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 1  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 will open soon. If you would like to be notified when the 2021 application opens, please complete this form to indicate your interest

Please read the instructions below before applying.

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