Research Credits and Internships

Research Credit and Internships for Entomology Majors

ENTMLGY 4998    Undergraduate Research in Entomology    1 credit
ENTMLGY 4999    Research with Distinction    1 credit
ENTMLGY 4999H  Honors Research with Distinction 1 credit

The Entomology major requires hands-on experience through student internships. Internships are customizable by student interest.  While some students use research experience with entomology faculty as their internship, many students secure hands-on experiences outside the university through government agencies, non-profits, and private business and consulting firms. 

Student Assistant Jobs

Many Entomology faculty employ undergraduate students to develop lab skills and a passion for reseach. Lab experience may occur as part of of the major-required internship (unpaid), in research credits. However, many labs also hire undergrads as student research assistants (paid) to work in labs or research fields. Contact the faculty member directly to discuss internship or employment opportunities.

OSU Research Internship Program (ORIP) 

The 2023 application is now open! The CFAES Wooster Campus provides an annual summer research internship opportunity:

ORIP Student Oneli Basnagala at Entomology's Bug Zoo

Who: Graduating high school seniors and current underclassmen at college or university over the age of 18 by May 1, 2023

Where: CFAES Wooster Campus; 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691

When: May 15 - July 28, 2023

How: Apply Now!

The CFAES Wooster Campus provides an annual summer research internship opportunity for motivated graduating high school seniors and current underclassmen at college or university over the age of 18. Note that students are not required to attend OSU or have future intentions of attending OSU to participate in the program. The OSU Research Internship Program on the CFAES Wooster campus (ORIP) is tailored specifically to enhance student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Past ORIP participants have been involved in research ranging from bee abundance, to grapevine health and soil quality, to cross-reactivity of human coronavirus-specific antibodies. 

View 2022 ORIP Projects

Through laboratory and field research, interns receive a hands-on experience in data collection and analysis, project design, and scientific communication of results. College students may be able to use this research internship to meet an internship requirement at their school. They should confirm this with their academic advisors if they are interested.   

Requirements and Benefits: Throughout the duration of the 10-week program, interns will work with their mentors and the faculty advisor to write a report detailing their research topic, methods, and findings which will be due at the end of the program. Students will also be required to participate in a final symposium where they will give a 12-minute presentation on their summer research.

A core aspect of ORIP is networking, not only with faculty and professional students in your lab, but with the other participants of the program. To inspire this connectivity between interns, during the program, every Friday is reserved for ORIP participants to gather for a Lunch and Learn session. Attendance at each Lunch and Learn session is required unless otherwise approved by the faculty advisor. Lunch and Learn sessions allow time for interns to come together and share their experiences over the past week with one another over a meal, followed by a brief overview of an area of CFAES research or opportunities within our college presented by CFAES Faculty members, Postdoctoral Scholars, or Graduate Students. 

Participation in ORIP can increase student competitiveness for scholarships and admission to college and graduate or professional schools. Students are encouraged to explore the websites of the departments and faculty labs on the CFAES Wooster Campus that are doing research in their areas of interest and contact the lab directly before applying to the program. Please note that only CFAES Wooster-based faculty members are eligible to be faculty mentors, so double check that the researcher is located in Wooster before reaching out. On the application there will be an opportunity to indicate whether you have already communicated with a faculty member about ORIP, though this is not a requirement to apply for the program. If a student is chosen for ORIP and they have not connected with a potential faculty mentor, they will be matched with an available faculty mentor based on the student’s experience and interests.

Program Contact: Alexis Didinger
208 Research Services, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH 44691
Phone: (330) 462-6157