Internships

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Internships Available for High School & College Students

Undergraduate internships are open to individuals enrolled in an undergraduate program of study at the time of application. The number of positions available varies from year to year based on faculty involvement and funding; 6-10 students are selected to participate in this summer program.

Applications for Summer 2019 are now being accepted!

To apply, complete and submit the online application form. You must also arrange for two individuals to submit Recommendation Forms in support of your application. In order to be considered for the program, your complete application package (application form plus 2 recommendations) must be received by the deadline of March 1st.

Please note - you will not be able to save your responses and return to the form at a later time to continue. You might consider drafting long answers in a word processing program, which you can then copy and paste into the form fields.

Application Information

High school internships are open to New York State residents age 16 or older as of June 20th. The number of positions available to High School students varies from 1-3 depending on funding for a given year. At least one position will be filled by a resident of Otsego County, NY and so in the case that only one position is available, we are required to choose an Otsego County resident if a suitable candidate exists. Students from locales outside of Otsego County are absolutely encouraged to apply, but should be aware of this potential restriction AND must be prepared to arrange housing for themselves.

Applications for Summer 2019 are now being accepted!

To apply, complete and submit the online application form. You must also arrange for two individuals to submit Recommendation Forms in support of your application. In order to be considered for the program, your complete application package (application form plus 2 recommendations) must be received by the deadline of April 12. The links below will take you directly to the online forms.

Please note - you will not be able to save your responses and return to the form at a later time to continue. You might consider drafting long answers in a word processing program, which you can then copy and paste into the form fields.

Application Deadline for High School Students is Friday, April 12 2019

Housing is not currently available at the BFS for high school students; please consider this before applying for an internship if you are not within commuting distance of the SUNY Oneonta Campus or the Biological Field Station (north of Cooperstown, NY). For more general housing and transportation information, see our FAQ's below.

Summer Internship in Field Biology and Environmental Monitoring

Undergraduate internships are open to individuals enrolled in an undergraduate program of study at the time of application. The number of positions available varies from year to year based on faculty involvement and funding; 6-10 students are selected to participate in this summer program.

Applications for Summer 2019 are now being accepted!

To apply, complete and submit the online application form. You must also arrange for two individuals to submit Recommendation Forms in support of your application. In order to be considered for the program, your complete application package (application form plus 2 recommendations) must be received by the deadline of March 1st.

Please note - you will not be able to save your responses and return to the form at a later time to continue. You might consider drafting long answers in a word processing program, which you can then copy and paste into the form fields.

Application Deadline for Undergraduate Students is Friday, March 1 2019

Additional Internship Information

Course Credit:

  • All internships include 1 semester hour of free undergraduate college credit
  • Additional credit hours may be available after faculty consultation (at intern's expense)

Housing & Transportation

Housing is not included, though short term housing housing may be available at the Field Station. There is a daily shuttle to and from the SUNY Oneonta Main Campus. If you would like to inquire about the possibility of staying on the Oneonta campus, you will need to make arrangements with the Office of Continuing Education as part of the summer session program. For more general housing and transportation information, see our FAQ's below:

HOUSING: Although we have plans to eventually have dormitories available for intern use, we currently do not; limited short term temporary housing is available. In some cases, interns from out of town have made personal arrangements for housing with local landlords; some have looked into housing availability on the main campus of SUNY Oneonta. Housing on campus can be arranged independently of the BFS by contacting the Office of Continuing Education on the main campus. There is a cost for the room and board on campus – this information is available from on the Summer Session website; Office of Continuing Education staff will be able to best answer any questions you may have regarding availability and costs.

There are a few housing options open for college interns which range from relatively comfortable to somewhat primitive in condition. Availability of these options is limited. Contact the BFS with inquiries.

TRANSPORTATION: Weekdays, the BFS provides a shuttle which leaves from SUNY Oneonta campus promptly at 7:15 from the parking lot across from the MOC Service Building on Ravene Pkwy, arriving at BFS for the 8:00am meeting. The shuttle returns to the SUNY Oneonta campus at the end of the workday (4:00pm). The field station is located about 45 minutes away from Oneonta.

COSTS: The Biological Field Station offers one semester hour of college credit for each intern that is accepted into our program. This one credit will be paid for by the BFS. An intern can opt to take up to three (3) semester hours worth of credit for the summer experience. Any additional credits above the one offered by BFS must be approved by the Director and must be paid for by the intern.

