Science Alliance Internship Program

The Science Alliance Internship Program supports first and second year students interested in exploring research on campus. The program aims to enrich the undergraduate experience through coursework, mentor matching, career guidance, and creating a cohort of students with similar interests in science and research. Lab wages of $12/hour and access to a summer program for Science Alliance Interns will be provided.

Science Alliance Interns will enroll in BIOL:1808 – Ways of Knowing Science (1 s.h.) in fall of first year or IBA:1041 – Student Development Seminar (1 s.h.) depending on the student’s point of entry into the program. Course should be determined with assistance from program staff.

FALL Semester: BIOL:1808 – Ways of Knowing Science (1 s.h.) in fall of first year students or IBA:1041:0002 - Professionalism in the Scientific Community (1 s.h.) for second year students already in a lab.

SPRING Semester: IBA:1041:0001 - Entering Research (1 s.h.) for those still looking or just starting in a lab OR IBA:1041:0002 - Career Exploration and Specification (1 s.h.) for second year students already in a lab.


  • assistance in matching with research mentor
  • one-on-one mentoring from UI research faculty and education through hands-on research experience
  • coursework in entering research, career exploration, and professionalism in the scientific community
  • access to career counseling 
  • opportunity to participate in peer mentoring program
  • financial support for travel to science conferences where students present their research
  • Wages of $12/hour for laboratory research (year-round) and on-campus room & board (summer)

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Applications for Spring Due Dec. 15th