Mount Mercy biology majors gain real-world experience through internships outside of the classroom with the University of Iowa’s Department of Neurology, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, marine biology stations on the East Coast and Bonaire, and doing research with physicians in town.

Molly with Poster

Futher opportunities for learning outside the classroom include conducting research at medical facilities, conservation ecology research, developing public plans for governmental agencies, working in physical rehabilitation facilities, and interning in local laboratories.

You may receive 1-6 semester hours for an internship, but it cannot be used as one of your three upper division electives. You can also receive credit for independent research or reading studies. We encourage our students to present the findings of their scientific research at state and national meetings. The department also maintains contact with the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory field station for students interested in natural history studies; one of our biology professors is on the station’s faculty. Read more about past internship opportunities.

Arlene Parsons (class of 2009) conducted research at the University of Iowa that resulted in a publication in the journal of Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2008. The paper was entitled: Cisplatin combined with zidovudine enhances cytotoxicity and oxidative stress in human head and neck cancer cells via thiol-dependent mechanisms pdf.

Arlene is finishing medical school (2015).


Ian Ster (class of 2012) on a REU Fellowship at the College of Charleston. Ian spent the Fall 2011 semester studying at a marine biology station in Bonaire. Ian researched an endangered species of redhorse in South Carolina, and he is finishing a M.S. of Science degree in New Hampshire.



Katie Jansa (class of 2012) spent the summer in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa. Katie is completing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Iowa.



Kodey and Jarod measuring a turtleTaylor Helms (2013) and Kodey Salow (2013) conducted field research to monitor populations of endangered and threatened turtles.  Taylor Helms is enrolled in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Iowa, and Kodey Salow is enrolled at the Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine.