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Community College of Rhode Island — Biotechnology

Should I apply for an internship?

Intern on the job

An internship is a great way to learn about biotechnology from experienced professionals in the field. As an intern you will:

  • work in a temporary position for approximately 6-12 weeks in a biotechnology facility that emphasizes on-the-job training;
  • work under the guidance of a professional currently working in the biotechnology field who will train you in the skills necessary to perform the job you are interested in;
  • gain biotech skills; and
  • increase your “soft skills” through observation and participation in the corporate culture.

Companies may post available intern positions on their career sites

  • Amgen offers both internships and co-operative education experiences.
  • Pfizer offers summer internsips to students.

CCRI’s Cooperative Education and Career Placement Center may be able to find you an internship.

Job posting search engines are also a good way to find internships. You can narrow your search criteria to available positions.

Job shadowing is an emerging practice similar to a very restricted internship. As a shadower you will follow a professional through his/her daily work activities. Shadowing provides a basic introduction to the position you are considering and answers the questions, “Why do I have to learn this stuff?” and “Would I want to work in this position for his company?”

Job Shadow has a list of participating companies.