Summer Internship Program
2023 Biotechnology Career Pathway Summer Internship
In 1994 SMUHSD Teacher Ellyn Daugherty designed and implemented the Biotechnology Career Pathway program (BCP), working closely with its Biotech Industry-Education Advisory Committee. SMHS teacher Jimmy Ikeda became the lead teacher of the program in 2003 and took over the internship program in 2008.
Each year the internship program prepares students for research and manufacturing positions in academic and industrial biotechnology laboratories. The concepts and skills developed in the internship program prepare students for post-secondary STEM courses and placement in entry-level positions at local biotechnology companies. Beyond laboratory expertise, students gain valuable insight and familiarity with the world of work that facilitates college, career, and life decisions. The internship program is open to any Biotechnology Career Pathway student who has successfully completed at least one year of biotechnology at any of the three campuses (Aragon, Mills and San Mateo).
SMUHSD - Biotechnology Career Pathway Internship Program 2023 Summer Internship Presentations
This past summer, 45+ SMUHSD students interviewed with Bay Area pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and 18 students obtained internship positions. On August 3, students from Aragon, Mills and San Mateo High Schools presented on what they learned during their eight-week Biotechnology Summer Internships. Each intern had a mentor and training program for the position they accepted.
Thank you to the following companies who provided internships for SMUHSD students:
Vitalant Research Institute
Kezar Life Sciences
Bay Area Bioscience Education Community (BABEC)
Day One Pharmaceuticals
Interested in learning more or partnering with SMHS to offer an internship? Contact:
Jimmy Ikeda (SMHS): firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryan Olney (SMHS) : email@example.com
Katie Ward (Aragon): firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh-Anne Ecklund (Aragon): email@example.com
Mary Rustia (Mills): firstname.lastname@example.org