Internship Program

Illinois undergraduate and graduate students can gain valuable field, laboratory, and research experience through the joint U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and National Institutes for Water Resources internship program. Selected interns receive a year of funding to work on research projects related to ongoing USGS Illinois Water Science Center efforts.

Internships are created on a case-by-case basis and are typically formed through collaborations between university researchers and staff at the Illinois Water Science Center. Students attending any Illinois college or university are eligible for the program.

Interested students should contact Lisa Merrifield for more information on the program and the application process.

Recent Intern Project

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Tatiana Garcia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As part of her PhD project, Tatiana worked with University of Illinois’ Marcelo Garcia to develop a computer simulator that uses information on water temperature, flow, and depth to determine whether Asian carp could successfully reproduce in a specific waterway. The Fluvial Egg Drift Simulator, a.k.a FluEgg, allows natural resource managers to focus prevention efforts on rivers and streams where invasive carp are more likely to spread.