Internships and Rotations


Internships in biotechnology jump-start your career by putting you at the cutting edge of research.

Intensify Your Education

Our internships offer you the chance to participate in research projects where you apply what you've learned in your classes. As an approved biotechnology major, you can gain expertise in scientific and professional skills:

  • molecular biology techniques: PCR, RT-PCR, gene chip analysis, FISH and more
  • immunology techniques including ELISA and immunohistochemistry
  • tissue culture techniques
  • patent applications
  • sales and marketing
  • writing

Impressive Sites

Students who are accepted majors may be placed in research centers, biotech companies, academia, police labs and the food industry. You may perform basic science research, clinical research, quality assurance and quality control, forensic research or sales and marketing for biotech materials, or you may rotate with a patent lawyer.

Our majors have completed internships at sites throughout the Buffalo/Western New York area and around the world:

Buffalo/Western New York Internship Sites

  • Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory
  • Erie County Medical Center
  • IMMCO Diagnostics
  • Invitrogen
  • Rich Products
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Sorrento Lactalis
  • Trinity Biotech
  • VWR International
  • ZeptoMetrix Corporation

National Internship Sites

  • Johnson & Johnson
    Raritan, N.J.
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, M.D.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Boston, Mass.
  • Wistar Institute
    Philadelphia, Pa.

International Internship Sites

  • University of Heidelberg
    Heidelberg, Germany
  • Institute for Medical Research
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


As an accepted biotechnology major, you will take foundation courses in your junior year such as MT 302 Instrumental Analysis, MT 401 Clinical Biochemistry, MT 402 Clinical Immunology, MT 430 Bioseparation Techniques, MT 434 Cell and Tissue Culture and MT 445 Career Preparation in Biotechnology.  The Biotechnology Program Director introduces you to professional opportunities in the biotechnology industry, including internships, through MT 402 and MT 445.

After successfully completing these classes, you and the program director will review sites based on your coursework, GPA and individual interests. If you are approved to take MT 496 Internship in Biotechnology, we will match you to a suitable internship, coordinating with the university’s Career Services office and other resources. We match you to an internship based on your completed coursework, GPA and individual interests.

Succeeding at Your Internship

You will need to complete an interview with your prospective site manager and, if accepted, determine your responsibilities and time commitment. Summer internships generally require 30 to 40 hours per week; those conducted during the academic year are more flexible, requiring 8 to 40 hours per week. You will maintain a lab notebook and produce a poster that can support your CV and applications to graduate school.

You must register for credit during your internship. You may earn 1 to 12 credits for completing an internship, and you may repeat MT 496 to pursue other internships.

For questions about biotechnology internships, contact:

Leah Doherty

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

26 Cary Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5182