Summer Internship in Field Ecology

The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies seeks candidates for the 2018 summer research internship in field ecology. Interns will work with professors, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students on a range of projects in field ecology. Interns will be housed at the Yale-Myers forest camp in northeastern Connecticut. Summer 2017 Dates: 9-week internship running approximately from June 4th through August 3rd, with some flexibility. Summer Application Deadline: March 1st 2018.


Interns will live within the vibrant summer population of the Yale-Myers forest camp. A close knit small community of researchers and graduate student apprentices in forest management. Based on program schedule interns will have opportunities to experience kayaking/canoeing, swimming, hiking, community outreach, and generally enjoying a beautiful location.

Field and Laboratory Work
Interns will spend the summer participating in a variety of research projects in forest ecology, terrestrial ecosystem ecology, and food-web dynamics. In past years’ projects have included surveying tree seedlings, quantifying herbaceous plant diversity, forest floor environmental measurements (e.g., light and soils), bird point sampling, examining wood rot fungi and coarse woody debris, and studying insect species and responses to climate change in old fields. The exact nature of the projects for this season will be driven by current active research projects and student interest. Research will primarily take place at the Yale-Myers forest, a 3213-hectare research and demonstration forest, but may involve periodic travel to field sites throughout Southern New England, with transportation provided.

Community Outreach and Education
Field and laboratory work is balanced with targeted training modules in field skills including plant identification, soils, geology, and wildlife. Further, the Yale School forests are engaged in community outreach and education for our students and as part of the Quiet Corner Initiative. The selected intern will have the opportunity to participate in ecology “field days” and educational workshops with Yale scientists, attend seminars on current research, and interact with other researchers and forestry apprentices at the forest. Interns may also have the potential to help with planning and implementation of community outreach projects such as seminar series, workshops, and landowner surveys.

Interns should be undergraduate students looking for research experience to further their academic goals. Some coursework in environmental environmental science is useful, but not required.

To Apply:
Online Application:

Application Checklist:

  1. A letter of support. Letters should be emailed directly to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line Field Ecology Internship Reference (Applicants Name)
  2. CV or resume. Including relevant coursework
  3. Personal Statement / Letter of Interest: Please let us know a little about your background, personal and professional interests in ecology, what you hope to learn during this program, and your career objectives (250 words maximum)
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