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IMPORTANT: The deadline for fall internships has passed. The deadline to submit an internship request for Spring 2023 is December 20, 2022. 

Internships are not only exciting, interesting, and fun—they can also be extremely beneficial to your personal, academic, and professional growth. These experiences can allow you to test out different careers and fields, learn new skills, and network with potential employers and mentors. Internships also give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate your talent. You’re lucky to be here in NYC where opportunities abound—take advantage of it!

What is an Internship?

According to The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. An internship should be a legitimate learning experience benefitting you, the student, and not simply an operational work experience. This means you must plan to take your internship beyond administrative tasks or shadowing a physician by incorporating an educational component such as original research, regularly attending seminars related to your internship's area of focus, or following a schedule of academic readings pertaining to relevant subject matter that can be discussed with your supervisor, for example. 

First, consider these NACE guidelines when choosing an internship:

  • The experience should be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. 
  • There should be clearly defined learning objectives/goals
  • There should be supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
  • There should be routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.

Next,  be sure your internship meets these criteria set by the Human Biology Program at Hunter College:

  • is part of an official internship program at your host institution/ agency
  • has a documented website that explains internship goals and requirements (or your supervisor is willing to fill out a form to be included in the Human Biology internship database)
  • is NOT a “shadowing” or “scribing” experience, unless part of a broader formal internship program
  • is NOT the same as your regular employment, or employment generally that is offered at the agency

**Please note you may not take on internships with relatives/significant others/friends or anyone else who might have a conflict of interest in providing a formal assessment**

Where can I find an Internship?

The Human Biology Program does not arrange internships for students but there are a lot of resources available to you to begin your search. The Hunter SciMON – Research Opportunities webpage is a good place to start looking. If you are interested in doing research in one of Hunter College's many faculty labs, see Hunter SciMON's Faculty Labs webpage. Career Development Services (CDS) is another great resource for Hunter students You can download their Internship Guide or visit their webpage for more information. For a guide to exploring Healthcare internships, please visit this resource from EDUMED.ORG. Also, take a look at this list of organizations and programs that offer internship opportunities:

Idealist
National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
IBP Pathways to Science – Scholarships and Fellowships
National Institute of Health – NIH
NIH - Outside the NIH
EvolDir - Evolution Directory
Archaeology Institute of America
American Anthropological Association
NYU School of Medicine - HCOP Internship
Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Summer Programs

In addition to places above, consider the list below of institutions and organizations where Human Biology majors have interned in the past:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service
Summer Clinical Oncology Research Experience Program (SCORE)
Weill Cornell Medical College  (temporarily suspended due to COVID)
Center for Reproductive Medicine
Skills Acquisition and Innovation Laboratory (SAIL)
Schwartz Lab
The Research Associate Program
The Microbe Directory
NYU Langone Medical Center
Leucht Laboratory
Electronic Media Patient Education Initiative (EMPEI) Laboratory
Mount Sinai Hospital
Delerium Program
Patient Related Volunteer Program
Columbia University
Bioinformatics Enrichment Summer Training
Summer Program for Underrepresented Students (SPURS)
New Jersey Institue of Technology
Haspel Laboratory
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

NERA Medprep Internship
American Museum of Natural History
Museum Education and Employment Program (MEEP)
Endometriosis Foundation of America
ENPOWR Project
New York City Health Department
 HRTP: A Public Health Internship Program

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres
Brooklyn Hospital
Hospital for Special Surgery
Glasswing International
Project Sunshine
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
Bronx Oncology Living Daily (BOLD) Program at Albert Einstein
The Bridge NYC
NYC Department of Social Services
Mentoring in Medicine
WAFAA (Women and Family Ascending Association)
Wildlife Conservation Society

Enrolling in Human Biology Internship for Credit

As a Human Biology Major, you can earn up to 3 credits for participating in an internship (HMBIO 40300).  Please note, that while the internship is not a requirement of the major, a 3 credit internship can be used to fulfill part of the requirement for graduation with honors. The number of credits you receive for your internship is determined by the amount of hours you will work during the semester. A 3 credit internship is equivalent to 100-120 hours, a 2 credit internship is equivalent to more than 40 but less than 100 hours, and a 1 credit internship is approximately 40 hours.

To enroll in a Human Biology internship for credit, first, complete our Internship/Independent Study Request Form for either a remote or in-person internship or independent study:

Then, once given approval for HMBIO403, enroll in the course through CUNYfirst. For mor information, please contact humbio@hunter.cuny.edu

 

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