DATES: A college internship lasts for 10 weeks. A high school internship lasts 9 weeks. It is expected that each accepted intern stays the entire length of the internship. There is flexibility regarding when the internship begins and ends. Most interns have opted to start their internship within a week or two of the ending of their semester/school year. Workday begins with a group meeting promptly at 8am and concludes at 4pm each day. Certain projects may require occasional alternate hours (measuring stream discharge during storm events, 24-hour fish tracking, hydroacoustic surveys, etc.).

PROJECTS: Most of the projects undertaken by the summer interns are involved with the continued monitoring of Otsego Lake and the Susquehanna watershed that the BFS routinely carries out. You can read some of the reports prepared by some of our past summer interns on our website, http://bfs.oneonta.edu, under the publications tab. Intern reports are published in our Annual Report each year. Sometimes an independent project is worked on as well. Independent projects need the Director’s approval. Availability of support faculty will factor into whether a project is accepted. Water quality and biota are major components of our work. One is intimately dependent upon the other. Often interns have an affinity for one above the other; this is a major consideration when choosing a project.

Fellowships for Summer Research:

  • High school interns receive: $1,750
  • Undergraduate interns receive $2,750

An incentive of an additional $250.00 may be awarded pending the timely submission of a report suitable for publication in the BFS Annual Report. (Thus, High school interns may receive $2,000 and Undergraduate Interns $3,000.)

Successful candidates have a strong academic background in environmental or natural sciences. They must be self-motivated and willing to work effectively as team members under a variety of environmental conditions. Applicants should be prepared to present PowerPoint updates on their research over the summer, summarize their work in both a large-format poster and write a detailed technical report of their research, to be included in the BFS Annual Report. These criteria will be considered in the evaluation of applicants.

Scholarship Descriptions

F.H.V. Mecklenburg Conservation Fellowships: Available to high school students. Named in honor of the founder of the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA). Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Sponsored by BFS.

The village of Cooperstown (Susquehanna River) Internships: Available to high school students. The purpose of this internship is to monitor water quality in the upper Susquehanna River to assure that the river can safely assimilate effluent from the wastewater treatment facility. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Sponsored by the Village of Cooperstown.

The OCCA W.N. Harman Biological Field Station Internship: This internship is awarded to an undergraduate college student. They become involved in a wide diversity of research projects. Responsibilities vary accordingly.

Biological Field Station Internships: These internships are awarded to undergraduate college students from SUNY Oneonta with majors in biology and the environmental sciences. They become involved in a wide diversity of research projects. Responsibilities vary accordingly.

Rufus J. Thayer Otsego Lake Research Assistantships: Available to college undergraduates with the background necessary to conduct research on the character and water quality of Otsego Lake. Project responsibilities include assuring for the smooth operation, equipment functioning and cleanup of the analytical laboratories in which they work on a daily basis.

Robert C. MacWatters Internships in the Aquatic Sciences: This is for college undergraduates who have an interest or background in fisheries biology and want to work on some aspect of Otsego Lake fisheries management. Priority is given to students from the Fisheries and Wildlife Technology program at SUNY Cobleskill. Project responsibilities include assuring boats are properly secured and fueled, weekly checks of crankcase oil levels and running gear (research gears aboard, lines and mechanicals).

Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) Biological Field Station Internships: Interns selected for this internship are involved in a variety of research projects, based in part on interests of the OCCA. Responsibilities vary accordingly but include a presentation to OCCA Board of Directors.

Otsego Land Trust (OLT) Biological Field Station InternshipsInterns selected for this internship are involved in research projects related to the interests of the OLT, usually on OLT properties. Responsibilities vary accordingly.

The Peterson Family Conservation Trust Internship: Internships are awarded to undergraduate college students to support survey work at Greenwoods Conservancy near Burlington, NY. Project responsibilities include trail maintenance responsibilities on all BFS lands, typically working with staff and their peers at pre-assigned intervals.

Additional Internships: On an annual basis a number of internships may be awarded to meet additional sponsorship requirements. Contact the BFS Director to ascertain their status.

Contact

Main Laboratory
5838 State Hwy 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547-8778
Fax: 607-547-5114

THAYER FARM COMPLEX
Lakeside Farm & 
Upland Interpretive Center 
7027 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY
(physical address)

Thayer Boathouse
7016 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY

Rum Hill
Thurston Hill Rd.
Springfield, NY

Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary
7290 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY

Greenwoods Conservancy
824 Zachow Rd.
Hartwick, NY 13348

Upper Research Site
Averill Rd.
Cooperstown, NY