Summer Internships in Biology

Off Campus Summer Research/ Internship Opportunities


Off Campus Summer Research Undergraduate Programs 2016-2017

Off campus internship opportunities will be posted in the fall of 2016


Mayo Clinic >>
Mayo Clinic offers students and new graduates a chance to gain quality career experience as interns. You will learn through daily, on-the-job interaction with colleagues and will become a valued member of the Mayo Clinic team.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research >> The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a unique opportunity for high school, college and graduate students to develop skills in scientific research. In this program, students receive hands-on experience while working with some of the leading scientists in the research laboratories at the NIH.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Janelia Farm Research Campus >> Opened in 2006, HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, VA, where scientists pursue biology's most challenging problems in a uniquely innovative and collaborative atmosphere. Chemists, physicists, computational scientists, and engineers work in close collaboration with biologists to tackle problems in neuroscience and imaging. At the interface of these two research areas are approaches to map the structure of neural circuits and monitor their function during animal behavior. Research at Janelia has yielded new insights >> in neurobiology as well as several new technologies in optical imaging, including new types of microscopy, proteins engineered to facilitate imaging of neural activity, and software to assemble 3D reconstructions of neural circuitry. Scientists at Janelia >> have the freedom and resources to pursue long-term projects of high significance and to assemble teams >> to enable transdisciplinary approaches to neuroscience. Opportunities at Janelia include:


Baylor College of Medicine >>
The Summer Medical and Research Training Program is for undergraduate students who are interested in exploring a career in scientific research. They encourage Ph.D. oriented candidates to apply. Up to 100 students are recruited for the SMART Program from across the nation. They offer nine paid weeks of biomedical related research in a broad range of areas.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research >>
CSHL’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provides one of the few places where young people are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant scientific community. Each year, approximately 25 students from around the world are accepted to the fully subsidized, 10-week summer program to work with senior Laboratory staff members on independent research projects in: Cancer biology, Neuroscience, Plant biology, Cellular and molecular biology, Genetics, and Computational biology.

National Science Foundation (NSF) >>
The NSF is an independent government agency responsible for promoting scientific and engineering research experiences for undergrads. Also check out the NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates >> site which helps attract a diversified pool of talented students into research careers.

Medical College of Wisconsin >>The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) provides the opportunity for students to learn first-hand the potential of the biomedical sciences as an interesting and fulfilling career. This program is primarily intended for students interested in a PhD degree in biomedical sciences. They also encourage applicants interested in obtaining a dual degree (MD and PhD) to apply.

Rochester Institute of Technology >> This is an awesome website containing medical internships and also links to other biology related internships. (click on return to special interest group co-op/internship list).

AAMC Association of Medical Colleges >> has a web page listing internships for undergraduates.

Internships in Scientific Research or Medicine by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center >> The following compilation features research internships in science or medicine offered nationwide for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students. The compilation is organized by academic level and discipline and the programs are alphabetized according to the name of the sponsoring institution. For more information about a specific internship, please refer to the program’s website or contact the respective administrator.

*Note: This document is updated annually in the Fall. If you would like your program to be featured in this compilation, please contact Jennifer Anderson >> has thousands of listings of medical internships/jobs.

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The Botanical Society of America >>This site lists links to career and employment opportunities in botany and related fields. Scroll down the page and find links to Other Botanical/Plant Related Employment Opportunities.

Purdue University Botany and Plant Pathology >>
Advancing and teaching the disciplines of Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science

Plant Biology & Conservation: From Genes to Ecosystems, REU >>
The Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) and Northwestern University (NU) collaborate to host a 10-week summer research experience in Plant Biology & Conservation.

Ecology and Environmental Studies

The Earthworks web site >> 
A listing of ecology jobs and more!

The Ecological Society of America >> The Ecological Society of America posts job announcements that are submitted for advertisement on-line, as well as funding opportunities. These pages provide specific listings for individuals looking for internships, employment or additional funding to further their careers and research in ecology. Job seekers are also encouraged to visit their online career resources site for information about the field of ecology and to read profiles of ecologists, gain advice on applying to graduate school, learn about the many career paths options, and obtain additional links to help in finding an internship or job.

eco.ORG >> Their focus is helping quality job candidates looking for green jobs connect with eco-employers who care about the environment and have green jobs to fill.

The Society for Ecological Restoration International >> 
The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is a non-profit organization comprised of individuals and partner organizations from around the world who are actively engaged in the repair and recovery of degraded ecosystems utilizing a broad array of experiences, knowledge sets, and cultural perspectives. SER members include scientists, planners, administrators, consultants, indigenous peoples, landscape architects, teachers, artists, engineers, natural resource managers, farmers/growers, community leaders, and volunteers. Founded in 1987, SER now has members and partners in more than 60 nations with chapters and networks serving states, provinces and regions of North America, Europe, Latin America, and Australia. SER is also working actively to expand its presence in Asia and Africa.

Career Center >>  With more than 2,000 members in 70 countries, SER represents a wide range of organizations and individuals offering new career opportunities and professional development.  To further our goal of connecting restoration job seekers of all levels, SER has partnered with JobTarget to develop the SER Career Center. An extension of our growing network of restoration professionals, the Career Center offers targeted career development opportunities for those interested in ecological restoration and related fields. 

