Internship Program Description

Internship topics:
Internships can span a wide range of areas, including not only biology and environmental science, but also journalism, business, education, and art. Examples of recent internship topics are listed here. Interested students are welcome to propose internships that combine their interests/skills with the mission of the Oklahoma Biological Survey. Students wishing to formulate a program are encouraged to contact the Coordinator or faculty in the Internship program to discuss the feasibility of the internship.

Program structure:
Internships are individually defined for each student participant. For example, an internship may include field work, laboratory/bench/computer work, and an individual project. The project could be an assigned task or a specific research mini-project, and may have a specific output (e.g., a report or web page). Internships are defined by the instructor and the student. At the conclusion of the internship, students write a short summary of activities and summarize what they learned.

This is NOT a salaried internship program. Individual advisors may have funds for supplies and travel.

Student obligations:
Students work 45 hours for each enrolled credit hour (= about 3 hours/credit hour/week for a 15-week semester), hence a student enrolling for 2 credits would spend at least 90 hours working as an intern. Typically, students enroll for one or two credits. If possible, students will schedule specific work times each week, which will ensure that the time obligation is met and allow students and sponsors to coordinate their schedules. Some internships involve travel to field sites and work outdoors. Internships may be available for summer, fall and spring semesters.