Internships are extremely valuable. They provide hands-on experience in a laboratory, field, or business environment, which improves your skills and understanding of both science and career opportunities. Internships also provide an opportunity to meet other students with similar interests and faculty who may assist you with future educational and career goals. Graduate schools and professional schools look more favorably on students who have internship experience in addition to their college coursework.
The best sources of information on biology internships and jobs for Clarke students are:
- the bulletin board outside CBH 208
- the files in CBH 226A
- your advisor!
Sometimes Clarke offers the Summer Internship Program in the Sciences (SIPS) to one or more biology or chemistry majors each summer. SIPS provides a stipend and on-campus housing for 12 weeks so that students can work with a faculty member on a research project. Contact your advisor for further information. The deadline for application is usually in February.
Following are a few examples of the many opportunities available.
The following Web page lists all the sites, from Puerto Rico to Pittsburgh and Georgia to Hawaii, that are sponsoring Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs with funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The specific discipline of each REU is listed, along with a contact you could e-mail for more information.
Interested in science writing? The Argonne National Laboratories Office of Public Affairs Science Writing Internship is for you! Several are offered throughout the year. Check out the following Web site for more information.
The Student Conservation Association offers internships throughout the year in the fields of environmental science, wildlife biology, archaeology, American history and many other related fields. For more information, visit the following Web site.
The following Web page is almost exclusively for people with graduate degrees who are seeking college teaching positions, but there are some bachelors-level jobs in labs, museums, parks and other locales under the heading “Positions outside academe."
And don’t forget Clarke’s own Career Services Office!