Information for Students

The student application window for the Summer 2019 Program has closed.

Eligibility - the EBRC Industry Internship Program is open to students who:

  • Are U.S. persons eligible to work for a company in the United States;
  • Are graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program (PhD or equivalent) at a U.S. institution, college or university;
  • Have advanced to candidacy (or equivalent status) in their graduate studies;
  • Are able to take a 4-month, May-September, full-time absence from their current lab;
  • Possess basic laboratory/analysis techniques (such as those described in the respective company internship opportunity statement); no prior industry experience is necessary or expected;
  • Agree to participate in a cohort on-boarding and off-boarding activities hosted by EBRC.

EBRC is committed to increasing diversity and representation in engineering biology. Women and under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

Eligible students can apply to the program by completing an application form and uploading the following supporting materials (each as a separate PDF file): ***Please note, the Summer 2019 Program application window has closed.***

  • A current CV (up to 3 pages), including, but not limited to:
      • institution, major, and year of study;
      • research experience and synergistic activities;
      • academic/professional appointments, such as teaching positions held;
      • collaborators outside of your PI's laboratory/research group;
      • publications/products, highlighting any publications/products closely related to the internship opportunities you would like to pursue;
      • bullet list of key laboratory and/or analysis skills/techniques possessed, ex: RT-PCR, matlab.
  • A personal statement (up to 2 pages) addressing your current and prospective research interests, your interest in the Internship Program (do not discuss your company rankings), and how you expect to benefit from the program.

A Letter of Support from your current advisor/PI is required and should be emailed directly to

The Letter of Support should address the following:

  • An explanation of their support of the student's application and participation in the program, including discussion as to how the student is academically and scientifically qualified;
  • An acknowledgment that they are aware of the program's requirements, including the placement of the student for four (4) months (mid-May through mid-September 2019) at an industry site, and that during this four-month period, the student will be working full-time on projects that may be unrelated to their academic research, at the direction of their industry supervisor;
  • An acknowledgement that the student will be asked to work with their graduate program and institution to identify and minimize tuition and fees costs during their internship.

Interview and placement process:

Students can expect to work on projects that fit their interests and experience and will enhance their studies, but may not directly relate to their thesis/dissertation research. The list of participating companies and potential projects (subject to change) in the Summer 2019 Program can be found here.

To place students in internship positions, EBRC will facilitate an anonymized ranking and matching process and will facilitate interviews between the students and the participating companies. Interviews are expected to take place in February 2019. Interviews will be conducted virtually and students must be available for the interview to be considered for the position.

If selected for an interview, students will be required to identify and submit information about the required tuition and fees that would need to be paid. They will also be asked to work with their department and institution to minimize these fees wherever possible (e.g. change in student status as appropriate). Student should maintain a status that will not compromise their health insurance and/or other medical coverage provided by their institution. Questions regarding EBRC/company payment of student tuition, fees, and stipend may be referred to Diane Pierotti at Tuition and fee information will not be used as criteria for selection.

Please note, the EBRC Industry Internship Program is currently in a pilot phase and Program details and participation may be limited and subject to change.