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USF EcoMentors

EcoMentors is a full year, credit-bearing program through which students undertake independent environmental research projects working in partnership with local high school students. The program runs for a full academic year, and meets Mondays from 4pm – 4:50. It’s an opportunity for students to develop both leadership and research skills.  Students must register for at least one credit per semester, but there are opportunities for them to register for additional credits if that is needed. 

What are the benefits of becoming an EcoMentor?

  • Develop research skills: EcoMentors will work with USF faculty to design and carry out research projects
  • Demonstrate leadership: Working with one or more high school students, EcoMentors will have the opportunity to develop their leadership and mentoring skills.
  • Deepen understanding of local environmental issues: EcoMentor projects will focus on local environmental concerns; EcoMentor research can actually make a difference in our region!

For more information, or to enroll, please contact Dr. Mark Hafen, Environmental Science and Policy Program at

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Internships

The people who work in AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are passionately committed to the animals in their care and to the critical need for conserving wildlife and wild places. Many of these AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums offer internships designed to provide practical experience; for more information please refer to the AZA Careers website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Summer Internships

CDC/ATSDR’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) is offering a 10-week summer internship program for students in Environmental Studies, Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, and other related majors. During the course of the internship, students are introduced to environmental health at the federal level through project collaboration, experiential learning opportunities, individual environmental health presentations, journal clubs, field trips, brown bag lunches, and through shadowing and mentoring relationships at CDC/ATSDR. Interns will be based at CDC/ATSDR’s Atlanta-Chamblee Campus where NCEH/ATSDR is housed. Students are paid $500 a week during the course of the program.
Please see the Environmental Health Internship webpage for more information and application instructions (Website will be updated form current year in mid-November).

Callaway Gardens Internship

Callaway Gardens® offers Internships in their Horticulture and Education Departments.  Each is an eleven week program from late May through early August offering practical work experience supplemented with fieldtrips and a few classes. 

The Horticulture program is designed to provide a well-rounded experience throughout the Gardens operations including Horticultural Displays, The Day Butterfly Center, Fruit and Vegetable Production, Trails and Greenhouse Production.  The Education program is a great experience for students interested in public horticulture, extension service and environmental education.  Education interns teach programs in natural history and home horticulture. Both internships are invaluable for futures in Botanical Garden Management, Landscape Design or Environmental Education.  We offer an hourly wage with housing available either at a nominal fee or free.

The program consists of eleven weeks of work-study.  During that time the student is required to work (40 hours per week with some evening and weekend hours required for work and study), complete weekly journals, attend classes and field trips, and complete an approved project with a final presentation to staff and interns.  They offer an hourly wage with housing available either at a nominal fee or free.

Their web site,  has lots of general information.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or 706-663-5155. 

Talent Identification Program at Duke University

Summer positions as residential and instructional staff for Talent Identification Program at Duke University. For more inforamtion, visit their website.

Florida Aquarium Internships

There are various unpaid internships available at the Florida Aquarium, including Animal Husbandry, Shark Behavior, Water Quality, and Dolphin Photo ID. You will need a resume, an unofficial transcript, reference letters, and personal statement. For more information on internships (or available jobs), please see the Florida Aquarium Internship website.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Internships

Unpaid internships are available in a variety of areas including, Animal Enrichment, Sea Turtle Rehabilitation, Marine Mammal Training, and Water Quality. Students are expected to work at least 30 hours/week for a semester. There are also volunteer positions available. For more information, visit their Internship Programs website.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The NOAA provides various paid and unpaid internships. View their Student Opportunities website for more information. This site also provides scholarship programs available to undergraduates.

Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRF)

The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) is a collaborative partnership dedicated to dolphin research, conservation, and education. Interns serve as assistants in various research projects. Internships are unpaid, but there are scholarships available through a competitive application.; for more information please visit their Internship website.

Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) - Scholarships and Training Grants

WDHOF awards scholarship and training grants for financial and educational support, particularly for those who are preparing for professional careers that involve scuba diving. View the WDHOF Scholarship webpage for more information.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

THE FWRI offers internships and volunteer opportunities for undergraduate and post-graduate students. These internships provide students with experiences in a variety of Florida based research. Check out their Internship website for more information.

MOTE Marine Laboratory

MOTE is an independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education. Internship opportunities offered at the MOTE Marine Lab are diverse and more information can be found on their Internship website.

Big Cat Rescue Internship

Big Cat Rescue is a unique sanctuary dedicated to the care of abused, orphaned, abandoned, unwanted, and elderly wild & exotic animals. Interns gain valuable knowledge and working experience with a non-profit organization accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Information about this internship can be found on their Intern website.

Lowry Park Zoo Internships

The Lowry Park Zoo offers an exciting learning opportunity for college students to participate in various departments all over the zoo premise. If interested visit their Internship website.

Summer Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge (SPARK)

SPARK is a ten-week research training program, offered by Moffitt, that provides outstanding college undergraduates a summer opportunity to gain research experience. These students are selected to work with researchers in various programs including: Molecular Oncology; Immunology; Drug Discovery: Experimental Therapeutics; Risk Assessment, Detection and Intervention; and Health Outcomes and Behavior. Application and program information is found on the SPARK Internship website.

The Diversity Project

The Diversity Project is an international, integrative, undergraduate, research program for under-represented students, which focuses on marine biodiversity research. The project locations include Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The program is completely free for participating students, including travel and housing costs. For more information visit their Program website.

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program

The Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program is a 10 week challenging project for those interested in becoming successful MD-PhD applicants and students. Admission is extremely competitive but very rewarding. The Summer Program website has more information if you are interested in this program.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Internships (Panama)

Internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates (post-bachelor’s) and beginning graduate students interested in advancing their professional goals and intellectual skills under the guidance of a scientist working at STRI. Internships give interns the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists from around the world, gain hands-on experience in their area of academic interest, and delve into Panama’s rich culture. Information on the current internships available and how to apply can be found on the STRI Internshipwebsite.