What is an internship, and what is its value?


An internship is a work-related learning experience for students who wish to develop hands on work experience in a specific occupational field. 


There are many reasons why you might wish to consider performing an undergraduate internship before graduation.  Internships provide opportunities to experiment and pursue careers that match academic and personal interests, and they increase the likelihood of building professional networking contacts.  Internships help students become viable, experienced job applicants when seeking employment after graduation. In fact, many employers consider internship experience in the hiring process, and often look to their own interns as the best potential candidates for full-time positions.


The Boston Globe ran a recent article about the value of internships, stating  "Whether you're a college freshman or a senior, internships or part-time work in the field of your choice are even more prized in a tough economy. Savvy college students view them as a way to build social capital in the workplace that pays off in the future with full-time jobs or interviews. More important: Employers now consider internships close to prerequisites to entry-level jobs."


The Biology Department at SUNY Fredonia has a number of internship opportunities for interested and eligible students.


Medical Technology Internships

These year long internships are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), and are performed by our medical technology students in their senior year of study.  Our students traditionally perform their internships at WCA Hospital, Jamestown, NY; Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY; and St. Vincent's Hospital, Erie, PA.  However, other students have chosen to perform their internships with equally high success at other accredited internship programs across NYS and the country.  All of our Medical Technology students seeking employment after completing the internship typically have jobs in the discipline at the time of graduation.


Chautauqua County Waters Internship Program

This program provides funding for Biology Department students to perform summer internships at the Chautauqua County Health Department.


Trinity Biotechnology Inc.

This immunodiagnostics biotechnology company in Jamestown,  NY, offers internship opportunities to our students during the academic year.


Student-Designed Internships

Many of our students work with a Biology faculty member and the campus Career Development Office to develop their own internship programs.  The facilities at which our students have performed internships include  local and regional hospitals, veterinary clinics, physician offices, optometrist offices, chiropractic offices, food and beverage industries, pharmaceutical companies, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC),  zoos and aquariums.


Additional opportunities

Our students have been successful in obtaining internship positions through competitive summer programs at Batelle, Columbus, Ohio;  Argonne National Laboratories, Argonne, Illinois, and  Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, NY

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