The Department of Biology offers an internship program that provides practical work experience to majors in biology, environmental science and marine science/biology.
Through internships with private industry, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, students gain on-the-job experience in areas such as biomedical research, fisheries biology, veterinary medicine, environmental biology and mariculture.

One example of an internship in which UT students frequently participate is in the care and rehab program takes place at the now world-famous manatee program at the Lowry Park Zoo. Here, students help in the care and rehabilitation of one of Florida's most endangered species, the West Indian manatee. They also work directly with a variety of animals and participate in programs that educate students in public schools and the general public.

The list below represents a sample of some of the other internships offered by the Department of Biology. Most are local and may be done during fall, spring or summer semesters. Others are not local, but still in Florida and may be completed during the summer. Many opportunities are also available during the summer months in locations throughout the United States.

Marine Biology, Aquaculture
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Institute
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
  • Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Dolphin Research Center
  • Atlantic Cetacean Research Center
  • Dolphins Plus
  • EPCOT-The Living Seas
  • Sea World
  • Local tropical fish farms
Pre-Professional, Biomedical Research
  • James A. Haley Veterans Hospital (medicine, dentistry, research)
  • Tampa General Hospital (research)
  • St. Joseph's Hospital University Community Hospital-Community Health Program
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center (research)
  • Memorial Hospital of Tampa (pharmaceutical service)
  • Kelly Scientific
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Local veterinary clinics
  • Local medical and dental clinic
Environmental, Ecological, Behavioral
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
  • Environmental Protection Commission of Pinellas County
  • Lowry Park Zoological Gardens
  • Tampa Baywatch
  • Local environmental consulting firms
  • Audubon of Florida
  • Sierra Club
  • City of Tampa-recycling
  • Archbold Biological Station (Lake Placid, FL)
  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida (Naples, FL)
  • Center for Great Apes
  • The Student Conservation Association
  • United States Department of the Interior -National Park Service
  • United States Geological Survey

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a biological internship? Why participate in one? A short-term work program that allows students... more » close »

A biological internship is a short-term work program that allows students to gain valuable career related experience with an employer. These work-learn experiences are structured so that students are encouraged to relate their classroom activities to their on-the-job experience and explore career areas, learn practical skills and make contacts within their chosen fields. In today's highly competitive professional schools, graduate schools and job markets, graduates need more than just a college degree. Internships provide academically related experience, a major factor used by employers and post-graduate educators when selecting graduates. At The University of Tampa, nearly half of all biology, environmental science and marine science/biology graduates have successfully completed internships.

Who is eligible to participate in the internship program? A junior or senior majoring in biology, environmental science... more » close »

To qualify for an internship, a student must be a junior or senior majoring in biology, environmental science or marine science/biology with a 3.0 GPA in the major or permission from the department chair. Two courses of introductory biology are required and other upper level courses may be specified. For example, if the internship involves marine fish ecology, the student may be required to have general ecology and ichthyology as prerequisites.

Can I receive academic credit for an internship? Students performing internships enroll for 1-8 semester hours of credit... more » close »

Yes, students performing internships enroll for 1-8 semester hours of credit in BIO 499 Biological Internship. For each hour of credit, 33.3 employee working hours must be completed; for example, if you enroll in BIO 499 for three credit hours, you must work 100 hours with the sponsoring agency. Internships may be completed in fall, spring or summer semesters, and count as elective credit only.

What are the internship requirements and how am I evaluated? Besides performing satisfactorily in all work aspects of the internship... more » close »

Besides performing satisfactorily in all work aspects of the internship, you are required to complete four written assignments: agency description, activities log, resume and final evaluation. Other assignments such as a presentation or research project may be made as determined by the agency supervisor, internship coordinator and student. The course grade is either S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) and is determined by the agency supervisor and internship coordinator. The grade is based on both the written assignments and the supervisor's evaluation of job performance.

Can I get paid internships? Internships may be paid or unpaid... more » close »

Internships may be paid or unpaid, but the vast majority falls into the latter category. Remember that with internships, the emphasis is on learning. The practical work experience you gain can translate into a real job or entrance into professional or graduate school and increased income later.

Who sponsors interns? Interns are coordinated by internship speciality... more » close »

Lori McRae is the coordinator of marine biology and environmental/ecological/behavioral biology internships. For more information, she can be reached at (813) 257-3941 or

Ann Williams is the coordinator of pre-professional and molecular/general biology internships. For more information, she can be reached at (813) 257-3994 or