Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry Summer Internships: 2024

Microbial communities and processes underly the functioning of all ecosystem. Prof.
Rich is seeking undergraduate summer interns to work on microbial ecology and
biogeochemistry projects at the Darling Marine Center (DMC), on the mid-coast of
Maine. Students working in this internship will enhance their laboratory and field-
based research skills to advance their professional careers.

The summer interns will be working on studies of microbial communities and
processes in the marine environment at coastal field sites near the DMC. There are
two main projects happening in the lab that students may participate in this
summer: (1) understanding nitrogen cycling in coastal sediments and (2) examining
the effectiveness of kelp farming on carbon sequestration. The students will assist in
field sampling (SCUBA diving experience is a plus, but not required) and gain
laboratory training.

Qualifications include interest in microbial communities and processes,
demonstrated success in scientific courses, interest in working in the field and lab,
and previous research experience. Start date is mid-May to early June and end date
is mid to late August. This is a full-time (40 hours a week for 10 weeks) paid
position. Only students who will still be enrolled in their undergraduate degree
program in the fall of 2024 are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in applying to this opportunity please email Prof. Jeremy Rich
at jeremy.rich@maine.edu and Research Associate Sean O’Neill
sean.oneill@maine.edu the following materials:

  • a statement of your academic and research experience and interest in this
  • a copy of your undergraduate academic transcript (unofficial copy is
  • most current resume or CV
  • The names of 2-3 people who could serve as professional references

In your application, please label the subject line of your email:
DMC Rich lab summer 2024 internship application