Internships and Learning Opportunities for Students

UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences:  This summer Institute is for high school students interested in exploring the career of Pharmacy.  It is four days, not residential.  You can find the details and application information here:

Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute: This is an opportunity to study evolution and bioinformatics. Students conduct real experiments in real university laboratories and present their research at the end of the program.

Exploring Veterinary Science Program: This program is for students who are interested in a career in veterinary medicine and veterinary technology. The program includes hands-on activities, field trips and classes. It meets twice in a month during the school year.

D’Youville College Health Careers Opportunity Program: This is a 6-week summer enrichment program for high school students who have completed their junior year. Students will have the opportunity to learn about health and behavioral health professions. The program offers college preparation, health career exploration and field trips.

Exploring Engineering and Technology Program: This program is open to students who are interested in learning more about careers in the technology and engineering fields. Students work with professionals including: engineers, researchers, computer engineers, civil engineers etc. They also visit research labs and engineering firms.   The Engineering & Technology Career Exploring program is affordable with participation fees ranging from $15 to $25 per year.

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP):  This is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors.  It offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college because of its international connections. Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university faculty members and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.

Telluride Association Summer Programs are free.

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester:  UR holds this annual summer research program for high school students who have just completed their junior year. The eight-week program provides an exceptional opportunity for highly motivated students to experience scientific research in a realistic environment. Students who are accepted into the program are assigned to a research project and supervised by a staff scientist at the Laboratory. These projects form an integral part of the research program of the Laboratory and are related to the Laboratory’s 60-beam OMEGA laser, one of the world’s most powerful fusion lasers, and the OMEGA EP laser, completed in 2008. (Paid)

For more information:

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science College of Science- Rochester Institute of Technology:   This unique program offers a limited number of highly qualified juniors the opportunity to work side-by-side with world class scientists on a variety of imaging-related research projects. These unpaid internships give students the chance to get valuable hands-on experience in a real laboratory setting as contributing members of a research team. The internship program also provides an opportunity for interaction with other students from surrounding school districts who have similar interests and ambitions. Professional development activities, team building exercises, and at least one field trip are additional benefits. Participation in this program is free, and upon successful completion of research students are provided a certificate of completion as well as letters of recommendation.

Plant Genome Internship: High school summer students spend six to eight weeks working on plant molecular biology projects in one of twenty participating research laboratories. Once each week there are organized group activities, including faculty lectures, discussion sessions, and tours of Cornell research facilities. At the end of the summer, all of the interns present their results in the form of a poster at a summer student symposium. For participation in the program, interns will receive a modest stipend. The program does not provide on-campus housing.  Therefore, participating students must live within driving distance of Cornell University.

Buffalo Zoo Internships:
In cooperation with area colleges, universities and work-study programs, the Zoo offers students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the non-traditional setting of a working zoo. Student interns help to formulate objectives for their placement period that provide a personal, professional and academic challenge and supply needed services for the Zoo.

At this time the Buffalo Zoo DOES NOT allow volunteers to work with our animals. This policy benefits the safety and well being of our animals. If you are interested in getting up close with some of our animals please see our outreach programs in the education section.

For more information, call (716)837-3900 extension 132

Aquarium Internship:

The full-time Marine Mammal Care internship is designed for college students and recent college grads to gain experience with California sea lions and harbor seals.  Internships are also available for students Interested in Fish, Turtles, and Endangered Penguins. The Aquarium of Niagara’s full time Marine Mammal Care internship is designed for college students and recent graduatesCalifornia sea lions and harbor seals. Interns will work closely with animal training staff and.

  Must be currently enrolled in college or have recently graduated with a major in, animal science, Biology, Zoology, psychology, or related field  Have a serious interest in a career in marine mammal training  Able to work on a team, as well as function individually with little supervision  Must be able to afford housing and transportation  Able to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds, work on un-even and slippery surfaces, withstand temperatures of hot and cold, and sit/stand for long periods of time when necessary  Must be able to demonstrate a proficiency in public speaking and guest interaction

  Must be a competent swimmer and comfortable with cold, deep water (SCUBA certification is a plus but not necessary)

If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume to l

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Internship:

The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is looking for high school and college student interns to help coordinate the Youth Fishing Derby, staff the Visitors’ Center and assist the design and delivery of educational materials and programs. Dates for the internship are between March 14 – August 14, 2016. For information and application, see:


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at a Hospital

Kaleida Health Summer Student Volunteer Program: This program provides the opportunity to receive a first-hand view of health related careers while serving your community. You must be at least 15 years old and completed freshman year. The program takes place between July and August. You have four options for being a volunteer: Buffalo General Medical Center, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.


  • Must be at least 15 years old
  • Completed freshman year of high school

Application Requirements:

  • Working papers, which can be obtained at your high school office
  • Application with signed parental consent form
  • Volunteer Availability Form
  • Recommendation Form
  • In-Person interview
  • Mandatory orientation at the site where you will volunteer (dates to be determined)

Buffalo General Medical Center

100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact: Fr. Richard Augustyn
Phone: (716) 859-2603, Fax: (716) 859-1625

DeGraff Memorial Hospital

445 Tremont Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Contact: MaryBeth Kupiec
Phone: (716) 690-2088, Fax: (716) 690-2187

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

1540 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Contact: Kathy D. Gorski
Phone: (716) 568-3820, Fax: (716) 568-3832

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

818 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact: Martha L. Hickey
Phone: 323-2000


Volunteering at the Buffalo Museum of Science

Opportunities include planning annual fundraisers, creating databases, working on exhibits, and archiving materials in our research library.

Please consider volunteering in one of the following available categories:

  • Education Facilitator
  • Camp-In Assistant
  • Public Greeter
  • Tifft Nature Preserve

If you are 16 years of age or older– contact: Betsy Vazquez at

Erie County Medical Center Volunteer Program: If a high school student is interested in performing an internship, shadowing and/or observing in a medical field, he/she can contact the department first and check if the department is currently accepting students.


Aquarium of Niagara Falls Volunteer ProgramThe Aquarium’s volunteer program has been developed to offer a level of involvement beyond that of the average visitor. It provides a valuable opportunity to learn more about the Aquarium and its animal collection. Volunteer activities provide access to the Aquarium’s on-going education, conservation, training and research programs. This program is designed to benefit both the volunteer and the Aquarium.

If interested in volunteering to assist our facility in maintaining and caring for the diverse collection of aquatic creatures which call our facility home, please download the application here, completely fill it out and mail it to us.

You may call us at: (716) 285-3575 or 1-800-500-4609 ext. 209 /


Buffalo Zoo ZooCrew:
ZooCrew is a group of volunteers who help with promotions, special events, and fundraisers (age 14 and over). Please download and complete the application and return to the Zoo. After we receive your application and you attend a brief orientation, we will add you to our mailing list.  You will then receive our quarterly volunteer newsletter ZooCrew.

Download the Volunteer Application