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Internships are an essential component of our science and engineering program, providing students with real workplace and service learning. Our industry and government partners as well as advisers help us establish relationships that provide opportunities for students to engage in real-world learning. We currently have over a dozen interns at Stanford helping in science and engineering, and a growing presence at NASA-Ames. We hope to grow our internship program significantly, and establish conduits with workforce pipelines to help place transitional workers in fast skilling programs with educational and job skill support.

Current Interships

  • Energy Champions
  • NASA-Ames
  • San Jose State University
  • San Jose Tech Museum
  • Stanford University
  • UCSF
Interns
San Jose Tech Museum Interns Nick and Jair

UCSF Diversity Scholars Program Summer 2015

The Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco and Foothill College launched the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Diversity Scholars Program. During this five week internship, scholars focused on:
  • Neuroscience lab techniques
  • Computational science
  • Entrepreneurship

Scholars visited research labs and met with dozens of STEM professionals, from diverse fields including medicine, law, industry, basic and translational research, statistics, as well as Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

Diversity Scholars
UCSF Diversity Scholar Program

The long-term goal of the program is to promote diversity in STEM fields by providing students with a head start experience that will propel them toward an advanced degree.

This multi-disciplinary program recruits from the STEM sciences, with special focus on the following majors:

  • Biomedical
  • Biological Sciences
  • Neurosciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Computer Sciences
  • Engineering

The program received an overwhelming number of speakers from the academia and industry.

Guest Speakers Summer 2015

Speaker Professional Title
Mallika Singh, Ph.D. CEO, Patronus Therapeutics
Charvi Shetty, M.S. Founder, Knox Medical Diagnostics
Claudia Aguirre, Ph.D. Resident Neuroscientist, Headspace Inc.
Aaron Vandervender, Ph.D. Chief Scientist, The Founder’s Fund
Jeff Calcagno, M.D. New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Bobak Azamian, M.D., D.Phil. President & CMO, Metavention
Joe DeRisi, Ph.D. Professor, UCSF
Lea Grinberg, M.D.-Ph.D. Associate Professor, UCSF
Michael Geschwind, M.D.-Ph.D. Professor, UCSF
David Sabatini, M.D.-Ph.D. Professor, MIT; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Anula Jayasuriya, M.D.-Ph.D., MBA Managing Director, Evolence India Life Science Fund
Sam Pleasure, M.D.-Ph.D. Professor, UCSF
Laura Cocas, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF
Aimee Kao, M.D.-Ph.D. Assistant Professor, UCSF
Jyoti Mishra, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, UCSF
Niraj Shanbhag, M.D. Resident Physician, UCSF
Albert Chen, M.S. Inventor, Elixir Medical Corporation
Steve Hauser, M.D. Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology, UCSF
Jennifer Mann, M.S. Lab Manager, UCSF
Victor Olivas, B.S. Assistant Specialist, UCSF
Archana Sathaye, Ph.D. Sathaye Family Foundation
Andrew Finn, Ph.D., J.D. Patent Attorney, Agilent Technologies
Idit Harel, Ph.D. Founder and CEO, Globaloria
Gordon Ringold, Ph.D. Senior Advisor, Mavericks Capital Partners
Li Zhang, Ph.D. Associate Professor, UCSF
Sergio Baranzini Professor, UCSF
Daniel Himmelstein, Ph.D. candidate UCSF
Drew Perkins, B.S. Serial entrepreneur: Gainspeed, Infinera, OnFiber Communications
Bita Mazloom, Ph.D. Computer Science Faculty, Foothill College
Shirish Sathaye, Ph.D. General Partner, Formation 8 Ventures
Andy Josephson, M.D. Professor, UCSF
Maggie Waung, MD-Ph.D Resident Physician, UCSF
Adam Gazzaley, M.D.-Ph.D. Professor, UCSF
Neil Kumar, Ph.D. Principal, Third Rock Ventures
Ying-Hui Fu, Ph.D. Professor, UCSF
Steve Betsalel, B.Comm. Managing Partner, Pacific Capital Corporation

Program Overview

  • Week 1: White Coat, Intro Seminar, Qb3 Seminar, Tour
  • Week 2: Introduction to Molecular Biology Techniques
  • Week 3: Introduction to Computer Science Techniques
  • Week 4: Introduction to Medical Device Techniques
  • Week 5: Introduction to Engineering Techniques

San Jose State University Research Project (Summer 2013 & 2014)

Project

The analysis of chiral molecules is paramount for the pharmaceutical industry and drug synthesis, and these outstanding students are involved in cutting edge research at San Jose State to develop a new technique to assign absolute configurations for chiral compounds.

Summer 2014

Miranda Lowe and Kasey Wyatt were both part of the project last year. Since then they have completed a year of organic chemistry. This summer they were involved with synthesizing novel chiral molecules with biological activities, compelxing them with luminescent lanthanides, and using them as a test case to establish if CPL can elucidate chiral structure of different systems. They mainly focused on synthesizing chiral complexes that have “acac” as part of their structure.

Zach Sobel is a chemistry major who has completed a year of organic chemistry. He was involved with a synthesis project where he focused on synthesizing chiral complexes with “amine” groups which have shown to have biological activities. Once the synthesis was completed, he coordinated them with luminescent lanthanides, in particular, Eu and Tb.

Robert Comstock and Glenn Lee have both completed a year of general chemistry. They were involved with characterizing luminescent lanthnide(III) complexes to examine their stability to be used as probes in circularly polarized luminescence technique. This technique is currently being developed to be able to assign absolute configurations for chiral compounds used in pharmaceutical and biological systems. They mainly worked with UV and laser expiation sources.

SJSU Interns
Interns Glen Lee, Robert Comstock, Kasey Wyatt, Miranda Lowe, and Zach Sobel.

Summer 2013

Miranda Lowe and Kasey Wyatt are involved in characterizing luminescent lanthnide(III) complexes to examine their stability to be used as probes in circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) technique. This technique is currently being developed to be able to assign absolute configurations for chiral compounds used in pharmaceutical and biological systems.

Imran Rahman, Carmen Lau, and Farnaz Kargaran are involved in synthesizing novel chiral molecules with biological activities, compelxing them with luminescent lanthanide, and using them as test case to establish if CPL can elucidate chiral structure of different systems.

SJSU Interns
Interns Kasey Wyatt, Miranda Lowe, Imran Rahman, Carmen Lau, Farnaz Kargaran.
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