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Departmental Biology Internship Opportunities

Biology 293 – Undergraduate Internship in Biology – Biology majors/2nd majors only (3 credit hours) Permission of the instructor. The sponsored, off-campus work must involve at least 135 hours. Does not count as a
course in the major.  Requires an online application.
Requisites: Prerequisite, BIOL 201 or 202.
Gen Ed: EE-Academic Internship.
Grading status: Letter grade.

To approve an out-of-campus project as an internship, please contact Professor Sabrina Burmeister at

The purpose of Biology 293 is to allow students to obtain course and experiential education credit for experience in biological sciences resulting from off campus work. This course is open only to Biology majors. However, it does not count as a course in the major. It can only be taken once. The experience in Biology can be in a research laboratory or field station or a company such as a pharmaceutical company which carries out biological research, or it can be in an educational setting such as a museum or national or state park or forest where the emphasis would be on how to communicate information about biology to the public or to students. If appropriate, the student can be paid for the work.

Students must identify a place in which to carry out the internship and a local sponsor who will supervise the student in the semester before the work is to be done. The student should consult with the course director by early November for the spring semester and by early April for the summer or fall semester to discuss the project and whether it is appropriate for Biology 293 credit. In general, the project should involve hands-on work by the student and not simply observation of someone else doing the work. The student will need to spend at least 135 hours on the project. The time spent should be documented by the sponsor. At the end of the project the student will write a 10 page paper describing the work on the project in a format to be determined by the sponsor and the course director. The paper will be approved by the sponsor and the course director. The course grade will be determined by the course director.

Internship Websites

Kalu Yala Spring 2012 Internship

Carolina Tiger Rescue

North Carolina Zoo

Environmental Job Internships

Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program

Ceiba Foundation For Tropical Conservation or

Internships at Zoos and Aquariums

Internships in Field Biology

Marine Conservation Biology

Internships in Microbiology

Student Conservation Association

Internships listed with the Society for Conservation Biology

Internships listed with the Society for Ecological Restoration

Internships through the Nature Conservancy

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program for Biomedical Research

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

National Wildlife Federation Internships

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History Research Training Program

Walt Disney World Animal Programs Advanced Internship Opportunities