Many biology majors choose to pursue internships off-campus that give them additional practical experience.

Several agencies of the National Institutes of Health have welcomed Washington College student interns, as have the Kennedy-Krieger Institute in Baltimore and the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington among many others. Students have won positions in competitive internship programs at a number of institutions, including Brandies University, the Univeristy of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland.  Students interested  in careers in health sciences may intern with local doctors and pharmacists or learn from physicians during summer internship programs at a wide range of institutions, including the St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson and the Christiana Care Health System in Delaware. 

Several internship opportunities are available to students interested in marine and estuarine biology—the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, UDEL’s College of Marine Studies, the Marine Fisheries Division of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Chester and Sassafras Riverkeepers have all hosted Washington College interns.

You can choose to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in the lab, like Kaitlyn Marino ’19, or venture farther afield. Over the past couple of years, one of our most distinguished alumna scientists, Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu ’71, has hosted students in her cancer research lab at the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent summer internship experiences of our majors

One of our most distinguished alumna scientists, Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu '71, hosts students in her cancer research lab at the University of California, Berkeley each summer. A few of the students who have taken advantage of this generous opportunity are:

  • Jason Mercando
  • Brynne Brouse
  • Paul Hart
  • Adrienne Chase
  • Olivia Oakley


Ben Longwell at Brandies University

Sarah Tursi at DuPont Experimental Station

Caitlyn Riehl at University of Pennsylvania

Emily Broomell and Megan Kummerlowe at St. Joseph's Medical Center

Alphius Sesay at University of Maryland Medical School

Cole Rinneer at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Madeline Poethke and Hao Zhang with Washington College Center for Environment and Society

Amanda Ault with University of Maryland Horn Point Laboratory

Haley Zullo with Bioversity International

Julia Portmann, Douglas Kurtz, and Lauren Bacharach with NOAA

Kristina Grovom with Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Jess Crane with Phillips Wharf Environmental Center

Ryan Risher with NJ Fish & Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program

Nicole Robinson with Sassafras Riverkeeper

Jillian Mayhew with Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital

Kelsey McGrellis with Elmwood Park Zoo

Kevin Day, Samantha Sink and Michael Hudson with TriState Bird Rescue and Research

Larisa Okshewsky at Chestertown Animal Hospital

Meghan McHenry at Lehigh Valley Zoo

Alexandria Riedel and Sabrina Jenkins with Children's National Hospital

Alicia Vasquez with La Mesa Spine Center

Mackenzie Bosack with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital

Brittany Walker with Toothman Orthodontics