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Full descriptions of the following Internship Opportunities are available in the Internship Files located at the St. Ben’s and St. John’s Career Resource Centers.


ONGOING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are listed in alphabetical order. These organizations offer internships year round or every summer. Check the listing for details.

ARCHIVED OPPORTUNITIES are listed in alphabetical order. Don’t overlook these organizations who’ve offered internships in the past. If you find an organization that interests you, check their website or contact them directly for information about current opportunities.



Beckman Coulter, Inc. – Chaska, MN                                                      ON-GOING

Beckman Coulter, Inc., an international medical device organization, is offering full-time summer internships in the areas of computer science, math, chemistry, bio chemistry, and biology.  This opportunity came to us from an SJU alumni.  The internships are classified as follows: an applications developer technician, an antibody purification technician, a regent mfg. technician, a scientific intern, and an engineering intern.  A detailed description of each opportunity can be found on the company’s website. 



Center for Biology Education – Madison, WI                                            ON-GOING

Description:  The Center for Biology Education at the University of Wisconsin- Madison is offering internship opportunities to students interested in exploring research in the biological sciences to participate in the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP).  This is a full-time, 10 week summer internship with a $4000 stipend that includes travel, housing, health insurance, and partial food allowance. 

Responsibilities: Student is part of an interdisciplinary learning community that focuses on the research process and making connections across research areas through evolutionary theory.  In addition at the end of the program, students orally present their research at a symposium, and publish written reports summarizing their research in program journal.

Requirements: Applicants must be a junior or senior and be a US citizen or a permanent resident. Students must have at least 3.0 GPA and an interest in biological research.

Application Process: Please visit website below to apply. Application deadline is March 1.

CONTACT:              Program Director
                           Dr. Janet Branchaw
PHONE:                 (608) 262-1182
EMAIL:                   [email protected]
CRC CATEGORIES:  Science Research (SC)


Carnegie Institution of Washington- Washington, D.C.                           ON-GOING

The Geophysical Laboratory and the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington is a nonprofit scientific research foundation. Undergraduate students majoring in geoscience, physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, astronomy, or a related field, are eligible to apply. This is a summer internship. The summer program starts on June5, and ends August 11. This is a paid position. ($2,500) In addition to the amount paid you will receive free housing. The application deadline is mid-March so get them in early.


Como Park Zoo and Conservatory – St. Paul, MN                                     ON-GOING

As an intern with Como Park Zoo and Conservatory you will learn to develop multi-disciplinary curriculum involving the arts and natural sciences. Develop curriculum using the Minnesota Content Standards for Visual Arts. Gain classroom teaching experience. Gain informal teaching experience in a non-traditional setting. This is a part time internship, they only require you to work at least 10 hours weekly.


Conklin Company Inc.- Shakopee, MN                                                    ON-GOING

Conklin is celebrating 30 years in business as a diversified chemical manufacturing company, offering more than 120 products across six major product divisions. Ten to 12 week internships are available for fall, spring, and summer semesters. The intern will have opportunities to work in the Research and Development Quality Assurance Department working with Chemists that test current products and develop formulas for new products.


Creative Memories-St. Cloud, MN                                                      ON-GOING

Creative Memories is looking for an intern to work in their technical lab.  This is a year-round, paid internship.  The intern will be responsible for identifying, planning and performing technical activities resulting from approved self-initiated or assigned laboratory programs, performing research, documenting experimental data/observations in technical notebooks or approved electronic files, preparing reports, communicating technical work internally, making oral presentations, and assisting in testing products and developing knowledge by regularly using available information, resources and systems.  Interested candidates should be familiar with computer data analysis, be capable of working with chemicals, have knowledge of general laboratory and safety procedures, and be able to work with Microsoft Office.  The hours are part-time. 


CONTACT:     Priscilla Olson
ADDRESS:     Creative Memories   
                  3001 Clearwater Road      
                   St. Cloud, MN 56301
PHONE:        (320) 529-5314
EMAIL:         [email protected]


Dolphin Research Center  - Grassy Key, FL                                              ON-GOING

