Biology Internship Course - BIO400


This course provides senior (4th year and beyond) Biology students with the opportunity to apply their life science knowledge and skills in a part-time work placement for academic credit. Placements are unpaid and require a minimum of 200 work hours over the full academic year. Biology placements are made throughout the GTA in both the private (e.g. pharmaceutical industry, biotech companies, etc.) and public (e.g. hospitals, government agencies, etc.) sectors. The BIO400 Course Coordinator(s) arrange placements for students after successful completion of an initial interview, skills assessment, and resume review. All placements are subject to agreement by both the employer and student and final acceptance into the course is dependent on a suitable placement with an employer. For students in both summer and fall-winter placements, bi-weekly class meetings September-April, plus a year-end report and presentation are required to complete this course.

Application Requirements:

Placement and participation in this course are limited to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Registered as a full-time, degree student at UTM for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Completed a minimum of 15.0 credits, including a statistics course, by May 2020.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in most recent 10.0 credits.
  • Fourth year standing in a Biology specialist or Biology major program.
  • Students cannot complete a BIO481 and a BIO400.


  • Students enrolled in one of the Biology specialist programs will be given priority.
  • Not all excellent candidates who apply to take this course can be accepted due to space limitations. Marks are not the final basis for acceptance decisions.
  • Your entire application package (including all hard copy and electronic submissions) must be received by the submission deadline.
  • Failure to follow the application instructions and errors in completing the form can affect your application status. Be sure to take care when applying.

Application Instructions:

The applications for 2020-2021 BIO400 have closed. If you have any questions, please email Stephanie do Rego

  1. Complete the PDF application form (open it in Adobe Reader or Professional). Use the “submit” button on the upper right of the form. Check your outbox to ensure it was sent.
  2. Save a copy of your application.
  3. Complete the skills assessment exercise.
  4. Email a copy of the skills assessment, application and your resume to by March 23, 2020 at 4pm.
  5. Submit a hard copy of your skills assessment, application and resume to Stephanie do Rego in DV3056 by March 23, 2020 at 4pm.
  6. Short listed students must be available for an interview with the department sometime during the month of April and an interview with potential sites during the summer.


Please Note:

We understand that many students are confused by BIO400 and BIO481, the differences between the courses. Since students are not able to complete both courses for credit, the Department of Biology will be holding an information session in mid-March for students interested in completing BIO400 and/or BIO481. Current student, faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the two courses to help students make an informed decision regarding course selection.

Questions regarding the BIO400 application can be directed to Stephanie do Rego (

Application Deadline: March 23, 2020


BIO400 2019 Best Presentation Award

Winners: Caterina Bordignon & Maryam Ishtiaq

BIO400 2017 Best Presentation Award

Winner: Naila Alyousef
Runner up: Mariela Faykoo-Martinez

BIO400 2016 Best Presentation Award

Winner: Sean Menezes (Health MaRS Discovery District)
Runner up: Joshua Foster (LightSpeed Physiotherapy)

BIO400 2015-2016 Class

2015-2016 BIO400 Class Photo #1

2015-2016 BIO400 Class Photo #2