Internship Opportunities

2018 Summer Intern Noah tests a submarine in Lake Tahoe

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is dedicated to research, education and public outreach on lakes and their surrounding watersheds and airsheds. Lake ecosystems include the physical, biogeochemical and human environments, and the interactions among them. The Center is committed to providing objective scientific information for restoration and sustainable use of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

TERC has two facilities in Lake Tahoe. The main office and lab space is located in Incline Village, NV, while a recently renovated field station is used by researchers and staff in Tahoe City, CA. Prospective interns would work primarily out of the Incline Village facility and conduct field work (depending on availability) in the Tahoe basin.

Potential and Example Internship Opportunities listed below:

Metaphyton Measurements

Assist researchers in quantifying areas of Lake Tahoe that are impacted by metaphyton.

Web Interface Design

Work with TERC researchers to develop a new web interface for meteorological data.

App Development

Work with a team from TERC to develop a Citizen Science App to assess the condition of lakes in the south of Chile.

Data Analytics

Analyze citizen science data and learn what people like and dislike about Lake Tahoe

Sediment Transport

Work with TERC researchers to measure the impact of boating on the clarity of Lake Tahoe.

Chemistry Lab

Analyze lake and stream water samples for nitrogen and phosphorus and measure fatty acid content of algae using Gas Chromatography.

Forest Ecology

  • Assist in assessing how forest management influences carbon dynamics and forest health in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
  • Field studies will include: bark beetle monitoring, soil moisture measurements, sap flow yield collections, basic forest mensuration, carbon (above and below ground) and forest health.

Education and Outreach

  • Educate the public and special tour groups about the research conducted at Lake Tahoe at TERC’s education centers
  • Assist the education team in developing curriculum for environmental science programs for special events and field trips

How to Apply for an Internship:

Send the following documents to

  1. Cover letter - Specify area(s) of interest, availability to commence and finish work
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial College Transcripts
  4. Contact information for 3 references