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The National Intern Day hosted by Biocom Institute provided a way to for interns at life science companies to network with each other and grow professionally.

Biocom Institute Hosts Intern Professional Development Event

  • 2019-08-08T21:44:00.000+0000
  • San Diego
  • Author: Leandra Boysen

On July 25th, Biocom Institute hosted a National Intern Day event to provide professional development and networking opportunities for high school and college interns from Del Lago Academy, the Salk Institute, Illumina, NuVasive, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Janssen R&D. Created by WayUp in 2017, National Intern Day is a dedicated day for employers to recognize and celebrate all of the hard-working interns across the nation.

The event started off with a fun icebreaker activity to get the 70+ interns to connect and learn about each other. “I’ve never seen this many interns from different schools and companies in the same room, WOW,” commented one of the interns from Vertex Pharmaceuticals. While the students networked with each other, and with volunteers from the life sciences community, representatives from Microsoft were on hand to take professional head shots of the students to use for their digital profiles.

After an hour of networking, the interns listened to a panel discussion on the importance of internships in creating opportunities and in shaping future careers. Former interns who are now successfully employed full time in life science careers at Biocom member companies made up the panel.

A separate program on Using Digital Badges to Develop Your Future Workforce for hiring managers and supervisors got underway at the same time, facilitated by Carissa Duran, ELD, Literacy, Educational Technology and Testing Teacher on Special Assignment, Escondido Unified School District. Participants learned about the Competency X project and had the opportunity to network with each other. Everyone had lunch together to learn about digital badges, internships and post-secondary opportunities.

To finish off the event, Phoenix Robbins, Microsoft’s Community Development Specialist, presented on the importance of creating a good digital profile and building your brand. Interns then took out their laptops and worked in small groups with industry volunteers, including extra support from employees from Evergent Group, to create or improve their LinkedIn profiles, and to learn about the importance of building your professional network.

Interns play an integral part in the future of innovation in the life sciences industry, and benefit the companies in which they work in many ways. Biocom Institute is uniquely positioned to provide a platform for interns in life sciences companies to network with each other and to learn from successful professionals in an intimate setting, and plans for another professional development event for interns are already in the works.