|SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station at Cooperstown|
Internships Available for High School & College Students
Research at the Biological Field Station (BFS) is sponsored by the local community, various governmental and private agencies, and the BFS itself. Most of the work is used in decision making regarding the management and protection of our local natural resources. Research teams made up of faculty, staff, selected graduate and undergraduate college students, and high school students focus on specific areas of concern such as water quality monitoring, fisheries management, biological control studies and surveys.
College level internships require 10 weeks of participation, 5 days a week, 8AM to 4PM. High School internships last 9 weeks and also run 5 days a week, 8AM to 4PM. All students participating in an internship are responsible for organizing and executing a project. Upon completion of this project a report, relevant to the work and suitable for publication in the BFS Annual Report, must be submitted. Assistance in the preparation of the report will be provided. Often groundwork and data collection requires the support of other interns. Working as a team is one of the beneficial and enjoyable aspects of our program. To see summaries of some recent student projects check the Current Projects page.
If you have questions about the specific internships listed below, contact the BFS at (607)547-8778. FAQs related to the internships can be found here: FAQs
Program Information: click the links below for more information about our internships.
Stipends for Summer Work:
Interns can earn an incentive of an additional $250.00 that may be awarded pending the timely submission of a report suitable for publication in the BFS Annual Report. (Thus, High school interns can earn $2,000 and Undergraduate Interns can earn $3,000.)
A successful candidate must 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. They should be prepared to present PowerPoint updates on their research over the summer. They are expected to summarize their work in a technical report, to be included in the BFS Annual Report. All these criteria will be considered in the final evaluation of interns.
F.H.V. Mecklenburg Conservation Fellowships: Available to high school students. Named in honor of the founder of the Otsego County Conservation Association. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Sponsored by BFS.
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 waste water treatment facility. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Sponsored by the Village of Cooperstown.
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 to docks and fueled, weekly checks of crankcase oil levels and running gear (research gears aboard, lines and mechanicals).
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.
Housing and transportation are not included in these internships. If you would like to inquire about the possibility of staying on the Oneonta campus, you will need to make arrangements with the summer program.
Last updated: January 17, 2013