Biology—Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program: MS

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:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Interview
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose


  • CV
  • Letter of Intent
  • GRE


Master of Science (MS)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Summer Term: Final Deadline - February 15
This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.