An "internship" is work experience directly related to a college major. Eastern's Biology Department strongly recommends an internship for all its majors (and requires it for the BA Biological Studies major). For many students, biology-related internships confirm their choice of career and provide useful contacts and training. Occasionally an internship helps a student decide to change career directions, and that, too, is valuable. For some, an internship has led directly to a job offer.
The final responsibility for arranging an internship is yours, but as a department, we try to help in the search process. We have a department pizza supper every year related to resume development and job and internship search strategies. Individually, we'll be glad to talk through career goals with you one-on-one, and help with specific contacts whenever we can.
Some examples of recent student internships include:
- Pathology lab, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia (researching aspects of molecular pathology of tumor progression and general tissue analysis for a cancer hospital)
- Community Supported Agriculture, Philadelphia area. Helped manage a low-input vegetable farm focused on local markets.
- Pennsylvania Dept/Env. Protection. Assessment of underground storage tank leakage and groundwater quality
- Public health promotion and assessment with the government of Belize, Central America or in Philadelphia area through Jefferson Health Systems
- Sustainable tropical agriculture techniques, private organic farmer, Belize, Central America
- Policy analysis related to wetland and clean water regulations, the Sierra Club, Washington, D.C.
- Africa Evangelical Fellowship in Angola. Assisted physicians and other health workers in surgery and other public health issues in remote areas affected by the civil war.
- Policy analysis and lobbying, focusing on consumption and justice issues, Mennonite Central Committee, Washington, D.C.
Biology 495: Two to 12 credit hours/semester; up to five credit hours total can count toward elective requirements.
Eastern University requires these conditions for an internship:
- Departmental approval of the internship and the preparation of the intern.
- The supervising faculty member must be able to contact an internship supervisor.
- A minimum of 40 hours on-the-job is required per credit hour. For example, if a student worked eight hours/week (one full day/week or two full afternoons/week) for each of the 15 weeks of a semester, 120 hours of internship experience would thus be eligible for three credit hours.
In addition, our department requires a journal to be kept by the intern and a term paper summarizing the experience and discussing one issue in depth, with relevant references.