The Cary Institute provides the following list of potential projects. We also encourage students to contact Cary scientists and other staff for internship projects that are developed by the student and performed under the mentorship of a Cary employee.

To solicit an internship, please submit an email with a cover letter to the intended mentor explaining your interest in their work and how your project might fit in with their program.

A Cary intern will have the opportunity to receive training and professional development in the field of study in which the internship is based. The Cary Institute views credit-bearing internship arrangements as a 3-way partnership in which the student develops professional skills, the college provides credit and the Cary Institute acts as mentor for the development of those skills through the completion of an internship project. 

Library and Archives Internship Projects


Data Curation/Management Intern

The student will work with the Director of Information Services on research data management projects. The student will also have the flexibility to work with staff scientists and data managers on a variety of data and statistical projects.

The student will gain experience working with scientific data, using data management tools and statistical software, performing statistical analyses and working with structured metadata.

Availability: Summer 2019 (schedule and hours TBD)
Accommodations: On site housing is available and may be subsidized.

This internship will allow the student some flexibility. The student will:
• assist staff scientists and data managers with specific data projects & statistical analyses
• organize and prepare data or other research outputs for ingest in the data repository
• work with tools that facilitate structured metadata,
The student will report to Amy Schuler, Director of Information Services.

The candidate should:
• have experience working with scientific or technical data
• have excellent organizational skills
• be able to work independently and communicate clearly
• be familiar with common office applications (e.g. spreadsheets)

Background in environmental science, familiarity with databases, and experience using R statistical software or an equivalent would be useful.

This is an unpaid internship, but we will work with academic institutions to provide credit for the internship.

Contact: Amy Schuler at


The student will work with the library director to assess institutional archive collections (maps, historical papers) for conservation needs and possible digitization. The student will create Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids for key collection(s).

The student will gain experience evaluating archival collections for digitization, creating standardized archival finding aids, and working with open source information systems.

Upon completion of the internship, the student will be expected to complete a written report summarizing all findings and workflows for EAD finding aids, and recommendations for other archival collections.

This is an unpaid internship, but we will work with academic institutions to provide credit for the internship.

Contact: Amy Schuler at

Wildlife Ecology/Sustainability Internships


White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management

Availability: Ongoing, spring and fall semesters
Renumeration:  Unpaid position with the expectation the intern will receive credits through his/her school

Browsing by overabundant deer can degrade plant communities and cause declines in animal populations that use those habitats.  Protection of our forested ecosystems from excessive browsing by deer is one of the priority management goals for the Cary Institute property.

The White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management Intern will assist the Manager of Field Research and Outdoor Programs with aspects of the Institute's deer management program. The intern will gain field experience monitoring deer and other wildlife using trail cameras. Data collection and management experience will be gained by downloading and organizing photos/videos, recording animal incidence and behavior data from photos/videos, and related tasks.

Depending on the time of year, the student may also be involved in other aspects of deer management such as field surveys quantifying deer browsing of trees or oversight of our annual controlled deer hunt.

This internship is most suitable for a student in biology, wildlife biology, conservation/environmental sciences, or related field who is interested in gaining real-world experience with wildlife ecology and management.

The student must be able to hike to remote parts of the property and work outdoors under adverse conditions such as in inclement weather and around insects and poison ivy.  The student should be willing to learn to use a GPS, trail cameras and computer programs including spreadsheets. The student must have a valid driver's license.

We will work with academic institutions to provide credit for this unpaid internship. Scope of the internship can vary depending on college requirements and the number of credits the intern would like to earn.

Contact: Mike Fargione at

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