throughout Illinois but often stretch into the Midwest. 

    When you are considering a project, please consider factors such as transportation (Ex. Do you have a car for placement in a remote location?). Program coordinators will help identify available housing options in each project location if needed, and students receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement funding to assist with summer housing and relocation costs.

    To see examples of previously supported projects, please download one of our Intern Symposium Proceedings which include abstracts and posters from each project.

    For questions please email us at ngrrecintern@lc.edu.

    Intern Symposium

    Due to statewide restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Intern Symposium was presented virtually. A recording of the proceedings is available below or online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKy8sEk12qs.




    2019 Summer Internship


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