We are seeking qualified students or college graduates who are highly motivated and seek internship training and experience in biotechnology. Applications are accepted year around.
Fields: Molecular Biology – Biochemistry – Bio-engineering – Science-Related Fields (both college students and graduate students are welcome)
What to Expect for Science-related Interns:
The Aptagen laboratory is located in Jacobus, PA, a suburb of York, beautifully surrounded by Lake Redman and conveniently situated off of Interstate 83.
The hours are very flexible (accommodating around school/class schedules); however, focused attention must be placed on the research experiment at hand. Science has its own hours. Typically, long hours for experiments are common and may include the weekends, if necessary. The research training is intensive but very rewarding and enjoyable. On Fridays, students attend Journal Club where they improve their speaking skills by presenting newsworthy articles. The lab has an academic atmosphere where students receive a ‘graduate school’ experience.
We’ve received very positive responses from previous interns. They’ve learned more in Aptagen’s lab than anywhere else– experience they don’t get from a classroom. Aptagen’s internship program has given former students an edge and head-start over their peers without research experience, better preparing them for graduate school and successful careers in science. Students learn a variety of techniques, how to troubleshoot experiments, properly maintain a detailed laboratory notebook, exercise laboratory math skills, and develop critical thinking skills– all necessary for a successful career in science.
Laboratory experiments may be classified as mostly molecular biologically based, but chemistry may be an optional part of your biotech experience. Techniques may include real-time PCR, electrophoresis, variety of assays, DNA/RNA synthesis, cloning, cell culture, surgical dissection, histology, fluorescence microscopy, etc…
All successful graduates from Aptagen’s internship program, 1) will receive Letters of Recommendation and full support into medical school or graduate school, 2) and/or full-employment may be offered within the company.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
1) What is Aptagen? Aptagen, LLC is a global leader in aptamer development with over 25 years of experience generating high affinity and specifically-binding aptamers for small molecules, proteins, cells, and tissues. We produce state-of-the-art target-recognition elements for diagnostics, therapeutics, and bio-industrial applications.
2) What is the company culture? We are a small tight-knit team with an academic atmosphere mixed with a face-paced and innovative start-up environment.
3) When does the internship program start? Orientation (on-boarding) starts on the first Saturday morning of January, June, or September (followed by a pizza lunch break). The program is a rolling application process, and candidates may be invited to start at other times under special circumstances.
4) Are there benefits for candidates who have a high GPA or graduate degree? Yes, candidates who have a GPA of at least 3.5 or have a graduate-level degree such as a Masters or Ph.D. qualify for FREE Housing (limited availability) along with the stipend pay.
5) Does the company sponsor employees to earn a graduate-level degree? Yes. Full-time employees of at least 2 years are eligible to be sponsored by the company for a Masters or part-time Ph.D. program (which will typically take 4-6 years to complete).
6) Is there full-time employment available? Full-time employment may be offered to those who successfully complete and graduate from the Internship/Co-Op Program. Post-doc position(s) are available- inquire.
7) What hours/days of the week must I devote to the lab? At least 20 hrs/wk and 40 hrs/wk for the part-time and full-time paths, respectively. Weekly Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to ~1:30pm (part-time), or to ~4:30pm (full-time path). Mandatory Lab Meetings are on (odd-numbered) Thursdays & Fridays from 3:00pm to 5:30pm (including a pizza break).
The program is structured into 3 Tiers- see Credit & Stipend Table below.
Note: Because of the time commitment, we typically attract and accept candidates who are seniors or college graduates.
8) Can I only do a summer (3-month) internship? No. Three months is not enough time to receive adequate training experience in a laboratory setting and not worthwhile for the company to devote significant time and resources for a short period. Six months would be the minimum acceptable time-frame, but nine months is recommended.
9) Are there options to reduce the internship? If a full-time candidate has the desire and proven skill set to contribute to non-science-related activities beyond laboratory responsibilities (such as marketing, business development, etc.), then they will earn bonus credits. Under these circumstances, estimated time-frame before graduation is ~4 months.
10) What is the stipend pay structure? The stipend pay is nominal and based on the internship program level as the candidate advances through the 3-tiered program (see Table below). The company invests significant amounts of time and resources in training. Candidates will inevitably make experimental errors, which is likely during the course of the program; however, these occurrences may be costly to the company. It is a natural part of the learning curve, but those errors are at the expense and time of the company. The candidate should consider this program as a necessary extension of time and expense in education beyond the classroom to gain technical skills and experience for a resume.
11) I’m a college graduate and have significant experience. I cannot volunteer for the initial three months without additional pay. Can an exception be made for my situation? Unfortunately, No. Most candidates financially support themselves by taking a temporary part-time job after-hours and/or enlist support from family during this period. FREE Housing may be available, if you qualify.
12) If I’m invited for an onsite interview, will the company reimburse me for accommodations and travel expenses? Unfortunately, No. We are unable to accommodate travel expenses or support international students.
13) What is the likelihood for successfully completing the entire Internship Program? The current internship graduation rate is 68%
14) Can you explain the pie chart regarding the graduation rate from the Internship program? Aptagen’s training program is probably the most demanding and competitive internship/Co-op experience any one candidate will encounter. It is not easy, and it is not for everyone– mostly due to the lack of long-term commitment as a result of the financial burden or living expenses the candidate faces during the entirety of the program. The stipend pay is nominal and not enough to live on– it may pay for gas money, and that’s it. Other reasons include the maturity level and seriousness of the candidate as an individual. The candidates that survive the intense training program will have a significant competitive edge over their peers and will be well prepared in reaching their career goals.