Undergraduate Internships

Internships are a great way to get involved in the field and learn more about possible career paths. Students who are interested can also earn between 1 to 4 hours of upper division academic credit. 

Students often find internships with government agencies, non-profits, commercial research and consulting firms, or animal welfare organizations.  Most internships are unpaid, but credit can be given for paid internships.

Students are expected to find their own internship placement, but the internship advisor Harrison Carpenter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can be contacted for advice and suggestions. For EBIO credit an internship experience must relate to the department's areas of study. Be sure to set up an account with Career Service's Career Buffs to search available internships and receive emails when new internship positions open! For a list of open internships please visit the CU EBIO Advising Blog and look under "Currently Open Internships."

The internship contract, which should be completed in consultation with Dr. Carpenter, must be wholly completed and requires signatures from the employer and departmental representatives. Over the course of an internship, a student may be asked to submit periodic brief reports. In order to receive EBIO credit, a student is required to write a brief, academically formal paper at the end of the internship experience, in order to describe the work completed and its intellectual merits.


Ongoing Internship Opportunities

CU in DC Internship Program

CU in DC is a program for students who want to put classroom learning into real world action. The program is a semester-long experience that combines a professional internship with CU coursework in Washington D.C. Internships offer students an opportunity to build bridges between knowledge gained in the academic environment of CU, and practical experience gained in the exciting, fast-paced world of the nation’s capital. Click here for a list of interships that may be of particular interest to EBIO students considering the CU in DC Program.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Internships

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers provides competitive internship opportunities for people who want to gain valuable, hands-on experience in the ecological restoration and non-profit fields. Interns will work alongside senior staffers to support the mission of building a community of volunteers to help restore the land. Responsibilities in these positions are wide ranging from field monitoring, organizing restoration projects, writing grants, and/or public outreach.

Butterfly Pavilion

Founded in 1995, Butterfly Pavilion was created by the Rocky Mountain Butterfly Consortium as the first stand-alone non-profit invertebrate zoo in the nation. Home to literally thousands of butterflies, Butterfly Pavilion is a 30,000 square foot facility situated on an 11-acre campus provided by the City of Westminster. As a publicly supported facility, Butterfly Pavilion is primarily supported by admission fees, community support and by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Their aim is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates while educating the public about the importance of conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world.

Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to the rehabilitation and release of wildlife. Since opening in 1982, Greenwood has become the largest wildlife rehabilitation center of this kind in Colorado. Rehabilitating over 100 species of orphaned, injured and sick wildlife, Greenwood cares for between 2,000 and 3,000 animals every year. Internships provide hands-on experience teaching skills such as handling techniques, cleaning and sterilization procedures, habitat enrichment, diets, food preparation, and feeding methods, and treatment procedures.

Rocky Mountain Raptor Program

Since 1982, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program (RMRP) has served the northern Colorado community through rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured birds of prey. Working with veterinary experts, specially trained volunteers provide all aspects of raptor care, ranging from compassionate medical care to constructing cages that serve as temporary homes for recovering birds. RMRP seeks to inspire the protection and appreciation of raptors and the spaces where they live through rehabilitation, education and research, admitting approximately 300 raptors each year.


Are You Looking for Interns?

If you're employed by a government entity, conservation group, research agency or employer, and are seeking undergraduate interns with preparation/experience in the biological sciences, please contact Harrison Carpenter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.