Biological Sciences, Santa Barbara City College


Internship and Independent Studies (classes on campus)

The 295/298/299 series of classes offer opportunities to students with particular skills or interests to receive credit for internship (295), independent reading (298) or research (299). You may enroll in Internship and Independent Studies at any time during the semester.  You must secure a faculty sponsor and file an Independent Studies proposal with the Biological Sciences Office and the Office of Admissions.

Every year the SBCC Foundation usually awards the Biological Sciences Department one or two Maxwell Internships. The recipients are selected by faculty and work closely with the instructor on a project.  Internships can last from one semester to two years.  The maximum amount earned is $2,500.

Summer Internships 

A very comprehensive list of Co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities for 2014 in Ecology, Animal & Plant Biology and Marine Science compiled by the Rochester Institute of Technology.  This school has a number of comprehensive lists of student opportunities.  View all the subject areas here.

The Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) program
brings science and engineering community college undergraduates to the UC Santa Barbara campus for a summer research experience. Interns gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment. They are matched individually with UCSB faculty and graduate student lab mentors who provide training and support. Interns attend weekly meetings, special seminars, and have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills throughout the summer.  Dates are mid-June to mid-August.  Interns are paid $3,500 for 8 weeks at 35 hr/week. Interns are not allowed to hold other jobs or attend summer courses during the internship.   The program provides University housing or a $900 housing stipend. There are informational meetings on campus in February.

The Project ACCESO Summer Research Institute provides small teams of students an opportunity to conduct research with CI faculty in the STEM disciplines. Forty-five students will be selected to participate, half from CSUCI and half from local community colleges.   Minimum Requirements:
GPA of 2.00 or above, successful completion of Intermediate Algebra, currently attending Oxnard College, Santa Barbara City College or Ventura College,  able to work 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, June 1 -June 22, 2016, enrollment in at least two STEM courses in the spring semester prior to the Summer Institute.   Applications due 5 p.m., February 19, 2016.

Researach Experiences for Undergraduates 
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities in a very wide range of fields for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program.  Community College students are eligible for REU.  An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.  Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials.
Click here for a description of the program and a list of REU sites 

Promoting Research Investigation in the Marine Environment (PRIME) is a summer internship program for community college students interested in developing research and outreach skills through hands-on experience working with marine scientists, practitioners, and marine informal educators. Two types of internships are offered through the program: Science Experience Internships and Science Communication and Outreach Internships.  Interns spend 35-40 hours per week conducting lab, field, and/or site work, working on weekly journal assignments, attending seminars, and participating in other marine lab and PRIME program activities. All are required to give a final public presentation at the end of the internship. Interns receive a $2,000 stipend and on-site housing is provided.

Community College Internship program offered by the U.S. Department of Energy. 
The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers. Applications open October - January for summer sessions..

CCI participants spend 10 weeks at a DOE National Laboratory engaged in a technical project under the guidance of a laboratory scientist or engineer.
  • Host laboratories provide enrichment activities, including career professional development workshops (e.g. technical and scientific writing skills development, poster, or oral presentation activities, etc.), laboratory tours, scientific or technical lectures and seminars.
  • Host laboratories provide all required site specific training.
  • Selected students receive a stipend of $500 per week during the internship period.
  • Selected students are reimbursed for one round trip domestic travel to the host laboratory (if permanent address is more than 50 miles from the host laboratory). Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route. Travel by a private automobile will be reimbursed at the current government rate up to a maximum of $500.00 or the cost of the lowest commercial airfare, whichever is lower. Travel by air will be reimbursed at the cost of the lowest commercial airfare. 
  • Housing information will be provided to interns prior to arrival at the host laboratory. In general, housing opportunities will vary from laboratory to laboratory.  An allowance is available for participants placed at host laboratories that are unable to offer direct housing arrangements.

NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program
The purpose of this program is to increase the number of community college students who participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). The long-term goal is to increase the number of community college students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities and consider careers in the biomedical sciences. In addition to performing full-time research in a laboratory or on a project at the NIH, CCSEP interns will meet each week as a group to participate in workshops and courses focused on the development of academic and professional skills in preparation for careers in health care and in social, behavioral, and biomedical research.   To apply, you must complete the standard SIP (Summer Internship Program) application and indicate in your cover letter that you are applying for CCSEP.  Applications will open mid-November.  The application deadline will be mid-January. 

