The pharmaceutical and other biomedical industries require an understanding of both business and science to bring lifesaving technologies to market. Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, offers two sessions of Careers Beyond the Bench (CBB): a foundational two-week online session and a three-week in-person session.

CBB provides skills and professional development opportunities for undergraduates interested in careers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, or other biomedical product industries. During this challenging and fun summer program, participants will learn about business skills and career opportunities in the biomedical sector, providing an edge for careers beyond the bench in these science-based industries.

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2022 Program Dates

  • Session #1 (online): June 13-24, 2022
  • Session #2 (in-person): June 27-July 15, 2022

In Session #1, students should:

  • Be online from 9:00-11:30 a.m. PT for faculty sessions and team activities
  • Attend career speakers and industry speakers on select days from 12-1 p.m. PT
  • Be engaged, professional, and accountable for team activities and tasks (both synchronous and asynchronous) throughout the program
  • Attend and be engaged with the team project (as it is a mandatory component of the program)
  • Attend and be engaged with faculty lectures and industry speakers

In Session #2, students should:

  • Be present in class from 9:00-11:30 a.m. PT for faculty sessions
  • Be present in class from 1:00-3:30 p.m. PT for team activities
  • Attend career speakers and industry speakers on select days from 12-1 p.m. PT
  • Be present and actively engaged on the intensive team project, which is a mandatory component of the program
  • Be professional and accountable for team activities and tasks (both synchronous and asynchronous) throughout the program
  • Be committed to other activities (i.e. company visits, team development workshops, etc.)

General Program Activities

  • Gain expertise in bioscience business commercializing medical technologies
  • Learn about careers in the bioscience industries during workshops and talks with scientists and managers in industry
  • Participate on a team-based bioscience business research project

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Application Procedures and Requirements

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    Application Deadline

    • June 1

    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 Careers Beyond the Bench and what you would like to do once you complete your undergraduate degree.
    • Resume
    • Letter of Recommendation 
      • Contact information for one recommender is optional during the application process. This person should be able to evaluate your qualification and potential for success in our program (such as an instructor, advisor, mentor, etc). More than one recommender can be submitted but is not required. 
      • 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

    The Admissions Committee is made up of faculty and senior administrators who will thoroughly and conscientiously review each application.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • The program is designed for students who are juniors, seniors, and recent college graduates who can commit to 30-35 hours/week. 

  • There is a $20 application fee. For the online session, participants are responsible for having a personal computer with broadband Internet access.

    If you are in need of an application fee waiver, please contact admissions@kgi.edu.