Mentors for Summer Internship Program 2015

Feb 27, 2015

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is accepting submissions for faculty mentors for the 2015 SESYNC Undergraduate Summer Internship Program. We seek mentors to provide research experiences for undergraduates related to environmental problems using approaches from the natural, computational, and/or social sciences. Research topics are determined by the mentor, but should be such that students obtain authentic research experience in a socio-environmental domain. The Internship Program will also offer weekly activities including seminars and field trips that will provide a rich experience for the students and will help them become more effective members of your research team. Interns are selected through a competitive process, and some of our interns have been recruited for ongoing research in their mentors’ labs.

Faculty mentors' labs or offices must be within commuting distance of University of Maryland, College Park.

To learn more about the Internship Program and experiences of a few former interns, please visit

Program Structure:

During the 10-week internship for undergraduates, interns will spend the majority of their time working with mentors at their respective offices or labs. Interns will also join their peers once a week for scheduled events, including seminars and field trips: these events will include trips to SESYNC facilities in Annapolis, and will vary in duration. The internship positions are full-time (40 hours/week) from June 8–August 14, 2015, and interns will be paid by SESYNC.

Selection of Interns:

Interns will be selected via a competitive application process with applications due February 27, 2015. SESYNC will match interns and mentors based on discipline/major and interests.

Becoming a Mentor:

Please complete the webform here by February 27, 2015, 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Potential mentors will be contacted during the matching process to discuss the fit between their proposed projects and internship candidates. Please note that matches are not guaranteed, and we have in the past had more mentors than available internship positions.

Goals for Internship Program:

  • To provide students with a research experience that also contributes towards the research goals of the mentor.
  • To enhance student understanding of the complex nature of socially relevant environmental problems.
  • To introduce students to research approaches used to address socio-environmental problems, particularly the synthesis approach.
  • To enhance student understanding of how scientific evidence may be used to inform decision-making and policy with regard to environmental problems.


Please contact Dr. Cynthia Wei at:

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minorities and Women are Encouraged to Apply

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