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory >> Offers programs for undergraduate and post graduate research. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the multitude of scientific activities at the field station.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center >>
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education.

Marine Biology

Shoals Marine Laboratory >>
Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire offer summer internships and classes.

Shannon Point Marine Center >> The Marine Center at Western Washington University hosts two undergraduate programs that bring students from around the country to participate in educational and research activities: the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program and the winter/spring Multicultural Initiative in Marine Science: Undergraduate Participation (MIMSUP). Western Washington University students participating in SPMC's academic courses and the graduate Marine and Estuarine Science Program also have the opportunity to conduct research projects.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Undergraduate Programs and Summer Fellowships >>
The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) is often asked how students can prepare for careers in aquatic science. This site contains background and resources, such as career opportunities and scholarships >> that are available to help you to pursue your interest in aquatic science. >>
Lots of information!

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration >>
This website provides listings of various opportunities for undergraduate students interested in the atmospheric or oceanic sciences. NOAA encourages applicants studying in computer sciences, engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and business to look into these opportunities as well.

NOAA National Sea Grant Office >>
“Environmental stewardship, long-term economic development and responsible use of America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources are at the heart of Sea Grant’s mission. Sea Grant is a nationwide network (administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA]), of 30 university-based programs that work with coastal communities. The National Sea Grant College Program engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.” A list of participating Sea Grant College programs with opportunities for internships or research.

NOAA Sea Grant –The Maryland Sea Grant Program, with support from the National Science Foundation >>
EACH SUMMER, the Maryland Sea Grant Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program offers fourteen students the opportunity to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay — the program is especially designed for students majoring in such fields as biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental science, engineering, physics, marine science and mathematics.

Mote Marine Laboratory >>
Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1955 as a place “where people can learn more about the sea.” Today Mote, one of the few remaining independent marine research facilities in the United States, serves as a center for research, scientific collaboration, and public education focused on our marine environment. Mote has gained international recognition through the quality and diversity of its research conducted in over 50 countries by its multidisciplinary staff of recognized scientific research leaders. Unique to Mote is an adjacent public aquarium open daily with over 400,000 worldwide visitors annually and over 200 displays and educational programs originating from the Laboratory’s research.

Mote REU Program >> 

Other Sources >> is a free listing resource that helps students find internship opportunities in all 50 states.  InternMatch highlights paid and summer internships while having a leading list of start up and non-profit positions.

You can use Indeed >> the #1 job site to search for internships.  On the Advance Search page under “Show jobs of type” click “internships” add any additional parameters to begin your search. >> Lists internships in the US and internationally.

Going Global >> opportunities for jobs and internships in countries around the world with its database updated daily.

Another Great Resource: The Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University >> has  excellent links to internship websites listed according to biological interest.

Organization for Biological Field Stations >>
The Organization for Biological Field Stations (OBFS) is a collection of biological field station listings across the North American continent. OBFS also provides posts of current internship opportunities at any of these field station sites.

The Student Conservation Association >>
The SCA provides high school students, college students, and others with meaningful conservation service internships and volunteer opportunities in out National Parks, Forests, and other public lands. Each year, SCA members help to protect vital habitats, threatened wildlife, and other at-risk resources in out nation’s parks, forests, and urban green spaces. SCA claims “This unique experience instills an ethic of conservation and inspires lifelong stewardship that benefits our members, our society, and our environment. Our motto is: Enjoy adventure, gain experience, and make a difference.”

Association of Zoos and Aquariums >>
“Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of accredited zoos and aquariums in the areas of animal care, wildlife conservation, education and science. AZA is America's leading accrediting organization for zoos and aquariums and accredits only those institutions that have achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science.” AZA’s job and internship search provides the latest information regarding opportunities in the field of animal studies. – Action without Borders >>
Idealist is a project of Action without Borders that includes over 40,000 non-profit and community organizations in 165 countries. Students can search or browse a wide variety of internships and/or jobs by name, location, or mission. Idealist remains one of the top non-profit career centers on the Web.

Rochester Institute of Technology >> This is an awesome website containing medical internships and also links to other biology related internships. 


USAJOBS is an organization for helping people find federal employment, including employment in the natural sciences. One can search the thousands of federal jobs and create a resume right on the website.

CUR-Council on Undergraduate Research >>
Registry of Undergraduate Researchers and Graduate Schools.
The Council on Undergraduate Research has initiated a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. Currently the Registry is open to students and graduate schools/employers in the fields of Astronomy, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Geosciences, Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology/Archaeology.

Wheaton College

Wheaton College Center for Vocation and Career provides students with excellent resources. Their "menu" of services include career counseling, internship assistance, resume and cover letter critique, StrengthsQuest assessment tool, on-campus interviews, career events, fairs and worshops, resource library, online job postings, mock interviews, informational interview contacts, and networking opportunities.

Thinking about being a Science Teacher?
A Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is available with a Biology major. A Combined Bachelor's/MAT program may be completed in six years and one summer. See the Education section in the catalog.

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