Internships (summer) – Holden Arboretum

Spend the summer conducting research at the Holden Arboretum, a part of Holden Forests & Gardens, located near Cleveland, OH. The Arboretum offers over 3,600 acres of forested land, extensive living plant collections, and high-tech laboratories. In addition to research, interns will be involved in professional development, such as: weekly journal clubs, scientific lectures, networking, and presenting a poster of their research at Holden’s SEARCH symposium.

Interns will conduct research under one of four broad themes:

–       Community ecology – How do global change drivers including climate change, non-native species, and land use change restructure our natural world?

–       Plant physiology – How does plant physiology vary across environments and over time, and how does this shape the distribution of plants on earth?

–       Soil ecology – How do microbes in the soil shape plant communities and their function in the ecosystem?

–       Evolutionary ecology – What are ecological and genomic bases of plant adaptation to abiotic and biotic stresses?

Skills learned over the summer may include: plant and insect identification, extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA, or measuring plant gas exchange. Regardless of the area of focus, interns will also learn about experimental design, reading and critiquing scientific literature, data analysis in R, and scientific communication.

Open to US citizens and permanent residents who are current undergraduates or recent graduates. Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. Interns are responsible for their own transportation.

May through August 2020, exact start and end dates flexible

$11 per hour, or about $5280 over the 12-week internship. Shared intern housing available on-site for $30 per week

Submit applications by February 1st, 2020. Include a resume, names of two references, and a letter of interest specifying research theme preference.