Internships provide qualified college students with professional skills in various areas of research and education. While we are not able to offer a stipend for most internships, we feel that our internships offer a unique experience and the opportunity to build new skills. Those interested in receiving credits for an internship should investigate this with their institution.
For most internships a commitment of 20-30 hours per week is expected. If desired, summer internships can be more intensive (up to 40 hours per week). Intensive summer interns will have a specific focus (outlined below), but will also be expected to contribute to the day-to-day tasks of running Lacawac Sanctuary. Complementary housing is available summer internships. There is limited access to a vehicle while in-residence at Lacawac. It is strongly recommended that students have access to a personal vehicle. Lacawac is in a remote location about 10 miles from commercial towns with public transportation. Limited company vehicle usage may be permitted once a week for personal use. A valid driver’s license is required.
First priority for summer internships are for applicants applying by the last day of February each year.
Please provide the following when applying for an internship:
• Letter of Interest
• 3 References (including one from an Advisor with contact information)
• Copy of transcripts (does not have to be official
For Science and Research Internships Contact: Dr. Sarah Princiotta, Director of Research and Education
For Non-Science and Education Internships Contact: Craig Lukatch, President/ Executive Director
Ecological Education and Research Assistant
Lacawac’s Research Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of Lacawac’s professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. Students spend considerable time participating in field work; laboratory analysis; literature searches; data entry; and communicating science with the public. Projects are varied and may focus on terrestrial and aquatic ecology, conservation, and management of natural resources.
Students are also trained to work with all programs (school, college, family and adult, and summer camp programs) and will work with learners of all levels, including K-12 students, college students and adult learners.
The goal of the EERA is to allow students will gain valuable and diverse knowledge regarding lake ecology, watershed and field equipment use and maintenance, group leadership in laboratory and field settings, time management and program and outreach development.
Marketing and Communications Intern
This position is ideal for students studying journalism, public relations, marketing, communications or related field. Students must be comfortable working outdoors and interviewing people. This internship requires the following skills: writing and Internet research skills, be articulate and able to express ideas in writing and phone calls, and be able to work independently. Marketing and Communications Interns have the opportunity to gain experience in public relations in a non-profit institution and learn about the scientific research and educational work done at Lacawac. The students will work directly with Lacawac Staff to produce content consistent with Lacawac’s branding working with newsletters, blog, social media sites, and fundraising campaigns. Students will have the opportunity to assist in the design of print materials.
Field Station Educator
Educators are trained to work with all programs (school, college, family and summer camps) and work with all levels of learners K-12 through adult. Interns work with staff to create and develop public friendly science activities including the preparation of lesson plans and background information for public education programs and field K-12 programs. Interns assist in basic preparation for programs - gathering supplies, setting up activity stations, and training other staff on the activities. Candidates should have an interest in the natural sciences and science education, and enjoy working with people of all ages.