Student Information

The College of Science Internship program is offered for University of Utah College of Science undergraduate students and is coordinated by the Center for Science & Mathematics Education. This program connects qualified students with internships and short-term employment opportunities. The program is offered every semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).


In order to qualify, students must be currently matriculated at the University of Utah and meet the following academic criteria at the time their internship application is submitted: 1) at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA; 2) successful completion of at least 30 credit hours (these credits must be completed at the time the application is submitted, NOT in progress); 3) a declared College of Science major.

Read below for more information about the program and the application process. We are pleased to offer students up to $1,000 in funding for Summer 2018 internships! Click here for more information.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

Summer 2018 Internships:

  • May 14, 2018: Internships begin (start date varies by employer)
  • Aug 3, 2018: Mandatory symposium at the UofU for students in the Summer program; College of Science Summer Internship Program ends. (Employers may choose to offer internships that extend beyond this date).

Fall 2018 Internships (subject to change):

  • Aug 14, 2018: Student application cycle opens
  • Sept 7, 2018: Employers receive pre-screened student applications and begin making selections
  • Sept 25, 2018: Deadline for employers to make hiring decisions
  • Sept 28, 2018: Mandatory job-readiness orientation at the UofU for students who have accepted internship offers (this event is for students only)
  • Oct 1, 2018: Internships begin (start date varies by employer)
  • Dec 7, 2018: Mandatory symposium at the UofU for students in the Fall program; program ends. (Employers may choose to offer internships that extend beyond this date).

Frequently Asked Questions:

As a student, how do I apply to the program?

All students who wish to participate must apply online to the program during the student application cycle. Within your online application, you will submit an unofficial transcript, cover letter(s), resume, and list of references. You will also sign a Student Internship Agreement and indicate which internship opportunities are of interest to you.

The list of internship opportunities is available on our job board

For assistance in developing your resume and cover letter, contact Career Services. For questions and tips about writing a competitive cover letter, contact us.

What happens after I submit an application?

Once the College of Science Internship program receives your application, it will be screened for the academic criteria set by the program (current matriculation status, 3.0 cumulative GPA, at least 30 completed credit hours, a declared College of Science major), and the minimum qualifications set by the employers (class standing, specific major, prior coursework). If you pass the initial screening, your application materials will be forwarded to internships that are of interest to you. The employers will review your application and conduct additional screening to select a candidate. Some employers may conduct interviews or request additional information about your qualifications. In addition, some applicants may be contacted by more than one potential employer and may receive multiple internship offers.

When do student internship positions start, and how long are they?

Internship start and end dates generally correspond with the semester. Different employers may have different requirements. Interns are required to participate in a mandatory job-readiness orientation at the UofU before starting their internships.

How many hours each week will students work?

Hour requirements will vary by position. Some employers may wish to have full-time interns, while others will be part-time. Each position listed on our job board will include information about the weekly hours required.

Will positions be paid?

Compensation will vary by employer; students and employers should review the Fair Labor Standards Act. Each position listed on our job board will include information about compensation. For Summer 2018, we are pleased to offer funding to participating students. 

Can I get academic credit for an internship?

Although the College of Science Internship Program does not have an associated for-credit course, you may be able to pursue credit through your department or through Career Services. For instance, the Biology department offers a for-credit internship course (Biol 3960). You should contact your advisor to discuss your options.

What happens during the internship?

Once you have received and accepted an internship offer, you will become a part of our program. You will be expected to participate in the job-readiness orientation early in the semester and start work with the internship employer shortly thereafter. We will check in with you regularly during the course of the internship to see how the experience is going. At the end of the semester, you will participate in a final symposium to discuss your work. Interns will also be expected to participate in evaluation activities and provide feedback to the internship program.

What if I am an international student?

Contact Career Services and/or the International Student & Scholar Services to determine the steps necessary to be eligible for employment.

Quick Links:

Student Application Form

Student Internship Agreement (this form is here for reference only; it is included within the Student Application Form)

Available Internships

Fair Labor Standards Act

Career Services

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