The Dolphin Research Center is looking for interns for the spring semester.  All internships are 40 hours per week and interns work four days a week in their specific department and one day a week as a general volunteer.  The usual length of an internship is 12-18 weeks.  There are several positions available and interested students should log on to the center’s website for an application. Applications are due by October 1.  The research center animal care and training intern will assist the trainers during dolphin and sea lion training, conduct segments of the public tour, prepare fish and vitamins for the animals, assist with data collection for research projects, repair and maintain maintenance equipment and attend department staff meetings.  The intern will not be performing daily animal training sessions. The animal care intern will assist trainers in food and vitamin preparation, stocking and inventorying food, maintaining husbandry files, assisting with fish deliveries, training and supervising volunteers with food preparation and husbandry procedures and assisting with data collection for research projects.  The Dolphin/Child Therapy intern will play a support role to the dolphin-assisted therapy staff, and will assist in preparing, repairing and maintaining session equipment, assisting program participants and their families as necessary, recording session notes preparing program participant folders, assisting with data collection for on-going research projects and handling information requests.The education intern will assist with the coordination of students involved with the week-long Dolphin Lab program, file and record maintenance, handling information requests, preparing participant notebooks, assisting with other public educational programs as necessary, attending department meetings and recording minutes.  This intern will also teach workshops and seminars, observe and assist with outreach presentations, assist with library and resource maintenance as well as data collection for research projects.  This intern will also be required to develop and complete a special project.The research intern will play a support role and will collect data in daily observational research sessions, set up and tear down equipment for behavioral research sessions, operate video equipment, enter research data and other support duties.  All research is non-invasive and normally observational, behavioral or physiological.  Projects vary in nature and availability.The VisComm position is a support role in the Visual Communication staff.  The intern will assist with videotaping and photographing dolphin and sea lion sessions, public interaction programs and seminars, creating and maintaining archives and databases and creating visual products for use in general, educational and/or outreach programs. 


CONTACT:    Kimberly Perron, Volunteer Resources Coordinator
ADDRESS:    Dolphin Research Center     
                 58901 Overseas Highway     
                 Grassy Key, FL 33050
PHONE:        (305) 289-1121 ext. 230
EMAIL:         [email protected]


ECOLAB - St. Paul                                                                                 ON-GOING

Ecolab Inc. - leading global developer and marketer of premium cleaning, sanitizing and maintenance products and services for the hospitality, institutional and industrial markets - offers summer internships for sophomores to senior level undergraduate students of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Packaging Engineering, Microbiology, and Entymology. Interns are assigned to one main supervisor and work on unique projects defined for their intern program. Their intern program offers students valuable "real-world" industry experience, and provides a valuable source for Ecolab's future recruiting needs. They recruit for entry level positions for their intern pool.


Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation – La Crosse, WI                         ON-GOING

The Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation is in place to enhance and support quality healthcare with an emphasis on medical education and health/wellness education, as well as clinically based research and community outreach.  The foundation is currently offering summer research internships to 10 students with areas of concentration in the following medical fields: microbiology, sports physical therapy, genetics, breast care, radiation oncology, surgery, pediatrics, biostatistics, and medical humanities.  The intern will receive hands-on experience with medical research projects and also gain exposure to medical education on a variety of topics.  The term of the internship is approximately 13-weeks, forty-hours per week.  To qualify for this internship one must have completed their sophomore year by the spring of 2004 and have an overall GPA of at least 3.2. This is a paid position at $7/hour.  To apply, please send an application, goals statement, official transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a completed application form to the address below. Applications can be found on the website below and are due by February 13 and final selections will be made by March 18.


CONTACT:    Deb Brostrom   
                 Summer Research Intern
ADDRESS:    Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation   
                1836 South Ave.   
                 La Crosses, WI 54601
PHONE:        (608) 775-6693, ext. 56693   
                  (800) 362-9567, ext. 56693
FAX:             (608) 775-6601
EMAIL:         [email protected]

H B Fuller Company - St. Paul                                                                 ON-GOING

H B Fuller Company is solicits resumes for their summer internship program. Current Chemistry majors in their junior or sophomore years are eligible for this internship. These are PAID positions and they run throughout the summer. Start dates and end dates are flexible depending on the student's school year schedule.


Hennepin County Department of Environmental Studies - Minneapolis, MN ON-GOING

Description: This internship of about 40 hours per week through August may start as early as April and is a good opportunity for students interested in environmental studies.  Intern will have opportunity to provide assistance to businesses and schools on management options for organic waste conduct research for county energy projects.

Responsibilities: Duties include: odor analysis at and near the Hennepin County Energy Resource Company (HERC), the county’s waste-to-energy facility; assisting with various waste reduction and recycling educational and promotional efforts.

Requirements: Related coursework and/or majors appropriate to Environmental Studies/Science.  Must have the ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel.

Application Process: Please send a letter of interest with qualifications and resume no later than March 31.

CONTACT:     Marc Artmann
Hennepin County Environmental Studies
417 North 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

EMAIL:         [email protected]


Hutchinson Technology, Inc. – Hutchinson, MN                              ON-GOING

Hutchinson Technology, Inc. is a worldwide supplier of suspensions for disk drives. The agency specializes in designing and manufacturing close-tolerance products that require chemical, mechanical, and electronic technologies.  The agency offers summer internships to a junior or senior majoring in chemistry with a GPA of at least 2.8.  The chemistry intern will review existing titration methods, optimize methods, validate changes, perform measurement studies on existing methods, analyze outgoing products for organic contamination using GC-MS to identify and quantitate compounds, and assist engineers with chemical solution preparation and chemical handling.  This is a paid position at $15.00 an hour. 


