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Industry Internship Program

Overview and Goals of the MTR: The University of Pennsylvania Masters of Translational Research (MTR) program provides its students with in-depth instruction in the fundamental skills, methodology and principles necessary to become a translational investigator. The program is designed to meet these objectives through the provision of didactic course work, a formal mentorship program, formal laboratory training, and specific ongoing guidance with hands-on exposure to protocol and grant development. Students enter the MTR from The Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Nursing to pursue a MD/MTR, PhD/MTR, DMD/MTR or VMD/MTR with a focus on translational research. The majority of these students, who complete the MTR during a post-residency clinical Fellowship or as junior faculty, are interested in careers at the interface between basic and clinical research. To meet this need, the MTR is initiating a concentration in Therapeutic Development, including discovery and commercialization.

MTR graduates develop a strong foundation in the fundamental techniques of translational research. They are able to apply contemporary research tools to clinically relevant areas of investigation. The goal of the MTR is to produce researchers who are knowledgeable about the complex issues associated with conducting sound translational research.

Industry Internship Program: The MTR program, in collaboration with its corporate partners, will provide an opportunity for two students per semester to learn about translational medicine in a Pharmaceutical Industry Internship. The internship will include approximately 10 hours per week for one semester (10 weeks). Internships may span across every facet of the pharmaceutical industry, including discovery, development, regulatory affairs and commercialization. Students will gain hands on experience "translating technology" and will receive independent study credit for the internship. This program will foster greater interactions between industry and academia by exposing MTR students to the roles they can play in the pharmaceutical industry as a potential career path. Students will be expected to work on site at the corporate partners location for 1 day per week, with additional time dedicated to background research and preparation. The industrial internship will be considered equivalent to laboratory credit (MTR 999).

Evaluation process: Students will have both a university and corporate mentor that will participate in training and evaluation. Steven Siegel will serve as the university mentor for all MTR-industry interns. Corporate mentors will be assigned based on the specific content and department in which the internship is performed. Mentors will work together to ensure that interns are meeting the goals and expectations of the internship and the MTR 999 course requirements.

Eligibility: All students enrolled in the MTR program are eligible to participate in the internship. An agreement exists between industrial partners and UPenn that permits this educational experience. The components of this agreement, which will be explained to students, include completing a free standing company application form that includes both a background check and drug testing.

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