Summer Internships

2024 Information and How to Apply  Available Below

About the Internship Program

The summer internship program at the Flathead Lake Biological Station provides undergraduate students (both UM and non-UM) the opportunity to work at an internationally recognized research facility with world-class scientists. Interns gain relevant work experience while living and working on the shores of beautiful Flathead Lake.

Internship opportunities are available from a range of academic disciplines including: chemistry, aquatic ecology, microbiology, technology, data modeling, website development, and educational outreach.

Internship Details

Internships run for 8 weeks from mid-June through mid-August, in parallel with the FLBS summer session. Internships are paid positions and include room and board. UM interns may receive course credit though UM’s internship program.

Position information and applications are typically available in December for the following year.

How To Apply

View each position flyer for details on how to apply.

Generally, UM students apply through the UM Handshake service. Non-UM students should contact FLBS directly.  

Current Student Positions

Undergraduate Internships

Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2024

Graduate Internships

The graduate internships are available to University of Montana students only

Application Deadline: Feb 19, 2024


Summer Session Assistant

We are also hiring a summer session assistant (SSA). The SSA is a non-internship position open to any college-age student. more information


Students gather by the lake at sunset

Summers at the Bio Station

 Microbial Ecology collects samples on Echo Lake

A Legacy of Ecological Education

The Bio Station opened for students and researchers in 1899 distinguishing FLBS as one of the first biological stations in the United States to offer field courses. While courses and faculty have changed over the years, our commitment to high-quality, rigorous, field-based education remains the same as in those early years.  

By immersing yourself in real field station research and education, you position yourself to be more competitive in future endeavors, whether graduate school or your next job.


On the Shores of Flathead Lake

To ensure your summer is a rewarding experience, it is important you know several facts about FLBS before you arrive. FLBS is located on the east shore of Flathead Lake, about 85 miles north of Missoula, MT.

You can expect to meet a diverse group of people in an atmosphere of scholarly fun in the great outdoors.

In addition to summer students and faculty, there will be graduate students, research scientists and visiting investigators. The Biological Station also has a full-time research and maintenance staff of about 25 people who work here year round.

Collecting water samples by boat in Yellow Bay Gathering species count by microscope Demonstrating sample collection using a kicknet in a Flathead River side channel