The internship program in the Biology Department was organized with the intent of giving Albion College students an opportunity to experience a profession under "real life" conditions. In the program students spend six weeks during the summer (or if approved, 15 weeks during the semester) observing first hand such professions as: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, physical therapy, cardiopulmonary respiratory therapy, optometry, environmental biology, greenhouse management, laboratory technician, and natural resources. The internship carries one-half unit (Biol 391) or one unit (Biol 392) of credit. General guidelines of the program are:
- Participants must be degree-seeking students at Albion College.
- Students must have completed a minimum of two years of college in order to be eligible for an appointment.
- Students must make a written formal application by the announced deadline. Application forms are available from the Biology Department Secretary.
- Internship appointments are made by a screening committee.
- Minimal G.P.A. required:
- 2.7 is college minimum for all.
- End of Junior year: 3.0 (3.2 for Premedical Internships)
- Student must have shown evidence of the following personal characteristics: responsibility, maturity, initiative, social concern, good interpersonal skills.
- Academic courses suggested as useful for internships:
- Premedical and predental internships: Anatomy, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Physiology.
- Physical therapy internships: Anatomy, Physiology.
- Prenursing internships: Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology.
- Cardiopulmonary therapy internships: Anatomy, Organic Chemistry, Physiology.
- Natural resources internships: Field biology courses, Geology.
- Laboratory internships: Microbiology, Organic Chemistry.
- Pre-optometry internships: Anatomy, Physics.
- Student interns are responsible for their own room and board during their assignment. In many cases cafeteria meals are available at the institution at reduced rates. Faculty will help in this area as much as possible.
- Under certain circumstances a student may be awarded a second internship. Only one unit of internship credit may be counted toward the fulfillment of a major in Biology.