Interns & Fellows

  • Introducing 2017 class of fellows at SERC

    2017 Research Postdoctoral Fellows 

  • 2015 summer interns compete in Oyster Olympics

    2015 summer interns compete in Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Oyster Olympics

  • 2016 Summer Interns Jumping Off Wall

    2016 Summer Interns on SERC campus

  • 2017 Summer Interns Group Photo

    2017 Summer Interns on SERC campus

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is dedicated to fostering the development of the next generation of environmental scientists through an active fellowship and internship program with an international scope.

Interns, graduate students and fellows from around the world are important members of SERC's research team. They make substantial contributions to the center's research effort while continuing their education. Postdoctoral fellowships often foster long-term collaborations between SERC and research centers around the world. SERC scientists also teach courses in environmental science for college and graduate students, teachers, resource managers and other professionals.

For details regarding our internships and fellowships, please use the navigational bar.

Now recruiting: Two Spring 2022 Internships

Research Intern (Plant & Molecular Ecology Labs, on site)
Environmental Education Intern (hybrid virtual and on site)
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2021
Stipend: $600/week


A total of 19 labs conduct environmental research at SERC on a variety of topics. Learn more about our research areas below.


Scientists who study Environmental Chemistry at SERC conduct research about how changes in carbon dioxide and other gases affect plant growth and stream health. Learn more about the Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Ecology labs. 




Scientists who study Marine and Estuarine Ecology conduct research about how organisms in the water are affected by changes in the environment. Learn more about the Photobiology and Solar Radiation, Fisheries Conservation, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Disease Ecology, Marine Invasions, and Ocean Acidification labs. 




Scientists who study Microbial Ecology want to learn how microbial communities produce and react to chemical changes in an environment like mercury contamination. Check out the Microbial Ecology lab to learn more.





Scientists who study Terrestrial Ecology want to learn more about how things that live on land including plants, animals, and humans have changed and been affected by the environment in a variety of ways. Learn more about the Plant Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology, Ecological Modeling, Ecosystem ConservationMolecular EcologyQuantitative Ecology, and Archaeology labs.