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Internship and Independent Study

Internships and Independent Study opportunities broaden the repertoire of students and enhance their abilities to enter jobs or post-graduate programs upon graduation. Our students have interned for a variety of organizations including the Boston Aquarium, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Land Management, the Grand River Mosquito Control District, Community Hospital, the Saccomanno Research Institute, the Marillac Clinic, the City of Grand Junction Water Treatment Plant, the Museum of the West, the Audubon Society, and the Animal Medical Clinic.

College Credit for Internships and Independent Studies

Internship (BIOL 499)

Although faculty members can advise students on which organizations they may approach for internship opportunities, internships are student-driven. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for the internship position and initiate the paperwork necessary to earn college credit for the work. Students can earn college credit for the internship by registering for BIOL 499; this is a variable-credit, upper-division course that can be taken for anywhere between two and ten credits. Each credit is equivalent to 45 hours of work as an intern. Up to TEN credits of BIOL 499 can count toward the upper-division requirements for the Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences.

Independent Study (BIOL 395 & BIOL 495)

This course, which can be taken for anywhere between one and three credits at the 300 level or at the 400 level, is designed for students who want more autonomy in their educational experiences. Students work under the supervision of a faculty mentor to complete a project related to the biological sciences. The project can take a variety of forms--it is up to the student and the faculty supervisor to determine the nature of the work. Up to twelve Independent Study credits can count toward the upper-division requirements for the Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences.

Internship opportunities in the National Parks Service

Dr. Dusty Perkins, the program director for the the Northern Colorado Plateau Network of the National Park Service, works with students to create internship opportunities among 16 national parks in the West.

Student Successes

Danace Arthur : Ms. Arthur interned with the National Audubon Society in Grand Junction, Colorado to survey small mammals at the Nature Center near Connected Lakes State Park.

Estephen Cordova: Mr. Cordova interned at the Palisade Insectary; as an intern he conducted experiments of invasive weeds.

Kristine Crippen: Ms. Crippen interned at the Division of Wildlife in Grand Junction, CO.

Zach Fitzner: Mr. Fitzner was a research intern in the Bahamas, collecting data on ground-nesting parrots. He also worked in Equatorial Guinea on a research project on sea turtles.

Alexis Holmes: Ms. Holmes worked as an historial forensics intern at the Museum of the West in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Steve Linsley: Mr. Lindsey interned at the City of Grand Junction Water Treatment Plant; as an intern, he worked on becoming certified to examine water for Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

Matthew Marvin: Mr. Marvin interned at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). After graduation, he took on a full-time position as a CBI agent.

Pam Mobley: Ms. Mobley interned at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). She now works for the CBI.

Austin Seay: Mr. Seay interned at the Boston Aquarium; as an intern, he worked with the aquarium's penguin population. After graduating, Mr. Seay took on a position at a Marine Institute in the Caribbean working to educate students on marine life through snorkeling and diving expeditions.

Denise Venzel: Ms. Venzel interned in the Crime Lab of the Mesa County Sheriff's Department in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Nicole White: Ms. White interned at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). After graduation, she took on a full-time position as an analyst at CBI.