last updated 11.14.23

Great Hollow offers paid 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, animal care, and facility and trail maintenance, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Internships are typically 8 weeks long, beginning in mid- to late May. They include a weekly stipend as well as shared, on-site housing for those who do not live locally.

2024 Internship Openings:

On February 15, 2024, Great Hollow will begin accepting applications for up to two paid internships for the 2024 season. The internships will b open to undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in the natural sciences, have a strong academic record and an interest in field biology, and have demonstrated experience with the identification of Northeastern forest plants, arthropods, and/or birds. Interns will mainly assist with the second year of a 3-year study of the effects of invasive Japanese barberry removal on plant, arthropod, and bird species composition. To be able to conduct the necessary field work for the project, applicants must be skilled at identifying plants, arthropods, and/or birds of northeastern U.S. forests. We do not expect each applicant to have experience with all 3 taxa, so those with experience with only 1 or 2 are still encouraged to apply. We will attempt to partner 2 interns with complementary skills (e.g., one person with bird ID skills and another with plant and arthropod ID skills). Aside from working on this project, interns will also assist with acoustic bat surveys (including recorder deployment, sound-file processing, and data organization, with training provided), and be occasionally asked to help with invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, miscellaneous office duties, facility maintenance and cleaning, 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 late May and last 8 weeks. Interns receive a weekly stipend of $450 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.

-Strong identification skills for Northeastern forest plants, insects, and/or birds (by sight and sound). Experience gained solely from the lab section of a college course is insufficient. Applicants must demonstrate other sources of experience (e.g., prior field positions, atlasing efforts, volunteer work, etc.). Bird point-count survey experience is a big plus.

-Ability to enjoy working outdoors for several hours, sometimes under adverse (e.g., hot, buggy) 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.

-Proof of health insurance coverage (not provided with internship).

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

Applications will be accepted from February 15 to April 15 and reviewed in the order in which they are received. To apply, please assemble a single PDF containing (1) a cover letter that includes a clear description of your relevant experience with Northeastern forest plant, insect, or bird ID; (2) a CV; and (3) contact info and your relationship to at least two professional references, and email to Great Hollow’s executive director Chad Seewagen at . Please label the PDF as “Last name_first name” and put “Last name_2024 Internship Application” in the subject line of your email. Applications that fail to follow these basic instructions may be disqualified.


Past Research Interns


Zachary Nichols, Western Connecticut State University


Julia Nadeau-Gneckow, University of Central Florida


Joan Tremblay, UConn

Max Kirsch, Cornell University


Heidi Faulkner, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Hannah Miller, SUNY New Paltz


Evalyn Machia, University of Maine

Clare Quinlan, Miami University

Nick Russo, UConn

Andrew Rapp, College of William & Mary


Nate Diamond, Cornell University