A biology internship is an incredible opportunity to get supervised practical experience in a career field that you are interested in. Find an internship in the Grand Rapids area during the school year, or go to another exciting location like a national park, government agency or business to do a paid internship during the summer. You can receive course credit for your internship and it may lead to a great job after graduation.

Finding an internship

  • Check the internships listed below
  • Your professors and advisor are always a good place to start when searching for an off-campus internship opportunity.
  • Watch the biology department summer research bulletin boards on the first and second floors of DeVries Hall for postings of summer research internship opportunities.
  • As a biology student, you will receive announcements by email about internships, so keep an eye on your inbox.
  • Search for internships online and by networking with acquaintances who have contacts in the research world. You may be able to find an opportunity in your own hometown or a different part of the country or world where you would love to travel.
  • Contact Calvin’s internship coordinator, Professor Ryan Bebej (rmb2@calvin.edu ) or Pat Buist ( pbuist@calvin.edu ).

Where to get started

  • Each summer, the National Science Foundation funds Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) at universities and research institutes all over the country. These programs cover all areas of biology. A stipend, usually $3,000-$4,000 is provided as well as housing, meals and travel expenses.
  • The Van Andel Research Institute has a very close relationship with Calvin College and many students are accepted into the summer research program. Applications for summer are due in February. Lab assistant positions are also available during the academic year and summers.

Application deadlines

The time to begin applying for summer off-campus research opportunities begins in November. Most applications are due between February 1 and March 31. However, a few are due as early as November 2 and January 10.

Earning credit

You can earn credit, either elective or in fulfillment of the research requirements in the BS in biology major, for a summer internship. Professor Ryan Bebej (rmb2@calvin.edu ), Internship Director, will work with you to formalize the requirements for earning credit from Calvin once you have been accepted to a lab or a company.

Current internship opportunities

Alaska Conservation Foundation Alaska Conservation Foundation Biology February 15,2016
American Physiological Society Summer Research Programs The American Physiological Society Biology February 1,2017
Amgen Scholars Program Amgen Foundation Biology
Baxter Community Center USDA Neighborhood Garden Program Internship Baxter Community Center Biology January 29,2016
Baylor College of Medicine Baylor College of Medicine Biology January 10,2015
Bioarchaeology Field and Laboratory Projects ARCHAEOTEK Archaeological Techniques and Research Center Biology
Bioinformatics Internship Intensive The National Center for Genome Resources, Santa Fe, NM Biology April 30,2015
Biomedical Research Internship Oregon Health and Science University Oregon Health & Science University Biology
Blandy Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program University of Virginia Blandy Experimental Farm Biology March 1,2017
Blue Heron Ministries Restoration Ecology Internship Blue Heron Ministries Biology February 26,2016
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Case Western Reserve University Biology
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Biology January 15,2016
Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station Cornell University Biology February 12,2016
Department of Chemistry University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Chemistry University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Biology February 12,2016
Department of Homeland Security Department of Homeland Security Biology
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan University of Michigan Biology January 31,2016
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program University of Michigan SNRE Biology February 8,2017
Dune Restoration Specialist The Land Conservancy Biology February 11,2015
Environmental Impacts on Biological Systems: From Molecules to Ecosystems Hope College Biology
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Internship Michigan State University Biology February 1,2017
Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology Harvard Forest Biology February 6,2016
Hawaii internship program Big Island Farms Biology
Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellows Program Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biology
Institute for Biology Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin-Madison Biology
Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Biology February 1,2016
Medical College of Wisconsin Medical College of Wisconsin Biology February 1,2015
Michigan State University Summer Undergraduate program in Plant Genomics Michigan State University Biology
Microbial Friends & Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates Cornell University Biology January 20,2016
Mote Marine Laboratory Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program Mote Marine Laboratory Biology
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory MDI Biological Laboratory Biology February 1,2017
Mountain Lake Biological Station's Research Experiences for Undergraduates University of Virginia Biology February 20,2016
MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Undergraduate and Education Research Program Michigan State University Biology March 31,2015
National Ecological Observatory Network National Ecological Observatory Network Biology February 15,2016
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration US Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Biology
National Science Foundation (NSF) National Science Foundation Biology
NIH National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics National Cancer Institute Biology March 1,2016
NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research National Institutes of Health Biology
NOAA National Sea Grant Office National Sea Grant College Program Biology
NOAA Sea Grant - The Maryland Sea Grant Program Sea Grant Maryland Biology
NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates National Science Foundation Biology
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Biology January 23,2015
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Summer Fellowships Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Biology December 31,2016
Plant Biology & Conservation: From Genes to Ecosystems Chicago Botanic Garden Biology
Plant Genome Research Program REU internship at BTI Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell Biology February 3,2017
Purdue University Botany and Plant Pathology Purdue University Biology
RISEUP Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Biology February 1,2015
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Biology
Sensing and Signaling at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville The University of Tennessee Knoxville Biology February 27,2015
Shannon Point Marine Center Western Washington University Biology February 15,2017
Shoals Marine Laboratory Shoals Marine Laboratory Biology
Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Biology March 1,2015
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Biology
South African Shark Conservancy South African Shark Conservancy Biology
Stewardship Intern, Land Conservancy of West Michigan Land Conservancy of West Michigan Biology February 7,2016
Student Conservation Association Student Conservation Association Biology
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at Wayne State University School of Medicine Wayne State University Biology March 20,2015
The Ecological Society of America The Ecological Society of America Biology
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Biology January 13,2017
Tropical Ecology and Evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico University of Puerto Rico, Department of Environmental Sciences Biology February 28,2015
University of Georgia, NSF-REU Population Biology of Infectious Diseases University of Georgia, NSF-REU Population Biology of Infectious Diseases Biology February 15,2017
University of Iowa College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research Program The University of Iowa Biology February 2,2015
University of Michigan Biological Station NSF-REU: Biosphere Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Global Environment University of Michigan Biology February 1,2017
University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center Biology
University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute Perrigo Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Life Sciences Institute: University of Michigan Biology February 1,2017
University of Notre Dame Field Environmental Biology program University of Notre Dame Biology November 11,2016
Van Andel Research Institute Summer Internship Program Van Andel Education Institute Biology February 1,2016
Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Biology
Wildlife ecology in Swaziland, Africa University of Florida Biology December 1,2015
Wildlife Intern - US Forest Service US Forest Service Biology March 1,2015
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Undergraduate Programs and Summer Fellowships Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Biology February 15,2015