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.
Internships are an excellent way to:
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.
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)
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 Faculty, and EWU Internship Office may assist. Once you've lined up an internship position, you should:
With your faculty advisor:
Begin your internship and have fun!
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