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Experience biology through real-world practice, gain professional experience, enhance learning, and network with potential employers. Biology majors can earn academic credit for biology-focused internships of at least 50 hours.

Biology majors can also earn academic credit for qualifying internships through enrollment in Biol 4965, independent study internship courses.

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  • 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 a professional manner during the internship as you are a representative of the School of Biological Sciences and the University.


  • Biology majors can earn academic credit for biology-focused internships of at least 50 hours.
  • Provide progress updates to the School of Biological Sciences Internship Coordinator.
  • Contact for more information.

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Tracy Aviary will be hiring a Conservation Science Intern for a four-month position during Summer/Fall 2021. This position has a nice combination of field work (for our bird-building collision survey project), and data work (with the opportunity to complete an analysis project).  If you know of anyone who may be looking for some experience in the field, please forward the attached position description to them, or have them check it out on our website.

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The Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. They offer positions ranging from improving at-risk ecosystems, protecting public lands, advancing renewable energy, to improving water and energy efficiency. UCC students serve with one of many partnering non-profit organizations focused on environmental education and community volunteerism. UCC is a program of Utah State University's Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning. Find more details about the program and open positions below.

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Hawkwatch International is locally-based non-profit organization dedicated to research and outreach focused on the world’s raptor species: hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, etc. They are hiring an internship position to assist with their ongoing American Kestrel Study. This is a paid seasonal field position. See below for details and instructions for applying.

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The Natural History Museum of Utah has four openings for Undergraduate Digitization Technicians and three openings with Guest & Member Experience Team. These are paid, part-time positions and U of U students are highly encouraged to apply.

The Natural History Museum of Utah is starting an exciting new initiative to digitize 350,000 natural history specimens, artifacts, and records. There are two positions, one focusing on botanical and fungal specimens and another focusing on vertebrate specimens. These are paid U of U Student Research positions for 10-19 hours/week. The two job postings and application submittal form can be found here:


Utah's Hogle Zoo Summer Internship Program 2021. As a non-profit, Hogle Zoo internships are unpaid. Interns will receive free access to courses hosted by San Diego Global, discounts on food, discounts at the gift shop, and membership to the Zoo.  Most internships run for 12 weeks with somewhat flexible start and end dates to allow students to work within the school calendar. 

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is committed to providing quality internship experiences throughout the organization. Our internships have been developed to give interns a realistic, educational experience in areas related to their major area of study and anticipated career path. Interns will receive support from industry professionals that understand the importance of hands-on, educational opportunities for aspiring zoo professionals. If you have questions about what our program entails please feel free to contact me.

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REU Raptor Research Site at Boise State University is now accepting applications for Summer 2021.  Eligible students include US citizens, US Nationals, and permanent residents. Members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans of military service, and students from colleges and universities with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Students receive a summer stipend, campus housing, and round trip travel to Boise for the 10-week summer experience. There are both laboratory and field opportunities for students to conduct research on birds of prey.

Applications for Summer 2021 participation are due by February 10, 2021, and finalists for participation are typically selected by mid-March.

Please see our project web site for additional information: 

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Raptor Research Flyer

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), through partnership with The Wildlife Society, is offering research assistantships for Native American undergraduate or graduate students as part of the Native American Research Assistantship Program for Summer 2021. The application period for the 2021 Native American Research Assistantship program is now open through January 15, 2021. 

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Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)

  • Duration: Seven weeks (June 14 – July 23, 2021)
  • Details: A program that provides undergraduate students the opportunity for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in the areas of applied molecular and cellular biology, bioengineering, and computational biology, as well as exposure to related ethics and business topics.
  • Dates: Deadline to apply is March 1, 2021
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Medical Device Development Bootcamp at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)

  • Duration: Five weeks-Session 1 (June 21 – July 2, 2021)
  • Duration: Five weeks -Session 2 (July 5-30, 2021)
  • Details: A four-week experiential learning opportunity for students interested in learning the process for designing and manufacturing medical devices.
  • Dates: Deadline to apply is June 1, 2021
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Bioprocessing Summer Undergraduate Internship Education and Training at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)

  • Duration: 8-10 weeks (June 14 – July 23, 2021)
  • Details: A program that provides undergraduate students, recent graduates, and those considering starting the MEng program a valuable laboratory experience through team projects based on tasks typically done in industry bioprocessing laboratories. Students will acquire specialized skills and learning opportunities that are not available at undergraduate institutions. Students will also be introduced to career options within bioprocessing, bio manufacturing laboratories, and the manufacturing industry. 
  • Dates: Application deadline is rolling
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This year Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has 15-20 positions available for the REU program.  Students are individually paired with a mentor in labs containing post-docs, graduate students and technicians.  Projects are designed to provide guided individual research opportunities where students experience the successes and setbacks of a real science project.  At the end of the program, many of the students are funded to present their data at a national science meeting.  If you know of students that would benefit from this type of experience please encourage them to apply.  In addition to a great science experience,  students will receive: 

  • A modest travel award to get them to Bigelow Laboratory and home again.
  • A weekly stipend of $600/wk for 10 weeks
  • Free housing.

