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Traineeship in Biology

During this advanced course you work as a trainee at a workplace outside of Stockholm University, where you use biological knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your education.

Applying your skills and knowledge at a workplace of biological relevance is a great way to gain work life experience. Traineeship in biology allow you the possibility to test your own abilities, try out a workplace and grow your professional network.

If you are not sure what you want to do next traineeship in biology is a way to spend some weeks in a workplace and find out if it is right for you. If you know exactly where you want to go next a traineeship is a way to get a foot in the door and to prove yourself to them.

Course evaluations show that students appreciate the opportunity to gain insight into a workplace. Overall satisfaction with the course is 4-5 (on 1-5 scale). Feedback also suggests that the format of the course means that you feel part of the group, not just a visitor, which gives you a good impression of what working there would be like.

Course aims

The aim of traineeship in biology is for you to gain both experience of working life in general, and experience in particular of a workplace in which biological knowledge is used. You are expected to apply the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your education. The aim is also that you learn how work with biological aspects is organised and carried out at, for example, a company or an authority.

Information for admitted students summer 2022

In order to get you off to a good start, we have gathered the important things you need to know here. Read through carefully and if you have any questions, please contact us.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are registered on the correct course. If you do not register then your place can go to a reserve (see Registration). In good time before registration, you must check if you are eligible with conditions. If you have conditions you cannot register (see Eligible with conditions). If you do not want the place, however, it is important that you decline your place as soon as possible, so that someone else can get the chance to go the course (see Declining your place). See also below for information on studying with a disability and if you are placed as reserve.

Eligible with conditions

If you did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the course when you applied then you are eligible with conditions. It is stated in your acceptance letter from Universityadmissions.se if you are eligible with conditions. In that case, you cannot register as the department must first assess your eligibility.

Check the requirements under "Eligibility" here on the course page. To qualify, all requirements must be met before the course starts.

As soon as you meet the requirements, send a message to our student office with the following information:

  • Subject line: Conditional admission
  • Your name
  • Which course(s) you are admitted to

If you have questions about your condition, you can contact our student office.

Read about eligibility

Registration

Our courses generally apply online registration. To be able to register online, your student account must be activated and any conditions assessed. In order to maintain your place on the course, you must register within the registration period.

Registration periods in summer 2022:

  • Registration for all courses opens 29 April and closes 29 May.
  • Traineeships, research traineeships and degree projects are open for registration throughout the semester (see more below).

If you have trouble registering, please contact our student office before the last registration day. Otherwise you will loose your place on the course.

Register online

Traineeship and research traineeship

If you submitted your work plan for traineeship or research traineeship, or your research idea for degree project, before the deadline and had it approved, you have been admitted to the course and can register, provided you meet any conditions (see "Eligible with conditions" above). If you  submitted your work plan / research idea after the deadline, you have been placed as reserve and will be admitted as soon as it has been approved. If you have not yet submitted your work plan / research idea, you can read more about this further down on this page under "More information / How to apply".

Studying with a disability

If you need special pedagogical support, you can apply for support measurs. You should apply as soon as possible after you have been admitted to take advantage of the best possible support.

Read how to apply for support

Once you have your Nais certificate, contact the study counsellor for a meeting where we will go through the recommended support measured. After the meeting, you should contact the course coordinators for the courses you will attend and inform them that you have been granted support, so that they can prepare well.

Declining your place

If you no longer want your place, it is important that you decline your place so that another applicant can get the place. Please note that you can only decline your place at Universityadmissions.se before the registration period begins. After the course has opened for registration and three weeks after the course has started, you can decline in Ladok. Declining the place later than three weeks after the start of the course is counted as having dropped the course. If you drop the course you will not be able to apply for the course again.

Declining your place at universityadmissions.se

Reserve place

If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. If there is cause for reserve admission then you will receive notice one to two weeks before the course starts. For traineeships, research traineeships and degre projects see more information above.

Read about reserve roll call

More information about your studies with us

On our website you will find more information about your studies with us.

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  • Course structure

    Before you apply you should read under the heading More information to find out where you can do the traineeship, how you find a work place and what to think about when you write the work plan.

    Teaching format

    Traineeship means that you take part, under supervision, in the work a company, authority or other work place. You should work the same hours as employees at the work place. What your work assignments are during the traineeship should be clear in your work plan. It is important that you interact with other parts of the work and other employees than just your supervisor. If this changes during the traineeship this must be approved by the examiner.

    Each day you will summarise and reflect on your day in your traineeship journal. At the end of the first week you submit the journal to the course coordinator for feedback. This way we are able to see that your journal meet the expectations and that the traineeship has got off to a good start.

    Assessment

    You present your traineeship in writing (the journal) and orally at a seminar. About three seminars are held each semester and teachers and students are invited to listen.

    The course is assessed by a committee which consists of the examiner and study councellor. The course is graded as either pass or fail.

