PEI-BIOS Internship Program
The Princeton-BIOS internship program allows Princeton undergraduate students to participate in 12-week research internships at BIOS each summer. Working with a BIOS faculty member or staff mentor, interns can participate in an open-ocean research cruise aboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer, SCUBA dive on Bermuda's coral reefs, learn progressive techniques from scientists at the forefront of their field, gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge laboratory equipment, and engage in workshops and seminars with peers and BIOS scientists. All costs associated with the internship, including accommodation, meals, travel, research supplies and student stipend are funded.
When considering project ideas, applicants should keep in mind the possibility that projects conducted during this internship period could provide the basis for a junior paper and/or a senior thesis. Potential project areas include, but are not limited to:
- Oceanographic and atmospheric sciences
- Marine biology and ecology
- Microbial ecology, marine genomics and ecotoxicology
- Natural hazard/risk prediction
- Instrumentation testing for environmental monitoring
- Marine science and environmental education
Applications for the PU-BIOS Internship Program are administered through the Princeton Environmental Institute. Students wishing to apply should do so via PEI's online portal or by emailing email@example.com. In January of each year, potential Princeton-BIOS internship projects will be posted to PEI's website. Please note that students must identify, in their application, the specific BIOS faculty member with whom they wish to intern. If the faculty member has listed more than one potential project, the student must identify their project choice. Prior to submitting an application prospective interns are encouraged to contact potential BIOS mentors directly to discuss projects.
Applications submitted by PEI's Priority Deadline will be given priority in the review process. Late applications will be processed until mid-March or until positions are filled, unless otherwise noted on the established internships postings.
Former PEI Interns
Dane Jacobson, majoring in computer science, spent 11 weeks at BIOS in 2019. Following his internship Dane said, “I think more than anything, BIOS has given me the keys to success in the research environment and beyond, which will be helpful no matter what my future career is.”
Sean-Wyn Ng, majoring in computer science, also spent 11 weeks at BIOS in 2019. After her time at BIOS Sean-Wyn said, “I would definitely recommend an internship at BIOS to anyone who is interested in biodiversity and interdisciplinary work in the sciences.”