PATHS-UP graduate students have the opportunity to go to internships with our affiliated industry partners. This is an incredible opportunity for students to get real-world experience in their field of study. PATHS-UP graduates have gone on to work at some of the most renowned companies in the world, and they attribute their success to the skills they learned during their internships. PATHS-UP is proud to provide this opportunity to our students and we are grateful to our industry partners for their support.
Some companies from previous years include Boston Scientific, the FDA, Babson Diagnostics, Wasatch Photonics, Texas Instruments, Ziess Group, Global Health Labs, and Edwards Life Sciences. Here is what some of this year’s students had to say about their internships
Angela Michelle San Juan
Interned at Global Health Labs
As an intern at Global Health Labs this summer, I have been fortunate to work with a group of scientists that are invested in my learning. I have felt a consistent and genuine support towards my success. This atmosphere has allowed me to be comfortable to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of how diagnostic platforms developed in the laboratory are translated to in-field usage especially in low resourced settings. I’ve learned new analytical techniques, such as isothermal NAAT- RPA as well as learning color space transformation for automated colorimetric readings.
Interned at Watsatch Photonic
My internship with Wasatch Photonics has enabled me to further the impact of my PhD research and the goals of PATHS-UP. By partnering with Wasatch Photonics, we have an industry leader in spectroscopy instrumentation helping PATHS-UP reach our goal of a lab-in-your palm system for biomarker detection. The collaboration has also allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the workflow of a company outside of the academic research setting as well as identifying potential job opportunities available after the completion of my PhD. I continue to learn something new everyday during the duration of my internship and the skills and experiences I have gained during my time will continue to have an impact on my future and the work within PATHS-UP.
Interned at Boston Scientific
Boston Scientific is such a great company to work for. Not only is the work innovative and impactful, but the company culture and work-life balance is unmatched! Because this is my second internship with BSC, I have been given the opportunity to contribute to high-priority projects as the lead engineer (with guidance from other senior engineers). Throughout this internship, I have gained hands-on experience within the product life cycle process and a number of soft skills that are critical for working with cross-functional teams.
Interned at Texas Instruments
I’m working as a Process Engineer for Texas Instruments at their Utah manufacturing facility this summer. I’m enjoying the brief respite from the Texas summer heat, and getting to be a part of the semiconductor industry at such an exciting time. I’ve gained a much better understanding of how my academic training – presentations/writing, mentorship, data analysis, etc. – translates to industry. At the same time, also seeing how industry and academia differ and adapting to new priorities for urgency and the voice of the customer in my work.