CONTACT:     Shari Flink      
                  Human Resources
ADDRESS:    Hutchinson Technology Inc.   
                 40 West Highland Park     
                 Hutchinson, MN 55350
PHONE:        (320) 587-3797
EMAIL:         [email protected]

Immunochemistry Technologies, LLC – Bloomington, MN                          ON-GOING

Immunochemistry Technologies is seeking a summer student intern for general laboratory and office duties. This may involve: running ELISA tests; sample and buffer preparation; antibody and protein purification; general laboratory upkeep; inventory control; and answering telephones. This is a paid internship.


Institute of Paper Science and Technology- Atlanta, Georgia          ON-GOING

Each summer The Institute of Paper Science and Technology sponsors a research-orientated internship for Science and Engineering undergraduate students.  The experience will provide interns with the opportunity to become involved with research projects in fields such as engineering, chemistry, forest biology, paper science, and more.  Interns who participate in this program may reside in the dorms at Georgia Tech University if they choose to do so.


MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – Brainerd, MN          ON-GOING

The MN DNR is seeking applicants for paid summer internship positions.  This position is field-related and will assist DNR staff with lake vegetation surveys throughout Minnesota.  Minimum: $9.00 per hr. See attached job description for further details.

Responsibilities: Collecting and recording information on the distribution and abundance of aquatic plant species.  Other tasks may include water quality sampling, data entry map production, plant specimen preservation and equipment maintenance.

Qualifications:  Coursework in biology, ecology, limnology, botany, plant taxonomy, experience in recording field data, orienteering skills including use of GPS, lake maps, county road maps, computer experience, experience with trailers and operating boats.

Application Process:  Send letter of interest including educational institute you currently attend, academic level or credits, major field of study, any previous internship appointments and available work period, resume, two references and college transcripts (unofficial copy) by March 3 to:

CONTACT:      Donna Perleberg
Aquatic Plant Ecologist
Minnesota DNR Ecological Services Division
1601 Minnesota Drive
Brainerd, MN  56401
PHONE:        (218) 833-8727
EMAIL:         [email protected]


MN Department of Natural Resources – St. Paul, MN                              ON-GOING

The MN Department of Natural Resources is presently seeking qualified applicants for 40 Watercraft Inspector internship positions as part of their Invasive Species Program.  The internships are paid, full-time seasonal positions through Minnesota and are an excellent opportunity for young adults to obtain internships and practical work experience.  These positions are also a wonderful chance for young adults to become familiar with the operations of a stat agency, its staff, and future career opportunities.

Responsibilities:  Educate the public on exotic species program and issues, distribute written information to watercraft users, inspect watercraft for exotic species, conduct a verbal survey and inspection inventory, document and record research activities.
Qualifications:  Excellent verbal communications skills, sound understanding of customer relations, ability to coordinate multiple tasks within a professional setting, ability to work independently with minimal supervision, willingness to work odd hours and in adverse weather conditions, sense of humor, demonstrated interest in environmental work, pass MN criminal background check, have a valid MN class D drivers license, must receive college credit. 

Application Process.  For more information and to download an application, go to their website:

Or, contact:  Heidi Wolf
MN Department of Natural Resources, Ecological Services
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN  55155-4025
PHONE:        651-259-1811
FAX:             651-259-5152
E-MAIL:        [email protected]


NASA – participating NASA centers                                                           ON-GOING

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration sponsors the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (NASA-USRP) offering undergraduates across the United States research experiences at NASA Centers. Two sessions are scheduled for summer and fall.  The NASA-USRP seeks applications from undergraduates enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors during the spring semester/quarter. Eligible fields of study are an academic major or demonstrated coursework concentration in engineering, mathematics, computer science, or physical/life sciences.  The NASA-USRP will consist of a 10–15 week research experience under the supervision of a NASA technical mentor. Selected students must be available to work 10 consecutive weeks at 40 hours per week during the Summer session (dates to be determined by Centers between late May and mid-August) or 15 consecutive weeks at 40 hours per week during the Fall 2005 session (dates to be determined by Centers between mid-August and mid-December).  Students will receive a $5,000 (10-week summer session) or $7,500 (15-week fall session) stipend for the research experience plus one round-trip airfare or ground transportation costs to and from the NASA Host Center. A location allowance will be provided for students at specific high cost NASA Centers. At the completion of the research session, students must submit a paper on their NASA-USRP research experience. Students may also be asked to discuss their research in public forums and/or participate in NASA-sponsored colloquia, workshops, and technology demonstrations. This opportuity was brought to our attention by an SJU alum working with NASA.



National Laboratory System – Livermore, CA                                          ON-GOING

The Undergraduate Research Program provides an opportunity to conduct exciting research within the Department of Energy’s National Laboratory System in the areas of science, math, and engineering. The URS program offers students 16 weeks of hands-on research under the guidance of outstanding scientists and engineers working in one of four Defense Program laboratories (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, two Sandia National Laboratories). Students must present, at the end of the semester, an oral and poster presentation of their research project. Students are required to attend a series of seminars, workshops, etc. In order to participate, a student must be a citizen of the U.S., be enrolled in and have completed your sophomore year, and have a 3.0 GPA. Best if application is received by November 15 for consideration of a spring semester appointment.


