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Approval of credit-bearing (BIOL/INES) summer internships: Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Marquette’s current COVID-19 guidelines, the Department of Biological Sciences and the Environmental Studies program will not be approving on-site (i.e. in person) internship experiences for BIOL/INES academic credit this summer. In making this decision, we considered the fact that Wisconsin and many other states are currently under safer-at-home orders, the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, and most importantly, the health and safety of our students. Internship placements where a student would be working 100 % remotely may still be considered for approval for academic credit. Students should apply as usual through the Launch Internship Program website to seek approval of their remote internship opportunities as a BIOL/INES credit bearing internship. We understand from many students and employers that numerous internship opportunities are being cancelled this summer and recruitment plans are on hold for the Fall semester. We will continue to evaluate the situation as the Fall semester approaches, but please note it remains a possibility that we will not be approving on-site internship experiences for BIOL/INES credit this coming Fall semester also.
Internships that qualify for the academic credit through the Launch Internship Program are opportunities that allow a student to investigate a career related to the biological sciences in depth. The experience must have clearly defined learning objectives/goals that are related to the professional goals of the biological sciences and/or environmental studies student. Internships may be part-time or full-time.
Part-time and summer internships require a minimum of 12-15 hours per week and must complete 140 working hours within one semester or summer period. Students must complete BIOL/INES 3986 (0 cr.) concurrently with their part-time or summer internship.
Full-time internships during the fall or spring semester are also possible (i.e. co-ops) and these require 30-40 hours per week for a total of 450 hours/semester. Students maintain their full-time student status during this period by enrolling in BIOL/INES 3987 (0 cr.).
If you are hoping to use your internship position towards fulfilling requirements for academic credit, the internship position needs to be preapproved, i.e. before you start on the internship. To seek approval for your internship, you should work closely with the Internship Program Director and formally complete the Launch Internship Program Application. Note the application process will require you to submit the formal job description for your internship opportunity and to provide the name and contact details for your future internship supervisor.
Students are encouraged to independently arrange their internships. Some options are posted on Handshake or on our Internship Resources page, but students are free to seek opportunities beyond those listed there.
Career posting websites such as www.indeed.com or www.biospace.com can also be useful. Check out the Careers pages of companies and organizations. Please note that organizations often recruit for their summer internship positions in the fall or early spring months.
The Launch Internship Program offers a mechanism for students to earn academic credit for their preapproved internships through completion of BIOL/INES 3986/3987 (0 cr.) and BIOL/INES 4987 (3 cr.) course combinations.
For students majoring in Biological Sciences (BSCI) completion of the BIOL 4987 – Applying the Internship Experience course will fulfill EITHER one of the three required BIOL lab electives OR one of the three required BIOL mastery level electives
For Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BIMB) majors, the completion of the BIOL 4987 – Applying the Internship Experience course can count towards one of your required electives for this major.
For Physiological Sciences (PHSC) majors, the BIOL 4987 – Applying the Internship Experience course can count towards fulfillment of the BIOL mastery level elective requirement
Environmental Studies (INES) students must complete either a credit bearing internship or independent research study experience. INES 4987 – Applying the Internship Experience counts as this credit bearing internship experience.
For Bioinformatics (INBI) majors, completion of the BIOL 4987 – Applying the Internship Experience course can count towards your required BIOL elective for this major.
For more information about the Launch Internship Program, contact:
Wehr Life Sciences, 109
Dr. Rosemary Stuart
Wehr Life Sciences, 309