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Co-Op Program

The Biological Sciences Co-Op program provides a yearlong immersive work experience for students in an industrial setting. Students receive customized training upon entering the program and receive staff and faculty mentoring throughout the year.

Corporate Affiliate Program (BioCAP)

Join the Biological Sciences Corporate Affiliate Program (BioCAP) to build a talent pipeline, attend special events, and collaborate with UC San Diego leadership and faculty.

BioCAP annual membership ($25,000) includes the following benefits:

Access to Division of Biological Sciences Co-Op program

  • Our Co-Op Program is a year-long immersive job experience that includes professional development training for selected students.
    • Companies and faculty advisors identify and support students interested in working at the intersection of biology and other fields, including data science, genomics, chemistry, imaging, and medicine.
    • Co-Op opportunities are promoted directly to eligible Biological Sciences undergraduate students.

Access to a Diverse Talent Pipeline and Special Recruitment Opportunities:

  • UC San Diego graduates the largest number of underrepresented students in STEM fields of any university.
  • Companies build relationships with more than 4,500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students in Biological Sciences.
  • Gain access to this diverse talent pipeline of undergraduate and graduate biology students through:
    • Events: Company customized career fair, and Division of Biological Sciences programs and events, such as onsite or virtual resume review, information sessions, or professional development support
    • Promoting career opportunities: job postings are distributed to student organizations, targeted listservs, undergraduate and graduate student newsletters, and through the Division of Biological Sciences Student Engagement and Opportunities
  • Elevate company brand to build the talent pipeline through opportunities including:
    • Participation in professional development courses
    • BioCAP member guest speaking opportunities in courses and events
    • Engage with students who present their research at special symposia
    • Engage with student organizations and Equity, Diversity and Includsion (EDI) groups

Engage with Faculty and Other BioCAP Members to Explore Areas of Common Interest:

  • Faculty seminar series: BioCAP members participate in exclusive networking seminars designed to engage with faculty to explore areas of mutual interest
  • BioCAP member seminar series: Participate as a speaker at the signature BioCAP speaker series, and network with faculty and fellow BioCAP members

Co-Op Program

Building the next generation of leaders in the life sciences industry

The Biological Sciences Co-Op program provides a yearlong immersive work experience for students in an industrial setting. Students receive customized training upon entering the program and receive staff and faculty mentoring throughout the year. Students describe their accomplishments and experience with a final presentation at the end of the program to the incoming cohort.

Entry

  • Co-op opportunities are promoted directly to Biological Sciences students.
  • Students take BILD 82 Job and Internship Preparation: Professional Development Skills in the spring quarter, a course that prepares them for the co-op experience that begins in the summer.

Immersion

  • Students work full-time at partner company in the summer.
  • Students work 12-15 hours per week during the fall, winter, and spring quarters.
  • At the end of each quarter, students meet with a faculty advisor and both the student and the company submit an online evaluation to monitor progress and address any issues that arise.

Completion

  • At the end of the spring quarter, students will return as guest speakers to BILD 82 to give a final presentation about their co-op experience.
  • Students will describe their role at the company and lessons they learned.
  • Student presentations and company evaluations will provide feedback for improving the program the following year.

Key Benefits

  • Industry: Company gains access to a talent pipeline of motivated and competitively trained biology students seeking work experience.
  • Students: Co-op students receive academic credit and are provided with a more immersive work experience than a traditional internship. Co-op students are typically hired at a higher rate and salary than non-co-op students.
  • University: UC San Diego gains successful placement of students into competitive industry positions. University-Industry partnership provides information about top industry recruitment needs.
Ready to get started? Contact biocap@ucsd.edu.