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Career & Civic Engagement Center PARTNER INTERNSHIP: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Summer 2020 Partner Internship

Edgewater, MD

This is a Career and Civic Engagement Center Partner Internship funded by Bryn Mawr College. The selected student will participate in the Beyond Bryn Mawr Summer Internship Program. 

Application Deadline for Summer Interns (May - August): February 15, 2020, 11:59pm ET

Application Instructions:
A complete application includes:
  1. Completing the online SERC Application Form,which includes a registration form, personal essay, resume, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointments (SOLAA) system at: 
  2. Completing the Summer Funding Partners Application Form
  3. Submitting a resume and personal essay through this Handshake listing.

Program Description
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland, offers undergraduates, recent graduates, and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while gaining experience in valuable lab techniques, all under the direction of the center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650-acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001, and the students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a stepping stone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences. 

For more information, please visit our web site at or email

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

SERC has worked in partnership with the Career & Civic Engagement Summer Internship Partner Program since Summer 2015 to provide the opportunity for a Bryn Mawr student to take part in their Summer Internship Program in Edgewater, MD. Please note that Career & Civic Engagement Center Funding is available to first-years, sophomores and juniors. Only students that apply to SERC through the Partner Internship Program will be considered for funding from Bryn Mawr College.