Workforce Development

Workforce development

Developing the workforce of California’s future

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QB3, based at UC Berkeley, is well-placed to develop a highly-skilled workforce. Undergraduate and graduate students can find opportunities for work experience through QB3’s internship programs, which place students with startup companies. Companies benefit from skilled labor. Internships frequently develop into full-time jobs.

QWEST Internships

The QB3 Workforce Education for bioScience and bioTechnology (QWEST) program places undergraduates with tenant companies at UC Berkeley’s Bakar Labs incubator for fully paid internships. Companies gain enthusiastic talent and students get experience in the science and business of startups.

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Break Into Biotech

Break Into Biotech is a unique program that bridges the gap for underserved students who aspire to work in labs but face financial constraints. Through a 5-week paid training program followed by research in an academic lab, students develop essential benchwork skills that make them outstanding candidates for biotech internships.

QB3-Berkeley Biotech Internship Program

QB3-Berkeley seeks top applicants for 10-week paid internship positions, where students will learn scientific techniques and contribute to state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research projects. Interns become paid, full-time employees of the biotech company for the duration of the internship.

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QB3-Santa Cruz Biotech Internship Program

QB3-Santa Cruz partners with local biotech companies and on-campus labs to offer full-time hands-on 10-week paid summer internships to UC Santa Cruz undergraduates. The program is designed to offer real-world research experience and training on a long-term project in the biotechnology sector.