Ocean Mammal Institute – Reading, PA                                                  ON-GOING

The Ocean Mammal Institute (OMI) gives students the opportunity to study the biology and behavior of humpback whales, observe the impact of humans on whale behavior, and gain an understanding of marine environmental issues and how science can be used to address them.  The intern will be expected to attend lectures and training which will lead to being assigned to a research team.  The team will be responsible for plotting data, defining important boat/whale interactions, and calculating the boat’s impact (if any) on the whales.  Expenses will include airfare to and from Maui, food, and course reading materials.  To apply please send in the OMI registration form, along with a $350.00 deposit, or apply online.  This opportunity is ongoing.

CONTACT:    Ed Gans 
                Executive Assistant
ADDRESS:   Ocean Mammal Institute   
                PO Box 14422    
                Reading, PA 19612
PHONE:      (800)226-8216 (or) (610)670-7386
E-MAIL:        [email protected]


Pasteur Institute – Paris                                                                       ON-GOING

The Pasteur Foundation of New York has created a summer program for biology undergraduates to conduct summer internships at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.  The goal of this program is to encourage students in the pursuit of a scientific career and to expose students to an international laboratory experience.  Specific scientific fields of study include: molecular biology, genetics, biophysics, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, and experimental medicine.  This s an 8-week internship position.  Interns will receive a living allowance of $400 per week for a total of $3,200. Travel and housing are not paid by this program, but a $300 travel subsidy is provided to interns traveling from the U.S. Applications for this internship can be downloaded from the website below and are due February 27.  Notification for the internship will be early April.

CONTACT:     Diane Calabria

EMAIL:         [email protected]



Pfizer Global Manufacturing                                                                 ON-GOING

Traditionally Pfizer Global Manufacturing has hired interns every summer with different departments within the organization.  Most interns for this opportunity should be juniors or seniors who are majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering.  A minimum of one year general college chemistry, organic, and analytical classes are required.  Special consideration is given to those with interest in synthetic organic chemistry and the ability to work independently in the laboratory.  Internships are also available in Groton, Connecticut and Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Interested candidates should forward resumes to the contact below before spring break.

CONTACT:     Wallace Fu, Ph.D.
E-MAIL:        [email protected]


Premium Waters, Inc. – Minneapolis, MN                                                   ON-GOING

Premium Waters, Inc. is the Upper Midwest’s leading bottler of Spring Water and Drinking Water with over 110 years of bottling experience.  Premium Waters, Inc. is currently seeking enthusiastic interns who are looking to expand their knowledge in the area of sales, communication, and channels of distribution.  The intern will receive hands-on training by Premium Waters employees and deal directly with business owners, managers, purchasing agents, and human relations directors who make these purchasing decisions.  Qualifications include excellent communication and organization skills, the ability to work independently, and an interest in developing a career in sales and marketing.  This is a 40-hour work-week position with an option of full-time employment in some markets.  The opportunity is offered in the spring and summer.  Salaries are very competitive with other interns and are usually an hourly wage plus commission and a bonus. For more information and application instructions, contact the below information. 

CONTACT:     Mark Lindblom, Vice President 5 Gallon Wholesale 
PHONE:        (612) 379-3537  

        [email protected]
                  Ritchie Larson      
PHONE:        (612) 379-3509       

         Ritchie/[email protected]
                   Joyce Timm, Human Resource Manager   
PHONE:        1 (800) 332-3332  

         [email protected]
ADDRESS:    2125 Broadway NE   
                  Minneapolis, MN 55413


Protein Design Labs, Inc. – Plymouth, MN                                               ON-GOING

Protein Design Labs, Inc is seeking a process science and engineering intern.  The primary duty of the intern will be to provide hands-on support to the Analytical Sciences Group.  Responsibilities include: preparing test method solutions, general housekeeping and maintaining lab supplies, performing analytical testing, and documenting, organizing, and presenting data at meetings. The primary responsibility of the Analytical Sciences Group is to perform analytical testing to support the activities of the Cell Culture Engineering and Purification Groups.  The intern must be pursuing a degree in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, immunology or related scientific field.  Additional requirements include: knowledge and familiarity with a wide variety of general laboratory analytical skills, techniques, and equipment; the ability to work well with others; strong verbal and communication skills; and detail oriented.  Please apply online at The company asks that you do not email, fax, mail or call regarding resumes.



R&D Systems – Minneapolis, MN   Summer                                              ON-GOING

Description:  As one of the 200 Best small companies in America listed in Forbes magazine for 10 of the past 11 years, R&D Systems develops and manufactures purified cytokines, antibodies, assay kits, and other kits and reagents for sale to research laboratories. For more information visit the company website:

internships are offered in the following areas: Marketing, Cell Culture Production, Quality Control, Polyclonal Antibody Purification, Monoclonal Antibodies, Molecular Biology, Cell Culture development, Protein Process Development, Protein Process Development, Genotoxic Stress Response/Cell Cycle, Proteases and Stem Cells.

Qualifications: Eligible students will have at least junior or senior standing; have declared their major in a biological science, chemistry or a related field; and will hold a GPA of 3.0 or better in their major courses.

Application Process:  Complete descriptions with application information are available at the company’s website: and in paper copy at the Career Resource Centers on either campus. The application deadline is April 1st.


Roswell Park – Buffalo, NY                                                                    ON-GOING

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is sponsoring the 50th Annual Summer Research Participation Program for high school and college students.   This program will help interns prepare for graduate and undergraduate studies in science.  The intern would conduct a research project in molecular-cellular biology, immunology, biophysics, biochemistry, pharmacology or tumor biology.   At the end of the summer the intern will present their research findings at a science conference and poster session.

The Supercomputing Institute for Digital Simulation and Advanced Computation- Minneapolis, MN

CRC CATEGORIES: Science Research SC)                                                                                                       


Institute for Digital Simulation

Description: The Supercomputing Institute for Digital Simulation and Advanced Computation is pleased to announce an internship program for summer. The focus of the program is the application of computational approaches and visualization methods to supercomputing research. This internship is full-time for 10 weeks, June 5 through August 11 with a stipend of $4800.

Responsibilities: Interns will work with faculty members and their research groups in projects using high-performance computing environments to address problems in science and engineering. Intern will work in scientific modeling and simulations as well as graphic, visualization, informatics, and network communications.

Requirements: Interns are responsible for their own travel and living expenses. Intern must be an undergraduate and be a citizen of the United States.

Application Process: Please visit website for application instructions below. The deadline for applications is February 28.

PHONE:        (612) 626-7620
EMAIL:         [email protected]


Underwater Adventures Aquarium – Bloomington, MN                    ON-GOING

Underwater Adventure Aquarium is offering semester-long internships.   Interns will be given independent projects and are expected to take appropriate responsibility for the development of the projects.  Persons applying for this internship must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and are expected to devote additional time to projects outside of work.  Applicants must be enrolled in or recently graduated from college and be undergraduate or graduate students.  All interns are responsible for arranging internship credit options through their colleges. 


United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service  (ARS) – St. Paul, MN                                                                                                ON-GOING

As the research branch of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Agricultural Research Service is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing research that provides new knowledge and technologies to ensure an adequate supply of food and fiber for the Nations’ population now and in the future.  The agency’s goals and objectives include research and development in the area of natural resources, crop and animal quality and productivity, commodity conversion and delivery, and human health.  The ARS has summer internships available for undergraduate students for an 8 week time period.


University of Minnesota – St. Paul, MN                                                   ON-GOING

Over 200 undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in summer research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines at the University of Minnesota.    There are around 1,500 faculty in the basic and applied sciences area who are potential mentors to help students conduct independent research in the summer.  These programs provide structured learning experiences and emphasize the formation of a strong community through program activities, residence-hall housing, and social activities.  Participants must either be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S., lawfully admitted permanent residents, or holders of F1 or J1 visas for study at U.S. colleges/universities at the time of preparing and submitting an application.    The deadline for applications is January 22 (participant selection begins) and February 5 (final deadline for all applications – postmark or delivery). 

CRC CATEGORIES: Science Research (SC)

University of Minnesota (Bioinformatics Institute) – Minneapolis, MN        ON-GOING
Description:  The University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the Bioinformatics Summer Institute’s Internship Program for the summer. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, and the Digital Technology Center at the U of M.  The mission of the Bioinformatics Summer Institute is to provide the highest possible quality in research experiences. There will be 16 chosen interns that will participate for ten summer weeks with a stipend of $5,500.
Responsibilities: The intern will work full-time for ten week appointments.
Requirements: The student must be a junior or senior, or first or second year graduate and must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Application Process:  Deadline for application is in February.  For additional information please visit the website at
[email protected]

University of Minnesota, Life Science Summer Undergraduate Research Programs – St. Paul, MN
The University of Minnesota is offering internships in its Life Science Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (LSSURP) for the summer.  The LSSURP oversees and coordinates five life sciences programs: biomedical engineering, ecology and the environment, independent research, NSF-REU molecular biology and NSF-REU neuroscience.  Activities for this research program include: an orientation weekend (June 3-June 6), workshops and seminars on preparation for postgraduate studies, weekly and some evening seminars, a poster symposium and farewell banquet on August 13, and voluntary participation in scheduled weekend events including a program picnic, tours , plays, and cultural festivals.  Housing is available in campus residence halls with ready access to computer laboratories, libraries, and recreational facilities. To qualify, individuals must have a GPA of 3.3 or higher and be citizens or permanent residents of the US or its possessions.   Stipends vary by program, but most are $350/week.  The opportunity begins June 3 and ends August 14.  For further information and an application form, contact the website below.  The application deadline is February 13. 

