Summer Research Experience Offered by the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation

one-of-a-kind opportunity to do cutting-edge research with renowned conservation practitioners!

Get the experience and mentorship you need to help kickstart your conservation career!

Opportunities are available from the Smithsonian Institution, George Mason University, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Defenders of Wildlife, and World Wildlife Fund, among others!

Course Dates: June 24 – July 26, 2019

•    Work under the guidance of a conservation professional to develop a deep understanding of the methodologies employed in their work

•    Develop an original scholarly product in the context of the mentor’s research and conservation work

•    Practice networking and professional development skills related to conducting research

Research placements are available at various locations throughout the northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas. Room and Board not required. Students will be responsible for transportation to placement site.

Who’s eligible?

Upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and non-degree-seeking students from any accredited college or university. Must have taken at least one upper-level biology-related course.

For more information and to apply, go to:

Applications are due May 15, 2019.

Applications are required and are separate from course registration through the George Mason University registration system. Registration NOW OPEN! Apply early!

For any questions about the course, contact Dr. Anneke DeLuycker at