Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group

TraitTrain internship in Bergen, Colorado and Chengdu

Are you a biology student who is interested in alpine ecology, vegetation science, functional traits and ecosystem ecology, and how climate change will affect alpine and/or high-latitude ecosystems? Then you are the right person for a research internship with TraitTrain. This internship will give you the chance to work in new fields and habitats, to learn important skills for a biologist such as data collection and analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving, plus you will get a glimpse of the day-to-day work of ecologists and possibly establish contacts for future jobs abroad.

A panoramic photo of western Norway landscape with wooded slopes, grazing pasture and distant snow-capped mountains
Panorama of western Norway
Aud Halbritter

Our research groups at the University of Bergen (Norway), the University of Arizona (USA), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chengdu, China) enlist the help of 2–3 student interns each summer to assist with various research projects. These internships typically run between 1 and 3 months throughout the summer field season (June–August). More information about the three internship opportunities can be found here:

Western Norway TraitTrain in alpine grasslands or coastal heathlands

Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in Gothic, Colorado

Gongga Mountain, China

Interns will work both in the lab and field. You will gain a range of experiences by assisting with vegetation monitoring, collecting ecologically relevant data (measuring soil moisture, sampling biomass), processing field samples in the lab (e.g. weighing biomass, measuring traits), data management and much more.


You need to be a bachelor or master student in biology or a related subject. Students at the University of Bergen, The University Center in Svalbard, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, University of Arizona, University of British Columbia, Institute for Mountain Hazards and Environment in Chengdu, and University of Minnesota will be prioritised in the selection process.

The TraitTrain internship application deadline is 31st March 2019

To apply, please send a cover letter along with your CV and the names and contact information for two professional and/or academic referees to the respective project leaders (see project pages listed above). All the travel costs and living expenses (lodging and a per diem) will be covered by the TraitTrain project.