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
  • Amyris
  • Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
  • Cinder Biological, Inc.
  • Correlia Biosystems
  • Dahlia Biosciences, Inc.
  • Encellin
  • Eysz, Inc.
  • Huue, Inc.
  • Intact Therapeutics
  • iSono Health
  • Kryptos Biotechnologies, Inc.
  • Mantra Bio
  • Moichor Inc.
  • Nodexus
  • Pow Bio
  • Tinctorium
  • Valitor Inc.

You can read about one student’s experience as an intern at InterVenn Biosciences here.

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 the direction for graduate studies;
  • Network with a variety of industries, 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.

2024 Program Dates:

Early Dec. Application opens
February 2* Application and letter of recommendation due by 5:00 PM PST
February 9 Optional 2nd Letter of recommendation is due by 5:00 PM PST
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 deadline was extended to Feb 2, 2024.

The application is now closed.

How to Apply

Program Details


  • The online application is open now
  • Deadline Extended: February 2, 2024 – Apply online by 5 p.m.
  • Deadline Extended: February 2, 2024 – Letter(s) of Recommendation due
  • February 9, 2024 – (Optional) 2nd Letter of Recommendation due