CONTACT:     John S. Anderson, Ph.D.  
                  Professor of Biochemistry  
                  Co-Director, LSSURP (Or)  
                  Colin R. Campbell, Ph.D.    
                  Assoc. Professor of Pharmacology   
                  Co-Director, LSSURP

ADDRESS:    Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program         
                 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, College of Biological Services  
                 123 Snyder Hall, 1475 Gorton Ave   
                 St. Paul, MN 55108-1095

PHONE:        (612) 625-2275

FAX:             (612) 625-8256

EMAIL:         [email protected]



University of Minnesota Summer Research Programs – Minneapolis, MN     ONGOING

The University of Minnesota is offering the following opportunities as part of their summer undergraduate research programs.  For additional information on the research programs see the websites listed below.

Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Life Sciences

Mechanical  Engineering Research Experience

Multicultural Summer Research

Natural Center for Earth-surface Dynamics Program

Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement

School of Physics and Astronomy

University of Wisconsin Madison, Research in Biology – Madison, WI        ONGOING

The center for Biology Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites undergraduate students interested in exploring research in the biological sciences to participate in its Summer Research Program in Biology.  For nine weeks, participants will work full time with UW-Madison faculty and researchers in state-of-the-art research facilities.  In addition, individual research interns will participate in workshops on research topics of interest, ethics, career choices, and preparation for the GRE.  Along with their educational experience interns will have the opportunity to explore UW-Madison and the city of Madison.  Students are encouraged to apply early since some placements will be made in February.  Application materials will be available by December 15 on the website below.  The internship will be June 2-August 1. The program also provides a stipend of $3,000.


Walt Disney World – Lake Buena Vista, FL                                               ON-GOING

Epcot Science maintains and enhances the greenhouse, labs and aquaculture facilities of The Land pavilion, and develops new ways to make real science come alive for their guests. Students will spend as many as seven hours weekly hosting quests through greenhouses. Other duties will vary based upon the discipline they chose to work with. There are opportunities in Greenhouse plant science, agriculture/biological engineering, aquaculture, biotechnology, entomology, and science communications. This is a paid position.

CRC CATEGORIES: Science Research (SC)

XCEL Energy – Minneapolis, MN – Summer                                                ON-GOING

XCEL Energy is looking for an intern to work with their Environmental Services Staff providing compliance assistance to Service Center and Electrical Generating facilities.  Also, the intern will assist in field work related to remediation projects.

Responsibilities: The internship will involve such tasks as waste characterizations, container labeling, preparation of shipping papers, site compliance visits and implementation of Universal Waste regulations.

Qualifications: Applicant must be current student with at least sophomore status or higher.  Must be enrolled with an accredited four-year program with concentration in Environmental Sciences, Engineering or Natural Sciences.  Must have valid drivers license; should have the ability to lift up to 70 pounds, work in office and field conditions, and have reliable transportation.

Application Process: Selection criteria may include testing and/or assessment.  Apply to XCEL Energy at:

Application deadline is June 14.

CONTACT:  XCEL Energy HR Service Center
PHONE: 1-800-328-8226 ext 7636



Alaska State Parks – Alaska

The Office of History and Archaeology at Anchorage and various project sites throughout the state are offering internships. Interns will assist staff archaeologists with various project specific field investigations, which include pedestrian surveys, excavation, mapping, site documentation, photography, artifact cataloging and data entry. Requirements are an interest in archaeology, willingness to learn appropriate field methods, and an ability to live in a field situation. Desired skills include: coursework in anthropology or archaeology, camping and hiking skills, some field experience in archaeology or another science. Food and housing allowances are available for most field projects. Participants may be required to provide personal tents and sleeping bags for some projects. Internship lasts May 1-October 1, generally two weeks for a project. Candidates should contact OHA in March or April for specific project dates and descriptions.


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) – Washington, D.C. ON-GOING

The AAAS is offering outstanding paid, 10-week summer internships and semester co-ops in major companies throughout the United States, including NASA, IBM, NOAA and Merck.  This program is called ENTRY POINT!  ENTRY POINT! is available to STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES majoring in life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and other quantitatively-based fields (e.g., finance and economics). 

Qualifications:  Full-time undergraduate or graduate, majoring in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Business, or Computer Science, have a B average or higher and be a U.S. citizen.

Application Process: 

CONTACT:              Laureen Summers
Project on Science, Technology and Disability
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.  20005

PHONE:                 202-326-6649

EMAIL:                   [email protected]



Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department – Andover, MN

The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department are also looking for an intern that wants to get involved in learning and applying technical Plant Health Care principles and practices in developing, maintaining, and restoring the urban forest, formal garden, landscape beds, and natural vegetation communities throughout the 8000 acre Anoka County Park System.


