Internships for BCB Graduate Students

Internship experiences are an important part of the BCB Graduate Program as it gives current students opportunities to gain important hands-on experience in real world venues. Before applying for an internship, students should discuss their plans with their major and co-major professors.

Once approved, students may register for BCB 598, Cooperative Education Experience to take part in an internship. An Internship Form to describe the internship experience should be completed. Students will be expected to present about their internship experience at a BCB Student Seminar class in the Spring Semester.

A resource to help find an internship is here:

Recent Internship Announcements


Computational Biology / Data Science Intern-01BMI

Job Description (

We seek a graduate student in computational biology, statistics, computer science, or a similar program for an internship opportunity. The position requires development of novel methods to integrate and derive value from diverse genomic resources.

The applicant will develop computational methods to:

  • Functionally annotate diverse genomes and transcriptomes of non-model organisms,
  • Integrate these genomics data with other functional genomics resources, and
  • Create novel visualizations and applications to communicate the knowledge that can be gained from these data.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn and apply data science techniques in an industry environment and to develop leads for a Ph.D. or postdoc project.

The dates for this summer internship are May 15 - August 4 of 2017.


  • Learn about genomics and big biological data
  • Write code in R, Python, or higher-performance languages
  • Develop statistical approaches to test hypotheses
  • Develop informatics pipelines to summarize and present genomic analysis
  • Maintain a clear record of research progress, data, and algorithms.



  • Current graduate student enrolled at a university within the U.S. with plans to return to school upon completion of internship to continue program of study.
  • Possess a deep knowledge of R, statistics, one scripting language, and computational biology methods.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to follow verbal and written instructions and ability to organize and document research results accurately.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to independently ask questions and follow leads in his/her research project.


  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biostatistics, or related program.
  • Background or experience in life sciences and analyzing biological data sets.


 Research & Development

Primary Location

North America-USA-Missouri-St. Louis


US Biotech-Trait Delivery_51013446



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The site was established to be the primary source for searching Federally-sponsored opportunities for graduate students and graduate study programs in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) areas. These advanced degree opportunities include graduate fellowships and research internships that graduate students can apply to directly.

Users of the site may search for program opportunities using a number of standardized categories - such as by STEM discipline or institutional location where the graduate opportunity takes place - as well as through using a keyword search. Each search result provides a brief program description and a direct link to the sponsoring agency's program website. Interested applicants should follow the sponsoring agency's procedures for applying.

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Internship Outcomes

BCB students have been successful at obtaining internships with various pharmaceutical and industrial companies including:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim - Xin Yin
  • Dow - Chris Eisley, Ruolin Liu, Yuan Wang
  • Genentech - Kannan Sankar
  • Maverix Biomics - Srihari Radhakrishnan
  • Merck - Misha Rajaram, Li Xue and Usha Muppirala
  • Micron Technologies - Yao Fu
  • Monsanto - Wengang Zhou
  • Novartis - Xiaoyong Sun
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Jie Liu
  • Siemens - Fadi Towfic
  • Syngenta - Yves Sucaet, Matt Moscou and Divya Mistry

Remember, international students must be enrolled at ISU when taking part in an internship opportunity off campus to remain in good standing with visa regulations. Be sure to enroll in the BCB 598 cooperative education course and also check with the International Student Office.