Internships in Biology
If you are thinking about an internship, first read the
information below. Next, discuss your plan with your adviser or the
head of the Biology Department. Further resources to help with
internships are Internship and Career Services (www.butler.edu/career/).
BI490. Internship in Biological Sciences: A course offering the
student supervised work/research experience in a setting pertinent
to the major area of study but outside the department. Permission
of the department head is required. (3)
An internship is an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills
learned in Biology classes within a workplace/professional setting.
Like any other class, the internship has an educational purpose as
well, involving observation, learning, reflection, analysis, and
To be eligible for an internship, a student should have 18
credit hours of Biology courses and a GPA of at least 2.5 overall.
In exceptional circumstances, the department head may override
- The internship must provide an opportunity to apply knowledge
and skills learned in Biology classes within a
workplace/professional setting. The student must keep a written
journal describing such activities.
- To accomplish its educational purpose, the internship must
allow an opportunity for the student to learn. Such learning can be
accomplished by having the student conduct one or more independent
projects. The student must prepare a written report of such
independent projects and make an oral presentation to the
department based on the report.
- A Biology faculty member must supervise the internship, assess
the performance of the intern, and assign the grade based on the
written work presented and the assessment of the on-site
- There must be an on-site supervisor who agrees to guide the
student in completing the goals of the internship. The on-site
supervisor will provide an assessment of the student's performance
to the faculty supervisor.
- The internship must require a minimum of nine hours of work per
week, not including the academic component.
- The internship may be paid or unpaid.