The Michigan Butterflies Project

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Increasing the monarch population through habitat restoration and education...

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We need interns!

The Michigan Butterflies Project is a year-round operation. We are looking for self-starters that are willing to work hard and have fun. We want to hear your ideas and thoughts. We value innovation. We are always looking for interns from a variety of disciplines (biology, education, communications, marketing, management, computer science, public relations, and others). Interns get paid the same amount as the Executive Directorónada. I donít get paid, and neither do the interns. We do this work because it is important. If you think youíre a good match for our organization, please email your resume and cover letter to

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Your duties will vary depending on the time of year. Since the development of the butterflies and their food sources go hand in hand, the interns will be responsible for helping with both. The intern may help with caring for nectar bearing plants as well as multiple varieties of milkweed. The intern may help with the indoor growing of these plants in the winter, plant them outside in the spring, prune them in the summer, or collect seeds in the fall. The intern may help with population control, controlling genetic diversity, and general care of the adult butterflies. All internships are unpaid.

Research Opportunities:

While a research project is not required, it is encouraged. Michigan Butterflies has many research interests. You may choose to pursue one of our interests, or propose your own novel idea.



If you decide to pursue this opportunity as a credit-bearing internship, you will need to get approval from your academic department prior to the start of the academic semester in which you wish to register for the internship.
We are looking for someone who is able to use their skills to maintain our operations at status quo, but willing to submit novel ideas to make improvements. Ability to work with people from all walks of life is required - varying ages, educational backgrounds, and educational disciplines. We require excellent written and verbal communication skills. You must be hard working, and able to work with and without supervision. You must have reliable transportation. You must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally.

Cool Extras:

Want some extra responsibility? Are you ready to be a leader? We select some interns to be team leaders or work on extra projects. What kind of projects? We partner with lots of organizations (park systems, schools, business, and others to collect data and restore habitat. We need team leaders to manage groups of volunteers during these events. We manage the monarch butterfly exhibit at John Ball Zoo. We choose two or three interns that will primarily work there all summer.

Butterfly Intern