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Working As A Laboratory Internship

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Internship Do

Biological technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Duties

Biological technicians typically do the following:

  • Set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, scales, and test tubes
  • Gather and prepare biological samples, such as blood, food, and bacteria cultures, for laboratory analysis
  • Conduct biological tests and experiments 
  • Document their work, including procedures, observations, and results
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results
  • Write reports that summarize their findings

Most biological technicians work on teams. Biological technicians typically are responsible for doing scientific tests, experiments, and analyses under the supervision of biologists or other scientists who direct and evaluate their work. Biological technicians use traditional laboratory instruments, advanced robotics, and automated equipment to conduct experiments. They use specialized computer software to collect, analyze, and model experimental data. Some biological technicians collect samples in the field, so they may need certain skills, such as the ability to hike long distances over sometimes rugged terrain to collect water samples.

Biological technicians work in many research areas. They may assist medical researchers by helping to develop new medicines and treatments used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases.

Biological technicians working in a microbiological context, sometimes referred to as laboratory assistants, typically study living microbes and perform techniques specific to microbiology, such as growing cultures in petri dishes or staining specimens to aid in their identification.

Technicians working in biotechnology apply the knowledge and techniques they have gained from basic research to product development.  

Biological technicians also may work in private industry and assist in the study of a wide range of topics concerning mining and industrial production. They may test samples in environmental impact studies, or monitor production processes to help ensure that products are not contaminated.

Biological technicians working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture or other government agencies may perform biological testing to support agricultural research and wildlife and resource management goals.

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How To Become A Laboratory Internship

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while they are in school.

Education

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. Most colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in the biological sciences.

Biological science programs usually include courses in general biology, as well as in specific subfields such as ecology, microbiology, and physiology. In addition to taking courses in biology, students must study chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Computer science courses are helpful for learning how to model and simulate biological processes and for learning how to operate some laboratory equipment. 

Laboratory experience is important for prospective biological technicians, so students should take biology courses that emphasize laboratory work.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Biological technicians need to conduct scientific experiments and analyses with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Biological technicians must understand and follow the instructions of their managing scientists. They also need to be able to communicate their processes and findings clearly in written reports.

Critical-thinking skills. Biological technicians draw conclusions from experimental results through sound reasoning and judgment.

Observational skills. Biological technicians must constantly monitor their experiments. They need to keep a complete, accurate record of their work, including the conditions under which the experiment was carried out, the procedures they followed, and the results they obtained.

Technical skills. Biological technicians need to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust equipment to ensure that experiments are conducted properly.

Other Experience

Prospective biological technicians should have laboratory experience. In addition to coursework, students may gain laboratory experience during summer internships with prospective employers, such as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers, or in university laboratories.

Advancement

Biological technicians may advance to scientist positions, such as microbiologist, after a few years of experience working as a technician or after earning a master’s degree or Ph.D. Gaining more experience and higher levels of education often allows biological technicians to move into positions such as natural sciences managers or postsecondary teachers.

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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Aide 1.9 years
Laboratory Helper 1.9 years
Laboratory Worker 1.7 years
Research Assistant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Laboratory Internship
Internship 19.8%
Volunteer 11.3%
Cashier 4.7%
Tutor 3.5%
Assistant 3.3%
Researcher 2.7%
Server 2.3%
Top Careers After Laboratory Internship
Internship 16.0%
Volunteer 6.8%
Tutor 3.5%
Cashier 3.2%
Researcher 2.9%
Assistant 2.5%

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Internship

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Cell Culture
  3. DNA
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Helped gather and input data regarding the lab equipment for budget, service state, track locations and IP addresses.
  • Trained on procedures for drug development process, such as Cell Culture, Western blotting, and Real time PCR.
  • Extracted DNA from 400 samples of crustaceans, bivalves, barnacles, and gastropods using a BioSprint 96 machine and kit.
  • Researched the role of Connexin 26 in hereditary hearing loss using molecular genetics techniques including RT-PCR.
  • Learned microbiology and environmental monitoring methods such as gram stain, microbial identification, sterility, and water testing.

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The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 8,884 Laboratory Internship resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Laboratory Internship Demographics

Gender

Female

45.4%

Male

40.6%

Unknown

14.0%
Ethnicity

White

54.3%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.9%

French

12.3%

Mandarin

9.5%

Chinese

7.6%

Japanese

4.6%

German

3.9%

Cantonese

3.5%

Hindi

3.0%

Korean

3.0%

Arabic

2.4%

Portuguese

2.0%

Russian

1.9%

Italian

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Urdu

1.4%

Turkish

1.1%

Tagalog

0.8%

Bengali

0.6%

Telugu

0.5%

Marathi

0.5%
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Laboratory Internship Education

Schools

University of California - Davis

15.6%

University of California - San Diego

8.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

University of California - Berkeley

6.0%

Boston University

4.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.4%

North Carolina State University

4.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Northeastern University

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.7%

New York University

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

University of Connecticut

3.7%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.6%

University of Washington

3.5%

University of California - Santa Barbara

3.4%
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Majors

Biology

19.9%

Chemistry

11.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

7.2%

Chemical Engineering

7.1%

Mechanical Engineering

6.4%

Environmental Science

4.6%

Biomedical Engineering

4.5%

Biotechnology

4.2%

Computer Science

4.1%

Psychology

4.0%

Business

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Microbiology

2.6%

Pharmacy

2.6%

Public Health

2.5%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

2.3%

Kinesiology

2.1%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.1%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

59.2%

Masters

19.1%

Other

10.4%

Doctorate

4.6%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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