Braun Intertec Corporation – Minneapolis, MN

Braun Intertec Corporation is a growing engineering, environmental and testing firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been the regional industry leader for 45 years.  They are currently looking for mentors to work with senior level scientists.  The interns would work in either a chemical or microscopy laboratory.  These internships run for 3-6 months full time starting in May/June and is a paid position.



Carlson Learning Company is looking for an individual to assist with international research and analysis projects. This person would be responsible for assisting with reliability and validity analysis of assessment instruments designed to help people better understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and more effectively reach their goals. This person would also assist with some domestic research including data collections, literature reviews, and statistical analysis. They are seeking an individual with the following knowledge and skills: ability to use SPSS, basic understanding of how assessment instruments are developed and what to look for in terms of determining their reliability and validity, strong writing and communications skills, and the ability to run and interpret the following statistical analyses: multidimensional scaling, cluster analysis, factor analysis, and reliability measures. This individual should be able to work autonomously, be self-motivated and dependable. This is a paid internship with flexible hours between 8am-6pm, 15-20 hours/week for approximately 6 months.



The Cedar Creek Natural History Area is a facility designed for ecosystem studies that researches the possible long term effects of the habits of the earth’s current inhabitants.  The organization is currently looking for a summer research intern whose tasks may include learning to identify plant species, estimating species abundances, collecting soil samples, maintaining experimental areas, and other field work.  The intern must be willing to work hard and work outdoors.  If you are interested in this paid position send your application to the contact listed below no later than March 1.

CONTACT:     Dr. Clarence L. Lehman

ADDRESS:    University of Minnesota   
                 100 Ecology Building              
                 1987 Upper Buford Circle    
                 St. Paul, MN 55108

EMAIL:         [email protected]



CIMA Labs, Inc. – Eden Prairie, MN

CIMA Labs, Inc. develops and manufactures prescription and over-the-counter products for pharmaceutical companies based upon its proprietary, fast dissolve drug delivery, technologies, OraSolv, and DuraSolv.  The company is currently offering an internship as an analytical chemist.  The intern will be responsible for analyzing drug products and associated materials.  This internship is open to junior or senior chemistry majors who have completed coursework in quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis.  Further information can be found on the website below.  This opportunity is also listed on E-Link.

ADDRESS:    CIMA LABS, Inc.      
                 10000 Valley View Rd.   
                 Eden Prairie, MN 55344



DiaSorin Inc. – Stillwater, MN

DiaSorin Inc is offering seven full-time internships for the summer.  Individuals should be in their junior of senior year of college and majoring in biology, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, MLT, or any related program.  Some general laboratory experience and research knowledge is preferred.  Interns will be responsible for assisting technical manufacturing on a variety of projects and processing raw materials and reagents that may include: chemical precipitation, centrifugation, and column chromatography.  This is a paid internship at $11.00 per hour.  Candidates who are interested in applying please send a resume and cover letter to the contact below:

CONTACT:     Human Resources

ADDRESS:    DiaSorin Inc.    
                1951 Northwestern Blvd. P.O. Box 285   
                Stillwater, MN 55082-0285

FAX:             (651) 351-5700

E-MAIL:        [email protected]



Hennepin County Environmental Services - Minneapolis, MN

Hennepin County Environmental Services has an internship opportunity involving their Commercial Hazardous Waste Unit.  The intern will be involved in such things as:  reviewing lists of potential companies to inspect; notifying the company under inspection of any violations or problems; providing the company with technical assistance; and assisting with the completion of license application forms.  The intern will work directly with one full-time inspector who will train the intern in inspection procedures, file maintenance, and data entry.   Candidates for this position must have completed general and organic chemistry, be an upcoming senior or graduate student, and have a valid drivers license with an available vehicle to use during the internship.   This position is available full-time during the summer and part time during the school year with the possibility to work up to 1,040 hours.  Applications are due by March 25.


Lincoln Park Zoo and Chicago Community Trust – Chicago, IL

The Department of Conservation and Science is offering a unique opportunity to conduct research and gain valuable experience while being a part of the Lincoln Park Zoo team as an intern.  Interns will be able to conduct research projects under the guidance of staff scientists in many different areas.  This opportunity is a full-time position for 9 months and may commence at any time in the spring, summer, or fall.  To apply send a resume, college transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a 1000 word statement of research and experience to the address below.


McLeod County – Hutchinson, MN

McLeod County has an opening for a summer intern to assist with the day-to-day operations of the McLeod County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Duties include: receiving and sorting household hazardous chemicals, bulking and packaging waste, helping the general public with questions and assisting with mobile unit collections. Completion of at least one college chemistry course is preferred. Salary is $8.00 per hour, this position will require some Saturdays and evenings.


Medtronic – Phoenix, AZ

Medtronic, is the world’s leading medical technology company that provides lifelong solutions to people with chronic disease. They are looking for an intern that will provide general chemistry laboratory help. This is a summer internship that would start preferably May 15– Spring.


