Internships and Community Engaged Learning

Internships-how to get one and how to get credit for it.

Current Internship Opportunities

CSME Internship Opportunities

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Internships

Off campus internships can be a great way for students to gain professional experience, enhance learning, and network with potential employers. This website is designed to help University of Utah biology majors find and apply to current off-campus internship opportunities. Biology majors can also earn academic credit for qualifying internships through enrollment in Biol 4965, an independent study internship course.Contact Amy Sibul for more information.

 

This website is also a resource for potential internship providers seeking instruction on how to develop an internship and announce it to U of U biology students. Detailed information and past opportunities can be found by following the links at the bottom of this page. Information for Providers and Agencies

Community Engaged Learning

Community Engaged Learning is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address Community Engaged Learningcommunity needs that relate to course topics. Reflection and reciprocity are key concepts of community-engaged learning. The classroom component of the course is combined with the experiential learning component, along with multiple reflection opportunities, to create an enriching, meaningful and applied learning experience for the student. This strategy allows students to apply lecture topics to the professional world, enhances civic responsibility, and strengthens relationships between students and their off-campus community. Six courses in the Biology Department now offer the Community Engaged Learning attribute: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation (BIOL 2400), Microbiology, (BIOL 3210) Global Environmental Issues (BIOL 3460), Conservation Biology (Biol 3470), Entomology (BIOL 5445), Spring semester Biochemistry 1 (BIOL 3510), and Public Engagement in the Sciences (both BIOL 3710 and BIOL 5710). Each of these courses requires the student to engage in meaningful, applied work with a community partner of their choice in a self-motivated and professional manner. Reflection activities for the CEL classes can include small group discussions and essays. For more details see the class-specific CEL syllabus linked above. To learn more contact Amy Sibul, or visit the Bennion Center website.

Contact information:

Sibul at Red Butte GardensAmy Sibul, M.S.
Community Engaged Learning and Internship Coordinator
Biology Department
University of Utah
801-585-7472
amy.sibul@utah.edu
South Biology, Rm 086
257 South 1400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Amy Sibul coordinates the Community Engaged Learning classes and informal internship program for the U of U Biology Department. She is also the instructor for BIOL2400, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Her educational background is in Wildlife Biology and Ecology. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1994 and her Master's in Plant Ecology from Utah State University in 1998. Her professional experience includes serving as the biologist for a Salt Lake City environmental consulting firm and directing the Conservation Program at Red Butte Garden. She has always emphasized the importance of civic engagement and has volunteered for the Salt Lake City School District, BreatheUtah, The Utah Museum of Natural History, and La Leche League.

Current Internship Opportunities

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Information for Providers and Agencies

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