Calling all plant enthusiasts! The Chicago Botanic Garden provides opportunities for undergraduates, recent college graduates and graduate studies!

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Calling all plant enthusiasts! The Chicago Botanic Garden provides opportunities for undergraduates, recent college graduates and graduate studies!. See details below!

Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads (REU):
The Chicago Botanic Garden welcomes undergraduates* interested in plant biology and conservation to apply to our REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation.
This 10 week internship program, offered from June – August 2017, provides undergraduate participants an opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields related to plant biology and conservation spanning genetic to ecosystem levels of inquiry. Interns work with a mentor to conduct an independent research project, participate in training and professional development programs, and present their results to a broad audience. Travel, room and board, and research costs are covered by the program. Participants also receive a $5,000 stipend. Application deadline is February 1, 2017. For more information, please visit our website at:
*You must be a current undergraduate student (enrolled spring and fall 2017) and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories to qualify for this internship.

Conservation and Land Management Internship Program – CLM:
Each year, the Conservation and Land Management Internship Program places 100-120 college graduates in five-month paid internships to assist biologists with our federal (BLM, NPS, FWS, FS, USGS and others) and non-profit partners. The majority of our internships have a heavy emphasis on botany. Interns assist in a wide variety of projects depending on the needs of their field office. Examples of projects include: collecting seed for restoration and conservation purposes, performing surveys for threatened and endangered species and habitats, and collecting data on species reintroduction and habitat management experiments.

As a CLM intern, you will receive a stipend paid every two weeks totaling $13,500 over 5 months and will attend an all-expenses paid week-long training workshop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In addition, the CLM Internship Program provides opportunities to make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations, to learn what it’s like to work at a federal agency, to explore your career goals and expand your resume.

Applications are due January 15th, but we encourage applicants to apply soon as we review applications on a rolling basis. For more information and to apply online, please visit:

Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation – CBG and Northwestern University:
The foundation of any terrestrial ecosystem is the plants and soil that other organisms
depend upon for food, shelter, and air to breathe. The world is currently confronted with
rapid changes due to global climate change, increases in invasive species and diseases,
and habitat fragmentation and these will all have significant impacts on the health,
survival, diversity, and distribution of the biota as we know it. The Chicago Botanic
Garden and Northwestern University jointly offer masters (thesis and internship based)
and doctoral degrees in Plant Biology and Conservation to train students to understand
and mitigate threats to biodiversity. Students gain a strong foundation in plant ecology,
evolution, and conservation. Doctoral and thesis master’s students can choose to
specialize in a variety of research areas. Students in the internship master’s program
can combine their graduate education with a CLM internship. Please visit our website for more information