Internships, Jobs, & Student Organizations

Your education outside the classroom is just as important as the learning that takes place inside the classroom.

20090401_LS_0000In addition to exploring on-campus research opportunities, we encourage you to seek out internships and part-time jobs that will give you a competitive edge as a job candidate or applicant to a graduate program. Internships vary and may be for credit, for pay, or a combination of both. Your biology advisor, the main biology office, and the Center for Career Development are excellent sources of information and you are encouraged to contact them and discuss your interests and options.

You can also join one of several student organizations to gain leadership experience, make new friends, and build a network of people with similar interests. The Center for Student Involvement lists the 300+ UWM student organizations. The following organizations are very popular with our majors:

  • American Society of Microbiology, Student Chapter
  • American Medical Student Association
  • Conservation Club
  • Pre-Dental Club
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Association
  • Pre-Optometry Club
  • Pre-Veterinarian Club

What about after college?

We are often asked what types of jobs our alumni get after graduation. The answer is every type of job imaginable. Some have pursued a graduate or professional degree and are working as researchers, scientists, doctors, pharmacists, marine biologists, and genetic counselors.

Many of our alumni with a BS degree in Biological Sciences or Microbiology have jobs as crime scene investigation, forestry and park service, hands-on laboratory work, sustainability programming, botany, wildlife management, healthcare support, food safety, public health, and much more. Others apply their bachelor’s degrees in settings that you may not have thought of: manufacturing research and development, consumer product development including food and beverage, medical illustration and science writing, and national security.