Program Description

The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences at UC Berkeley (QB3-Berkeley) partners with local biotech companies to offer hands-on summer internships to UC Berkeley undergraduates. QB3-Berkeley seeks top applicants for 10-week paid internship positions, where students will learn scientific techniques and contribute to state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research projects. Interns become paid, full-time employees of the biotech company for the duration of the internship.

Interns have been placed at these companies in the past:

  • Abalone Bio, Inc.
  • Aralez Bio
  • Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
  • Cinder Biological, Inc.
  • Dahlia Biosciences, Inc.
  • Encellin
  • Eysz, Inc.
  • Intact Therapeutics
  • iSono Health
  • Kryptos Biotechnologies, Inc.
  • Mantra Bio
  • Moichor Inc.
  • Nodexus
  • Plexxikon
  • Pow Bio
  • Tinctorium
  • Visolis Inc.

Interns will:

  • Acquire valuable, real-world research experience and training on a long-term project;
  • Work full-time and earn a competitive salary;
  • Explore career options and define direction for graduate studies;
  • Network with a variety of industry, QB3-Berkeley, and student researchers;
  • Work one-on-one with mentors and utilize advanced laboratory facilities;
  • Develop new technical, communication, time management, and leadership skills.


QB3-Berkeley Undergraduate Biotech Internship Program applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Registered as a current undergraduate student with sophomore or junior standing at UC Berkeley;
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.2;
  • Undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, and classroom lab experience;
  • Unrestricted authorization to work in the United States;
  • Committed to full-time summer employment and will return to UC Berkeley for fall semester;
  • Transfer students: Completion of at least one semester of coursework at UC Berkeley;
  • International students: F-1 or J-1 visa and completion of at least one academic year (two semesters or one semester and one summer session) at UC Berkeley.


November  Application opens
February 3 (DEADLINE EXTENDED) Application closes at 5:00 PM
February 8  Letter of recommendation due
February  Applicant screening and ranking by QB3-Berkeley Faculty
March-April  Candidate applications forwarded to partner companies;
Partner companies interview and select interns
May-June  Internships begin
August  Internships end

*Dates are subject to change

The 2021 application is now closed.

Please read the instructions below before applying.

<!–Q: Whom can I contact with questions?
A: Please contact Program Coordinator Oliver Santos, 510-666-3317,

Q: Will I get academic credit for my internship?
A: Academic credit is not available.

Q: If I decide to apply to companies through the QB3-Berkeley Undergraduate Biotech Internship program, does that mean I should refrain from sending my resume to the company directly (via their website or a recruiter)?
A: The choice is entirely up to you. The QB3-Berkeley selection committee will receive application packets, conduct a thorough review/interview process, and  forward the top application packets to companies. The company will then conduct interviews and make the final hiring decision.

Q: May I participate in this program if I am a senior?
A: Unfortunately, seniors are not eligible to participate in this program. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Will my company supervisor write a letter of recommendation?
A: At the end of the program, consider asking your supervisor if you can list him or her as a reference for future employment opportunities. You might also ask for a general letter of recommendation. This letter should be on company letterhead and addressed to “To Whom It May Concern. ” The letter can be photocopied and utilized when applying to multiple jobs.

Q: What if I encounter a problem during my internship?
A: Interns are required to report any internship issues or difficulties to the QB3-Berkeley program coordinator, company supervisor, or human resources representative. The company supervisor will discuss an unsatisfactory situation with the intern and notify the QB3-Berkeley program coordinator. Grounds for immediate dismissal from the program include failure to fulfill responsibilities due to tardiness, absence, or other forms of undependability or incompetence.

Q: I’m a transfer student. Am I eligible?
A: Transfer students must complete one semester of coursework at UC Berkeley before applying to the program.

Q: Can foreign undergraduate students with F-1 or J-1 visas apply to the program?
A: Most companies will accept undergraduate foreign students with F-1or J-1 visas.  However, UC Berkeley undergraduates are required to retain a work permit from the UCB Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) office prior to starting an internship with a local biotech company. We highly recommend that you contact the SISS office before you apply to the program. Your internship is considered “off campus employment.” Contact SISS with questions at or visit their website at  The SISS office is located at 2299 Piedmont Avenue (at International House), UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-2321, (510) 642-2818, (510) 643-7289 (fax).

Q: If I apply to the QB3-Berkeley program, am I guaranteed a position at the company?
A: No, you are not guaranteed a position at the company.

Q: What is the UC Berkeley Nondiscrimination Statement?
A: The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and University policy, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran (special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized). This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. Inquiries may be directed as follows: Sex discrimination and sexual harassment: Denise Oldham, Title IX Compliance Officer, (510) 664-7789; disability discrimination and access: Derek Coates, Disability Compliance Officer, (510) 643-8996 (voice or TTY/TDD). Other inquiries may be directed to the Academic Compliance Office, 200 California Hall #1500, (510) 642-2795.–>

How to apply

Program Details


  • November 2020 – Online application site opens
  • February 1, 2021 – Apply online by 5 p.m.
  • February 8, 2021 – Letter(s) of Recommendation due