Life Sciences, Biotech, Pharma

Concentrating in the scientific disciplines at Harvard prepares you for diverse career opportunities. You may choose to pursue graduate study to become more specialized in your chosen field, or become an expert, focusing on teaching or research. Opportunities abound in government laboratories and research centers, as well as agencies and political institutions. From an industry perspective, both scientific and non-scientific organizations value the quantitative, analytical, and logical reasoning skills developed as an undergraduate in the College with a scientific concentration. Consider organizations as varied as government agencies, biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical and healthcare facilities, nature/wildlife preserves, museums, or scientific consulting firms.

Finding Internships

Plan on completing both a research and internship experience during your undergraduate education. Along with your science-related coursework, the best way to explore a career in the sciences is by finding laboratory work in your field with a potential mentor during the school terms or over the summer. Research forms the backbone of any scientific endeavor and this experience will provide the skills and knowledge necessary for a future career. Consider focusing on research if you are certain that you want to pursue a Ph.D. In addition, internships provide real-world industry experience which is directly applicable to future career paths.

Ananya Zutshi, Engineering Sciences

What are your post-graduation plans?
Biotech startup

What is your anticipated job title or function?
Either Cofounder/CEO or Entrepreneur in Residence

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Mark Omobono, ALM Biotechnology

Where will you be living next year, and what will you be doing?
Burlington, MA – I’ll be building a line function group to serve a multitude of needs within my current company. I’ll also be leveraging the research and …

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Alos Diallo, ALM Biotechnology

Where will you be living next year, and what will you be doing?
Germany or the UK – Likely a PhD. I am applying to PhD programs in Germany and the UK, in addition to the US.

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