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     What is an Internship?

    Benefits of Interning

    Examples of Internships and Internship Programs

    How to Obtain an Internship

    Setting Up Your Internship

    Contact the Biology Internship Coordinator

     


    What is an Internship?

    An internship is when students work for an employer in a position related to their major field of study or career interest. Students obtain valuable knowledge and experience while earning college credit. The number of credits varies depending on the scope of work being performed.

     

    Benefits of Interning

    Internships are an excellent way to:

     

    Examples of Internships and Internship Programs

    Internships vary from job shadowing/observation to advanced research or application of knowledge/experience in a workplace setting. Internships may be paid or unpaid (volunteer) and offer the opportunity to earn credits that appear on your college transcript ~ 1 credit per 3-4 hours of interning per week. Examples of internships Biology students have participated in:

    End of degree program experience. When students are done or nearly done with degree coursework, a full-time internship enables them to put their knowledge/skills into practice. These internships may be paid or unpaid and often provide a centerpiece for your resume.

    Some internship programs require that students pay a fee in exchange for the experience. These are generally offered through major research facilities and are more equivalent to attending a university-sponsored course. Despite the cost involved, these hands-on internships may provide excellent career opportunities.

     

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    How to Obtain an Internship

    The Department of Biology works closely with the EWU Internship Office to provide information on current internships. Contacts:

    Web sites that may be helpful in securing an internship, particularly for national/international opportunities:

    Cancer Research Internships List  (http://www.fhcrc.org/science/education/Cancer%20Research%20Internships_FHCRC%20site.pdf)

    Washington State Legislative Internship - excellent opportunity for undergraduate student whose career involves policy and/or legislation such as health administration or wastewater treatment or public lands (http://www.leg.wa.gov/internships/Pages/default.aspx#policy)

    http://www.internjobs.com

    http://www.monster.com

     

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    Setting Up Your Internship

    Students are responsible for making contact with employers, preparing / submitting a resume, interviewing, and other search-related activities. As we're able, the Biology Department Internship Coordinator, faculty, and EWU Internship Office may assist. Once you've lined up an internship position, you should:

    Contact Information

    Department of Biology
    258 Science Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: biology@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.2339

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