Biology Internship Guidelines

If you are looking for a biology internship, you have probably crossed a variety of opportunites, some available through the most prestigious colleges. The choices can be confusing, and you need to make some comparisons to be sure you get what you want. 

Finding a Biology Internship

Finding a biology internship isn't difficult. Biology is one of the most rapidly expanding academic sciences, and the colleges are actively looking for interns. Internships are available at summer, undergraduate and graduate levels. The best biology internships are advertised through the college networks, and they include various forms of internships offered by the best in the world, including

  • The FBI
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Princeton
  • The Smithsonian
  • UCLA
  • The American Museum of Natural History
  • Caltech.

The problem is finding the right one. Depending on which stream of biology you're studying, you can waste a lot of time and patience wading through the many available internships. You need to narrow down the choices to a select few. You should do this well in advance of your application dates, so you have plenty of time to prepare.

The best approach is to cross-check your studies against the internships and your career goals. If you're not sure, ask the internship provider for some guidance. Explain your needs, and they'll be able to tell you what internships they can provide. Your teachers and lecturers will also be able to fill in any blanks about what you need for your academic credits.

Tips for the Biology Internship Interview

If you're at entry level, consider this your first truly professional interview. Competition for the top-level internships is fierce, so you need to expend significant effort toward your application and interview. Remember also that you're competing with highly motivated people with strong claims to the positions.

Research the biology internship. As you prepare for the interview, combine your experiences and qualifications with the needs of the internship provider. These are the key issues they will want to determine about you:

  • Knowledge base: This is the academic part of the interview questions. Explain your qualifications, grades, prior experience in specific areas, particular fields of interest.
  • Technical skills: These interview questions all relate to functional roles of the biology internship. Consider your lab skills, information systems, research skills, field experience, technical writing abilities, publications, specialist equipment skills.
  • Communication skills: How you communicate your professional skills and knowledge to the interviewers is particularly important. Practice your interview skills and get interview training if necessary, to make sure you can deliver structured, well-focused answers to interview questions.
  • Motivation: Apply for those internships where you're most strongly motivated. Your enthusiasm and extra knowledge will count strongly in your favor, as they show your commitment and additional value to the interviewers.

The Value of a Biology Internship

For your future career, a good biology internship is a big advantage in the early stages of your employment. An internship with a top college or institution can open doors for you. You will also make good professional contacts and gain valuable access to people who can give you good advice regarding your future career and employment issues.