Through a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site grant, 10 internships are offered every year. Additional internships are also offered for alumni of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s College First program. These are 10-week full-time (40 hours per week) paid internships.
Due to COVID-19, the exact structure of the internship program this year remains unclear. However, the Chicago Botanic Garden REU program will provide funding for any relevant and/or necessary costs associated with travel, housing, or other costs incurred during the internship. This compensation would be in addition to the $5,750.00 stipend.
Program mentors include faculty and graduate students from the Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation (PBC), and occasionally mentors from other partner internships. Projects typically involve fieldwork and laboratory work in the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, which provides participants access to innovative resources for their research.
NOTE: Every year we also welcome a number of interns that participate in our program with outside funding, or on a volunteer basis.