Biotech Students Hit the Road in Search of Internships and Industry Contacts

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

One of the goals of the Lake Nona Campus Plan is to increase the number of internships on campus by 20 percent, and efforts are being made in a variety of program areas to reach this goal. For example, on Thursday, May 4, 2017, a group of biotechnology students attended the 14th Annual BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology event held in Alachua, Florida. The event featured more than 80 life science companies and vendors that allowed our students to connect and network with industry professionals.

Life sciences is an important economic engine in Alachua County and is a growing industry in Lake Nona’s Medical City. All of our biotechnology students are required to complete an internship as part of our A.S. degree program, and providing opportunities for students to make connections early in their college career can lead to internship and career opportunities. To this end, our students toured Progress Park, which houses a number of biotechnology companies and the University of Florida – Sid Martin Biotechnology Institute.

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