Interns play a valuable role in the development and implementation of initiatives vital to the mission of KBS. The KBS Internship Program provides part-time (20+ hrs/week) professional experiences for students in a wide range of disciplines.
All KBS internship positions provide a generous stipend plus FREE room and board at KBS!
To complement the internship learning experience, interns are required to take a course at KBS and participate in weekly professional development seminars during the summer. Please note that interns are responsible for covering their MSU tuition for the course(s) taken.
Check out what Lindsay Mensch (MSU, Professional Writing/English) had to say about her KBS internship experience!
If you have questions about the program or application process, please email KBSsummer@kbs.msu.edu.
Important Program Details
Interns work with their mentor to come up with an individualized Learning Plan for the summer, attend weekly professional development seminars, and you may also complete a portfolio-worthy project.
At the end of the summer you will develop a professional poster and “elevator speech” about your KBS internship experience to be presented at the annual KBS Undergraduate Symposium, and/or write a professional blog post that will be shared on our KBS blog.
This program is 12 weeks long and will run from May 15-August 4, 2017 (students are expected to arrive on-site by 9am Tuesday, May 15th and depart Saturday, August 4th).
Internships are typically part-time (20+ hours/week) to accommodate your KBS course load. Hours typically increase closer to full time during the session you do not have a KBS course commitment. Specific work hours will be arranged with your mentor.
As part of your learning experience you are required to enroll in a summer field course at KBS. Interns are responsible for paying for the MSU tuition associated with their course(s). Please contact the MSU Office of Financial Aid if you will need summer financial aid.
$2500 stipend + FREE housing at KBS + FREE meals*
*Lunch: M-F & Dinner: M-Th.
Intern housing is equipped with full kitchens so students have the ability to prepare meals on their own. Our Resident Mentors also facilitate group meals/BBQs on evenings when the Conference Center is not serving dinner.
Learning Plan & Professional Development:
All Interns will work through the I@S program and develop a Learning Plan with their mentor that outlines specific learning goals for the Internship. KBS offers a variety of Professional Development seminars throughout the summer designed to provide Interns with essential professional skills. ***Attendance of designated Professional Development seminars is required.
You may click HERE for detailed student info and the required forms for the Internships @ State (I@S) Program.
Summer Internship Info & Forms
Summer 2018 Internship Positions
Avian Care Internship – Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
Mentors: Sara Bäby (Avian Caretaker) & Lisa Duke (Sanctuary Manager)
Communications & Media Internship
Mentor: Bethany Bohlen (KBS Communications Coordinator)
Environmental Education Internship – Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
Mentors: Misty Klotz (Envi. Ed. Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator) & Lisa Duke (Sanctuary Manager)
Kellogg Farm Pasture Dairy Center Internship
Mentors: Howard Straub (Dairy Center Manager) & Dr. Brook Wilke (Farm Manager)
Manor House Farm-to-Table Resourcing Internship
Mentor: Jim Allen (Conference Center Manager)
Science Education Internship
Mentor: Kara Haas (Science Education & Outreach Coordinator)
See below for special internship opportunities at KBS with MSUE (Michigan State University Extension). MSUE sponsored internships are FULL TIME (at least 40 hrs/week), and you must apply using the position number through MSU’s Handshake. If you would like to take a field course at KBS in conjunction with your internship, please visit our courses page to fill out an online course application!
How to Apply
Applications are now closed, please check back in December for Summer 2019 opportunities!
What will you need?
- A PDF of your current resume
- A PDF of your transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)
- A list of all college-level courses you have completed relevant to the internship you are applying for
- Contact information for at least one reference
- A well-written statement of interest that highlights how this experience will enhance your learning and career goals
- Please DO NOT apply separately for KBS courses unless you intend to take courses at KBS even if not selected for the program.
Applicants must be enrolled as college students during Spring/Summer 2018. Preference for internship positions is given to MSU students.