Internships and Current Opportunities

  • UCSC Undergraduate Internship Office (for all majors)
    The UCSC ENVS internship office provides internship opportunities at a variety of local, state, national and international organizations. These organizations and businesses include educational, agricultural, non-profit, for-profit, government and non-government internship positions. Many of our more than 120 internships can be found on the Available Internships page.
  • Norris Center for Natural History Internships

    The Norris Center often hires up to 20 UCSC students for internships. Internships range from curating museum specimens, to resurveying UCSC Natural Reserve properties. All internships are run through the ENVS internship office. Senior research projects are also available. 

  • Campus Natural Reserve Internships

    The Campus Natural Reserve office manages over 400 acres of habitat around the UCSC campus. CNR hires dozens of undergraduate interns each quarter for a variety of projects. The majority of interns work with the Forest Ecology Research Plot or Continuous Forest Inventory projects, where they work to learn forestry and ecology skills while measuring trees on Upper Campus. Other internships include campus stewardship, small mammal trapping, and many more. 

  • The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History seeks a nature enthusiast with a passion for education to intern with the museum’s education programs. Interns gain experience in outdoor, environmental, and science education while helping connect Santa Cruz children to the natural world and build environmental literacy. 
  • Oikonos Año Nuevo Island Seabird Research and Conservation Internship 

    Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge is seeking two highly motivated interns to work with our seabird conservation science project at Año Nuevo Island, California. Año Nuevo Island is a seabird and marine mammal refuge just north of Santa Cruz. We annually monitor the ecology of breeding seabirds on the island, and enhance degraded breeding habitat for nesting Rhinoceros Auklets, Cassin’s Auklets, and other seabirds. Interns will work with our small crew during weekly field trips to Año Nuevo Island, collecting data on population, reproduction, and diet of various seabird species. This is a unique opportunity to learn skills such as bird banding and handling, scientific monitoring, habitat restoration, and the natural history of marine wildlife in Monterey Bay, in a hands-on, wild field setting.