Student Fellowships, Internships, Conferences, Field Stations

As an undergraduate at SU, take advantage of opportunities designed for students, such as fellowships, internships, volunteer and research positions, etc.  Select a category and investigate options below.

Plan in advance!  Many fellowships, internships, or other positions have deadlines of six or more months in advance of the start date.


Fellowships and Scholarships for Biology Undergraduates


Local Student Employment

Work experience can dramatically improve your employment options after graduation. SU students have worked in volunteer, work-study, or internship positions with these organizations.


Research Internships and Programs

Undergraduate researchers have the opportunity to learn science and make discoveries in an environment that gives a realistic perspective on how science is done in the real world.  You will work with faculty and/or other researchers on a project, learning new approaches and gaining the knowledge and experience to work independently in your experiments.  Because of the variety of skills you will acquire, participation in such lab or field experiences is valued highly by future schools and employers.  Part of the process is taking the initiative to identify such an opportunity, whether on- or off-campus, local or distant, and many listings of research opportunities are offered below as resources for you in your search.  In addition, general information on research can be found at these sites:


Note:  Application deadlines for summer programs are typically in January or February.  


 Comprehensive Lists of Internships:

Biomedical Research Internship List   (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

Internships, Fellowships, etc. in NYC and more • Columbia University
Undergraduate Internships • Ecological Society of America
Research and Internship Databases (nat'l and int'l) • Purdue University
Paid Internship List • Rochester Institute of Technology


Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (links to nationwide programs):

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates  Each of these programs is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides a stipend for student researchers to do research, usually during the summer for 8-10 weeks.  Deadlines are typically in January-February.
NIH Summer Internship Program   The National Institutes of Health sponsors students to participate in research programs at one of their campuses in Maryland, Arizona, Michigan, Montana, or North Carolina.
NIH: Overview of its research and training opportunities These programs include scholarships, summer research opportunities, internships, and post-baccalaureate programs.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 10-week internships and semester co-ops in organizations throughout the US, including NASA, IBM, NOAA and Merck (**for students with disabilities)
Amgen Scholars Amgen sponsors a summer undergraduate research program for students at selected universities in California, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Washington.
Smithsonian Institution

Includes locations worldwide, including these:

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Smithsonian Science Education Center

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  

Summer Undergraduate Research or Internship Sites:

Many research institutes offer summer research programs or internships to undergraduates.  Below are a few, and many others are found in the lists of internships above.  When online searching, try using the term "SURF" or "SURP," as program names may include one of these acronyms.  




Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Summer Internship Program (SURP; national program, deadline is January 13, 2017)

• Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Lab Tech Training Summer Internship (deadline is April 21, 2017; further information is available in a flyer under the Events, News, Connections tab at left)

Institute for Systems Biology Internships

University of Washington Environmental Health Summer Research Program
List from CWU • Biology Internships from Central Washington University
California Scripps Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows
Minnesota Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) 
New York Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Research Internship Program
Texas Baylor College of Medicine Summer Medical and Research Training Program 
Virginia Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Campus Undergraduate Program


Summer Teaching Opportunity:

Breakthrough Collaborative National non-profit with 33 sites in US and Hong Kong.  Called Summerbridge in some sites.


 Undergraduate Research Conferences


Field Stations and Other Opportunities

Field stations (collections of listings):

Organization of Biological Field Stations  A comprehensive listing of field stations and their courses
School for Field Studies (SFS)   Semester & summer abroad programs in environmental field studies


Some field stations:

Blakely Island Field Station

Summer courses in collaboration with Seattle Pacific University, on Blakely Island in the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound, NW of Seattle

Below are the courses and dates offered in summer 2018.  Ones with asterisks will give you Biology Major credit in our program.
BIOL 1010-01   Environmental Science for non-majors; Aug 13-24
*BIOL 3660   Conservation Biology; June 11-22  
*BIOL 3890   Environmental Physiology; Aug 13-24 
*BIOL 3910   Wildlife Ecology; Aug 27- Sept 7
*BIOL 4620   Marine Ecology; July 9-20 
*BIOL 4630   Aquatic Ecology; June 25- Aug 6  
Cost per student, which includes tuition and room/board on Blakely Island, will be ~$4000 per class.
To register for any of these courses, please submit a 18SQ Closed Class Form to
Questions?  Contact Lindsay Whitlow at
Darling Marine Center Courses , internships, workshops on the coast of Maine, associated with University of Maine
Hatfield Marine Science Center Courses and internships on the coast of Oregon, associated with Oregon State University
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution     Semester programs, summer fellowships, jobs in Massachusetts
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program  2-year conservation leadership program  at UC Santa Cruz for early-career college students

Other sites and organizations:

Archaeotek Summer courses in human osteology and bioarchaeology in Romania
Eko Tracks Study abroad programs in veterinary science, conservation, and wildlife management; internships; volunteer opportunities; and ecotours in southern Africa


Note: Please remember that Seattle University will only accept transfer credit if you have a credit total of less than 135 credits. If you have 135 or more credits, the University will accept only the transfer of course content (and the credit will not be added to your SU total). If you have between 90-135 credits, the University will accept transfer of both course content and credit from a four-year institution. In all cases, turn in a Transfer Verification Request form to the Registrar before taking your course.


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