Summer 2021 Biotechnology Internships
From researching innovative cancer treatments to building public trust in vaccine producers, Wily Scholars have been busy working on complex problems this summer.
Asstou, JT and Jessica excelled in their internships at Boston-area biotechnology companies. “It was my first internship, and I had a pretty great experience,” said Asstou, who is considering switching her major from biochemistry to biotechnology because of her time at GenerationBio. “It made me realize what I enjoy in the science world and which direction I would like to go.”
The three students found their internships through Project Onramp. The program is a collaborative effort between five leading life science organizations, including our partner Life Science Cares. Project Onramp aims to “bridge the opportunity gap” by “connect[ing] passionate, high-achieving four-year college students with paid internships.”
Jumping head first into a new work environment can be intimidating. In his article for the Wily blog, JT writes, “that first day was very daunting, with terminology and lingo being thrown around that I had no context with which to understand.”
By the end of his internship, though, JT had contributed meaningful work to a cancer treatment that won FDA approval to start clinical trials: a rare accomplishment.