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NCBiotech IIP Information for Interns

Since 2012, The Industrial Internship Program (IIP) has created 31 internship opportunities at life science companies across North Carolina. These internships are designed for undergraduate and graduate students, or recent graduates, with backgrounds in business or the life sciences. IIP internships are a great way to gain real-world work experience in North Carolina's biotechnology industry. All IIP internships are paid through grants from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

All IIP opportunities are posted to our jobs board around the end of January. Please create an account and search the Employment type field for Intern for a complete list of internships available through theprogram. To apply, send an email to and attach a résumé and cover letter. Be sure to indicate which position you are applying for.

We announce IIP internships on our front page and on facebook and twitter. Keep an eye out for 2017 internships, which we expect to post around February 3.


Can I apply for more than one internship?

Absolutely! You can send a separate email for each position you are interested in, or a single email with multiple attachments. Please be sure to indicate which positions you are applying for.


What qualifications do I need?

Some IIP internships are designed for undergraduate business or science majors. Others are geared toward MBA students, PhD students, or postdoctoral fellows. The qualifications vary by position and are defined by each participating company. Please read each job post for details.


Can international students apply?

Although some participating companies may not be able to hire foreign students, we have no restrictions for the program and encourage all students residing in North Carolina to apply.


Can I intern at the NCBiotech Center?

Yes! The Business and Technology Development group hires interns each summer to assist with with venture investment and related startup and entrepreneurship programs. The NCBiotech Library also hires interns throughout the year. Please email if you'd like to learn more about working with us.


Do you offer internships year round?

Not at this time. IIP sponsored internships generally start between March and June and run through the Summer. 


Do you offer research fellowships?

From 2008 to 2013, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center sponsored two-year research fellowships for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows through the Industrial Fellowship Program (IFP). Although we no longer offer IFP fellowships, the IIP program usually includes some research or product development projects along with business development, marketing and commercialization projects.


Where else can I find internship opportunities?

Companies use our jobs board throughout the year to post internships. You can also search our company directory for companies in your area that may be looking for interns.