Information for Biology Students Interested in Internships

An internship can provide you with professional experience, networking contacts for future employment, and a familiarity with how your education can be applied in the “real-world”.

This page provides you with information on expectations of your performance as an intern, current internship opportunities, agency expectations, and contact information for the Biology Department Internship Coordinator.

Expectations of Student Interns:

  • Research and apply for internships in a self-motivated and autonomous manner
  • Maintain clear communication with the internship provider as far as expectations, timelines, and measures of success
  • Behave in an impeccably professional manner during the internship as you are a representative of the Biology Department and the University of Utah
  • Provide feedback to the Biology Department Internship Coordinator

Earning Academic Credit for your Internship:

  • Biology Majors can earn academic credit for biology-focused internships of at least 50 hours. Contact Amy.sibul@utah.edu for more information.

Current Internship Opportunities:

  • The Utah Center for Nanomedicine is currently looking for a work study office assistant. It is office work, but it is also a good opportunity to get up close and personal with the workings of a graduate science lab. Here is the posting: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/68722
  • Biofire Diagnostics will be hiring a clinical intern to assist with their efforts in conducting clinical trials to generate data for submission to the FDA for molecular diagnostic devices. Interns will assist scientists and research associates with: data collection, entry, and verification; preparing study materials for shipment to clinical trial sites; lab testing on clinical specimens (PCR and related molecular techniques); and participation in day-to-day logistics and trouble shooting.Job requirements include GPA of at least 3.0 in a major field of study in a scientific discipline. At least one year of upper division coursework in major field of study in biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, or directly related discipline. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word. Highly organized and meticulous. Able to lift up to 20 lbs. Appy
  • The Fall 2017 College of Science Internship Program is now online, and will begin accepting student applications on 8/18. Applications will be accepted through 9/4/17. The program is open to matriculated UofU undergraduates with declared CoS majors, at least a 3.0 GPA, and at least 30 completed college credit hours. (The completed credit hours do NOT have to be from courses at the UofU). Flyer , Jobs List
  • Multiple internship positions in the health-sciences are currently available with Intermountain Healthcare: as an intern with the Life Flight team, and as a phlebotomy lab intern. Please see these links for more information:

    Life Flight Intern
    Phlebotomy Student

  • The Salt Lake Ranger District on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is outreaching two positions in the recreation program. Details are attached in the outreach notices and also available on the outreach database at the links below.
    Dispersed Rec Outreach Notice - PDF Flyer
    Developed Rec Outreach Notice - PDF Flyer
    Please contact Marshal Alford, Recreation Staff Offier, with any questions: malford@fs.fed.us, 801-733-2670
  • Utah State Parks seeks Dark Sky Interns Please contact Justina Parsons-Bernstein at Utah State Parks if you are interested in or have questions about this internship opportunity at 801-538-7428 or jparsonsbernstein@utah.gov PDF.
  • The Nature Conservancy has multiple internship opportunities at the local, national, and global level for science-focused undergraduate students. These give you exposure to real projects and challenges in the conservation arena. Internships at The Nature Conservancy can be paid or unpaid, but should be directly related to a current or recently accredited educational program. Individuals may also receive school credit from an education institution in addition to or in lieu of wages.
    GLOBE program
    TNC job board
  • The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District (SLCMAD) is offering internship and seasonal job opportunities.
  • T3S Technologies, Inc. is a biotechnology company based in Salt Lake City, Utah formed by worldrenowned microbial geneticists and industry professionals. T3S has developed the most advanced bacterial expression system, capable of directly exporting proteins out of the cell at a rate several folds greater than any other bacterial secretion system; thus, allowing for a significant reduction in the cost of manufacturing large molecule pharmaceuticals, known as biologics, and biological industrial products that is unmatched by any other expression system. See PDF Flyer. Please send your CVs to Will Cheng (will@t3sbio.com).
  • Pathways to Science - A useful link for undergrads seeking both summer internship and research opportunities in the STEM fields
  • Natural Resource Strategies is seeking a part-time Program Associate (10-20 hours/week), with a minimum of 3 years professional experience, for our Salt Lake City, UT office to support our growing business. Opportunities for full-time positions may be available in the near future. Apply
  • The Technology & Venture Commercialization at the University of Utah is responsible for helping university professors commercialize their inventions. We’re currently accepting applications for an internship here at the TVC. Interns will help managers understand which technologies they should invest in and help us build business models for startups that were created here at the U. This position is paid, part time and we will work around your school schedule. f you’re interested in entrepreneurship, please visit the link below to submit your resume and application. Apply
  • Wild Utah Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides scientific research to land managers, citizen activists and other conservation partners. Wild Utah Project fills a critical niche here in Utah by providing the scientific support needed to shape regional land use in a way that restores native wildlife, maintains ecological integrity, expands wilderness, protects biodiversity, and provides for ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change.
  • Biofire Diagnostics, a local molecular diagnostics and biosurveillance company in research park, is currently seeking a biochemistry intern: see this website to apply: BioFire Careers

  • The Myriad Genetic Laboratories Variant Specialist Team is currently looking for 2 biology major seniors or recent graduates for a high quality paid internship. This would involve working 20-40 hours a week at Myriad's campus in research park. This is a paid internship where the intern will be given appropriate education and oversight to achieve at least one independent research project from start to finish. Interested students may apply anytime at the following website under the heading Myriad Genetic Laboratories“Genetic Variant Intern”. The application period is rolling and Myriad will accept applications until both positions are filled.
  • Colorado U Mountain Research Station
  • Peaceful Uprising
  • Momentum Recycling Internship
  • Bureau of Land Management's internship programs
  • US Forest Service internship program
  • Vironika LLC offers an internship for an individual wanting to gain research experience and explore career opportunities at an early stage biotechnology company.
  • Knudra is a Salt Lake City based biotech company specializing in model-­organism
    bioengineering. We contract our service platforms for use by industry and academia. Our
    mission is to provide innovative research tools to advance scientific discovery and reduce the
    cost of drug development. Genetics Internship, Molecular Biology Internship
  • Salt Lake City Internship Programs

Agencies and Organizations for Student Initiated Internships

Additional Internship Resources

Career services have some very supportive resources for students seeking internships. Eric Bloomquist is the Career Services Advisor for biology majors, 801-581-5624. A very useful page, Finding An Internship is on the Career Services site.

Training and Expermentation in Computational Biology Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology (TECBio): "Simulation and Visualization of Biological Systems at Multiple Scales" REU program is a 10-week summer program that will provide a challenging and fulfilling graduate-level research experience to undergraduate students. A wide variety of theoretical and experimental research projects are available to our participating students.

Community Engaged Learning and Internship Coordinator Contact Information

Amy Sibul, M.S.
Biology Department, University of Utah
Amy.sibul@utah.edu
801-585-7472

 

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