Career Development
Co-op / Internship

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We believe in the importance of practical learning opportunities and encourage MBP students to enroll in an optional internship or a co-op after they have completed the first three quarters of the program and developed a skillset that includes theoretical and practical proficiency in bioprocessing, basics of technology commercialization, understanding of the 4C’s (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) and the FDA regulations. McCormick OPE Assistant Director of Careers, Alumni, and Corporate Relations assists students with interview preparation and resume writing. Internship placement is not guaranteed, but our program has been successful in identifying and creating opportunities, which we share with MBP students.  

Students typically obtain internships at the locations of major biotech hubs along the US east and west coasts. There are also internship opportunities in and around Chicago. As part of its certificate in Sustainability and Global Health in Biotechnology, MBP sponsors several annual internships in South Africa.  Normally, internships are paid at a B.S. level. The exact amount of compensation depends on the type of position (R&D vs. process development), company size (startup vs. large), location (e.g., California vs. Indiana), etc.

Students can start an internship at three different times: in June, September, or January of the second year (after completing all the coursework and research requirements.) There are usually more opportunities in June than at any other time due to the flow of operational activities in the biotechnology industry.  However, internships starting in June and September may limit students' choice of a research project because some preceptors prefer uninterrupted research. 

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International Students

International students in F-1 status who are enrolled in the MBP should be eligible for U.S. work authorization under curricular practical training. Students in J-1 status may be eligible for U.S. work authorization under Academic Training. We strongly encourage students to check with the International Office prior to taking any actions that may impact their visa status in the U.S.