Biology Internships

Internship opportunities broaden the repertoire of students and enhance their abilities to enter jobs or post-graduate programs upon graduation not only because they gain valuable experience in their disciplines of study but also because they make important connections with people their field. Our students in Biology 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, St. Mary's 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. 

Finding Internship Opportunities

Biology majors and minors can learn about internship opportunities by: 

  • Contacting the Biology Department Internship Coordinator, Dr. Carrie McVean.
  • Utilizing the CMU Career Services Office.
  • Registering for and using Handshake, an online resource that helps connect CMU students with employers for internships.
  • Approaching the organization or business with whom they want to intern directly. 

Earning College Credit for Internships 

Registering for Internship (BIOL 499)

Whether they are paid or unpaid, students can earn academic credit for these experiences. In order to earn the academic credit, students need to work with the Biology Department Internship Coordinator or with a faculty member in Biology of their choice to initiate the paperwork necessary to earn college credit for the work. Students 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.

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.

For Employers

If you are an employer or organization who would like an intern who is majoring or minoring in Biology, please contact the Biology Department Internship Coordinator or CMU Career Services. Career Services can work to connect you with our biology students through e-mails and through notifications on Handshake, our online platform that connects employers with students. As an employer or organization, once you have registered on Handshake, you can post internships and jobs on the platform to recruit CMU students. 

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.