The Public Engagement program at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is seeking an intern to participate in our Orchids in the Classroom program. Orchids in the Classroom is a citizen science project where middle and high school students conduct research in their classrooms to improve orchid conservation efforts. Interns will be involved with lab work and in-class educational activities. Specifically, the interns will participate in 1) teacher training programs, 2) creating protocols and training materials, including making instructional videos, 3) preparing experimental materials, including lab work to prepare and create orchid germination plates, and 4) managing and analyzing student collected data.

Competitive applicants will have prior lab experience, strong communication skills, and a demonstrated interest public engagement in STEM and K-12 STEM education.

This is a paid, full-time, 16-week internship ($550/week). Portions of the internship may be completed remotely. Any on-site work will take place on the SERC campus in Edgewater, Maryland. No on-site housing is available. If interns are able to find appropriate housing in the area, travel reimbursement is available.

We expect a start date in late August. The specific start date will be agreed upon when the candidate has been chosen. Members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply please email a resume and cover letter to Dr. Alison Cawood ( and Ms. Cosette Larash ( For any questions, please contact Dr. Cawood.