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The internship and job search can be overwhelming, but there are many resources available to you. A good place to start is OSU's Career Services. They also provide this helpful job and internship search checklist.
Beaver JobNet is OSU Career Services’ online career management system and it is a great way for students and alums to get started in their job/internship search. Students/alums can connect with employers from a variety of organizations as well as from locations around the country and around the world. Employers are seeking applicants for positions including full-time, co-ops and internships, summer camps, national parks employment, and volunteer organizations such as the Peace Corps. You can access Beaver JobNet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
BEE 410 Internship
If you are an Ecological Engineering student who has identified an internship opportunity, you may consider earning academic credit for your internship by enrolling in BEE 410 Internship. Cooperating agencies or business are expected to give interns an opportunity to participate as broadly as possible in the activities and responsibilities of the organization. Ideally, the intern will be assigned one or more projects that can be completed in one quarter. Grading for the internship is pass/no pass, as based in part on comments from the intern's workplace supervisor. Internships are NOT funded by the Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering. Tuition must be paid to gain academic credit. Expenses are the student's responsibility. However, cooperating agencies or businesses are encouraged to financially assist interns if their budgets permit doing so.
Please speak to Head Advisor, Frank Chaplen, for more information.
|Posting date||Employer||Location||Timeframe||Application Deadline||Link|
|12/16/11||City of Portland - Environmental Services||Portland, OR||Year-round and summer||Varies||http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/429281|
|12/16/11||Student Conservation Association||All 50 States||3-12 Months||Varies||http://www.thesca.org/serve/internships|
|02/22/12||Walt Disney World||Lake Buena Vista, FL||Varies||Varies||
|10/14/13||The Nature Conservancy||Delmont, New Jersey (NJ)||June 1, 2014 - August 8, 2014||January 7, 2014||Urban Watershed Assistance Globe Intern|
|11/07/13||Depatment of Homeland Security
||varies||key dates here||January 6, 2014||10 week research internship - 2014 HS-STEM Summer Internships|
|11/18/13||CBI||Corvallis, OR||10 weeks||not listed||CBI is seeking undergraduate and graduate students interested in GIS, computer programming, conservation or science education/outreach for 10-week internship opportunities|
Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
Participating in an undergraduate research program is highly recommended if you are thinking about going to graduate school. Undergraduate research experience will give you an edge in applying for graduate school, research fellowships, and employment.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU site is typically at a university and consists of approximately 10 students who work in the research programs of the host institution. Almost all REU internships are paid and many offer travel and housing assistance. These are competitive experiences and the application process varies by individual site. To look at opportunities by subject area, keyword, or location use the Search for an REU Site.
Most research opportunities are in the summer. Application deadlines vary but are typically in the January-March timeframe.
- NEESreu program - locations vary
- University of Nevada, Reno
- REU in Water Resources - University of Florida
|Type of research||Location||Stipend||Application Deadline||Link|
|Environmental Studies||The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center||
stipend of $500.00 per week
3 application deadlines: Winter/Spring (Jan - April): Nov 15
|Nanoscience and engineering||Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) (Nashville, Tennessee)
||$5000 stipend, room and board, $500 travel allowance||February 15, 2014||http://www.vanderbilt.edu/vinse/reu/|
|Biofuels and Bioproducts Production||Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama)||Stipend of $4,500 for the 10-week session (lodging and meals provided). Travel support available ($400.00 Max)||February 15, 2014|
|Sustainable Management and Beneficial Reuse of Residual Wastes and Byproducts||California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, California)||TBD||TBD||http://gwri.calpoly.edu/cgi-bin/complex2/showPage.plx?pid=91|
|Dynamics of Water and Society Systems||Virginia Tech StREAM Lab||Stipend: $4,000 + room & board
+ travel to & from Blacksburg (up to $500)
+ travel to conference
|February 14, 2014||http://www.bse.vt.edu/site/reu-streamlab/|
|REU-China: Ecological and Environmental Research in an Urbanized Landscape||Nanjing Forestry University (NFU) in China & Alabama A&M University (AAMU)|| $2000 scholarship + travel, housing, and research related expenses
||February 7, 2014||http://www.aamu.edu/Academics/alns/bes/Centers/pages/reu-china!.aspx|
|Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center For Sustainable Energy (CSE)||Kansas State University||Stipend: $4,500, Paid Housing, Meals, Travel allowance||February 15, 2014||http://cse.ksu.edu/REU|
|Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) REU||University at Buffalo (UB)||5,000 stipend and housing in a newly constructed LEED-certified student complex||March 1, 2014||http://www.erie.buffalo.edu/REU.php|
|REU in Water in the Earth System||University of Nebraska - Lincoln||Stipend: $5,000||Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 — Priority deadline||http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/earth|
Other research resources
This site is a resource for undergraduates and faculty looking to participate or implement undergraduate research.
The URISC program is intended to enable OSU undergraduate students to initiate a scholarly relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. Faculty mentors are expected to assume financial responsibility for student research activities if they continue beyond the initial URISC sponsorship.
Research experience leading to a thesis is a hallmark of the University Honors College.
NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program
This program offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experiences at NASA Centers and research support facilities. The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program is NASA’s largest nationwide internship program. Searchable site here.
The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE’s mission and operations. The application period will be open from October 15, 2012 through January 4, 2013.
IBP-Pathway to Science - Education and Career training opportunities in STEM
Engineering is an increasingly global profession. An international experience can provide you with necessary skills to work effectively with people from around the world and give you the opportunity to gain an international perspective of engineering.
|Posting date||Employer||Location||Closing Date||Link|
|10/23/13||Gilliam-East John Day Watershed Council||Condon, Oregon||December 2, 2013||Gilliam-East John Day Watershed Coordinator|
|11/05/13||Klamath Tribes||Chiloquin, OR||unknown|
|11/07/13||United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)||Cincinnati, OH||Jan 4, 2014||student or recent grad contractor will provide technical support to the Safe Sustainable Water
Resources (SSWR) 4.1 program
Interested in working in river restoration? River Restoration Northwest held its annual symposium Feb 5-7, 2013. Here is a list of the symposium sponsors and supporters. Contact individual companies for internship and job opportunities.
|Posting date||Campus department/ location||Timeframe||Application deadline||Job description|
|11/06/13||Benton County Extension Office||variable hours whole 2013-2014 academic year||unknown||Small Farms Program student worker/ intern|
- 2013 International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage: June 25 - 27, 2013 at OSU in Corvallis, OR.
- River Restoration Northwest: 13th Annual Stream Restoration Symposium - Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, USA February 4 - February 6, 2014
- Ecosystems for Water and Energy - 13th Annual American Ecological Engineering Society Meeting, Hosted by Michigan State University June 10-12, 2013
General Search Links:
- Jobs with the Federal Government: http://usajobs.gov/
- Green Jobs Network: http://www.greenjobs.net
- EHSCareers: http://www.ehscareers.com/home.cfm
- Aftercollege.com: http://www.aftercollege.com/career-networks/oregon-state-university/department-of-biological-and-ecological-engineering/
- EnvironmentalChemistry.com: http://environmentalchemistry.com/careers/type/ecologicalengineering.html
- Water Jobs: http://www.waterjobsnow.com/
- American Water Works Association: http://apps.awwa.org/ebusmain/Default.aspx?tabid=247
- Work for Water: http://www.workforwater.org/
- American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES) job postings: http://ecoeng.org/Job/jobs.htm
- American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) job board: http://www.asabe.org/membership/asabe-career-center.aspx