You can explore interests and career opportunities through internships. You may also be able to get course credit for internships, but these have to be approved in advance by the Biology Undergraduate Committee.
Can I earn academic credit for internships?
The internship may be approved for course credit as either Biology 494 or Biology 495.
Biology 494 involves work that requires a biological background, but does not involve laboratory or field work. This type of internship gives students the opportunity to try out a variety of careers that make use of their education in biology. You will receive credit toward the major, but no lab credit. The grading is Pass/Fail only.
Biology 495 is for lab or field work in biology, either on or off campus, that is not independent research. In addition to credit toward the major, you would also receive a lab credit. The grading is Pass/Fail only.
How do I go about arranging for Biology credit for an internship?
This is all explained in the following document that you can download. You may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to open pdf files.
The following is a letter that students should forward to agency supervisors before drafting a learning contract. Click here (.pdf, 5kb) to get the letter that you can print or include as an attachment on e-mail.
Where do I go to set up an internship?
In most cases, students arrange for internships on their own.
On-campus sources for information and arrangements are the Off Campus College, which has listings for local internships; and the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, which offers guided help on opportunities and also has postings for internships in all fields locally and elsewhere. The Pre-health advisor in Academic Advising has a list that is especially useful for pre-health students.
Other possible sources are programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the National Institute of Health (NIH). Refer to these resources for details about these programs, including their locations and application procedures.
Most Useful! The following site holds a collection of links to numerous biology summer internships.
The following have sent us announcements of their internships.
Plant Biology Summer REU program
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Tha Academy of Natural Sciences internship program
House Committee on Science
The Student Conservation Association
United States Department of Agriculture
The Smithsonian Institute also has a number of internships that are of particular interest to biology majors. Among these are internships or research training programs in various aspects of biology, such as Botany, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleobiology, and Vertebrate Zoology. In the area of public programs , interns work in education facilities (Discovery Room, Insect Zoo) on exhibit design, production or fabrication. The Smithsonian Research Training Program is a museum-based activity exclusively for undergraduate students interested in a career in the field of Natural History.