The Bioprocessing Summer Undergraduate Internship Training and Education (BSUITE) program for undergraduate research in bioprocessing and bioengineering at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, provides an opportunity for participants to obtain valuable experience through team projects based on bioprocessing for the production of monoclonal antibodies, enzymes, and vaccines as well as cell and gene therapy.

During this exciting two-week summer online program, participants will learn about technical and regulatory considerations for production of biopharmaceuticals including biotechnology and cell line engineering, cell growth, product purification, viral controls, and quality systems. Students will be introduced to career options within biomanufacturing that are enabled through KGI’s Master of Engineering in Biopharmaceutical Processing (MEng) program, including process development, production support, facility engineering, quality oversight, and regulatory positions.

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For the summer of 2020, the BSUITE program will be taught entirely online. The program will be offered in a shorter, two-week format, and will be offered twice. The participants will be recognized at a combined completion ceremony at the end of the programs. Students can participate on the program from any location, but must be available to participate in synchronous on-line sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Program Dates

  • Session 1: June 22–July 2
  • Session 2: July 6–16
  • Completion Ceremony (for both sessions): July 17

Program Activities

  • Understand Biopharmaceutical Processing 
    • Through lectures by KGI faculty and invited industry guests, as well as online virtual labs and process simulation tools, participants will be guided through an introduction to the technology and equipment used in the manufacture of biologics for pharmaceutical use. Students will learn about Upstream and Downstream processing steps for mammalian and microbial systems. Specific operations include cell culture, fermentation, centrifugation, filtration, chromatography, formulation, filling, and lyophilization. Quality and CMC Regulatory requirements are important factors in process design and operations to ensure successful product launch and ongoing supply.
  • Participate on team-based biomanufacturing project 
    • Students will work in a team to complete an evaluation of the process development, manufacturing and regulatory aspects a novel COVID-19 test, treatment, or vaccine. KGI faculty and industry contributors will work with participants to provide a framework and feedback to establish production capability to meet anticipated demand. Teams will finish the project with a group presentation in a session with KGI faculty, staff, and invited industry guests.
  • Discover Careers in Biomanufacturing 
    • Biologic products are important therapeutics in our healthcare system, and reliable manufacturing is dependent on multi-disciplinary teams. Through industry panels, guest lectures, and alumni engagement, participants will learn about the broad opportunities to deliver critical medicines to patients. Project activities will provide perspective on roles where science and engineering impact success in manufacturing the products of today and development of the emerging therapies of the future.
"I knew KGI was the right school for me because after just the a few months of BSUITE I had learned so much about biopharma and thought that if this is what they can teach me in two months imagine what I can learn in two years. On top of that, the staff’s passion for passing on their knowledge of biopharma really won me over. All of the staff at KGI has so much experience and knowledge in the industry and they are always so willing to answer any questions and help in whatever way they can."
Jessica Felix
KGI student
Master of Engineering in Biopharmaceutical Processing, '21

Application Procedures and Requirements

  • The 2020 BSUITE program has reached capacity and applications are no longer being accepted.

    To return to a previously started application, click here.

    Application Deadline

    • Rolling

    Application Requirements 

    An online application form is required that contains questions about your personal and educational background. Additional requirements (below) can be submitted along with your online application or separately:

    • Personal Statement
      • Please provide a brief statement of why you are interested in BSUITE and what you would like to do once you complete your undergraduate degree.
    • Resume
    • Letter of Recommendation
      • Contact information for one recommender is required during the online application process. This person should be able to evaluate your qualification and potential for success in our program. You can choose to use a professional or academic reference. Only one recommendation is required but additional recommendations may be submitted if desired.
      • Recommenders will be contacted via email to submit their recommendation online. If they prefer otherwise they can email or mail a copy to the Admissions Office along with this recommendation form
    • Transcripts
      • Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for evaluation purposes. Official transcripts are not required for admission but may be substituted for unofficial transcripts for admission review.

    Application Review

    We will review applications on a rolling basis. We take a holistic look at each applicant, and place great importance on letters of recommendation and your personal statement. We will strive to notify you about the status of your application as soon as possible.

  • The program is designed for undergraduate juniors or graduates interested in starting the MEng Program in the future. We focus on candidates majoring in biology, chemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering, chemical engineering, or related disciplines who are looking to build a strong foundation for a future career in manufacturing of biologic products.

  • This program is offered at no cost, but participants are responsible for having a personal computer with broadband Internet access.