Internship at the Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station
The Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station (SRESFS) Internship Program is managed by South Carolina State University. The SRESFS seeks to increase recruitment retention of underrepresented students in science, engineering, natural resources management and environmental career professions. Housing and courses are held at the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) and the Savannah River Site (SRS) located in (or near) Aiken, SC.
This course-driven program provides educational and research opportunities that will prepare you for graduate and professional careers in the areas of environmental science, agriculture, and management of terrestrial and natural resources.
- Must be a rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (graduating after May 2017)
- Must have 2.5 GPA minimum
- Must be enrolled at an MSI institution
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Although SRESFS offers various undergraduate courses, awarding academic credit for a course is at the discretion of your Minority Serving Institution. However, we will assist you in providing appropriate information as requested by your school. Course descriptions can be found at http://www.cnrt.scsu.edu/fieldstation/pandc/courses.html and here. Arrangements for course accreditation should be made between you and your school before you begin the internship.
You must be enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution.
You are eligible to earn up to $2,250 per session for up to a total of $4,500 over two sessions. Interns will earn $2,250 per session if they enroll in and complete two, 4-credit hour courses and fulfill the following requirements:
- Adhere to program, SRS, USCA housing, and course guidelines, rules, and regulations.
- Commit to and be prepared for participating in classroom and/or field investigations/experiences at SRS for approximately 10 hours per day.
- Be prepared to conduct course work, field investigations, and research in conditions such as extreme heat, rain, wooded areas, and bodies of water for several hours each day.
- Are present for all class(es), program meetings, and field experiences.
- Complete a scientific poster for each of your enrolled courses according to the guidelines of the program and under the direction of your instructor.
- Complete all course and program assessments prior to exiting the Program.
- Participate in blogging on Facebook or another blogging website.
- Compose a video or a video diary about your experience at the Field Station.
- Present your research to faculty, staff, students, and guests at the conclusion of each session.
- Agree to speak about your intern experience when you return to your home institution.
2017 Session Dates
Note: Session dates and course offerings are subject to change.
|Session I||Session II|
|Faculty, Staff, TA Move-in||May 21||June 21|
|Student Move-in||May 23||June 21|
|Classes Begin||May 26||June 26|
|Classes End||June 23||July 28|
|Move out||June 24||July 28|
- Interns are housed on the USCA campus. The internship courses, field investigations, and research are conducted at SRS and USCA. Course descriptions and prerequisites may be found at http://www.cnrt.scsu.edu/fieldstation/pandc/courses.html and here.
- Interns must commit to and be prepared for approximately 10 hours per day in the field at SRS and/or in the classrooms at SRS or USCA.
- Interns cannot work another job or be enrolled in any non-SRESFS course(s) during the internship.
- Interns can be enrolled in up to two courses each session. To facilitate course placement, it is advised that you apply for as many courses as your institution allows.
- Course enrollment is limited to 10 students per course.
The Application Process
The minimum GPA required to apply is 2.5. This is a competitive process. Not all applicants are accepted. Please review all sections of the application package thoroughly. Failure to voluntarily provide complete and accurate answers may affect the review and consideration of your application. Please keep a copy of your completed application with all requested materials for your files.
Application materials can be found here.
Reference forms can be found here.
March 15, 2017
The minimum GPA required to apply is 2.5. You must be enrolled at an MSI institution. This is a competitive process. Not all applicants are accepted. Please review all sections of the application package thoroughly. Failure to voluntarily provide complete and accurate answers may affect the review and consideration of your application. Please keep a copy of your completed application with all requested materials for your files. A representative from the SRESFS Program Office will notify students of the status of their applications via email after the conclusion of the application period.
E-mail application questions here.
Your application must include all of the following in order to be considered complete:
1. Internship Application Form found here.
2. Transfer of Credit form or similar signed document from your home institution. All required signatures must be obtained for the document to be considered complete. (Must be attached to the electronic application.)
3. Current resume including scholastic honors and extracurricular activities (Must be attached to the electronic application).
4. One page Statement of Intent: describing why you want to be an intern at the SRESFS, your desire to study Environmental Science, and your career interests. (included in application form).
5. Two letters of recommendation from current and/or past college instructors. Reference forms can be found here.
6. Unofficial transcripts. (Must be attached to the electronic application.)