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Biological Research Internship

Application Deadline

7/30/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


The US Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory (EL) provides relevant, value-added technology supporting the environmental mission of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Nation. Headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the EL’s interdisciplinary staff of over 220 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel plans and executes all phases of the technology development process, from basic research to field implementation to commercialization. The EL staff consists of problem solvers who use research, development, experimentation, special studies, and technical support to address the needs of national and international business development partners. Partnering with Federal and State agencies, academia, and the private sector, the EL uses its distinctive technical capabilities to resolve complex, multi-disciplinary environmental sustainability problems. 

What will I be doing?

Conservation of threatened, endangered, and at-risks species requires development and utilization of novel sampling approaches to improve management effectiveness. These novel approaches are used to study numerous species throughout work done by the the Ecological Resources Branch of the US Army ERDC. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will collect data and test effectiveness of novel sensors for detecting and identifying target wildlife species. The selected researcher will collaborate with multiple investigators at ERDC for these studies.    

Where will I be located?

Vicksburg, MS

Why should I apply?

This internship will provide you the opportunity to be part of a team to test effectiveness of novel sensors for detecting and identifying target wildlife species. As such, you will have numerous opportunities to observe and collaborate with scientists of varying backgrounds and expertise. 

What is the anticipated start date? 

ERDC-EL is ready to make an appointment. Exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidates. 

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by ERDC-EL. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

This ORISE appointment is a part-time 12-month opportunity. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Nature of the Appointment

You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

You should be a recent high school graduate and entering an accredited college or university by Fall 2021.  You may be asked to travel for project meetings and field data collection.

Preferred skills/knowledge:

  • Biology and Statistics courses in high school
  • Computer skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: High School Diploma/GED, Associate's Degree, or Bachelor's Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.