Launch: Internships in Biology

Employer Requirements

  • The experience must be an extension of the biology classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform. The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings. A shadowing experience will not be accepted as a Launch internship.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description detailing the type of work experiences the intern will participate in.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the students’ academic and professional goals.
  • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience. The student intern should have one assigned supervisor who will meet regularly with the intern and provide routine feedback.
  • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
  • Interview and select the student intern(s), and inform the students (and the faculty program coordinator) of their status (selected or not) at least one month prior to the start date of the internship. 

      • Within one week of the start of the internship, the following will be reviewed with the student and submitted to the internship coordinator:
      • Work tasks and assignments to be completed by the intern
      • A training plan that includes how training will take place and by whom
      • Set expectations for work due dates
      • Explain how and from whom the intern will receive feedback
      • Share standards of the workplace, such as dress code, confidentiality and workplace safety training.
      • Address limitations to the use of cell phone, Internet and social media, if they exist
      • Provide a written evaluation to the program director at the mid-point and after completion of the internship.
  • We ask employers to submit any requirements (course or otherwise) that are in addition to the department’s student eligibility requirements to the internship committee. It is highly recommended that the employer provides the internship with a clearly defined salary or hourly wage.

For more information about the Launch Internship Program, contact:

Application Questions:

Program Questions:

Kirsten Boeh
Launch Program Assistant

Wehr Life Sciences, 109

Dr. Rosemary Stuart
Launch Internship Director

Wehr Life Sciences, 309