Bootcamp Sets Stage for Matching UCSC Interns with Industry Opportunities

New Program Prepares Grads for Real-World Internships


15 November 2019

On November 8 and 9, Startup Sandbox hosted a bootcamp for UC Santa Cruz Ph.D. and bioscience graduate students seeking internships. UCSC and Sandbox led presentations and discussions to prepare candidates for engagements with Bay Area and Central Coast companies.


Friday’s sessions were led by Mike Lund and Lou Pambianco of Startup Sandbox. After an overview of the Sandbox, class members introduced themselves and their areas of interest and research. Mike then led a discussion of corporate roles and career paths in academia, research, marketing, FDA roles and entrepreneurial organizations.


After a break, the group had a discussion of the language of finance and operational processes. Next, Lou presented best practices and the business value of speed-to-market programs that accelerate development cycles and increase accountability and cooperation across technology product teams.


After sharing dinner and getting some sleep, the class reconvened on Saturday morning. Dr. Karen Ottemann, Professor of UCSC’s Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, explained how to work with and make most of the internship program. Mike Lund followed with an explanation of the types of internships, companies and locations that would most likely become available in the future.


The program’s final session was a workshop in which attendees drafted their personal profiles, presented them to the class and received suggestions for improving them. Participating companies will review the finished profiles to identify which of the interns best match the opportunities that exist in their organizations.

"The internship program plays a crucial role in Startup Sandbox's strategy by keeping UCSC talent in the area while providing the very best candidates to local startups and companies to improve their growth and success rates." Michael Lund, President and COO of Startup Sandbox

As the first program of its kind, this year’s internship bootcamp was a great success and delivered a world of incredibly useful information in a very short period of time. More importantly, the bootcamp program has set the stage for matching UCSC graduate talent with real-world internship opportunities in Bay Area and Central Coast bioscience enterprises.

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