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Team Internship Program Yields Results for Industry Sponsors

Summer 2005 marked the second year for the Jacobs School's Team Internship program and saw tangible results for industry sponsors: half of the 26 student participants were offered jobs; several sponsors may incorporate students' work into production; and all sponsors want to host one or more teams next summer. In fact, SPAWAR Systems Center–San Diego has recommended that the program be extended to all 11 Navy research labs.

Invitrogen, a global life science company headquartered in Carlsbad, CA , asked their Jacobs School team to develop a prototype chip platform for diagnostic assays. The team, which included two bioengineers and a computer engineering major, advanced a prototype which may be the basis for new products.

"The team internship is a powerful idea. Innovation comes from diversity, so getting students involved in a multidisciplinary team environment is very important," says Claude Benchimol, Invitrogen's Sr.Vice President for R&D. "We picked a relevant topic for the students to work on and the results are even better than we had hoped. We will absolutely participate in this program again next summer."

To learn more about team internships, contact Fran Abrams, fabrams@ucsd.edu.

Jacobs School team at Invitrogen: (l-r) computer engineering senior Manuel Esteban Ruidiaz and bioengineering seniors Delia Siu and Philip Duncan.
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