The program seeks motivated science & business students interested in careers in New York City's life sciences industry.


The growth of New York City’s life sciences industry depends on attracting and retaining a steady stream of qualified talent to start companies and fill essential roles, especially as New York City’s $500 million investment is projected to create 16,000 high-paying jobs in the industry. Thus, the City has a vested interest in preparing a diverse range of New York City students for careers in the life sciences sector.

 

 

The program provides quality internships for undergraduate and graduate students, while offering curriculum and training support with refined “hard” skills in the sciences and “soft” skills of professional and personal development. 


Program Objectives

  • Assemble a cohort of participating interns that reflects the diversity of New York City university students with a special focus on students from disadvantaged communities and economic backgrounds
  • Work with New York City life sciences industry partners to develop relevant and attractive experiences in New York City’s industry, including frameworks, resources, and structured activities to expand, diversify, and cultivate emerging talent pool
  • Position New York City’s life sciences industry as a valued partner to the university community to identify student career development needs, share resources and information to support field work/career experiences, inform short- and long-term program outcomes, and disseminate program learnings to make internships scalable and sustainable
  • Attract and prepare a diverse range of New York City students for careers in the life sciences sector to ensure that the sector has a wealth of talent to fill the industry demand for good quality jobs.

Key Dates

  • September 2018 - Applications open for students and hosts
  • October 2018 - May 2019 (or until complete) - Rolling selection and placement of students with hosts
  • December 31, 2018 - Early application deadline for students
  • May 28 - May 30, 2019 - Pre-internship training "Boot Camp" intensive training for placed interns
  • June 3 – August 9, 2019 - Internship period

Evaluation Criteria

The LifeSci NYC internship program will evaluate students based on the following criteria:

  • Interest in career in life sciences (in a science and/or business context), as demonstrated through personal statement, reference letter, academic transcript, and video (40 points)
  • Personal and professional maturity and integrity, as demonstrated through personal statement, references, extracurricular activities, video, prior professional experience (40 points)
  • Technical skills currently possessed or desired to learn in internship (20 points)

Application / Placement Process

  • Student and host applicants will each sign an agreement affirming their responsibilities to the LifeSci program, and to each other, should they be selected to participate
  • After students apply for the program, they will be scored based on the evaluation criteria (see above)
  • Students who complete applications will receive access to a list of positions for which we are currently seeking candidates
  • Students may submit cover statements for available positions that interest them
  • LifeSci NYC will select the most qualified students applying for each position for submission to companies
  • Hosts will choose students to interview
  • Hosts will select their top choice student(s) as interns and will formally hire
  • NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM ARE NOT GUARANTEED PLACEMENTS. HIRING DECISIONS WILL BE MADE BY EACH HOST COMPANY. APPLYING EARLIER WILL INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF FINDING AN INTERNSHIP.