Summer Opportunities

  • The field of public health touches everyone and is by nature interdisciplinary, with important contributions made by epidemiologists, sociologists, physicians, economists, statisticians, scientists, and nutritionists, among many others. Through both coursework and the two-week field experience, students will explore the social-ecological model of public health. Participation in a local, collaborative, community-based project coupled with study in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Washington, D.C. allows a comparison of public health efforts at the local, state, and national level.

    Through readings, discussions, guest speakers, research, site visits, work with community partners, and library exhibit development, students will:

    • consider the cultural context of health and the social determinants of health.
    • be introduced to the impact of policy on our nation’s health.
    • reflect on their own interests and possible future paths.

    The fall course will provide an introduction to the principles of public health and to community-based work and research.  You will identify a public health-related project to work on in collaboration with a community partner during fall term that will be completed when we are back on campus winter term. In December we will visit with health professionals working in a range of organizations from local free clinics and small, non-profits to state and national government organizations including the Minnesota Department of Health, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will learn about public health policy at the Minnesota AIDS Project and the American Public Health Association as well as through meetings with an elected official. Winter term is a time for reflection, synthesis, completion of projects, and development of a public exhibit.


    For more information or to apply, visit this website.

    Informational session is Tuesday, October 17 in Leighton 236: 7-8PM

  • Applications are currently being accepted for the Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), a dynamic 10-week summer program that allows students to apply their classroom knowledge by working in a laboratory under the supervision of a principal investigator and interacting with research teams that include graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

    Graduate Student opportunities in either the PhD program in Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine or the PhD program in Biochemistry at South Dakota State University are also offered.

  • Carleton College Exclusive Externships

    September 28, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Looking for something to do this winter break?

    Look no further, Carleton College is offering a wide variety of opportunities. If you are interested in medical research, ecology, physician shadowing, there may be a position for you!

     See The Tunnel for a complete listing of opportunities and to apply.

    Application deadline is Monday, October 3rd, 2017

  • As part of a National Science Foundation’s IRES (International Research Experiences for Students) program, we are looking for 4 or 5 students to participate in a (paid) wildlife research program in Swaziland, Africa, from mid-May to the end of July.

  • Field Biology Research Program

    September 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Classes in the field. Travel tuition and housing provided along with summer stipend.

    UNDERC-East: Spend the summer studying northwoods ecology and conducting your own research in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

    UNDERC-West: Spend the summer studying the ecology of an intermountain valley in Montana, learn about environmental history and Native American environmental ethics, and conduct your own advanced research (pre-requisite: UNDERC-East).

    Applications are available online ( Further information can be obtained at the UDNERC website (, or from Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director (, or Dr. David Flagel, UNDERC-West Assistant Director ( Application deadline is Friday, November 10, 2017 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Monday, December 11, 2017. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Applicants are required to be present for the duration of the course.

  • Camp Odayin provides fun, safe and supportive camp experiences and community building opportunities for young people with heart disease and their families. Our mission is based on a holistic approach to healing hearts, a desire to nurture and develop independence, confidence, and acceptance throughout our camper’s lives, the importance of a sense of community among our heart family, and an emphasis on having fun and celebrating life! We offer three weeks of Residential Camp in Crosslake, MN and one week of Day Camp at the Dodge Nature Center in St. Paul, MN.

    The cost to a camper is just $25, in part, thanks to generous nurses, physicians, and counselors who volunteer their time. You can volunteer at Camp Odayin. If you are interested in spending your time giving some exceptional kids a great camp experience, we would love to hear from you! Apply as soon as possible -- positions are available in July and August. Must be 21+ to volunteer. Apply by May 15.

  • BIOS Marine & Atmospheric Science REU

    April 27, 2017 at 9:20 am

    BIOS has National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) funding to support 8 undergraduate student researchers at BIOS during the 2017 fall semester. Students will conduct independent projects under faculty and staff supervision within several research areas including:

    • Biology, chemistry, and physics of the open ocean
    • Biology, physiology, and biochemistry of reef building corals and reef ecosystems
    • Molecular biology of marine organisms
    • Environmental chemistry of Bermuda's atmosphere and inshore waters
    • Effects and consequences of global environmental change

    Apply by May 31, 2017 for a program from August 27 to November 18.

  • Apply now to Engage Chicago!

    March 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Engage Chicago is an immersive field study program, designed to give undergraduate students a powerful summer learning experience in one of the world's most dynamic cities. Through academic coursework, hands-on experience at top organizations and institutions, thoughtful reflection, and a summer living with a vibrant community of peers, Engage Chicago is a unique opportunity for students to learn about a great city, about social change, and about themselves. Applications are accepted through April 3, 2017 for the program, which runs from June 16 to August 11. A special concentration in health and medicine is available!

  • Northfield Public Schools Community Services is now accepting applications for part time instructors for various athletic, aquatic, adventure, and playground programs, as well as a full time recreation internship. Join their great team of passionate leaders and participate in the enriching experience of adding skill, discipline, fun, care and connectedness to the lives of all those enrolled in their programs! Compensation varies between positions. Applications are due by March 6, 2017.

  • Field Projects International hosts field courses at multiple field sites across the world, with a focus on wildlife biology and ecology. If you like the outdoors, and want to learn more about tropical rainforest research, apply to this summer's field research assistantships! Opportunities include wildlife handling, primate communication, sensory ecology, and community disease ecology. Apply online by April 17.

  • Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Expedition

    March 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Travel to the British Virgin Islands to help the Anegada iguana! The Fort Worth Zoo is looking for participants to provide support for its conservation project. All participants will play a direct role in conservation research and gain valuable skills in field methods. One week trips are available from May to July 2017.

  • Conservation Corps Summer Service

    February 28, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    AmeriCorps is a national service program that addresses challenges in our communities through the dedicated service of its members. Members join to give back to their communities while gaining a foundation of marketable skills for natural resource careers. If you are 18-25 years old, interested in national and community service and want to gain job skills in natural resource management, youth leadership, or energy conservation, join Conservation Corps!

    Positions available include:
    • Conservation Apprentice
    • Field Operations Corps Member
    • I Can Camp! Crew Member/Leader
    • I Can Paddle! Crew Member/Leader
    • Lake Country Forestry Crew Leader/Member
    • Restoring Relations Youth Corps Leader
    • Seasonal Field Crew Member/Leader
    • Summer Youth Corps Leader and Leader/Interpreter
    • Superior National Forest “Faces of Tomorrow” Crew Leader/Member
    • YMCA Community Connections Corpsmember

    To apply and for more information on the positions offered, visit:


    If you have any questions or concerns, contact:

    Application deadline: March 3rd, 2017