Student Internships


The summer internship program was established to give college students hands-on experience in multidisciplinary research and outreach activities. The program is primarily aimed at undergraduate students in their junior or senior year of study and has been conducted in collaboration with Francis Marion University.

The program is based out of Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center located near Florence, SC. As part of the program, the interns gain valuable experience in many aspects of agricultural research and assist scientists with research experiments, preparing for field days and scientific meetings, and writing proposals and publications. Students will have a chance to meet with the Agroecology scientists to discuss career opportunities within many agricultural disciplines. The interns work both independently and as part of a broad-based team. If desired, each intern can also work on a research project in an area of his/her interest.

For additional information on the Agroecology Internship Program, please contact: Dr. Jim Frederick 843-669-1912 ext. 228


2002 Summer Intern

Cristal Robbins

Major: Biology

Independent Research: Population study of freshwater turtle species in Dargan's Pond. This includes regular trapping and microchipping, plus recording of morphometric data. Cristal is establishing a data base, and will pursue data analysis.
(Above) Dargan Pond is located in Darlington County, SC and is managed by Clemson University and SCDNR. (Left) Cristal and research supervisor Peter King (Francis Marion University) identify and microchip a resident of the pond (above).


2001 Summer Interns

Frank Oliver

Major: Biology with Environmental Emphasis

Independent Research: Continuing research started at Francis Marion University on Neotoma floridana, the Eastern Woodrat. The Neotoma floridana is the largest native rat species, and is used by the USDA as a Management Indicator Species (indicator of the health of its ecological community) in certain areas.
Neotoma floridana, the Eastern Woodrat
(left) Captured Neotoma is quickly weighed. A non-invasive mark (right) is made, to distinguish repeat captures. A habitat description is conducted at each capture site, identifying native plants and determining GPS coordinates.


Brandon Crouch

(Senior, Francis Marion University)

Major: Biology

Minor 1: Chemistry

Minor 2: Business


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