Internship Guidelines

Biology Internship Program

The objectives of our internship program reflect the overall objectives established by the University of Central Arkansas Cooperative Education Program.  Biology internships provide students “real world” experiences, allowing the application of theories learned in the classroom to a job setting.  Internships may also provide learning opportunities not available in the Biology Department curriculum.  Internships aid students in choosing career paths and developing career goals prior to graduation.  These can be paid or non paid experiences.

Participating students enroll in the course Internship in Biology (BIOL 3__45) for 1 to 4 credit hours.  These hours will count towards helping the student meet the university-wide requirement of having 40 general upper division hours prior to graduation*.  This is a credit/no credit based course.

To enroll in BIOL 3_45, the student must submit a proposal, describing the internship, to a committee of biology faculty for approval (Biology Internship Committee) by Dec 1st for Spring internships, Apr 15th for Summer or Fall Internships, Aug 1st for Fall Internships.  For committee approval the internship must clearly provide rigorous learning opportunities that cannot be obtained in one of the listed biology courses. While a student may receive 1-4 hours of credit, it is extremely rare for more than 2 credit hours to be awarded.  It is also very rare for any credit to be awarded for merely shadowing a professional; the student must clearly demonstrate the internship experience extends beyond observation.  Each student enrolled in Internship in Biology must identify a Biology Department faculty member who agrees to function as Internship Advisor.  The Internship Advisor is responsible for establishing, with the student, the assessment of the internship and is generally the facilitator of the experience with the sponsoring agency, institution, or corporation.  Every student enrolled in BIOL 3_45 will participate in an end of the semester internship seminar.  During the seminar each student will present on their internship experience.  Each student participating in the Biology Internship Program must register with the UCA Cooperative Education office.

Application Process:

Complete the Internship Application and e-mail it to Dr. Laurie Warren.  For additional information, read about contacts of internships in the area or contact the Biology Department Office. Questions on how to get started contact Associate Chair Dr. Reid Adams ( 450 – 5933.

Additional Requirements:

  • GPA of at least 2.5
  • Must have completed 60 hrs of coursework prior to the start of the internship
  • Must be enrolled in Internship in Biology during the semester of the experience
  • Must have a mentor/internship advisor within the Biology Department
  • Sign up for My Interface through Cooperative Education in Bernard Hall 318
  • Present at the Internship seminar to be held once per semester.

*The Medical Internship with Dr Fleischer (BIOL 3245) may count towards the biology elective credit hour requirement for a Biology degree.


Students should begin planning no later than the advising period of the previous semester/term (students wishing to do an internship in spring semester must be make plans by mid-Fall semester and many summer internships require application during Fall semester).  For approval by the Biology Internship Committee, the internship must provide vigorous learning opportunity beyond observation and experience not obtained in a listed biology course.

Application deadlines:          Spring – Dec 1

                                             Summer – Apr 15*

                                             Fall – Aug 1


*Applications may be accepted after the Apr 15 deadline for summer in the event that knowledge or acceptance of the internship is learned after the deadline has passed.  However, the student must provide justification for late submission.


  • Hours will apply for credit only; grade will be C or NC.
  • The number of credits (1-4) is determined based on the type of internship and work/time it requires.  For most, 2 credit hours are appropriate.
  • Options:    (1) Upper division credit towards 40 hr general requirement

(2) Biol or ENVR elective credit:

Environmental Science internships (see your advisor for information)

Medical internship (see additional information below)



  • GPA at least 2.5
  • Completion of 60 hrs coursework prior to internship start date
  • Enrollment in Internship in Biology (BIOL 3_45) during the semester of experience
  • Mentor/internship advisor within the Biology Dept (serves as the facilitator with sponsoring agency, institution, corporation)
  • Completion of application form (with signed approval of faculty advisor/mentor)
    • Credit hours requested
    • Objectives/purpose
    • Full description of internship:  how set up, type, daily tasks, how objectives accomplished
    • Educational benefits:  what is unique about the experience that cannot be received in the classroom and how will this help you achieve career goals
    • Assessment (established by internship advisor and student):  description of how performance will be assessed/evaluated for each objective (such as presentations, journal, paper or case study, professional exam, or custom tool developed by mentor/student).

Note:  Students that wish to be notified of local internship opportunities with companies seeking Biology, Environmental Science, and Chem majors (such as Southwestern Energy and Tokesen) may want to contact the Cooperative Education Dept (Bernard 318) to sign up for info and notifications.


Those students pursuing the field of medicine as a career have the option of taking an internship course (BIOL 3245 Medical Internship), a one semester course that reviews the intricacies of the practice of medicine.

Course Description:

  • Students will spend a minimum of 3 hours each week learning the details of clinical medicine.
  • Students will rotate regularly with private practice physicians in Conway, Arkansas in a variety of specialties.
  • Students will be expected to develop critical thinking skills that will allow them to apply their knowledge to hypothetical situations regarding wellness and disease.
  • Participating students are eligible to receive up to 2 hours of general upper division credit in Biology for this course.


  • This course is open to students who have accumulated at least 60 hours of college credit, maintained a GPA of at least 3.25, and are seriously considering medicine as a career.
  • Prerequisites: BIOL 2405 or equivalent (e.g., BIOL 2406, BIOL 4460, BIOL 4430).
  • Admittance will be determined by the course director and a brief interview is required.
  • To apply contact Dr. Homer Fleisher and be prepared to submit (1) one reference name of a faculty member of the UCA College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, (2) a current transcript, and (3) a written statement of career goals.
 Homer Fleisher, M.D.
LSC 164D  Ofc phone: 450-5830
Alternate phone numbers:  327-4828 and 450-1941

Examples of Internship Opportunities:

  • Medical Internship at Conway Regional Hospital
  • Internships with local dentists, veterinarians, and physicians
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United States Forest Service
  • United States Geological Survey
  • Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services
  • Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • Audubon Arkansas
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Tyson Foods
  • Greenbay Packaging
  • Student Conservation Association

To look for internship opportunities for biology majors, check out the bulletin board beside the cell biology lab, Lewis Science 153 and go to Job Opportunities and More.

To see other internship opportunities go to UCA Career Services