The Biological Sciences Experiential Learning Fellowship aims to provide students with financial support to facilitate undergraduate experiential learning through internships. Accepted students can expect to receive financial support from the Department of Biological Sciences in the amount of $3,375. while interning 15-hours per week for the duration of one semester (15 weeks). Students will also concurrently enroll in BIO496, Biological Sciences Internship course, for 3 credits. Internships may be completed during the fall or spring semester.
To apply for internships, students must meet all the following criteria:
Some internships may have additional criteria. Site-specific requirements will be included in internship postings.
INTERNSHIP SITE ELIGIBILITY: Potential internships must provide students an opportunity to gain practical hands-on training, skill development and experience in a professional setting outside of the university and under the guidance of professionals in a work environment related to biology. Business and organizations must be located in Western New York and internships must allow students to meet the objectives of the BIO496 internship course which include:
OVERVIEW OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS: Businesses or organizations interested in participating will submit a brief application describing an intern’s anticipated duties and responsibilities. Clarity of the duties and responsibilities of student interns, and alignment to the objectives of the BIO496 internships course, will be taken into consideration for selection. Applications for fall internships will be considered until June 15. Applications for spring internships will be considered until November 15.
After review of applications, the internships positions accepted for the fellowship program will be posted to Handshake, powered by Bullseye, and shared with declared Biological Sciences majors. Interested students who meet the eligibility criteria outlined by the Department of Biological Sciences, and any additional internship-specific requirements defined by the internship site, will apply directly to the business or organization. Representatives from the internship site will conduct their own interviews and the select student intern they wish to work with, then notify the Biological Sciences Internship Coordinator of their decision.
DURING THE INTERNSHIP: Students will work 15 hours per week at their internship site over the duration of the semester.
During the internship, the business or organization must assign a supervisor to the student who will: