Career and Professional Development/Internships/Jobs FAQ

St. Martin Career Exploration Office, part of UNH’s Career and Professional Success, is here to assist COLSA students ensuring they are well prepared to meet the needs of the labor market and/or transition into graduate school. Through a variety of resources, St. Martin Career Office assists students in articulating career goals and creating well-informed action plans. Because experiential learning makes students more competitive in the workplace, students are strongly encouraged to participate in internships and research opportunities while pursuing their academic endeavors. In fact, over 80% of COLSA students participate in an internship or research experience.

What is the overall success rate for students in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)?

Based on the First Destination Survey, data collected from the graduating class of 2019, COLSA is proud to boast a 97% success rate. The results are as follows:

  • 74% employed
  • 23% further education
  • 3% seeking employment
  • 81% participated in an internship, faculty research or both
  • 39% participated in faculty research (Duration: 35% = 1 semester, 30%= 2 semesters, 36%= 5 semesters or more)

What resources are available to help students obtain internships and research opportunities?

There are many ways for students to locate and participate in industry opportunities:

  • University-wide Internship and Career Fair: Offered during the fall and spring semesters, consisting of over 240 participating employers in all industries
  • Boutique Industry Panels Career Fairs: Focused annual events consisting of up to 20 industry representatives providing information about a given industry and recruitment for internship and entry-level positions
    • Biotech Industry Panel and Career Fair
    • Natural Resources and The Environment Panel and Career Fair
    • Animals and Agriculture Career Symposium
    • Nutrition and Wellness Career Panel
  • Resume Review Day with Employers: Offered during fall and spring semester and consisting of over 50 employers who provide one-to-one feedback to students on their resumes
  • Handshake: UNH’s career platform that connects students with over 6,000 employers, jobs, internships, and career events on-campus and at employer sites.

Is there professional career advising?

St. Martin Career Office provides many ways for COLSA students to access career advising from one-on-one meetings with professional advisors and walk-in hours to a wide array of web-based resources designed for 24/7 usage.

  • Tailored Career Advising: Students may schedule individual meetings with St. Martin Career Advisors who possess deep knowledge of industries, employment, internships and graduate schools COLSA students are interested in
  • Drop-in Hours: Students may stop by walk-in hours, no appointment necessary, and get their general questions answered by professional career advisors and/or trained peer-ambassadors
  • Online Career Technology and Information: The St. Martin Career website offers a plethora of resources designed for students to access 24/7: from resume/cover letter templates, online interviewing platforms, UNH alumni mentoring through Wildcat Connections and much more!

Is there funding for unpaid internships and career-related expenses?

COLSA’s SOAR Fund: The SOAR Fund is designed to assist students with experiential learning expenses by providing stipends for internships and career expenses. Stipends may be used to supplement unpaid internships or pay for transportation to interviews and career events. The SOAR Fund is a rolling fund and accepts applications year-round.

How do students apply for part-time or work-study jobs?

  • A part-time and work-study jobs fair is held each fall and spring during the first week of classes.
  • Most work-study jobs are posted in Handshake, UNH’s career platform.

COLSA Internships, Employment and Graduate Schools

All data from 2019 First Destination Survey

Internship Locations
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Amesbury Animal Hospital

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • Blue Ocean Society

  • Boston Children’s Hospital

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital

  • Center of Wildlife

  • Cognitive Psychology Research Labs

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital

  • Duke University

  • IDEXX

  • Immunogen

  • Lonza Biologics

  • Myhre Equine

  • New England Aquarium

  • New England Wildlife Center

  • NH Department of Environmental Services

  • NH Senate

  • Seacoast Eat Local

  • Shoals Marine Laboratories

  • UNH

  • Wentworth Douglass Hospital

  • Yale University School of Medicine

Employers
  • Agri Mark
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Broadview Animal Hospital
  • Cambridge Eating Disorder Clinic
  • Catalina Island Marine Institute
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • City of Portsmouth
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Forest Research Consultants
  • GeoInsights, Inc.
  • Harvard University
  • IDEXX Laboratories
  • Lakes Region Planning Commission
  • Lonza Biologics
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • National Farmers Organization
  • New England Aquarium
  • NH Department of Environmental Services
  • Northeast Dermatology
  • ScribeAmerica
  • Thermo Fischer Scientific
  • Toxicon Corp
  • Triumvirate Environmental
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • UNH
  • Vertex
Further Education
  • Atlantic Veterinary College
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
  • Michigan State University
  • Midwestern Veterinary School
  • Northeastern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine
  • UNH
  • University of California- Riverside
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Institute of Technology
Sample of Post-Baccalaureate Degrees Graduates Pursue
  • Accelerated nursing to NP
  • Autism and applied behavior analysis
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Environmental science
  • Family consumer science
  • Genetic counseling
  • Medical nutrition
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Optometry
  • Pathology assistant
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Public health
  • Veterinary medicine