Biology Internship Course - BIO400

 

Application Deadline: March 29, 2021, 11:59PM

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 placement 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 placement site and student and final acceptance into the course is dependent on a suitable placement with a placement site. The course entails bi-weekly class meetings September-April, plus a year-end report and presentation are required to complete this course.

PLACEMENT:

  • Not all candidates who apply will be accepted into BIO400 due to space limitations. Preliminary acceptance into the course is based upon a successful application package and a successful interview with the Course Coordinator(s). Best efforts are made to place students at sites that are appropriate to their academic backgrounds, interests, and experiences, but there are no guarantees as to the type of placement that is provided. Students will be asked to attend an interview with their provided placement site supervisors prior to beginning their placement work. Final acceptance into the course is dependent on the official acceptance of a student as an intern with a placement site.
  • The course requires 200 placement hours, which equates to one day of placement work per week. Successfully accepted BIO400 student interns must plan their course timetable to allow for 8-10 hours of placement work per week throughout the academic year.
  • It is highly recommended that international students who are interested in applying for BIO400 visit the UTM International Education Centre (IEC) to determine any parameters regarding eligibility for participating in placement work for academic internship courses

STUDENT 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 2021-2022 academic year
  • Completed a minimum of 15.0 credits, including a statistics course, by May 2021
  • 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 BIO481 and BIO400 simultaneously
  • Students cannot take BIO481 or have a concurrent enrolment in any other internship, research, or ROP course while taking a BIO400 course

NOTES:

  • 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 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.

Successfully accepted BIO400Y5 students must plan their course timetable to allow for 8-10 hours of placement work per week throughout the academic year. Placements can be remote or in-person, dependent on Government and University policies, rules, and regulations instituted in response to the changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare your personal statement, placement rankings form, skills identification form and resume (See details on the attachments below)
  2. Complete and submit the application form via MS Form: https://bit.ly/3p8az3M
  3. Upload the required documents when prompted on the form.

Placement Ranking Details:

FORM: https://bit.ly/38YiJqs 

The following questions provide information to help us find the right placement for you. Please CLASSIFY your level of preference for each of these activity descriptors as High (H), Medium (M), or Low (L). Make a choice for every Activity, Subject, Work Environment, and Location. If there is an activity that you would likely refuse if such a position was offered to you, mark this item “X”.

Personal Statement Details:

Upload a PDF document.

For your top 3 choices in the Placement Rankings Activity above, explain for each in turn why these items attract you more than the others Consider not only your strengths, but areas and Activities in which you would like to learn more about and improve your skills. For your lowest three rated Activities (including “X” ratings) briefly explain your low interest. Max. 250 words

Skills Identification Exercise:

FORM: https://bit.ly/39LPwy3

In each space at the top of the Skills Identification Exercise chart, write down an activity that you have done.  Consider your academic, extracurricular and employment experiences.  Then check off the skill corresponding to the activity.  This exercise will help you identify the skills that you have, while allowing you to consider those skills you might like to develop or use in the future.  Note that similar skills have been grouped into skill sets.

Resume:

Upload in PDF format.

We recommend that you review the on-line Resume & Cover Letter Toolkit (https://bit.ly/38V52Zo) available through the UTM Career Centre before you review and update your resume for this application. Be sure that your UTOR e-mail account is listed on your resume and no other e-mail account.

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 (stephanie.dorego@utoronto.ca).

Application Deadline: March 29, 2021


BIO400 & BIO481 Information Session:

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 on March 16, 2021 for students interested in completing BIO400 and/or BIO481. Current student, alumni, faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the two courses to help students make an informed decision regarding course selection.

Info Session
March 16, 2021, 3-5pm
Register Here:
https://bit.ly/2Z9Mdfa

Registration deadline March 15, 2021, 11:59PM

Questions regarding the BIO400 application or the BIO400 & BIO481 Information Session can be directed to Stephanie do Rego (stephanie.dorego@utoronto.ca).


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