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Internship Opportunities with the Participatory Science Program

Season: Year Round

Project Supervisor: Dr. Alison Cawood, Director of Public Engagement

Participatory Science is the active participation of volunteers in scientific research. It can take the form of collecting data, working alongside researchers in the lab and the field, and communicating project results. At SERC, volunteer scientists engage in projects ranging from archaeology to invasive species research. Participatory Science project coordination involves a wide range of activities, including volunteer recruitment, training, and management, communicating the methods and results of SERC Participatory Science projects to volunteers and to members of the public orally and in writing, working with scientists to identify roles for volunteers in their research, and tracking the progress of ongoing Participatory Science projects.

Internship: The Participatory Science intern will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of Participatory Science projects, involving a variety of labs and topics, over the course of the internship. Responsibilities will include working with adult and student volunteers in the field, participating in volunteer training activities, creating content for the Participatory Science project webpages, and working with partner organizations to implement Participatory Science activities.

Desired Qualifications: Interest in Participatory Science, science outreach, science communication, or science education. Strong communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills. Strong scientific background (college-level coursework in natural sciences), although the applicant does not have to be a science major. Willingness and ability to work in field conditions in hot weather. Teaching and/or volunteer management experience is a plus.

Interested? Email Dr. Alison Cawood at to receive more information about the position!