College of Science Internships
Internships & Opportunities
The CoS Job and Internship Board is comprised of organizations that are interested in College of Science students. These postings are not part of the facilitated program and are listed here as a service to students and employers. Each entry contains specific instructions on how to apply to that organization/position. These positions do not go through a vetting process and do not necessarily reflect the views or values of the CoS Internship Program, College of Science, or University of Utah.
Update for COVID: Students are strongly encouraged to consider safety and current conditions when applying to positions. Internships must meet the current University COVID-19 criteria in order to be approved by the University. For University of Utah COVID-19 criteria/updates, visit the COVID-19 updates page. The positions below have not been vetted and may or may not be adhering to these criteria. Students should contact employers directly for more information about their COVID-19 safety practices.
If you have any questions, reach out to the internship coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Echelon Biosciences Inc. (Currently Collecting Applications)
Echelon Biosciences Inc. (EBI) is currently collecting internship applications in anticipation of hosting interns when they feel it is safe to do so. Below is the internship description. To learn more about EBI, visit their website: https://echelon-inc.com/
- Must have a major or minor in Biology or Chemistry OR a related College of Science major (ex. Biomedical Physics)
- Must have junior or senior standing at the time of application (at least 60 completed college credits, which can include transfer credit, AP test credit, etc.)
- Must have completed introductory science coursework (ex. BIOL 1210/1610, CHEM 1210, or equivalent) and be enrolled in upper-level science courses.
Echelon Biosciences is a biologic reagents company based in Salt Lake City, UT. We are seeking applications for our Internship Program from qualified and highly motivated university students that are interested in pursuing a career in biotechnology and related fields.
Our program’s goal is to encourage young, aspiring scientists by providing them with a unique environment within the biotechnology sector for project-based training.
Successful applicants will be assigned a project mentor based on the applicant’s stated goals and knowledgebase. Successful applicants may be asked to assist with a variety of activities ranging from basic product quality procedures to product research and development.
General application guidelines are as follows:
- Applicants must be enrolled in a relevant degree program related to the Biological Sciences or Chemistry
- Applicants must be able to commit to a specified workload of at least half-time*
- Must have completed science course pre-requisites and be enrolled in upper-level courses; minimum two years of completed course work in total
- Applicants will also be expected to have good organizational and time management skills
*Time commitment is flexible based on the credit requirements for an applicant’s course and/or university, though the suggested minimum for this requirement would be 15 hrs./week for 12 weeks.
- Basic lab bench skills – pipetting, sample handling, lab safety
Applications can be submitted to Cameron Day, Cday@echelon-inc.com
Natural History Museum of Utah (Currently Collecting Applications)
The Natural History Museum of Utah is currently collecting internship applications in anticipation of hosting interns when they feel it is safe to do so. Any student interested in interning, volunteering, or working with the museum is encouraged to fill out their student internship form: https://nhmu.utah.edu/student-internships.
ARUP almost continuously hires for student technicians and similar roles. Internship postings will be added to the job board, but students who would like lab experience are encouraged to check out ARUP’s open positions: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/ARU1000ARUP/JobBoard/62cc791d-612e-42e6-909f-0de27efe2038/?q=&o=postedDateDesc
Hinckley Institute Internships
The Hinckley Institute offers internships locally, nationally, and globally. If you intern through Hinckley, there is a required course that goes with their program.
- Spring 2021 DC deadline: September 15th
- Summer 2021 Global deadline: open until filled
- Spring 2021 Local deadline: October 11th
- Spring 2021 Legislative deadline: October 11th
There will also be an information session for the Truman Scholarship on October 1st. See Hinckley’s website for more details.
U.S. State Department Opportunity-closing October 21, 2020
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
The program pays for two years of master’s study in a field related to international affairs, two paid internships with the State Department and a guaranteed position as a Foreign Service Officer upon graduation. Application due by October 21, 2020. For details and to apply: https://pickeringfellowship.org/
Muse Scholar Program
The Muse Scholar Program connects students with a “signature” opportunity while they are at the U. This is a great way to join a welcoming community, get involved, and get ready for an internship:https://muse.utah.edu/become-a-muse-scholar/
The Bennion Center
Requirements for interning are the highest they have ever been! While this may seem daunting, there are simple steps you can take to be ready for your dream internship. One very good way to be in position for an internship is to volunteer. Volunteering helps you gain important transferrable skills that employers need including communication, problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, and cultural fluency. Find volunteer opportunities through the Bennion Center, your favorite community project, or at that company you want to intern with!
College of Science Crocker Science Center Internship
Applicants should have completed and passed (at minimum) an intro level lab course in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics by Dec 31st. Advanced labs in these subjects are of course accepted as well, even if an intro level course was not taken. For example, completion of CHEM 1215 OR PHYS 2015 OR BIOL 1615 is sufficient.
This internship is ideal for those students looking for practical, hands on laboratory experience in multiple disciplines in order to prepare for a job in industry after graduation.
This internship is designed as a 3-year program (with some flexibility on a case-by-case basis), to ideally be completed during a student’s sophomore, junior and senior academic years. Students will receive hands-on laboratory experience while helping to manage Crocker Science Center laboratory spaces and prepare equipment, supplies and chemicals/biologicals for laboratory courses taught in the Center. Participants will often work as part of a team with other internship members. In addition, they will be working with, learning from, receiving feedback from and reporting directly to the Manager of Educational Laboratory Facilities at the Crocker Science Center. Also, participants may have the opportunity to work with and learn from staff members/faculty of other departments.
