Many Biology majors and minors choose to engage in extracurricular activities, either as volunteers or for pay.  These experiences can be very rewarding and can also help students decide on different career paths.  Some specific opportunities for students are listed below.  There are also many positions available through Faith-Justice and through the Career Development Center.

Health-Care Related Opportunities/Internships

Day in the Life of the Trauma Center at MCP-Hahnemann Hospital

Bartholomew Tortella, ‘75, MD, MTS, FACS, is the chief of Trauma Services at MCP-Hahnemann Hospital. He has invited interested SJU undergraduate and masters students to come to the hospital and spend a day with him in the Trauma Center.

Arrangements are to be made directly between students and Dr. Tortella’s Assistant, Ms. Dolores Williams, (215) 762-5000. Given the nature of Dr. Tortella’s schedule, it may be best to try and visit the Trauma Center during a break.

Cooper Hospital Pre-Med ER Experience

Cooper Health System’s Emergency Department is offering an experiential opportunity for pre-med students, called the Academic Associates Program (AAP).  It is offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. It is a “hands-on” experience for students who wish to engage in ongoing research projects in the department of Emergency Medicine at Cooper Hospital.  The program is intended to: 1) familiarize the student with the basic functioning of an emergency department; 2) promote skills in data collection; 3) allow the student an opportunity to work with EM faculty, residents and medical students; 4) provide an opportunity for the student to develop a mentor - mentee relationship with the director of the course as well as 5) provide a source of letters of recommendation.

For more information, please contact Brigitte Baumann, MD, DTM&H,  or visit the program website at this link.  Please note that transfer credit from this program will NOT be accepted by SJU as a Biology course but that it may be counted as a free elective with the advance permission of your chair/program director and the associate dean.

SJU Medical Alumni

Many SJU alumni are currently engaged in health care in various professional capacities.  Below are just a few alumni who have volunteered their time to help current SJU students interested in health-care careers. Interested students should contact the alumni and arrange shadowing, meetings, etc at the convenience of the alumni’s schedule.

RaRalph J. DiGiovanni, Jr., M.D., ‘95                          Joseph A. Libby, M.D., ‘87
Medical and Surgical Opthalmology                              General Internal Medicine
Bala Cynwyd, PA                                                           Cooper Hospital System
Phone: 610-667-4066                                                   Phone: 856-270-4080, E-mail:

Bartholomew Tortella, M.T.S., M.D., F.A.C.S, ‘75
Chief of Trauma Servicesr> Hahnemann Trauma Center
Phone: 215-762-5000

The Anna and Bernard Hillman Summer Research Fellowships

The Anna and Bernard Hillman Summer Research Fellowships were established in 2000 by Katharine “Trinka” Schneider, ‘74. These fellowships are named after her parents and are used to support undergraduate students engaged in summer research in the natural sciences.  In 2003, the Schneiders increased their support so that three students can participate each summer.  The fellowship positions rotate through the science departments, with one fellowship always being given to a Biology student and the other two switching between the different departments.  Information about applying for these positions is posted each spring.

Internships in Washington D.C.

Industry Internships

Many Biology majors and minors engage in internship experiences either for academic credit or simply to gain exposure to various life sciences careers before graduation.  With prior approval of the department chair, Biology majors and minors can receive credit for an internship as an upper-division Biology elective.  Some of the companies where students have engaged in internships include:

Covance Periapproval Services

Education Internships

A variety of educational organizations routinely seek undergraduate students to work as science education interns. Some agencies currently looking for student interns include:

The Wagner Free Institute of Science

Position open for a part-time Children’s Education intern to assist with its science education programs.  Programs include in-house field trips to the Institute and science outreach programs to local elementary schools.  Both emphasize hands-on, inquiry-based science learning and are designed to meet local and national science education standards.  Interns will assist with lesson preparation and instruction, program evaluation and program development.  Candidates must work well with the public, possess excellent public speaking skills, and demonstrate interest and experience in science education.  Background in Biology or another natural science preferred.  Time commitment is 15 - 20 hrs/week.
Contact Dana Semos
Phone: (215)763-6529, x16

The Lower Merion Conservancy
The Conservancy offers a variety of internship opportunities in both educational and conservation areas.  You can view these listings at this link. Contact Stephanie Parker at (610)645-9030 or at for more information or to apply.