Launch: Internship Information for Students

Approval of credit-bearing (BIOL/INES) 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 approve on-site (i.e. in person) internship experiences for BIOL/INES academic credit only if the internship conditions adhere to the University’s COVID safely guidelines. In making internship approval decisions, we will consider 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 will continue to be considered for approval for academic credit. Students should apply as usual through the Launch Internship Program website to seek approval of their internship opportunity as a BIOL/INES credit bearing internship.

Please note, the BIOL/INES internship-for-credit approval process will now require that students acknowledge their willingness to adhere to the department’s COVID internship requirements. Details of these requirements can be found in the internship approval application form.

  • What internships qualify for academic credit?
  • How do I find an internship?
  • Student eligibility requirements
  • How do I earn academic credit for my internship?

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.

  • Internships can be completed during an academic semester (i.e. Fall or Spring) or during the summer months.
  • 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 or 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 student is a full-time and degree seeking Marquette student with a major in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences. These majors include Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Environmental Studies, and Physiological Sciences. 
  • The student is making satisfactory progress towards their major in the Department of Biological Sciences, has completed 50 credits towards their degree, and is in good academic standing.
  • The student must apply for the Launch Internship Program online. The student’s internship must be preapproved for BIOL/INES credit by the Launch Internship Program Director, and this approval must be obtained before starting the internship.

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.

To earn academic credit for an internship experience, students are required to:

  1. Apply to the Launch Internship Program online and talk to the Internship Director to receive pre-approval for your internship. 
  2. Register for and successfully complete BIOL/INES 3986 (Part-Time Internship - 0 cr.) or BIOL/INES 3987 (Full-Time Internship - 0 cr.) during the semester (or summer) of the internship or co-op experience.

    Note: completion of BIOL/INES 3986 or BIOL/INES 3987 allows the internship experience to show on the student’s transcript - regardless of whether they subsequently opt for earning academic credit through completion of BIOL/INES 4987.

    Note: BIOL/INES 3987 is only used for students pursuing a full-time co-op internship experience during an academic semester. Registering for this course allows students to maintain their full-time student status when they are away from campus during their co-op experience.

    Successful completion of BIOL/INES 3986 (or BIOL/INES 3987) course requires students to complete:
    1. 140 hr. (BIOL/INES 3986) or 450 hr. (BIOL/INES 3987) of internship work (and documented on supervisor signed time logs)
    2. SMART goal setting
    3. Mid-point and final performance reviews
    4. Reflection essays
  3. Students must register for and successfully complete BIOL/INES 4987 - Applying the Internship Experience (3 cr.) as this course is the credit-bearing aspect of their internship experience. The BIOL/INES 4987 course may be taken concurrently with their internship or in the semester directly following their internship. This weekly 1-hour, 3 cr. seminar provides students with career preparedness education and opportunities for reflection and communication on the internship experience.

Will my internship credit count towards my major?

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 Program and the requirements to earn academic credit for your internship, contact:

Application Questions:

Program Questions:

Deb Weaver
Administrative Assistant

Wehr Life Sciences, 109

Dr. Rosemary Stuart
Launch Internship Director

Wehr Life Sciences, 309