International Society for Computational Biology

ISCB Student Council Internship Program: Expanding computational biology capacity worldwide

Jigisha Anupama1*, Margherita Francescatto2#, Farzana Rahman3#, Nazeefa Fatima4, Dan DeBlasio5, Avinash Kumar Shanmugam6, Venkata Satagopam7, Alberto Santos8, Pandurang Kolekar9, Magali Michaut10, Emre Guney11*

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Education and training are two essential ingredients for a successful career. On one hand, universities provide students the curriculum for specializing in one’s field of study, and on the other, internships complement coursework, and provide invaluable training experience for a fruitful career. Consequently, undergraduates and graduates are encouraged to undertake an internship during the course of their degree. The opportunity to explore one’s research interests in the early-stages of their education is important for students, as it improves their skill set and gives their career a boost. In the long term, this helps to close the gap between skills and employability  among students across the globe, and balance the research capacity in the field of computational biology. However, training opportunities are often scarce for computational biology students, particularly for those who reside in less privileged regions. Aimed at helping students develop research and academic skills in computational biology, and alleviating the divide across countries, the Student Council of the International Society   for Computational Biology introduced its Internship Program in 2009. The Internship Program is committed to provide access to computational biology training, especially for students from developing regions, and improving competencies in the field. Here, we present how the Internship Program works, and the impact of the internship opportunities so far long with the challenges associated with this program.

Author Affiliations

1University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
2Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy
3Genomics and Computational Biology Group, School of Computing and Mathematics, University of South Wales, Treforest, Wales, United Kingdom
4Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
5Computational Biology Department, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
6University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America
7Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg
8Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, Copenhagen, Denmark
9Strand Life Sciences Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru, India
10The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands
11Joint IRB-BSC-CRG Program in Computational Biology, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
* Corresponding authors
#These authors contributed equally to this work.
Emails: (JA), (EG), (ISCB Student Council Education and Internships Committee)