Internship opportunity for undergraduate students with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

I’m emailing you in regards to an internship opportunity for undergraduate students with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Bay Foundation is currently looking for a Grassroots Intern, listed on our website.

The intern would work with the Grassroots Coordinator in our Richmond office to engage diverse communities around water quality issues. This position would focus heavily on preparing for CBF’s Grasses for the Masses program, a citizen underwater grasses restoration program, organizing student volunteer activities, and conducting research to support our Blueprint efforts.

The intern would work for at least seven hours per week, and the position is unpaid. Applications must be turned into CBF’s Human Resources bySeptember 13, 2015 ( or to 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis MD 21403).

Please let me or our HR department know if you have any questions about the position. Moreover, please distribute this position to other academics as you see fit. I hope that we can have applications from at least a few of your students!

Have a wonderful week-

Blair Blanchette

VA Grassroots Coordinator

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

1108 E Main Street, Suite 1600

Richmond, VA 23219

804-780-1392 (w)

School of Dentistry Lab looking to recruit Undergraduates

Dr. Zhao Lin’s laboratory in the School of Dentistry is providing an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in the research projects related to bone regeneration. This position is to provide undergraduate students with experience of mentored research in biomedical sciences. It will also provide opportunities for them to learn the skills that are critical for a career in biomedical field, including literature appreciation, experimental designs, basic lab techniques, analysis of results and data presentation. We are also hoping that the exposure to medical and dental research in their education will help them to determine future career plan. The candidates should be highly motivated with a commitment to academic excellence.

Please contact Dr Zhao if you are interested.
Please send your CV/Resume and the times you are available to work on the project this semester.

Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP) is seeking interns for the Fall Semester

The Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP) is seeking interns for the Fall Semester to assist with a clinical trial examining toxicant exposure and electronic cigarettes.  The research assistant will preferably be in their junior or senior year, have prior research experience, and be able to volunteer 6-9 hours per week.  Duties include participant recruitment, data collection, entry, validation and reporting, literature searches, biological specimen collection and processing, etc.

Students will work independently as well as with other undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory to gain as much experience as possible throughout the semester. To the extent possible, we focus on developing in our research assistants the skills necessary for graduate school.

Interested students must be willing to commit to working in the laboratory for at least two semesters and for at least 6 hours per week. Applicants should be responsible, motivated, independent, team-oriented, and interested in the research.

If you would like to be contacted for an interview, please follow this link to our interest form:

If you have any questions, please call Parker at 804-628-7550.

VESA (Volunteer Eco Students Abroad) visiting VCU tomorrow!

See the message below from VESA!


VESA ( is a truly unique two week experience incorporating meaningful volunteer work and an Amazonian jungle tour in South America’s Ecuador, volunteering whilst staying with a host family, followed by an incredible week long cruise of the Fijian Islands or working in orphanages or in crocodile conservation in South Africa and Kwa-Zulu Natal followed by an amazing safari!

Where would you like to volunteer this year?

If you choose South America, you will be based in a picturesque Ecuadorian jungle village and commute daily via canoe to an indigenous community to undertake vital volunteer work. This includes helping to construct much needed facilities for the village school, teaching English and installing ablution facilities to give the villagers access to better health and hygiene! Your second week with us will see you trekking through the wild jungle of the Amazon Basin. Here you will see all manners of jungle life, stay in tribal accommodation & lodges, visit a shaman and top the trip off with an intense day of white water rafting!

south america vesa

If your choice is The Fijian Islands, you will be working alongside, a local non profit organization. Here, you will be staying with a local family in their village, working in the community helping to educate the children by teaching them English, as well as basic hygiene, building washroom facilities at the school as well as helping to construct water tanks and pipelines. Your second week of your trip will see you sailing up the picturesque remote Yasawa Islands. Every day will see you partake in a different activity, whether it be relaxing in your own private hammock, snorkelling/scuba with sea turtles, kayaking to a deserted island, or chilling on the beach with new mates, it’s a trip like no other!

fiji vesa

Or if your choose South Africa as your destination you will be working in the world heritage site of St. Lucia. This year we will be working alongside the local Zulu tribe; working in orphanages, teaching English, building houses for impoverished families and working alongside cheetahs and crocodile`s in our conservation projects. To top off your time in Africa, you will travelling by open air bus, visiting 3 game parks, sighting Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffe, Hyena, Zebras, Leopards, Hippos and Lions!

south africa vesa

Or finally if you choose South East Asia as your destination you will be staying in a remote elephant

Conservation centre in Laos, living and working alongside these magnificent creatures in a variety of projects such as building viewing and feeding platforms, rebuilding the hospital as well as working with local children refurbishing their schools and teaching basic English. To finish off you trip you will embark on an amazing cultural and adventure tour. You will spend your time visiting ancient temples, kayaking, biking, hiking, caving and loads more with all the new friends you have made!

south east asia vesa

If you would like to be a part of something incredible this summer, or would simply like more information we will be hosting information sessions at the following location:

When: Thursday, Aug 27 2015

Where: Canal Room, VCU student Commons, Level 2

@ 12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm 


Feel free to bring along any friends you feel might be interested in this opportunity.

If you can’t make the meeting please feel free to find out more information or apply online at Why not check out our Facebook group, Volunteer Eco Students Abroad to see what current participants have to say!