Medtronic – Minneapolis, MN

Medtronic in Columbia Heights is offering a summer internship in their Clinical Research Department.  The internship is approximately three months in length from May through August.  The intern will be responsible for the following: assisting in developing standard operating procedures and protocols, developing product and therapy training materials, and assisting in audits of clinical studies.  The intern should have completed their junior year and be pursuing a degree in a science related area or nursing. Lab and/or hospital experience is a bonus.  The intern should have good technical writing skills and be knowledgeable with MS Word and Excel.  This is a full-time position with a rate of pay from $13-$15 an hour.  Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to Jan Dugas by April 28.

CONTACT:     Jan Dugas, Clinical Quality Control Manager

ADDRESS:    Medtronic   
                 800 53rd Ave. N.E.  
                 Minneapolis, MN 55421

EMAIL:         [email protected]


Metropolitan Council – St. Paul, MN

The purpose of this opportunity is to conduct physical, chemical and biological analyses on weekends, agency holidays, and summers.  The intern will prepare, calibrate and maintain all related equipment as well as produce mathematical calculations necessary to complete testing.  Prospective interns should have knowledge of analytical procedures, basic knowledge of the Laboratory Information Management System, wastewater treatment plant processes along with effective verbal and written communication skills.  Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution on a full-time basis, have a valid driver’s license and have 0-2 years experience in associated sciences or scientific analytical procedures.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to the contact information below by May 8.  This internship is paid at $13.96/hr and has been provided by a CSB alum. 

CONTACT:     Brenda McCoy

ADDRESS:    Metropolitan Council   
                 Human Resources Department   
                 230 E. 5th ST.    
                 St. Paul, MN  55101

PHONE:        (651) 602-1368

FAX:             (651) 602-1071

E-MAIL:        [email protected]



Minnesota Department of Agriculture – St. Paul, MN

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is seeking individuals to conduct agricultural pest surveys throughout the summer. The intern would help monitor the distribution and abundance of agricultural insects, pathogens, and weeds throughout the agricultural regions of Minnesota. The average workweek for survey personnel is 40 hours. This is a paid internship.


Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, CT

The Mystic Aquarium is currently seeking 10 interns.    The primary duties would be to assist aquarium staff with the various duties in the department to which the intern is assigned.   These interns would keep an accurate log of hours worked, attend monthly seminars on development of a research project, presentation skills and current topics within the aquarium.  All internships are unpaid.  Internships available include: Research & Veterinary Services, Education, Communication Technology, Visitor & Member Services, Marketing, Public Relations, Merchandising, Marine Mammals & Penguin Husbandry, Fish & Invertebrate Husbandry, and finally Engineering & Maintenance Internships. 


ProtaTek International, Inc. – St. Paul, MN

ProtaTek develops and produces unique biological products and services for the diagnosis and control of domestic animal diseases, and is a trusted source for these products and services worldwide. As an intern you would be a production technician. Responsibilities will include large-scale culture media preparation, production and harvest of microorganisms, and sterile filling of vaccine. This internship is for Biology Majors only.


Renville County Administrators Office – Olivia, MN

Renville County has a three month, possibly longer, water quality protection internship position available.  Excellent opportunity to gain experience and familiarity with Comprehensive Local Water Planning, information and education activities, land use planning and Best Management Practices.  Internship will consist of such duties as researching and contacting state agencies, assisting with water testing and compiling data, assisting with a feedlot inventory and entering GIS information.  Work schedule is up to 40 hours per week with flexible hours.  Pay rate of $10 to $12 per hour, depending on qualifications. 


Science Museum of Minnesota – St. Paul, MN

The Science Museum of Minnesota is offering a summer internship from May 31 to August 19.  The position is as a pocket science and science challenge intern.  The intern will develop “pocket science” activities and challenges for use with visitors throughout the museum.  The intern will also gain experience interacting with visitors, learning how to research, develop and prototype program activities and how to evaluate an activity’s success and conduct specific research in the area of catapults and use the information to develop a volunteer-let catapult activity using Cat-A-Pult toys.  The intern should be of junior or senior standing with a physical science major.  Good general science and basic math background is required.  This is an unpaid, 8-10 hours per week position with some weekend work required.  Applications for this position will be accepted from March 18 through April 15. 

CONTACT:     Brenda Erickson, Staffing Specialist, Human Resources Department

ADDRESS:    Science Museum of Minnesota   
                120 W. Kellogg Blvd    
                St. Paul, MN 55102

PHONE:        (651) 221-2532

EMAIL:         [email protected]


Scott County Public Works – Jordan, MN

Scott County is looking for a Water Resource Management Plan Intern. This intern would provide assistance to the Water Planner in the following areas over the course of the summer and, if possible, through the fall semester: 1) Research surrounding water management plans from other Minnesota counties and evaluate and select the implementation strategies which appear to be suitable for Scott County. 2) Draft sections of the Water Resource Management Plan that establish the governmental roles and responsibilities, funding mechanisms, and implementation schedules. And other various tasks that deal with Water Management. This is a paid position.