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Industrial Internship Co-op

Valuable on-the-job experience

After three quarters of study in the program (or upon program completion), MBP students may elect to pursue internships. The optional MBP Industrial Internship provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to work in the industry for two quarters. Participating companies are encouraged to financially compensate interns at the BS level or higher. The majority of classes and research training will be completed during the first year of study, before the internship begins, and students will be well equipped and trained to have a successful internship experience. 


Students are responsible for finding their internship position, but may choose to receive assistance from MBP Assistant Director for External Relations and other MBP staff, the McCormick Office of Career Development, and University Career Services. These resources can be used to help students decide about an internship, research companies, prepare resumes and applications, train for interviews, and cope with the new environment in industry as an intern. 


Registration in a non-credit, zero tuition course during the internship will be required to maintain continuous enrollment at Northwestern University and to maintain student standing for health and automobile insurance, student loans, and visas. The eligibility of international students to be authorized to work in the U.S. during an internship will be verified by the International Office at Northwestern University after students have satisfied several academic criteria. It is anticipated that international students in F-1 status who are enrolled in the MBP M.S. in Biotechnology with Industrial Internship track will be eligible for U.S. work authorization under curricular practical training. Students in J-1 status may be eligible for U.S. work authorization under Academic Training.


Internship placement is not guaranteed.

  Current Internship Participants
  Divya Tikkavarapu, Cook Pharmica      
  Aditya Basrur, Alcon (division of Novartis)    
  Lu Bai, Cook Pharmica      
  Xinyi Che, Cook Pharmica      
  Wulin Jiang, Kibbe Lab      
  Joe Magura, Miller Lab      
  Tzungmao Wu, Astellas      
  Catherine Ngyuen, Medline      
  Paul Weingarden, University of Michigan Academic Lab      
  Ming Jiang, Woodruff Lab      
  Henry Weiss, Fresenius Kabi      
  See a complete listing of previous internship participants here.