Internships

 

updated 03.07.22

Great Hollow offers summer internships to undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences and have a strong academic record and an interest in field biology. Interns work under Great Hollow’s scientists to assist with summer research projects, during which they gain experience in study design, and a variety of field and lab methods. Interns also help with miscellaneous office duties, community events, and facility and trail maintenance, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Internships are typically 8-10 weeks, beginning in late May. They include a weekly stipend as well as free on-site housing for those who do not live locally.

2022 Internship Openings:

Great Hollow is currently accepting applications for up to two paid internships for undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences and have a strong academic record and an interest in field biology. Interns will mainly assist with a tri-trophic, plant-insect-bird interaction project involving arthropod sampling and bird observation. Applicants must have experience with eastern U.S. bird identification; arthropod identification skills are a major plus, but not necessary. Interns will also assist with other miscellaneous work requiring arthropod sampling, as well as a study of the effects of nighttime lighting on bats. Assistance with the bat project will involve collecting and analyzing acoustic recordings (no previous experience is necessary). Interns will also be occasionally asked to help with invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, miscellaneous office duties, facility maintenance, care of our non-releasable birds of prey and other education animals, community events, and kids’ education programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Internships begin in mid-May and last 8 weeks. Applicants must be available to start no later than May 20. Interns receive a weekly stipend of $350 and free on-site, shared housing.

Minimum Qualifications

-Completion of at least 2 full years of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field.
-Ability to enjoy working outdoors under adverse conditions.
-Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain.
-English fluency.
-Ability to communicate effectively.
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
​-Ability to live in shared, drug-free and smoke-free housing with respect for others.
-Previous field biology experience and a familiarity with the flora and fauna of the Northeast.

-Ability to identify forest birds of the eastern U.S. by sight and sound.
-Proof of health insurance coverage.

-U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S.

The deadline for applications is April 20, 2022. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. To apply, please email (as a single PDF) a cover letter that outlines your experience, interests, and goals; a resume/CV; and contact info and your relationship to at least two professional references to Chad Seewagen at . Please label the PDF as “Last name_first name” and put “Last name_2022 Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications that fail to follow these basic instructions may be disqualified.

 

Past Research Interns

2021

Joan Tremblay, UConn

Max Kirsch, Cornell University

2019

Heidi Faulkner, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Hannah Miller, SUNY New Paltz

2018

Evalyn Machia, University of Maine

Clare Quinlan, Miami University

Nick Russo, UConn

Andrew Rapp, College of William & Mary

2017

Nate Diamond, Cornell University