Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Department of Biological Sciences

Student Opportunities

Research and Internships

One of the ways you can enhance your chances of obtaining the job you want or that coveted position in graduate or professional school is to obtain experience outside the classroom as an undergraduate student. There are two main ways to obtain experience beyond the classroom: research experiences and internships.

Research experience can be gained through collaborative work with a scientist in the Department of Biological Sciences here at Towson or through numerous opportunities off campus. Students engage in original research under the supervision of a senior scientist at Towson, other university, government laboratories, or in industry. A research experience is particularly recommended for students interested in graduate or professional school.

Internships provide students the opportunity to put what they are learning into practice and involve work experience in a industrial or business setting. During internships students can begin to build a network of contacts and practical experience that can be quite valuable in obtaining a job upon graduation.

Research Experiences:

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate sites. Located at research and institutes of higher education throughout the United States, these sites offer a stipend, room and board, and travel costs in most cases. Programs are usually 10 weeks and seek rising sophamores and juniors. A list of active sites can be found at Some of these sites are listed below.

The Penn State College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Programs for 2013. Deadline: February 11.

Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Institute for Biological Education. Deadline: February 15.

Summer Internship Program, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware. Deadline: February 15.

Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science. Deadline March 1.

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School in Biomedical Science Summer Undergraduate Program. Application deadline: February 1 with notification by March 15.

Summer Institute in the Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Delaware. Deadline April 1.

American Physiological Society (APS) offers a number of summer research fellowships, many of which target underrepresented groups in physiology. Application deadlines: February 1st or just shortly after each year.

The University of Missouri (MU) offers an NIH-funded postbaccalaureate program (NIH PREP) that is designed to prepare recent underrepresented BA/BS graduates, or students who will have earned their BA/BS by May, for entry into competitive PhD programs in biomedical relevant disciplines. MU PREP provides a highly mentored environment that includes an individualized research experience, targeted but limited coursework, and professional development including GRE preparation and assistance in the graduate application process, with a stipend of $27,200. The specific mix of activities is individually designed to meet the needs of each Scholar. The program just received its second renewal that will fund MU PREP through 2017. The program is described in detail on their web site (, including very important information on the success of their former MU PREP Scholars.

The Windows to Regulatory Research Internship Program provides an opportunity to spend your summer working at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) with internationally-renowned scientists, in an environment committed to protecting human and animal health. Whether you work at CVM headquarters in Rockville, MD or at its premier research facility in Laurel, MD, you will help the Center in its efforts to shape a safer and more productive world for all animals and the public at large.



SCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORY INTERSHIP (SULI) AT OAK RIDGE NATION LABORATORY (ORNL). The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. APPLICATION DEADLINEIS JUNE 12, 2013 5:00 PM ET. APPLY AT:HTTP://SCIENCE.EMERGY.GOV/WDTS/.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH, National Istitutes of Health (NIH) . These internships have a central application process, are paid, and can be located throughout the United States at any of the NIH laboratories or facilities. Note that travel, housing and board are not covered by these internships. A description of the program can be found at Applications are available in mid-November and are due by March 1st each year.

Paid internship with Baltimore County this summer (2013). The position is 7 weeks, 34 hours/week, $9/hour with the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection. For more information contact Dr. Kevin Brittingham at

Unpaid internships with Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection can be used for BIOL 493 credit. Contact Dr. Kevin Brittingham ( to arrange internships with the County and Dr. Erik Scully ( to arrange biology credit.

Chicago Botanic Garden Conservation and Land Management Internship. These are five-month paid internships to assist biologists and other professional staff at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS), U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and other federal agencies. Internships are primarily located in one of the 12 western states, including Alaska.

“Windows to Regulatory Research” is an internship program at the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Students in this internship learn about 1) environmental risk assessment of drugs, 2) the balance of law, policy, and science in a regulatory environment, and 3) the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

The Directorate Resource Assistants Fellows Program (DFP) is a new fellowship program in the U.S. Fish and Wildilfe Service (Service). The DFP is designed to provide fellowship opportunities for undergraduate - rising seniors and current or newly enrolled graduate students. You will have an opportunity to apply classroom theories, principles and concepts to real-world situations by working 11 consecutive weeks full-time (beginning on or about May 27th) on a project that is rigorous in nature. You may be eligible for a permanent position that is related to your college field of study in the Service. You will have an opportunity to network and develop relationships with Service program officials and staff. Over 40 positions are available, click here to be directed to the DFP webpage listing projects nationwide and more details on how to apply. Please take note to the desired education level and experience associated with each project of interest. DEADLINE: March 12th
The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within MD State Government while earning a $3,000 stipend. For 10 weeks (June 2- Aug 8), interns: -Work in state government agencies on substantive projects, including drafting speeches and correspondence, tracking legislation, attending hearings, assisting with constituent case work, and researching policy options. - Participate in seminars with top Maryland officials and make site visits to State facilities. - Develop policy papers on a significant issue facing Maryland (e.g. the Chesapeake Bay, crime, care for the elderly) and present their findings in person to the Governor.

WALTER SONDHEIM JR. NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (, Deadline: March 14th The Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program offers paid summer internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students attending Maryland institutions. Participating interns work for ten weeks full-time from June 2nd to August 8th while participating in bi-weekly seminars in nonprofit management. Each participating student receives a $3,000 stipend.
MDOT FELLOWS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (, Deadline: March 7th The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Fellows Internship Program is designed to introduce Maryland’s most promising college students to the rewards and challenges of working within Maryland’s integrated transportation system. Interns can gain experience in policy development, marketing, international relations, computer networking, engineering, planning and financing, public relations, and neighborhood conservation. Placement opportunities are available at the MD Aviation Administration, MD Port Administration, MD Transit Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, MD State Highway Administration, MD Transportation Authority, or The Secretary’s Office. Participating student earn $3,500 during 8 weeks this summer (June 9- August 1).



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