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:

  • SLC Watershed is hiring for members of our seasonal work team. Job description is attached. For those who love working hard in the out of doors, this is a great opportunity to get fantastic experience in a variety of areas including environmental education, noxious weed mitigation, trail work, recreation management and the Wasatch Mountains in general. For questions or more information, call John Wells 801-483-6884. See PDF
  • The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is currently hiring Seasonal Conservation Educators and Biologist Technician Positions.  Seasonal Conservation Educators will assist in outreach and education efforts by leading regional conservation day-camps throughout the State of Wyoming, two week-long overnight camps at the Whiskey Mountain Conservation Camp near Dubois, Wyoming, as well as assisting in various other conservation education programming providing the public with information around wildlife, fisheries, habitat management, ecology, hunting, fishing and other outdoor skills. 

    There are also multiple summer Biologist Technician Positions available with Wyoming Game and Fish Department-Wildlife Division. You can find them at this link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming?keywords=technician
    Positions include summer field techs for fisheries, non-game, and bighorn sheep among others. Contact the HR Division for more information; 307-777-7188, or apply on the website shown above.

  • 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

  • The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University trains 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students from across the country to become the next generation of diverse environmental professionals in a more inclusive conservation movement. This two-year, trans-disciplinary program explores the intersection of conservation science, traditional knowledge, policy, advocacy, and management. It includes an 8-week summer immersion program in northern Arizona,  an 8-week internship across the country, and 2 week-long workshops in January. Scholars are cpmpensated $4000 each summer, 3 NAU credits per summer, and all food, travel, and lodging costs. lease note the application deadline is February 9th. Potential applicants can contact the program director, Melissa Mark with any questions: 928-523-0643/melissa.mark@nau.edu
  • Working in the Conservation Department of Utah’s Hogle Zoo (UHZ) alongside the Citizen Science Wildlife Biologist, Kayleigh Mullen, the conservation internship aims to give the intern insight into the field of conservation biology with case study and practical experience within the conservation efforts of Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Full Announcement
  • The Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatment District is looking for a biology student to work at the District assisting in the lab. This would be part time work with a flexible schedule. About 12-24 hrs a week, but that is open to discussion and may vary week to week. The work will involve caring for the mosquito colonies, helping run experiments and entering data into an online database system. The job is available ASAP and will go through mid-March. Starting pay is $12/hr.

    If interested, please email the SLCMAD assistant Manager: 
    Gregory S. White, Ph.D.
    Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District
    2020 N. Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
    Office: 801-355-9221
    greg.white@slcmad.org 

    This position would also allow biology majors to earn academic credit through enrollment in the independent internship course Biol4965. Contact Amy Sibul for more information: amy.sibul@utah.edu

  • Salt Lake City, AmeriCorps and the Utah Conservation Corps are currently recruiting for a year-long paid internship placement with the SLC Trails & Natural Lands Program. The placement involves serving as the program’s Natural Lands Volunteer & Activities Specialist, focused on assisting with events and activities that connect youth and adults to nature in the urban environment. The placement comes with financial compensation, health insurance benefits and an education award (see Job Announcement for details). Salt Lake City is accepting applications through November. The term of service will be between January and December, 2018.
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 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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