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.
Current internship opportunities
|NAME||ORGANIZATION||PROGRAM / FIELD||DEADLINE|
|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|
Finding an internship
- Check the internships listed above
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Pat Buist ( email@example.com ).
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org ), 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.
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