As a Biology Major, you are required to enroll in a 2 credit Internship or Research experience.  (These courses can also be taken for 4 credits, if you wish.)  Talk to your major advisor about your interests and possible internship sites, or if a research project would better meet your needs. It’s up to you to decide which experience will be most useful to you.  An internship can be an opportunity to work with a professional in a field you are interested in exploring and gain valuable hands-on experience. Many students have also made useful contacts for future employment through their internship experiences.


Emily Cardinal at her Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Woods Hole, MA.

Getting Started

If you are interested in pursuing an internship, you should discuss of your interests with your academic advisor, or another faculty member. You will need to choose a Faculty Internship Advisor (who may or may not be your academic advisor) if you are using your internship to fulfill the Internship/Research requirement. To find a suitable position, you may browse the bulletin boards in the Biology Department or attend the Biology Symposium to hear about the experiences of other students.

You can also visit the Career Development Office, which has a wealth of resources available to help you in finding internship opportunities, preparing a resume, etc.  This should eventually include a visit with the Internship Director, who will provide you with a video orientation and help you begin the process of application and registration. There are several pieces of paperwork to fill out, including a registration permit, and finally a learning contract which should be completed with the help of your Faculty Internship Advisor and your Site Supervisor. Feel free to ask questions of the Career Development staff and Biology Department members about internship possibilities and logistics.

Find out more about getting started »

Find an Internship

There are many different ways to find an internship.

  • Some students start out volunteering and then apply for an internship with the volunteer organization. You may also be able to create a new internship, or turn your volunteer experience into an internship. 
  • Another way, and probably the most highly recommended, is to go through Career Development. There are people who work in that office who will specifically help you search for an internship.
  • KatieClick is a really good starting point for finding an internship. This is St. Kate’s job/internship database.
  • Career Development also has internship ideas books where you can look at different internships based on your major.
  • Career Development sends out emails to students when companies who are looking for interns are on campus, so be sure to watch for those. 
  • It may also be helpful to attend the Career Fair in October where many companies come and you can hand-out your resume.
  • Searching on your own is always an option as well. It is helpful to find out what other Biology students have done, or to talk to your advisor about more options in the area.

Once you find an internship, you will need to go through Career Development to get credit for your internship. Find out how to get started »