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We list opportunities as they become available, often posting them to the BEST LinkedIn group and sent out via the BEST track-specific listservs. Contact the BEST Program staff for detailed information. Below are representative samples of what we advertise.

example 1) Sage Growth Partners, Baltimore, MD: business strategy, marketing internships for a medical device/services company.

Medical device companies vary in their stage of development. They need a range of services including prototype development, evidence development for the purpose of FDA approval/clearance, and general adoption.  Interns will work with our CMO who has an FDA background and is a physician. We are seeking interns to do market research and due diligence for these companies. Strategic consulting clients can include healthcare delivery organizations, software vendors, and other companies taking products and services to market.  While we tailor each project to suit client needs, projects often involve conducting research to help clients understand relevant markets including market analysis, segmentation, and targeting.  We also provide tools that sales forces use to develop leads including white papers and return on investment (ROI) tools.

example 2) Gryphon Scientific, Takoma Park MD: quantitative risk and benefit assessment of  “gain of function” experiments in pathogens with pandemic potential. For those interested in science policy and mentored by a Cornell alumnus who transitioned from the bench to the science policy community and who will share his experiences to enable you to find your own path. A good overview of the work and an indication of the scrutiny it is under is found in this Science article.

example 3) Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Deerfield, IL; a global pharma company #15 worldwide: medical affairs scientific strategies internship, among others. Suggested by an External Advisory Partner to the NIH BEST Program.

example 4) GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia, PA: in the areas of cell line development, fermentation/cell culture development, downstream purification, formulation, delivery, and biopharmaceuticals. Suggested by a Cornell alumnus who was invited to speak on campus by a BEST trainee.

example 5) NEXUS-NY, a clean energy startup accelerator chartered with catalyzing the commercialization of technologies discovered by NY researchers (funded largely by NYSERDA) and Cornell's Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) are partnering to offer a 2-3d/week flexible "BESTernship" for the summer. Mentored by a technology licensing officer. On campus and virtual.

example 6) Bayer Strategic, a consulting firm that advances policies on Capitol Hill and an agile, forward thinking government relations & strategic communications firm seeks a creative, detail-oriented digital marketing intern to develop and implement a digital marketing strategy and plan for the company. Headed by a Cornell alumnus.

Entrepreneurship@Cornell internships: a partnership with the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Unlike experiences at a large corporation, a small company experience will expose you to the pressures, constraints and multitasking that founders are subject to. You might tweak the design of a new product, develop a marketing plan, launch a website, conduct a prior art search, help write patent claims or all of the above! Matching takes place between December and May for the following summer. If you already have a small or startup company in mind, note it on your application. For more info and to apply, go here