Each year, participants will be receiving an increased level of responsibility. A rough outline of some of those responsibilities is presented below. This list is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.
- Basic prepping and maintenance/upkeep of stockroom areas – includes chemical inventory.
- Basic accounting associated with laboratory costs
- Help with training of sophomore program inductees
- Increased role in prepping and maintenance/upkeep of stockroom areas – includes chemical inventory
- Basic accounting associated with laboratory costs
- Develop and write up 1-2 complete interdisciplinary laboratory experiments for an entry-level laboratory course – fully tested and optimized
- Help with supervision of Junior and Sophomore program members
- Increased role in prepping and maintenance/upkeep of stockroom areas -includes chemical inventory
- Basic accounting associated with laboratory costs
- Attend Dean’s Office Staff Meetings
- Develop and write up 3-4 complete interdisciplinary laboratory experiments- fully tested and optimized
In addition to the above responsibilities, participants will be asked for and given formal feedback at regular intervals throughout the year.
Upon completion of this program, students should have acquired the following skills/experience:
- 3 years of experience in a laboratory environment
- Use and maintenance of analytical laboratory equipment
- Leadership and mentoring experience
- Understanding of proper laboratory safety and hygiene
- Developing and writing up laboratory experiments
- Maintenance of a chemical inventory
- Waste management
- Preparation of equipment and supplies (including chemical solutions, biological media, etc.) for a variety of STEM-focused laboratory courses
- Understanding of best practices in laboratory environments
- Working with a supervisor as well as faculty to develop and meet critical deadlines
Additionally, while participating in the program students are encourage (but not required) to take advantage of the following opportunities:
- Attending seminars on a wide variety of topics and disciplines
- Volunteer tutoring of fellow students (potentially college and/or high school)
Internship participants are expected to work approximately 15 hours per week (Roughly Aug. 1st to May 7th excluding University holidays and Fall and Spring Break). Weekly scheduling is flexible though participants must be able to complete their hours spread out over at least 3 days during the normal workweek (Monday through Friday, 8 am- 5 pm). Students are not expected to work during the summer (though this may be possible) to provide time for other internships, research opportunities or taking additional courses.
1st year participants will be compensated at a rate of $15/hr. 2nd and 3rd year participants may receive raises commensurate with the quality of their work.
The above pay scale is not guaranteed and is subject to change depending on the performance of the participant.
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) provides resources for students in STEM fields including research opportunities, internships, and funding. The listings include opportunities that are specific to the University of Utah, nation-wide, and international opportunities. To brows opportunities, visit their website: https://pathwaystoscience.org/
Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)
The Office of Undergraduate Research has variety of resources for research opportunities and funding: https://our.utah.edu/
The Student University Development Opportunity program places students in positions of interest throughout the university, including automation, data analytics, security, web design and more. They have a high success rate of placing students and the positions are paid. For more information and to apply, go to sudo.utah.edu.
Keep in mind that securing an internship abroad can take time and you will need to apply early. Learning Abroad recommends starting the process a year before your intended start date. If this option is of interest to you, you can start the process by attending a Learning Abroad 101 session, by contacting the CoS Internship Coordinator, or by contacting Eric Boscsan, the Learning Abroad Coordinator for the College of Science.
School of Biological Sciences
The School of Biological Sciences maintains an internship board for Biology students: https://www.biology.utah.edu/undergraduate/internship.php
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Postings
The NREL frequently posts for internship positions in Washington D.C. and Golden, Colorado. Check out available listings: https://nrel.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/NREL
Tesla routinely hires for internships and CO-OP positions, often starting in the fall. To see options and apply go to tesla.com/careers
Tesla also frequently posts through Handshake. If you have set up your account, you should be able to receive email updates of new postings.
Good to know for a competitive application:
- Employee referrals are taken very seriously while making hiring decisions
- Intern housing and relocation assistance provided at the Reno location
- Interns are part of project teams and have responsibilities like full-time employees
- Skills Tesla looks for – willingness to learn, people skills, public speaking and clear writing, problem-solving, self-learning
- Offers Professional Development & Community Engagement
- Applicants encouraged to reach out to onsite staff via LinkedIn
- Intern applicants can send materials directly to email@example.com
Blackrock Microsystems invites internship applications from students and recent graduates with significant technical skills or coursework/training in neurology. Candidates who feel they would be a good fit should carefully read the website, craft a professional resume, and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, explaining their field of interest, why they are interested in Blackrock Microsystems, and how they would contribute to the organization.
Utah Department of Public Safety Forensic Services
The lab recommends contacting them about a year before your desired internship start date. Because the lab requires substantial coursework, the best time to apply is your Junior year for a Senior year internship. Internships are not compensated, but the lab does like to hire from its intern population.
If selected for an internship, you will need to pass a background check.
For more information, visit their website at https://forensicservices.utah.gov/internships/
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
The U.S. Department of State is interested in recruiting STEM majors. They have an internship program that, while not a direct job pipeline, allows students to work on actual state department teams and gain experience in this field. Information can be found on their website: https://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships/.