Campus Pre-Professional Experiences  

If you are unable to find a paid internship, research experience, or part-time natural resources job right away, don’t give up. You can get additional experience on campus. Get to know faculty, graduate students, and staff. Go to office hours. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to be interested and enthusiastic. If you’re intimidated by face-to-face contact with a total stranger, give them a call or send them an email first. Scan through faculty websites and talk to teaching assistants and advisors to find out who is doing the kind of work that interests you. Then talk to those professors or graduate students to find out if they could use a volunteer on their research project. Again, it gets your foot in the door and is valuable experience.  

If you wish to earn academic credit for this experience, independent study (RNR 299, 399 and 499) or directed research (RNR 292, 392, or 492) units are for students working directly with university faculty either on or off campus. To enroll, fill out the independent study/directed research proposal form with your advisor for the project. 

Online Resources to Find Jobs & Internships 

Undergraduate Biology Research Program: This program provides paid opportunities for students to participate in self-directed biological related research in a lab with a faculty mentor. Student projects involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, and the presentation of experimental results. Program benefits include research training and acquiring the tools needed to be successful in post-graduate studies in biology through:

  • A full-time summer research apprenticeship, with the option to continue in the project part-time during the academic year
  • Weekly professional development sessions
  • Presentation of experimental results at the annual research program conference
  • Optional field trips, community service opportunities, and social events

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium: The Graduate College sponsors a consortium of eight summer undergraduate research opportunities that are collectively known as Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC). The application for UROC can be accessed  here  and the deadline is Feb. 1. The website offers brief descriptions of each program and eligibility criteria vary, so please read carefully. Program benefits include excellent research training and graduate school preparation through: 

  • An intensive 10-week research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor 
  • Professional development and graduate admission workshops 
  • A free professional GRE workshop and encouragement to take the GRE during UROC 
  • Social opportunities and a support network of like-minded peers 
  • Poster session, oral presentation, and abstract writing. 
  • Financial support includes 6 units of research credit for summer research and a $4000 stipend. 

Links to Jobs & Internship Listings 

Arizona Agencies and Organizations 

American Museum of Natural History 

P.O. Box 16553 

Portal, AZ  85632 


Apache-Sitgraves National Forest 

Lakeside Ranger District, 2022 W. 

Lakeside, AZ 85929 


Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch 

HC 1 Box 44 

Elgin, AZ 85611 


Arizona Department of Transportation 

1444 W. Grant Rd. 

Tucson, AZ 85745-1406 


Arizona Game and Fish, Region 5 

555 N. Greasewood Road 

Tucson, AZ 85745 


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 

2021 N. Kinney Road 

Tucson, AZ 85743-8918 


Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge 

P.O. Box 85633 

Sasabe, AZ 85633 


Bureau of Land Management 

12661 East Broadway 

Tucson, AZ 85748-7208 


Center for Biological Diversity 

P.O. Box 710 

Tucson, AZ 85702 


Chiricahua National Monument 

Dos Cabezas Route, Box 6500 

Willcox, AZ 85643 


Fort Huachuca Wildlife Office 

US Army Garrison, ATZS-ISB 

Sierra Vista, AZ 85613-6000 


Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans 

P.O. Box 249 

Lukeville, AZ 85341 


Mason Audubon Center 

8751 N. Thornydale 

Tucson, AZ 85742 


Native Seeds-SEARCH 

526 N. 4th Ave. 

Tucson, AZ  85705 


Organ Pipe Cactus National 

10 Organ Pipe Drive 

Ajo, AZ 85321-9626 


Saguaro National Park, Rincon 

3693 South Old Spanish Trail 

Tucson, AZ  85730 


Sky Island Alliance 

738 N. 5th Ave. Suite 201 

Tucson, AZ 85705 


Society for Ecological Restoration 

1955 W. Grant Road #150 

Tucson, AZ 85745 


The Nature Conservancy of Arizona 

1500 East Fort Lowell 

Tucson, AZ 85719 


The Nature Conservancy--Flagstaff 

2601 N. Fort Valley Rd., Suite 1 

Flagstaff, AZ 86001 


Water Department 

310 West Alameda St. 

Tucson, AZ 85701