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Internship in Reproductive Science

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival (CSS) is offering five-month laboratory management and support internships to assist with ongoing research on rare and endangered species.

Interns will receive training under the supervision of our technicians on basic laboratory management and assisting scientific staff in reproductive research. Internships provide a unique opportunity to learn practical skills pertaining to management of a large-scale conservation biology laboratory.

Project Description

The Center for Species Survival is a world leader in the study of rare and endangered species. Our faculty is diverse, but specializes in reproductive physiology, endocrinology, cryobiology, embryology, molecular biology, behavior, and assisted reproduction. Staff scientists have pioneered important concepts in reproductive biology for threatened and endangered species and created new conservation tools, including new approaches for noninvasive monitoring of hormone profiles; artificial insemination; implementation of a "mobile laboratory research" unit; and databases to track cryopreserved biomaterials.

Interns will receive research training under the supervision of laboratory and research staff. Work will entail lab-based research, record keeping, data analyses, and data presentation. Research activities may include noninvasive hormone monitoring and monitoring animal behavior.

Species studied include cheetah and fishing cat.

Project Activities

  • Cataloging research samples
  • Cataloging and inventorying supplies
  • Laboratory management including cleaning, restocking, and preparing materials
  • Assisting in ongoing endocrine and gamete biology research
  • Summarizing data and data analyses

Qualifications and Abilities

  • Completion of at least three years of undergraduate coursework in related field of study, including at least two laboratory-based courses.
  • Candidate should be efficient, organized, and possess strong computer skills.
  • Organizational skills that can be applied to supply management and inventory
  • Must be able to travel to and from internship site or fly into Dulles International Airport

Term of appointment/Application Deadline

This is an ongoing internship. Interns may start at any time and work for five months or longer from November 2013 through March 2014.


This unpaid internship is available at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Credit for participation is dependent upon university’s requirements and approval. Appointees are responsible for personal health insurance and all living expenses.


Onsite dormitory-style housing will be provided free of cost

To Apply

Go to https://solaa.si.edu to create an account in the Smithsonian On-Line Academic Appointment System. Go to Internship Opportunities section and submit application materials to the National Zoological Park Internship Program. When completing the application, select the project “SCBI-Center for Species Survival.”

Application materials must include:

  • A cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and career plans including the learning objectives of participation in this internship
  • A current resume
  • Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  • Two letters of recommendation

Questions about this internship should be directed to fazioj@si.edu.