Why do an internship?
Internships are designed to provide practical work experience outside of the classroom. In chemistry, such internships often include research experiences, building upon skills acquired in the lab and concepts learned in the classroom. Students can receive academic course credit for the program and should expect to learn practical skills as well as facts about a particular career.
Internships can be in:
State and Federal Government Laboratories
Can I get paid for an internship?
Yes!! Many of our students are accepted each year into internship programs where salaries and housing are provided. These provide students excellent opportunities to experience what graduate school or industry would be like, living in either the Pittsburgh region or another part of the country.
Relevant links on some of these programs are provided below.
What if my internship is unpaid?
W&J has unique programs where students can receive funding from the college to support their summer internship or project. This is especially invaluable for unpaid internships.
W&J's Merck Internships for Excellence in Science Program awards students funding to conduct biomedical research. (A recent student used Merck funding to conduct biomedical research in the Netherlands.) Contact Dr. Candy DeBerry for more information.
The Magellan Project is where you can "design your own adventure" and receive money from W&J to support your summer dream. (A student used Magellan funding to pursue her interest in art conservation, working in the analytical lab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Another student used Magellan funding to study health care in Ecuador.)
W&J's Edwin M. Linton Endowment provides money for internships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MLB) at Woods Hole.
W&J's Mazingira Fund (the Environmental Studies Fund formerly known as the Cargill Grant) awards funding for environmental research. Contact Dr. Bob East for more information.
At various times, W&J has also had funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to support student research. In addition, internal funding is often available for on-campus summer research.
Students are encouraged to talk to chemistry faculty to learn more information about available internships. In addition, those students who are declared chemistry majors or minors will have access to the chemistry Sakai site where recent internship and job openings are posted.
What have recent students done?
For examples of projects that our students worked on the past few summers, visit our links for: