Careers and Industry Experience
Biotechnology students in BABS and UNSW Science are encouraged to participate in internships, industry placements, and relevant national and international programs to gain experience and awareness of career opportunities and build their skills and expertise. To build industry recognised skills, students can consider whether a BABS BSc (Hons) Degree is relevant for them. To experience real world scientific research, students can consider the UNSW Science Vacation Research Scholarships. Students can either gain work-integrated learning through the formal WIL Program or approach relevant industry organisations informally.
Science Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Students can gain increased awareness and develop the skills required in industry by participating in industry placements, either through self-sourced internships or through the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program and the SCIF3199 course. Previous students have interned with IT companies, start-ups, large biomedical and biotechnology companies, as well as with Government departments and institutions such as Monsanto, SEALS Microbiology, BioFoundry, Cellmid, Neogenix Laboratoire Sdn Bhd, Chemopharm Sdn Bhd, Venn Biosciences Corporation, Universiti Putra Malaysia and the Taronga Zoo. Students have also taken the opportunity to go overseas to complete their placement.
Career Opportunities in Science
BABS graduates work across a wide range of sectors:
Read more about internship opportunities, access to GradAustralia on-the-job learning modules and other opportunities here.
Industry and Work Experience Placements
Biotechnology students in BABS and UNSW Science are encouraged to approach relevant industry organisations to identify formal and informal internship and placement opportunities. Such placements may include ‘job shadowing’ or more structured work experiences such as being a team member on a project for the duration of the internship, participating in an individual project that can be completed within the hours of the placement, office-based tasks including data entry, literature searches, or preparation of figures for presentation/marketing materials or hands-on laboratory or field-based activities. Advice on how to identify and negotiate with industry partners is available here. Students can express their interest in such opportunities here.
UNSW Career Ready Mentoring Program
BABS final year students can meet with alumni mentors who are established industry professionals (including BABS alumni). Successful students will be matched with mentors based on criteria such as area of study, industry experience and shared interests. Read more here.
BABSOC Peer Mentoring Program
Designed to connect BABS students at different stages of their degrees, this program encourages mentors and mentees to develop a supportive network and facilitate conversation about possibilities in the BABS field. Students wishing to participate may enquire here. Visit the BABSOC home page here.
The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM) for undergraduate students
iGEM is an annual competition (https://igem.org/About) that gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate students work together to design, build, and test a biological system of their own design using interchangeable biological pars and molecular biology techniques. Every year over 300 teams from more than 40 countries come together in October to present their research and compete and the annual iGEM Jamboree.
In 2020, the UNSW Team was awarded a Gold Medal and several major prizes. Read more here.
If you are interested in the 2021 competition, enquire here.
Peter Farrell Cup
The Peter Farrell Cup (PFC), now in its 21st year, is UNSW's most prestigious competitive ideas program that is fast-tracking the next generation of entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Helping develop both current UNSW students and Higher Degree candidates, the PFC offers applicants the necessary tools, skills, guidance and support to take their ideas from that initial light bulb moment to test and pitch, and potentially launch a real business!
The PFC culminates in a final pitch competition where participants get the opportunity to win a share of an incredible $20,000 cash prize pool generously contributed by the Farrell Family Foundation to help take their ideas to the next level.
BABS student team have been very successful in past years, placing in almost every year of the Cup. Honorary Associate Professor Wallace Bridge continues to mentor teams competing in the Cup. https://www.babs.unsw.edu.au/babs-success-peter-farrell-cup