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Research: Off-Campus and Internships


An off-campus internship can be the perfect opportunity for you to find professional application for the concepts and principles you learn in Calvin's biology program.

Geoff ScottAs an intern, you would work on a specific project under the direction of an employer-supervisor in an academic, non-profit or government agency. You will earn four credit hours for your internship and may be paid a stipend.

Finding an internship

Where should start when looking for an off-campus internship?

  • Your professors and advisor are always a good place to start when searching for an off-campus internship opportunity.
  • Watch the biology department summer research bulletin boards on the first and second floors of De Vries Hall for postings of summer research internship opportunities.
  • As a biology student, you will receive announcements via e-mail about internships, so keep an eye on your inbox.
  • Search for internships online and by networking with acquaintances who have contacts in the research world. You may be able to find an opportunity in your own hometown or a different part of the country or world where you would love to travel.

Places to start your search

Following are ongoing internship opportunities that Calvin students have taken advantage of in the past:

  • Each summer, the National Science Foundation funds Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) at universities and research institutes all over the country. These programs cover all areas of biology. A stipend, usually $3,000–4,000 is provided as well as housing, meals and travel expenses.
  • The Van Andel Research Institute has a very close relationship with Calvin College and many students are accepted into the summer research program (see the "Real World" example above). Applications for summer are due in February. Lab assistant positions are also available during the academic year and summers.

Summer 2013

Research and Internship opportunities for 2013

Internships list from 2012

Biology in the real world

Senior Allison Schepers landed an internship at Grand Rapids’ premier medical research facility, Van Andel Institute. She’s helping to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a disease that took her grandfather’s life in 2009.

Get more info

Contact Calvin's internship coordinator, Professor John Ubels or Pat Buist.

Watch for e-mail messages and check the summer research bulletin boards on the first and second floors of DeVries Hall.