UC Davis TERC is now accepting applications for the 2024 Internships for Scholars Program

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) has conducted research and monitoring of Lake Tahoe for over 50 years. Our Summer Internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to be a part of the research tradition.

TERC Interns will work as part of a team to conduct science research and to complete a specific project that will contribute meaningfully to the mission of TERC. As part of the eight-week internship, there will be weekly group meetings, seminars from environmental managers and scientists, instruction on lab and field safety, opportunities to explore Lake Tahoe and its surroundings, and a capstone presentation of research results to a public audience. Interns engage with and learn from environmental leaders in the Tahoe community and have the opportunity to attend the Annual Lake Tahoe Federal Summit, where State and Federal elected leaders convene at Lake Tahoe.

Specific research topics will be developed with mentors, but could include areas such as lake biology, microplastics, temperature stratification, lake nutrients, forest ecology, and science communication.

For more information and to see examples of previous summer projects, please visit the TERC website.

Are you interested in joining?

Internship Application Timeline

Applications close February 1, 2024.

Interviews scheduled by February 19-29.

Final Offers available March 15, 2024.

Expectations: A minimum of 32 hours/week, timing will be determined with a mentoring researcher. Adhering to an established work schedule. Attending all Program events (seminars, events, final poster presentations, etc.)

2024 Eligibility Information: Must be available June 25 – August 15. Minimum age requirement: 18. USA Citizenship or Permanent Residency.

To submit an application please send the following documents to antoy@ucdavis.edu.

  1. Cover letter – Specify career aspirations and potential project ideas
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial College Transcripts
  4. Contact information for 3 references

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