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Internships (also known as field experiences or clinical experiences) are opportunities for students to apply the theoretical knowledge and skill learned in the classroom to practical, real-world situations. Internships allow students to explore potential career paths, experience the workplace context, solve meaningful problems, build practical skills, and network with professionals in their fields of interest. Although most interns receive academic credit for such experiences, some (but not all) also may receive financial compensation.

In the School of Science, internships come in many forms:

  • Environmental Science & Policy majors in both tracks are required to complete either six credit hours of internship, six credit hours of directed research, or three credit hours of each. Dr. Thomas Lynch works with students to coordinate and arrange each internship to fit the needs and interests of the student. Some internships occur during the academic year, whereas others are completed in the summer. For additional information please visit the Environmental Science and Policy page and/or contact Dr. Richard Feldman (x-2535 or
  • All Medical Technology students complete a six-month rotation which brings them to clinical laboratories at up to six sites in close proximity to the Marist campus. These rotations are established and scheduled by the Department Chair and start in June following the junior year, running until the end of the fall semester of senior year. While on clinical rotations, students attend lectures and classes and earn academic credit. For additional information, please visit the Medical Laboratory Sciences homepage and/or contact Professor Terrance Paskell (x-2177 or
  • Biomedical Sciences majors must complete three credits of internship with a health care practitioner. Students may choose to complete all three credits in one semester, or select three one-credit internships with different supervisors. Professor Kristin Dragos (x-6299 coordinates all Biomedical Sciences internships.
  • Although not required as part of the major, Biology and Chemistry students often undertake internships with pharmaceutical and agri-business firms, physicians, veterinarians, and dentists, in hospitals, clinics, and other health-care settings, at ecological field stations, national parks and forests, and governmental agencies, or even at other colleges and universities with special summer programs. These experiences are usually arranged by the student with the help of their academic advisor. Pre-med and other pre-health students should contact Professor Kristin Dragos (x-6299 about health-care internships. To receive academic credit, internships must be coordinated through the Center for Career Services.
  • Athletic Training majors must complete 800 hours of supervised internships to qualify for the national certification exam after graduation. These internships are arranged by the Program Director and are spread over the sophomore, junior, and senior years. For additional information, please visit the Athletic Training home page and/or contact the Program Director, Dr. Michael Powers (x-3912 or

A partial list of recent student internship sites includes:

  • Biosphere II in Arizona
  • RPI Department of Chemistry
  • Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • National Park Service
  • MidHudson Regional Hospital
  • Central Hudson
  • Scenic Hudson
  • Dutchess County (NY) Environmental Management Council
  • Vassar Brothers Medical Center
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
  • National Institutes of Health
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Rhinebeck Equine LLP
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • City of Poughkeepsie