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Summer Internships in Biology

Off Campus Summer Research/ Internship Opportunities

Off Campus Summer Research Undergraduate Programs 2018-2019

Will be listed in the Fall of 2018.


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 (SMART) Program was developed to provide frontier-level, biomedical summer research projects for undergraduates in a supportive environment with supplemental educational activities. The program will begin the last week of May and run through the end of July. The official dates for the 2018 SMART Program will be announced at a later date.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research >>  
The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at CSHL provides an opportunity for undergraduate scientists from around the world to conduct first-rate research.  Students learn the scientific process, technical methods and theoretical principles, and communicate their discoveries to other scientists.  Approximately 20 students come to CSHL each summer for the 10-week program, living and working in the exciting Laboratory environment.

National Science Foundation (NSF) >>
The NSF is an independent government agency responsible for promoting scientific and engineering research experiences for undergrads.

Medical College of Wisconsin >> 
The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) has been offered at the Medical College of Wisconsin for over 30 years. During that time, SPUR has hosted hundreds of students who have since made significant contributions to science and humanity through their current positions as teachers, instructors, professors, researchers, industry professionals, government leaders and clinicians.

SPUR hosts roughly 25-30 participants each summer from across the country who gain valuable research experience, refine critical thinking skills, build upon academic and professional networks and are introduced to various disciplines of science.

Participation in SPUR is intended for students who are currently enrolled at an accredited college or university who intend to pursue scientific-based graduate studies.

Loyola University - Stritch School of Medicine Dept of Microbiology and Immunology 
Department of Microbiology and Immunology Undergraduate Summer Research Program at Loyola is designed to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students interested in biomedical research.

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).

University of Michigan Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research – this website lists a sample of summer undergraduate research opportunities at the University.  Application deadline dates and stipends vary.

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 >>  
Can you imagine what it’s like to conduct cutting-edge research on the role of gene regulation in the cell cycle, identify potential biomarkers of disease for early detection of cancer, test vaccine candidates and identify important proteins for HIV prevention and control, manage information and data for scientists on our secure servers in the world of IT, or provide administrative support for Fred Hutch researchers, labs, and facilities? These experiences and more are available through an internship at the Hutch. Each program offers a valuable learning opportunity that can support your academic and career goals.

Internships.com >> 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.

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 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.

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 >> 
Faculty, staff, students and visiting scientists at the Shannon Point Marine Center are actively involved in research.

The Marine Center hosts a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program that bring students from around the country to participate in educational and research activities. 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 Summer Student Fellow program brings bright, talented students to Woods Hole to learn more about ocean science, attend lectures by Woods Hole scientists, and conduct independent research working alongside world-class scientists.

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 Sea Grant –The Maryland Sea Grant Program, with support from the National Science Foundation >> 
Each summer, Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports fifteen students to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top scientists to study one of America’s most significant coastal resources. The REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed for students majoring in marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics.

Mote Marine Laboratory >> 
Mote offers a variety of internship opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates interested in a career in the ocean sciences. Mote internships are designed to inspire students with a life-long appreciation and commitment to the conservation and sustainability of our oceans by providing unique, hands-on opportunities to conduct ocean science research, education or support services under the mentorship of Mote scientists, educators, animal care specialists and other professionals.


Other Sources

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.

Internships.com >> 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.

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.

Idealist.org – 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 workshops, 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.