UF/IFAS supports scientific curiosity with undergraduate research internship program

The UF/IFAS Dean for Research office supports scientific curiosity among College of Agricultural and Life Sciences undergraduate students. Over 70 students participate a paid research internship program every year, partaking in projects ranging from surveying sea turtle nests to improving golf course sustainability.

Girl in blue shirt kneels by a sea turtle nest and takes notes with a clipboard.
Research intern conducting sea turtle nest surveys at Cape San Blas, Florida. Photo Credit: UF/IFAS Photography


As research interns, these students have the chance to develop their research skills and expand their professional network. Interns develop a relationship with their faculty mentor, participate in the discovery of new knowledge, and create lasting impacts for local and global communities. The experience these interns receive not only bolsters their resume, but also introduces them to career options in academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

Previous interns have glowing reviews about their experiences and their successes after the program. Interns have co-authored publications, landed graduate school or other research lab positions, and discovered a passion for an area of science they never knew existed.


Two researchers in white lab coats lean over tubes and pipettes.
Chelsea Smartt working with a research intern at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Vero Beach. Photo Credit: UF/IFAS Photography


Funding for this program comes from the UF/IFAS Dean for Research office, but anyone can help support the Path to Pioneers Initiative and provide more internship opportunities to even more students.





The research mission of UF/IFAS is to discover new scientific knowledge, encourage innovative study, and create applications based on sound science that address challenges facing agriculture, natural resources, and interrelated human systems in Florida, our country, and around the world. The UF/IFAS Research enterprise represents the work of nearly 600 faculty members on the main campus in Gainesville, as well as 12 research and education centers and six demonstration sites across the state.

research.ifas.ufl.edu  | @UF_IFASResearch


Posted: January 20, 2024

Category: UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Internship, Research, Undergraduate

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