How to Apply for an Internship

Internship programs

Every internship program listed on this page has its own Website. Each Website should contain all the information you need about each specific program, including application forms and contact information for individuals in charge of each internship program.

Note that different programs are targeted at different groups of students. Follow the program's guidelines regarding eligibility. For example, some programs are strictly designed for students who intend to enter a Ph.D. (doctoral) program to pursue a research career: other programs only accept students who are considering careers in biomedical research and who intend to enter M.D./Ph.D. programs.

Note that each program also sets its own application deadline, so deadlines will vary. Some application deadlines are as early as the beginning of January. YOU are responsible for meeting all the deadlines.

Individuals affiliated with W&J

Individuals affiliated with W&J are alumni, colleagues and friends who have offered to host W&J students in their laboratories if there are available research projects and funds. Inclusion in this list does not guarantee that the individual will be able to host a student for any particular summer or January, or that the individual will have funds for the student.

If you are interested in the possibility of doing an internship in the laboratory of one of the individuals on this list, contact Dr. DeBerry first for more information.

Funding for internships

Virtually all of the nationally-advertised internship programs listed on the Biology Department's internships page include a stipend (typically $3500 - $5000 for a 10-week summer program). Many also include housing and meals. Some even include roundtrip airfare.

If you are interested in an internship position that does not include funding, or in an internship with unusually high expenses (e.g., international internships), funding may be available through the following sources:

  • W&J's Mylan Internships program -- NEW IN 2013 --
  • W&J's Merck Internships For Excellence in Science program
  • W&J's Edwin M. Linton Endowment for internships at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • W&J's Magellan Project


For the Merck/Mylan/Linton Research Internships Application Form for Summer 2013, see attachment below. Merck/Mylan/Linton Research Internships Applications are due  Monday, February 4, 2013.


For national internship programs at institutions other than W&J, applications typically include the following:

  • A copy of your college transcript

The request may be for an official or an unofficial copy: check each program's guidelines. Copies of transcripts should be obtained from the Registrar's Office.

  • A copy of your resume or C.V. (curriculum vitae)

The Office of Career Services has valuable information on how to create a resume or C.V. You may also choose to schedule an appointment with Roberta Cross, Director of Career Services, to discuss your resume/C.V.

It is also very important to have a faculty member in the sciences (such as your academic advisor) look over your resume or C.V. before you submit it. They can offer you guidelines for organization as well as content.

Remember to include:

  • research experiences (including course-based research projects, research-intensive courses such as independent study, presentations at scientific poster sessions, scientific conferences attended, etc)
  • experiences as laboratory assistant for a course
  • experiences as teaching assistant (e.g., for BIO 101/102, CHM 160/170)
  • participation in seminar courses (e.g., BCH 401 Biochemistry Seminar, BIO 301 Biology Seminar)
  • membership in science-related organizations (e.g Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society, Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society)
  • An essay describing your career goals, research interests, and/or reasons for applying for a particular internship

The particular focus of the essay will vary from program to program: read the application information carefully to determine what information to emphasize in your essay.

Remember that the focus of your essay should be your preparation and motivation: be sure to include all research experiences you have had (including course-based research projects, presentations at scientific poster sessions, scientific conferences attended, etc.)

It is very important to have a faculty member in the sciences (for example, your academic advisor) read your essay before you submit it. They can help you focus and refine your writing.

  • At least two letters of recommendation

These letters of recommendation should be from science faculty members who know you well and who are familiar with your achievements in your science courses. Faculty members are very busy people; therefore, ask the faculty members to write your letter of recommendation at least two weeks before the application deadline.

Give the faculty member(s) a list of addresses and due dates for each internship program to which you are applying. It is also helpful to give the faculty member(s) a copy of your essay and of your resume when you ask them to write a letter for you.

Do not hesitate to ask for multiple letters if you are applying to more than one internship program. Once the faculty member writes a letter of recommendation for you, it is usually not much extra work to modify that letter for different internship programs.

An excellent guideline to preparing applications can be found at Writing Successful Applications for Biomedical Research Training Programs, published by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education. Although it is intended for individuals who have already completed a B.S. or B.A., most of the information is applicable to undergraduates seeking research in

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