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.; Carmot Therapeutics, Inc.; Chan Zuckerberg Biohub; Cinder Biological, Inc.; Correlia Biosystems; GALT, Inc.; mFluiDx; OndaVia, Inc.; Plexxikon; Relypsa, Inc.; Shasqi, Inc.; Synvitrobio, Inc.; Zenflow, Inc.; and Zymochem, Inc.
- 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;
- FOREIGN 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.
2020 PROGRAM DATES:
|February 3||Application closes|
|February 10||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
*Dates are subject to change
HOW TO APPLY
The 2020 application is now closed. Recommendation letters are due on February 10th.
Please read the instructions below before applying. You must start and finish the application in the same sitting; there is no option to save and finish later.
Part I: Prepare Your Application Materials
1. Download, complete, and save the QB3-Berkeley Undergraduate Biotech Internships application to your computer.
Statement of Purpose
A one-page statement (typed, single-spaced) answering the following:
- Why are you interested in applying to the QB3-Berkeley Biotech Internship Program?
- What is your biology, chemistry, and research experience?
- What are your short-term and/or long-term research and career goals?
Please include any additional information that might aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation, potential, and aptitude for scientific research. You may also address any experiences, situations, or conditions that may have adversely impacted your academic advancement in science.
Unofficial undergraduate transcript
Please upload in one pdf your Cal Central transcript as well as a list of your current classes. Transfer students should include transcripts (unofficial is ok) from all previously attended universities.
Please include a description of your most recent and relevant experiences, professional, scholastic, or volunteer. For assistance, you may wish to visit the Career Center at: http://career.berkeley.edu/Tools/Resume.stm.
Part II: Submit Your Application and Letter of Recommendation
1. Submit your application via the QB3-Berkeley Undergraduate Biotech Internship submission form. To submit your internship application via the Google form, you must attach the completed QB3 internship application, statement of purpose, unofficial undergraduate transcript, and résumé as a single batched PDF. Directions for saving your four PDF files as a single batched PDF via Adobe Acrobat:
- Open your completed QB3 Internship Application – PDF file in Adobe Acrobat
- Click on Organize Pages
- Click on Insert > From File…
- Locate and Select the file you wish to add
- Choose the location to insert your file and click Ok
- Repeat until you’ve batched all required PDF documents into one PDF file
- Save the new batched file for attaching to your internship application
2. Ensure that your recommender submits the one required Letter of Recommendation by 5 p.m. (PST) on February 10, 2020. Your letter of recommendation must be submitted from your recommender to QB3-Berkeley via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To improve your chance of acceptance into the program, this should be written by someone who is familiar with your interests, abilities, and/or career goals, particularly related to science;
- We prefer this letter come from a professor in a relevant science or engineering discipline;
- Note: Alternatively, you may submit a letter of recommendation from a Postdoc or Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) but it must by co-signed by a relevant professor;
- Transfer Students: You may submit a letter from a professor from a previous university.
A second optional letter from any individual inside or outside of the University, such as a former employer or research advisor, may be emailed to the Program Coordinator at email@example.com by February 10, 2020.
Once accepted into the program, students are required to attend all meetings, orientations, activities, and fulfill the following internship requirements:
- Once a student accepts an internship offer, whether verbally or in writing, acceptance is considered binding for the duration of the entire work period;
- Interns must complete all program and University of California administrative procedures;
- Interns are required to turn in UC Berkeley, company employer, and internship program forms by stated deadlines;
- Interns may be required to sign a confidentiality compliance statement protecting a company’s proprietary information and must observe company rules and regulations;
- Interns may be required to participate in a background check, drug test, and may be asked to supply a copy of their most recent immunization record, current residence status, and health insurance card;
- Interns will complete all QB3-Berkeley assignments by deadlines;
- Interns will participate in end-of-program evaluation procedures and may be invited to a focus group;
- Interns are required to report any issues or difficulties with the internship to the Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org), the company supervisor, or the company human resources representative;
- Interns are required to resume a normal course of study (fall semester) upon completion of the internship program.
Each intern will receive a salary and be paid directly by the employer or approved third-party agency. Salaries are determined by the company, and interns must provide two types of identification when completing required payroll forms. Interns are ineligible for any insurance benefits or overtime pay from company employers. Students are financially responsible for their own travel, housing, and meals.
Salary & Benefits
Each intern will receive a salary and be paid directly by the employer (or an approved third-party agency). Salaries are determined by the company, and interns must provide two types of identification when filling out required payroll forms. Interns are ineligible for any insurance benefits or overtime pay from company employers. Students are financially responsible for their own travel, housing, and meals.
Supervision & Evaluation
The company supervisor has direct responsibility for hiring, training, and evaluating interns. The supervisor creates internship training plans, and may assign mentors to oversee and train interns. The supervisor defines specific duties and assignment responsibilities, including research project and presentation goals. Supervisors also provide an overview of the company’s operations, create professional networking opportunities, and encourage informational interviews.
The QB3-Berkeley program manager manages the initial application and screening process, acts as a liaison between applicants and company representatives, assigns three small activities to interns during the summer, and organizes activities before and after the internship to share information and solicit feedback.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Who can apply to the QB3-Berkeley Undergraduate Biotech Internship program?
A: The program is open to UC Berkeley undergraduate students. Most students who are selected to participate in the program are sophomores or juniors. However,
- If you are a senior: You are eligible to apply only if you will be enrolled in a course(s) at UC Berkeley in the semester following the summer of the internship.
- If you are a transfer student: You must have completed at least one semester of coursework at UC Berkeley in order to apply.
- If you are an international student: You must have valid work authorization (F-1 visa, J-1 visa, or equivalent). Please contact the Berkeley International Office with any questions.
Q: Will I receive academic credit for my internship?
A: Academic credit is not available.
Q: Where will my internship be? What will I do?
A: QB3-Berkeley partners with different Bay Area biotech companies each summer, so while your internship placement will definitely be local, the particular job duties will depend entirely on the needs of the company. You will work on a real project with a team that will support your development.
Q: If I apply to the program, am I guaranteed a position at one of QB3-Berkeley’s partner companies?
A: There is no guarantee that an applicant will receive an internship at any of QB3-Berkeley’s partner companies.
Q: Why should I apply to the QB3-Berkeley Undergraduate Biotech Internship program?
A: You should apply to the program to give your application the QB3-Berkeley “stamp of approval.” All applicants will be reviewed by QB3-affiliated faculty, and the most qualified candidates’ materials will be forwarded to companies with relevant internship opportunities. Companies trust the quality of students who apply through the QB3-Berkeley program, so much so that some companies only look at QB3-Berkeley candidates when looking for summer interns.
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: Absolutely not! If there is a particular company or position that you are interested in, you should reach out directly to that company with your application. QB3-Berkeley partners with a selection of local companies, but may not work with the one you’re most interested in. By applying directly to a company whose work appeals to you, you will be able to craft a more specific application that will stand out to their team.
Q: When will I be contacted by QB3-Berkeley’s partner companies?
A: Companies will reach out to applicants in March and April.
Q: Whom can I contact with additional questions?
A: Please contact the Program Coordinator at email@example.com.
- November 2019 – Online application site opens
- February 3, 2020 – Apply online by 5 p.m.
- February 10, 2020 – Letter(s) of Recommendation due