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The Anacostia Consulting Group is a small business-consulting firm that helps clients assess and mitigate the risks and impacts from a range of hazards ranging from climate change to financial risk to safety and security.

Quantitative Skillset

  • (Computer Science/Engineering, Science/Environmental Science/Geography/GIS) 
  • Updating and developing an Oil Spill Model to determine estimators for future oil spills;
  • Conducting Fault Tree Analysis/Monte Carlo simulations to model potential outcomes;
  • Conduct Risk Analysis to support a current project (Risk management approach to governance, Impact of oil spills in unexplored regions, Natural disaster avoidance versus mitigation versus loss);
  • Support work developing spatial models (in ArcGIS or SQL Spatial);
  • Develop adaptive learning simulations and modules.
  • Assist with proposal development for federal contracts, NSF, and grant proposals;
  • Assist with project research and writing (projects may include: extrapolating and analyzing the potential for oil spills in the Atlantic Ocean, multi-hazard analysis; International Capacity Building, International Cooperation, Security Issues in Southeast Asia, Comprehensive energy planning for Southeast Asian nations, the history of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Climate Change affects in the Arctic);

Contact Gina Shipley if you are interested or have any questions. 

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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,, 801-538-4912

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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. 

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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.

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T3S Technologies, Inc. is a biotechnology company based in Salt Lake City, Utah formed by world renowned 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.

Please send your CVs to: Will Cheng

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A useful link for undergrads seeking both summer internship and research opportunities in the STEM fields.

Pathways to Science

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.

Summer GIS Internship

Numerous opportunities exist for students to get involved with the Mountain Research Station.  The station hosts upper division, undergraduate field courses designed to give students hands-on experience and training in advanced research techniques.  The courses have low enrollment to provide students with extensive individual attention. 

The station has been the site of a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates program for over a decade.  

In addition, courses from the CU Boulder campus and other universities use the station for instruction in environmental science at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels.

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Glass Recycling Education and Outreach Intern

Momentum Recycling’s mission is to move our community towards zero waste by providing materials collection, processing and education. In 2012, Momentum Recycling responded to a growing community demand for better glass recycling options. Our new glass recycling plant and accompanying curbside glass service is starting to meet this demand. The company’s objectives are as follows:

  • Collection of recyclable and compostable materials
  • Educations of clients and the public about the importance of recycling and composting
  • Processing post consumer glass which is used to replace virgin materials in the manufacture of new products
  • Promotion of clients’ sustainability efforts in the larger community

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Caring for the Land and Serving People

Start your career on the right foot and help sustain our country’s natural resources for future generations. Learn more about what it means to work for nature, including information about wages, benefits, and our organization’s commitment to diversity. Working for the U.S. Forest Service is a rewarding adventure. Imagine what a job with us could mean for you!

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Vironika LLC offers an internship for an individual wanting to gain research experience and explore career opportunities at an early stage biotechnology company.

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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.

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Salt Lake City offers a unique and exciting opportunity for students to be introduced to the functions of City government. The Salt Lake City Internship Program gives interns an insider’s view of local government and stimulates future interest in a possible career in the public sector. This program works closely with academic internship coordinators at local colleges, universities and professional schools.

The goal of the program is to introduce students to the many aspects of municipal government through public policy and management. The intern position is designed to provide students with a real life experience to enhance their academic and professional pursuits. Interns serve as a vital piece in the overall effort to articulate the Mayor’s vision for Salt Lake City. Upon appointment, interns will develop learning objectives in partnership with the internship coordinator, administrative staff supervisor and academic intern advisor.

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Community Engaged Learning

CEL involves students, faculty and community partners working together to apply knowledge in authentic settings in order to address community needs while also meeting instructional objectives. CEL enhances and deepens students' understanding of an academic discipline by facilitating the integration of theory and practice. This high impact teaching method provides students with experiences that develop life skills, with opportunities to engage in critical reflection, and with the intellectual space to understand and contribute to the public purpose of their chosen major or discipline.

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