Undergrad/Post-bacc Opportunities

Job Boards

For those who are looking for short-term or long-term job opportunities relating to research, here are some awesome job boards with postings from a diversity of labs! Check regularly for new postings:

Texas A & M: http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/job-board/

Society for Conservation Biology: http://www.conbio.org/professional-development/scb-job-board

Animal Behavior Society : https://groups.google.com/a/animalbehaviorsociety.org/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/absnews

Behavioral Ecology of African Mammals (ZOL 490) through MSU

This intensive 3-week summer field course focuses on the behavioral ecology of African mammals in their natural habitat. This course will offer students a unique opportunity to learn about the cultures of Kenya particularly the indigenous Maasai who inhabit the areas surrounding the Mara.  The BEAM course was started by Dr. Kay Holekamp in 1999 and has been a success since then. This is an MSU course but students from all universities are welcome. Applications for the Summer are due in January. Please contact me if you would like more info!


BEAM students checking out a recent immoblization by the Mara Hyena Project team

US Fulbright Program

This is an AMAZING opportunity for college grads interested in being a “US cultural ambassador.” You get paid to do independent scholarly research or teach English abroad for 1 year in a foreign country. It’s truly a transformative experience that I can’t promote enough! To get started, check your home institution for due dates and internal applications process.

MSU-specific info : http://www.isp.msu.edu/funding/fulbright.htm

General info: http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org/

Posing with my lovely students at Yeongheung High School in Mokpo, South Korea.

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History  & National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Fantastic summer internships available for those interested in natural history and collections, and zoo management and research!



Beyond happy to hold a pangolin from the Smithsonian’s collection. Thanks to the amazing Dr. Kris Helgen!