Individuals who are selected for the CCSEP will be matched with NIH principal investigators (PIs) who have indicated their interest in hosting a community college student. Every effort will be made to match the research interests the applicant describes in the application with the principal investigator's ongoing projects.  The exact dates for the summer experience will be negotiated between each community college intern and his/her PI. However, all interns in the CCSEP program will be required to be on campus during the core program period: the first week of June to August 8, 2014.  Summer internships are full-time positions; interns are expected to devote a minimum of 40 hours per week to their projects and training. In return, interns receive a stipend, determined by educational level. Funds for local transportation to and from the NIH will be provided as well.

Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity.
  SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process:  Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project.  Applicants write research proposals for their projects.  A faculty committee reviews the proposals and recommends awards.  Students carry out the work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August.  At the conclusion of the program, they submit a technical paper and give an oral presentation at SURF Seminar Day, a symposium modeled on a professional technical meeting.  Fellows receive a $6,000 award for the ten-week period. Award payments will be distributed in equal installments in late June and late July.  Application information

Students must identify and contact a mentor in advance of submitting an application. A mentor must agree to support your application and collaborate with you to develop and define the research project and write and submit a research proposal.  This early interaction is a very important part of the application process. Non-Caltech students usually have to accomplish this discussion via e-mail, phone, or fax. If a student is in the area, we encourage him/her to visit the campus and meet the mentor.

The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.).
  Each student participant will be working with a faculty mentor with special expertise and interests matched, as closely as possible, to the student's research interests and career goals. Students will either assist the faculty member in an ongoing research project or work collaboratively with the mentor in designing a new project of mutual interest.  A directory of UCLA faculty research interests is available online should you wish to suggest a faculty member with whom to work. Note that this would only be a suggestion. Each program makes the final decisions about the faculty mentor assignment.  Deadline:  March

Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research.  The UCLA SPUR-LABS summer program provides a rigorous research training experience for undergraduates with interests in a broad range of bioscience disciplines—from molecules to organisms and from basic to translational science. Exceptional research training, integrated with professional development activities, will prepare students to succeed in leading Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs. The program is designed for students participating in honors research programs that promote diversity in bioscience fields (e.g., Minority Access to Research Careers, MARC).  Eligibility criteria:  U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.  Prior to beginning the program, completion of at least two years of undergraduate study.  Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.  Intention to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in a bioscience field and not admitted or enrolled in a graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) at the time the program begins

Summer Research Program at U C San Francisco
Students selected for summer research at UC San Francisco spend up to ten weeks working with UCSF faculty members on research projects. Participants in the program take part in seminars, lectures, and social events, creating a cohesive and supportive community. At the end of the program, students give presentations of their research and get valuable feedback from students, postdocs, and faculty at UCSF.  Participants in the program must be undergraduate students who are planning to earn a PhD in one of the disciplines offered by the UCSF Graduate Division.  Application deadline:  early February

California Academy of Sciences Summer Systematics Institute
SSI is an 8-week paid research internship at our state-of-the-art research facility and museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This world renowned venue continues to offer undergraduates important insights into the contributions that museum-based research can make to issues facing society today.  The program accommodates up to ten undergraduate students.  This internship is made possible by the National Science Foundation and a generous gift from the Robert T. Wallace Endowment for undergraduate research experiences. One internship in Biological Illustration is integrated with the SSI program. Applications to Biological Illustration use much of the same application procedures and forms as the SSI.

Participants will conduct research with their chosen adviser on a project relating to the discipline of the adviser and student. Participants also receive instruction while taking part in a museum-based curriculum that includes tours, lectures, and lab exercises on phylogenetic systematics, molecular techniques, biodiversity, evolutionary biology, global change, and other contemporary issues in the natural sciences. One-day field trips highlighting the local natural history include tidepooling and hiking. Participants are also invited to attend, fully funded, a scientific meeting (such as the annual meeting for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology) following their summer internship to present their findings in the form of a talk or poster.

Other Internships
Point Blue Internships at Palomarin Field Station and Southeast Farallon Islands
At Point Blue Conservation Science, we have been assessing changes in our environment and advancing conservation through bird and ecosystem studies since our founding as Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965

 Copyright Notice and Credits
Revised 6 January 2016
Our Raccoon will bring you home Biological Sciences Home Page