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Research and internship opportunities for students

Many Augustana biology students participate in internships and research opportunities as part of their work for the biology major or minor. Internships and research opportunities focus on topics including evolution, ecology, animal behavior, conservation biology, physiology, developmental biology, microbiology, and molecular genetics. Internships and research may take place in clinical settings, research laboratories, and field sites.


Biology students enrolled one of the pre-professional programs have been involved at internships at many hospitals, doctor's offices, and clinical settings throughout Illinois. Perhaps one of the most unique opportunities available to Augustana biology majors is service opportunity via JETS. 


Research experiences are often conducted under the supervision of an Augie professor's research program. Of course, students also do research with professors at other colleges and universities.

Educational Internships

Educational internships allow students to gain valuable experience in a non-clinical setting tailored to their area of interest. Augustana students have done educational internships in many interesting locations, including Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, The Shedd Aquarium of Chicago, Abbot Laboratories, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Tennessee Aquarium, the Niabi Zoo, Yellowstone National Park, the Bureau of Land Management (Salem, Oregon), Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium (Fort Myers, Florida), and Lassen Volcano National Park in California. 

Example facilities where students have conducted research projects and internships outside Augustana

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Institute for Ecosystem Studies, New York

University of Iowa Infectious Disease Unit

Soil Conservation Service, Iowa

Roswell Cancer Institute

Army Corps of Engineers, Quad Cities

Central DuPage Hospital Internship

Dolphin Research Center, Florida

New York University Research Program

Brookfield Zoo, Chicago

Harvard Summer Research Program

Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

University of Iowa Sleep Disorders Center

Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, IL

Texas A&M Summer Research

Quad-City Botanical Center

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Iowa City Genetic Counseling Service

Bettendorf Police Department

Augustana College Summer Research

Johns Hopkins University

American Red Cross

Texas Medical Center Summer Research Program