The Montana Institute on Ecosystems (IoE) Workforce Development Undergraduate Internship Program is accepting proposals for research projects in ecosystem science from undergraduate students at the University of Montana and affiliate schools, Montana Tech and Western. Internships will be awarded for work in environmental areas with a priority for working on projects that focus on one of the following IoE/MT EPSCoR research areas:
1) Environmental chemistry
2) Stream wetlands restoration
3) Wildlife biology aquatics
IoE workforce development engages the private sector, especially technology-based start-up companies, focused on green opportunities. It also connects students and faculty with partners in businesses, government, and non-government organizations in ways that are meaningful and substantive. The IoE science focus on climate change vulnerability requires increased efforts to advance climate science literacy, entrepreneurship and innovation in sustainable technologies. Better communication and discussion of Montana’s workforce necessitates information dissemination through online and face-to-face venues with students partnering with the business and technology-based sectors, state and federal agencies, and the non-governmental organization communities in sustained and meaningful ways. These efforts will make students more employable upon graduation, build sustainable and diverse partnerships, and provide new networking opportunities for faculty and students.
Undergraduate interns will be matched with “mentor” companies and will receive experience with hands-on application in the research area given above.
Funding for this internship program comes from the Montana NSF EPSCoR grant (subject to continued project funding); awards are subject to satisfactory adherence to all program rules and expectations.
The application process is open to undergraduates from UM and its affiliate college campuses (Montana Tech and Western). Only students who will not graduate before December 2014 are eligible to apply. Application and a letter of recommendation from either your undergraduate advisor or faculty that has mentored you in a research project are due by Thursday, April 10. Awards will be announced the end of April.