The KC Graduate Internship Program is a master’s program that begins summer term with intensive course and lab work in one of five focus areas, one of which offers a biology major:
• Bioinformatics and Genomics
Bioinformatics is data science applied to biology. This interdisciplinary field intersects biology, computer science, and math. A bioinformatician’s work happens primarily at the computer, and includes acquiring, cleaning, managing, aggregating, storing, mining, analyzing, visualizing, and communicating insights about large amounts of data. A bioinformatician might work within the fields of precision medicine, immunology, cancer biology, microbial ecology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, or bioengineering, to name a few. Their skills are transferrable to a large number of data science fields.
In our program, students spend the first 9 months engaging in course work designed to help them become more effective problem-solvers in industrial, research, and national lab environments. Emphasis is also placed on developing soft skills, such as communication (oral and written), teamwork, and leadership skills critical for a successful career. Professional skills development is a centerpiece of the program, including resume writing, interviewing, and networking.
In the last 9 months of the program, students in good academic standing will have the opportunity to interface with our program partners with the goal of securing a 9-month paid internship to fulfill their degree requirements. Though internships are not guaranteed, historically close to 98% of our students have successfully completed internships and close to 90% are employed in the field within three months of finishing their internships.
Students in this track will earn a Master of Science in Biology with a focus in Bioinformatics and Genomics. On average, it will take 18 months to complete the program. The program starts in June and most students finish in December the following year.
A bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, math, physics, computer science, or related field is required. Although not explicitly required, research and computer programming experience are preferred.
Application at a Glance
You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:
- Official Transcripts
- English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Financial Verification for International Applicants
Program-Specific Application Requirements:
- Letters of Recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
- Letter of Intent