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BS Biology Internships

Wetland Initiative Internship

The Wetlands Initiative is a conservation organization based in Chicago, Illinois. The internship may involve any aspect of conservation, particularly restoration of native communities.

Internship duties may include nuisance species control or removal, propagation of common or rare species, including seed collection, greenhouse production, a field installation, data collection on various research projects, or any other activities as necessary. Most projects are relatively large, usually hundreds to thousands of acres. Supervision is mainly done by William Sluis, Ph.D., Trine University.

Past Internships

Many other internships and research opportunities have revolved around lake water quality or environmental quality.

  • Brandi Kunce Foster, a 2006 graduate, did a summer internship with Pokagon State Park in their wastewater treatment plant.
  • At Astbury Water Technology, Natalie Bramel, a 2010 graduate, tested drinking water for contaminants and wastewater for suspended solids and bacteria.
  • As the ecology director at Camp Chief Little Turtle, Courtney Daniels (class of 2012) not only gained experience in her chosen field and confidence in herself, she helped change the lives of over 1,000 boy scouts over the course of the summer internship at the camp.

Other students have done independent research projects with individual professors at Trine.