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Student Internships

During the senior year, medical biotechnology students spend time in internships to gain research experience with a faculty research mentor in an academic or industrial laboratory.

Internships take place in one or more of our clinical affiliate institutions:

College of Graduate Studies, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies offers graduate-level degree programs and conducts research in six different areas: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, and Physiology (http://www.upstate.edu/grad/). Undergraduates in the Medical Biotechnology program may spend their senior internship in an academic research laboratory at Upstate directed by College of Graduate Studies faculty.

In addition, the College of Graduate Studies holds one slot per year in the PhD program for an undergraduate student in the College of Health Professions who has demonstrated a strong interest in the biomedical sciences and who has previous research experience.

To qualify, the student must:

  • meet the basic course requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies
  • have an overall GPA and combined verbal and quantitative GRE score greater than or equal to the mean of the previous year’s incoming class
  • obtain satisfactory letters of recommendation from faculty
  • receive a strong endorsement letter from the College of Health Professions Dean before January 15 of the year of entry into the PhD program.

Ichor Life Sciences

Ichor Life Sciences is a pre-clinical biotechnology company located in rural LaFayette, NY, just 12 miles south of Syracuse. The company has several research programs that focus on development of next generation therapies for age-related diseases, including macular degeneration. Ichor Life Sciences engages in research projects involving laboratory automation, stem cell biology, animal husbandry, and more. Each intern works with staff researchers to design and complete an independent project in an area of the intern’s choosing.

Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI), Utica, NY

This is a private research laboratory conducting studies related to cardiac diseases. Scientists at MMRI are involved in studies dealing with pharmacologic effects, molecular biology, genetic screening and stem cell research related to cardiac disorders.

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Inc., Rochester, NY location

This company is involved in the development of immunodiagnostic laboratory tests and instrumentation for use in the clinical laboratory.