    Examiner

    Cecilia Kullberg
    E-mail: cecilia.kullberg@zoologi.su.se
    Phone: +46 8 16 4713
    Room: D550c

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Traineeship in biology 7,5 credits should be equivalent to 4,5 full time work weeks. The course does not have set start and end dates, but you should apply for the course the period that best fits when you plan to do the traineeship. Which weeks you will work and what workhours you should keep is an agreement you make with your supervisor, these are then specified in the work plan which must be approved by the examiner.

    Before you start your traineeship, and preferably before you find a workplace, you should attend an introductory meeting (see course structure). Dates for introductory meetings and presentations are listed in the schedule below.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Traineeship in Biology does not have any official literature. Depending on your traineeship you may be expected to read different forms of literature, if so, this is something that you will discuss with your supervisor.

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Traineeship in Biology is offered as 7.5 and 15 credits. You can take both courses (7.5and 15 credits) but you have to be at different workplaces, and you can only count a total of 15 credits toward your degree (including Research traineeships).

    Traineeship in Biology 15 credits (BL8007)

    Traineeship in Biology can be conducted in Sweden or abroad. As a student at Stockholm University, you can apply for funding through Erasmus+ to complete a work placement/traineeship at a company or organisation in a country participating in the Erasmus+ programme.

     

    Examples of workplaces for the traineeship in Biology

    Here we list some examples where our students have previously done their traineeship in biology.

    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Consulting companies, for example: Environmental protection / marin biology / biochemistry
    • Forestry companies
    • Museums
    • Nonprofit organisations, as for example:  Naturskyddsföreningen (Nature Conservation Association), WWF, Skärgårdsstiftelsen, Svenska Kennelklubben, SportFiskarna.
    • Public authorities as for example: Länsstyrelse (Country Administrative Board), Kommun (municipality), Livsmedelsverket (National Food Administration), Smittskyddsinstitutet (Institute of Infectious Disease Control), Djurskyddsmyndigheten (Animal Welfare Authority), Naturvårdsverket (Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)

    How to apply

    Before you start your internship, you must follow all these steps:

    • Apply at Antagning.se for the period that best matches your plans (see "Schedule" above).
    • When the application is closed, you will receive an e-mail with a link to a form where you fill in your work plan (see "the work plan" below). The deadline for submitting the work plan is normally about one month after the application closes.
    • Once the work plan has been approved by the examiner, you will be admitted with condition. The condition is that you submit a time plan, no later than 1 week before the traineeship begins. The schedule indicates approximately how many weeks you will work with different tasks. You submit it in Athena (the learning platform), which you get access to when you are admitted. There you will also find other important information about the course such as a template for the journal, grading criteria and how the oral examination takes place.
    • When the time plan has been approved by the examiner, the condition will be removed and you can register online. You can not start the internship until you have registered for the course! This is important because you are not insured by the university in the workplace until you are registered.

    The workplace

    The traineeship in biology is conducted at a workplace where biological knowledge is relevant but where research is not the main work, if you prefer to do a traineeship at a work place where research is the main occupation, then you should take one of our research traineeship courses. If you are unsure whether your intended workplace can be approved for an internship in biology, or if you are unsure of which course you should apply for, you should contact the examiner (see "Course structure").

    Read more about the difference between our traineeship courses

    Finding a traineeship position

    It is your responsibility to find a workplace and a supervisor, BIG does not provide details of traineeship opportunities. Although you might wish that we supplied a list of traineeship places, there are very good reasons why we choose not to. This is an excellent opportunity to practice job-hunting skills. And students that have completed the course agree, they feel it encourages them to get involved and take responsibility for their career.

    To get the most out of the course, you need to think hard about what your personal aims are with the course, and what workplace might help you achieve those goals. As well as how to contact your workplace, is there a traineeship position you can apply for (see for example Mycareer eller Sustainergies), someone in your network that can support you, or make direct contact with you intended supervisor?

    If you do not really know where you want to work in the future, and want to discuss you future career; get in contact with our study counsellors.

    The work plan

    The work plan is an agreement between you, your supervisor and the examiner, to ensure that your work during the traineeship is relevant to the course. Writing the workplan is an opportunity for you to acquaint yourself with the workplace, your supervisor as well as their expectations of your work. It is, therefore, important that you draw up the work plan in consultation with your supervisor, while you write the plan independently.

    When you have applied for the course, and the application round has closed, you will receive a link to a form where you fill in and submit your work plan. In order for you to be admitted to the course, the work plan must be approved by the examiner (see "How to apply" above). The following points must be included in the work plan:

    • Supervisor's name, position and e-mail address
    • Preliminary start date
    • Description of the workplace (max 150 words)
    • Job assignments (max 150 words)
    • Expectations and own learning objectives (max 150 words)
  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor (advanced level)