The biology department offers both regular semester and January term internships to students. These internships involve a direct association with an institution or professional individual and are distinct from independent study. These internships are work-oriented and observational rather than academic.
Internships allow students a first-hand look at a profession. They discover both the attributes and drawbacks of their intended profession. Students can come out of these internships with a better idea of their future careers. In addition to this, the internships are educational. The volunteer and observational nature of the program provides valuable learning. Students write throughout the internship to better process their experience. Their Off-Campus Supervisor also fills out a short evaluation form of the students at the end of the program.
A more detailed description can be found in Bio 380 Internship Information. Examples also appear on this page of past internships.
When: January 2016
Where: Debbie School, Mailman Center for Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami, FL
Tricia headed south for January term and volunteered at the Debbie School, an inclusive elementary school under the pediatric department at the University of Miami. Students at the Debbie school consist of those with physical and mental disabilities, who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as children without disabilities. A number of therapists work in this school, including physical therapists. Tricia observed the therapy methods and realized how different they were from outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. She saw how individualized the plans were for each student. Many of the students had some form of autism, Down’s syndrome, or cerebral palsy, yet each required an individualized treatment plan. She found the internship informative, and it showed her a different side to physical therapy.