Summer Internship in Weston Lab – Call for Applications

Summer 2018 at Villanova University

The laboratory of Dr. Nathaniel Weston in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University will host an undergraduate summer intern during summer 2018. The intern will develop an independent research project focused on coastal ecosystem ecology, and will participate in field trips to tidal marsh research sites in Plum Island Sound, MA and Delaware River, NJ.

Eligibility and Requirements: Interns must have completed some coursework relevant to related to the internship. Applicants must confirm that they are able to participate in at least 10 weeks of research between mid-May and mid-August (not necessarily consecutively). The summer intern should expect to participate in physically strenuous field research in sometimes uncomfortable conditions (muddy, buggy, hot).

Program: The summer intern will receive a stipend of $400 per week.  Housing on Villanova’s campus and a meal plan will be provided, if the intern does not currently have off-campus housing.  The intern will participate in the on-campus professional development activities administered by the Villanova Center for Research and Fellowships that includes social events and workshops on topics including the responsible conduct of research, fellowships in the STEM fields, networking, science writing, and delivering effective presentations. The  intern will also receive safety training at the start of their internship. The intern will work to design and implement an independent research project. This  internship provides the selected undergraduate student with an outstanding opportunity to develop and design an independent research project and to gain substantial hands-on field and laboratory experience in a dynamic research program.

Application: Applicants for the 2018 summer  research internship must complete the online application by March 2. The online application includes several document uploads that should be prepared prior to completing the online portion of the application:

  • A cover letter that describes your interest in coastal ecosystems ecology, your professional career goals, and what you hope to obtain from a summer internship (limited to 1 page).
  • A resume (limited to 2 pages).