Student Work Experience in Biology

Queen’s Biology offers many ways to gain ‘real-world’ experience, at scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems, and with a diversity of organisms and techniques. Here are some common ways to get involved.


Volunteering is a great way to see if research in different fields of Biology is for you, get hands-on experience, and build your résumé. Volunteer positions may be available even when they are not advertised, so the best way to land one of these is to start talking with professors and teaching assistants now to show them you are interested and keen.

Summer Work Experience Program

Career Services operates the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP), a unique Queen's program that helps faculty members create challenging and rewarding summer jobs. Open to all year levels, a SWEP position will get you engaged full-time in an active research program for up to 16 weeks. SWEP positions are competitive, so make sure to do your research about the positions you are applying for, and to show your interest and enthusiasm. Learn more about the SWEP program.

Work Study Program

The Work Study Program is run jointly by Career Services and Student Awards and provides students in financial need with an opportunity for part-time work in Biology related fields. Most of these are available during the Fall and Winter terms, but some are offered during the Summer term. Career Services provides more information on how and when to apply.

Queen's Outdoor Field Experience Initiative (QOFEI

Fieldwork and outdoor research are important (and fun) components of biology and environmental science. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to develop outdoor research skills and build their confidence and comfort in the outdoors. QOFEI is a student run program, located in the just of the 2nd floor landing in the Biosciences Complex, setup to increase accessibility to fieldwork and outdoor learning at Queen's.