Department of Biological Sciences

Career development opportunities

science labThis page contains information about internships, community engagement projects, seasonal jobs, and other positions that may be of interest to students who want to gain job-related experience prior to graduation. Check this page periodically for updates, and note that some opportunities have specific deadlines.



Community Engagement

4-H STEM Ambassadors, University of Southern Maine [recruitment at the start of every semester]



Internship: Idexx Laboratories [Deadlines vary depending on position]

Internships at Maine Medical Center Research Institute


  • Intellectual curiosity and an enthusiasm to learn
  • Willingness to commit 15 hours per week
  • Preference for students with some research experience, but experience is not required
  • Preference for students with junior or senior standing, but all are encouraged to apply


  1. Visit MMCRI web site to read about topics:

          Center for Molecular Medicine

          Lyme and Vector-Borne Disease Lab

  1. Prepare an application that includes the following:
  • A cover letter explaining why you’re interested in the internship, how it fits into your career goals, and identifying three MMCRI scientists you think you’d like to work with.
  • A CV or resume, including relevant laboratory skills and any previous research experience
  • Contact information (email address and phone number) for 2 references, one of whom is a STEM faculty member who emails a brief letter of reference directly to Dave Champlin
  • Submit your application electronically to Dave Champlin by Tuesday, March 6. Ask Dave if the deadline is an issue.
  1. Biology faculty and MMCRI researchers will screen applicants and schedule interviews with potentialinterns.

For more information: contact Dr. Dave Champlin

Funded interns will be paid $12/hr (~$5,400 total) through the Maine Economic Improvement Fund.

Seanet Internships

The University of Maine’s Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) is seeking 3-6 interns to work as a team at the Darling Marine Center (DMC) on various projects related to marine food web ecology, coastal oceanography and interactions with aquaculture in Maine estuaries. Full-time internships are available for 3 months, starting May 16th through August 24th (start and end dates are flexible). Additionally, ongoing part-time internships are available with the option to transition to full-time summer employment (dates and work schedules are flexible).

Interns will work on a variety of projects that examine the ecology of estuaries with an emphasis on how estuarine ecology and oceanography interact with aquaculture systems.

Interns will assist and lead projects related to (1) examining drivers of coastal acidification and seasonal cycles of productivity), (3) taking this understanding into the lab to examine acidification effects on aquaculture growing areas including climate-related properties (e.g., primary production in Maine estuaries (including nutrients, light, and grazing), (2) monitoring physical and biogeochemical conditions in aquacultured species,and (4) integrating this information with estuarine models that help aquaculturists and citizens make sustainable and profitable decisions about siting. Interns will assist with field collections of phytoplankton and zooplankton samples and measure physical variables in Damariscotta Estuary and Cobscook Bay. AAUS Scientific Divers and divers-in-training will help maintain moored field instruments by scuba diving at various field sites. Interns will gain both laboratory, field, and modeling experience in various sampling and processing techniques used in marine ecology and aquaculture research. Interns will also gain first-hand experience in experimental design.

Requirements: Students must be a registered undergraduate student at the University of Maine or another accredited institution. AAUS Scientific Diver certification or plans to enroll in the UMaine Scientific Diving course is preferred but not required. Interns will participate in field-based activities that may be physically demanding and require long hours outdoors. Further, interns will participate in sample processing which will include long hours spent filtering water samples and/or working at a microscope. Hourly rate up to $10.50/hour, commensurate with experience. Housing is available at the DMC for $740 month and housing scholarships are available. To apply send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Damian Brady.

Seasonal/Temporary Employment

Check back later for more postings.


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