Internships

A graduate student in bioengineering works in the lab.

Become An Industry Partner By Offering Paid Internships

The cornerstone of experiential learning for Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology Ph.D. students is the required 3-6 month industry/professional internship. Students are keen to gain professional experiences that will build both technical skills and transferrable soft skills, enabling a broader range of career options upon graduation. 

Internship projects are flexible in timing, location and topical focus, allowing students to explore a wide range of biotechnology-related careers. Partner feedback indicates that having access to creative, energetic Ph.D. students enables potentially transformative pilot studies and niche projects to take place within the context of a broader organizational research strategy.

The vast majority of students opt for industry internships, but some choose to work in government or non-profit research institutes, at teaching colleges and in cross-disciplinary academic environments.  With over 230 DEB students enrolled, we are always looking for new internships sites – please contact biotechprogram@ucdavis.edu if interested in participating.

Benefits to Industry Partners

  • Developing working relationships with highly-talented, potential team members
  • Implementing a cost-effective strategy for staffing pilot research projects and short term professional activities
  • Having input on pedagogical best practices and technical skills needed for the biotechnology workforce
  • Professional networking at Biotechnology Program events (e.g. annual retreat, public seminars) that may lead to meaningful research collaborations

 Benefits to Students

  • Developing new technical skills and familiarity with equipment and research approaches not available on campus
  • Honing transferrable professional skills and practicing team science
  • Having a non-academic context in which to assess personal strengths, areas for improvement and career goals
  • Professional networking for job opportunities, mentoring, letters of reference, and potential research collaborators

Current Partners

We would like to thank our partners and champions of regional biotechnology education who have contributed to our program

  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
  • Agilent Technologies
  • AgraQuest (a Bayer company)
  • Alza
  • Amgen
  • Amyris
  • Antibodies, Inc.
  • Aqua Bounty
  • Bayer
  • Berlex Biosciences 
  • BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Carollo
  • Celera AgGen
  • Cytokinetics
  • DuPont
  • Exelixis
  • Expression Systems
  • Genencor
  • Genentech
  • Hoffmann Eitle
  • ICOS
  • Igenica
  • Institut Charles Sadron
  • Marone Bio Innovations
  • Maxygen
  • Monsanto, Calgene Campus
  • Novartis (formerly Chiron)
  • Novozymes  
  • Nunhems
  • OncoMed
  • Recovery Sciences
  • Roche Biosciences
  • Scios
  • Somagenics
  • Syntex
  • Sutro Biopharma
  • State Water Control Resources Board
  • Tethys Bioscience, Inc.
  • Unilever
  • Ventria Biosciences 
  • and others