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 School of Biological Sciences 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 School of Biological Sciences and the University of Utah
  • Provide feedback to the School of Biological Sciences 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 Tracy Aviary Conservation Department is looking to hire an intern to work on a variety of bird conservation research projects. The position is flexible and part time, and is from July 1-Oct 31. See the attached description.

     To Apply: Send a cover letter describing relevant experience and skills, a resume, and contact information for three references to Cooper Farr (cooperf@tracyaviary.org) by June 21, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

  • The Wild Bee Project is looking for a summer intern to assist with their study to evaluate the impact of insect-friendly agricultural practices on invertebrate biodiversity in Utah. They have been awarded a 3-year grant from the USDA and are looking for a plant and insect-interested student to conduct invertebrate surveys over the summer. Please see the attached flyer if interested.  For more information contact Laura Horn at wildbeeproject@gmail.com
  • The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is hiring seasonal insect trappers. The positions are full time from May to Mid-October 40 Hours a week, Monday - Thurs 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., $14.55/hours, work outdoors. Many insect trappers have gone on to work for UDAF, USDA, DNR, Forest Service, ect. The current state entomologist was once an insect trapper and so was the one before him.Interested students should email their resume and a letter of interest to: kwatson@utah.gov. A a copy of the job posting is attached.

  • The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is hiring two internship positions for summer 2019: one focused on conservation and one focused on education. Swaner Ecocenter is a 1,200 acre nature preserve and education center in Park City, UT. It encompasses 800 acres of wetlands, 400 acres of uplands, and a 10,000 square foot LEED Platinum certified “green” visitor’s center. The mission of Swaner is “Preserve, Educate, Nurture.” We aim to preserve the land, educate the community about the value of nature, and nurture both the ecosystem and the human connection to it. Please see these links for more information and to apply.
    https://www.swanerecocenter.org/files/Conservation_Internship_2019.pdf
    https://www.swanerecocenter.org/files/Education_Internship_Summer_2019.pdf

    For questions, please contact Rhea Cone, their volunteer coordinator, at rhea.cone@usu.edu

  • The intern will be working with Microbiologist Technicians in the laboratory performing RNA extractions and real-time PCR on mosquito pools, looking for West Nile, St. Louis Encephalitis and Western Equine Encephalitis viruses. This is a paid internship at $11.00/hour 40 hours per week through the summer. Please see the attached job description for more information. Apply by completing the job application form and emailing to: 

    Gary Hatch, Manager
    Mosquito Abatement District-Davis
    hatchgaryl@gmail.com
    85 North 600 West
    Kaysville, Ut  84037
    801-544-3736

  • The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District is ready to hire 2019 Seasonal Employees. This includes Interns, Laboratory personnel, and field technicians. The SLCMAD is a local governmental entity serving Salt Lake City by enhancing human health and quality of life through the tracking and suppression of mosquitos and their transmitted diseases. Please see the flyer for details on the hiring process. For the application and more information about SLCMAD go to http://www.slcmad.org/employment.html. Send completed applications to Greg White (greg@slcmad.org).  If you have questions, please contact Ary Faraji, PhD, BCE, the SLCMAD Executive Director, Office: 801-355-9221, ary@slcmad.org

  • The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of California Santa Cruz is currently seeking applicants from interested undergraduate students.  Each March 20 students from around the country are accepted to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years.  The goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.  We focus our efforts on serving college students with two years of college left at a stage when we can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate.  Students who attend or are transferring to any four-year institution in the US, its territories and Native nations are eligible.  Although we do support DACA students, international students are not eligible.

    During the first year Scholars participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors.  During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Our Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.
    Applications for the 2019 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 8, 2019. For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.

  • The SRF Summer Scholars and Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Programs offer undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Both programs seek to prepare participants for a career in regenerative medicine through an intensive mentored research experience and communication skill development exercises, such as a grant proposal writing assignment and research presentations. Paid positions are available at:
          Buck Institute for Research on Aging
          Harvard School of Medicine
          Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
          SRF Research Center
          The Scripps Research Institute
    A program overview, the online application, and full descriptions of each research project being offered can be found at: http://www.sens.org/2019-summer-scholars
    Summer Scholar Application Due: NOON PST Monday, February 4, 2019 (12 pm PST 2/4/19)
    http://www.sens.org/2018-postbacc-fellowship
    Postbacc Fellowship Application Due: NOON PST Monday, March 4, 2019 (12 pm PST 3/4/19)

    Please contact Gregory Chin, Director of Education at the SENS Research Foundation, with any questions at greg.chin@sens.org.

  • Science in the parks is a student organization on campus as well as a community outreach program focused on teaching science to children in the Salt Lake Area particularly in the West Side. We are currently starting to recruit members for our organization for the spring. Volunteers earn hours during meetings and summer program events. PDF
  • The Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, is recruiting for an influenza intern in the Disease Response, Evaluation, Analysis and Monitoring Program. Applications are due by Dec 5. PDF
  • The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has an opening for a part-time, paid lab tech to focus on insect biology. The hours are very flexible and can accommodate a student's class schedule. The 29 hours/week indicated in the attached flyer is more of a maximum rather than a weekly expectation. The lab tech position will be able to get some great experience with qPCR and insect identification. The description is attached and UDAF is looking to hire ASAP. Any questions, please direct to Stephen Stanko, UDAF Entomology Lab Lead, sstanko@utah.gov, 801-538-4912. PDF

  • The Utah STEM Action Center is looking for undergraduate students that might want to work with this program for about 10 hours per week as a fellow. This is a funded position with pay at $11/hr, but it would also come with the bonus of being able to say that you worked in the STEM Action Center in the Governor's Office of Economic Development ;-).  For more information on the STEM Action Center visit this link: https://stem.utah.gov. If interested in this position, please contact the Executive Director, Tamara Goetz at tgoetz@utah.gov or 801-674-2405

  • SCA, the Student Conservation Association is the nation's oldest and largest provider of conservation internships, offering nearly 2000 expense paid opportunities each year. Internships last from 12 weeks to 12 months, start at all times throughout the year, and are found all across the country. SCA is an expense paid internship program, and offers the following benefits: Free travel to and from your site, Free housing and biweekly subsistence allowance, Deferment of qualified college loans, and AmeriCorps Education Awards
    Students have the opportunity to work directly with mentors and professionals from the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), U.S Forest Service, the National Park Service, BLM, as well as many other State and local parks all over the U.S.A. Internships are found in a wide variety of fields, including: fish and wildlife, education, GIS/GPS resource management, and backcountry botany. Visit this website to apply: Appy
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Colorado U Mountain Research Station
  • 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 & Professional Development has important resources for students seeking internships. Eric Bloomquist is the Career Services Advisor for science majors, 801-581-5624. A very useful page, Finding An Internship is on the Career Services site. To schedule an appointment on-line click Career Scheduler

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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