The mission of the Stanford Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine (LCGM) Summer Internship Program is to enrich and grow
the workforce in cell and gene therapy biomanufacturing by providing educational internship opportunities to students.
About the Internship
Cell and Gene Therapy Manufacturing at LCGM
Stanford Laboratory for Cell & Gene Medicine (LCGM) is an innovative, state-of-the-art, multi-product manufacturing facility that develops cell and gene-based therapies for early phase clinical trials in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) FDA regulations. To educate and train the next generation of cell and gene therapy professionals, we offer a unique summer internship opportunity for undergraduate students.
LCGM’s projects represent diverse therapeutic modalities including hematopoietic stem cells and host alloantigen-specific regulatory T cells to prevent Graft versus Host Disease, genetically engineered immune cells (T-cells) for cancer immunotherapy and complex immune syndromes and CRISPR gene correction for sickle cell disease amongst others.
The LCGM Summer Program offers a 10-week exciting opportunity to learn from world class scientists who support translational medicine. The successful applicant will learn from and practice skills on challenging projects in the Process Development & Manufacturing (PDM) team.
The PDM team develops large scale, closed system, cGMP compliant procedures to manufacture innovative cell and gene therapies. The student’s learning experience may include:
- LCGM cell and gene therapy project overview
- Aseptic technique; cell thaw, expansion, cryopreservation, scale-up; analytical assays
- Equipment learning: control rate freezer; automated cell counter, flow cytometry
- Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Documentation Practices (GDP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
Students also participate in lunch and learn sessions as well other career seminars. The program culminates with a presentation in front of their peers, faculty, mentors, and other Stanford scientists.
A Message from LCGM's Scientific and Site Director, Dr. Steven Feldman
An important goal of the LCGM Summer Program is to select students whose individual and collective experiences, interests, and backgrounds will contribute to the world of cell and gene therapy. We especially encourage students to apply who are from groups that are under-represented in the United States biotechnology workforce, including (but not limited to) students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students who will be first generation college students, and women.
Selection decisions will be made in awareness of and in accordance with the June 29, 2023 Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.
All participants in the LCGM Summer Program must agree to the following eligibility requirements and program expectations:
- Students must be undergraduate sophomores or juniors currently enrolled in a four-year college or university, majoring in a STEM discipline
- Students must be 18 years or older at the time of application
- Students are expected to be in-person in the lab for 8 hours per day, 5 days per week for the duration of the 10-week period
- Students are expected to attend all program activities, orientation, seminars, and end of internship presentation
- Students must be U.S citizens/permanent residents
- Students will receive a stipend of $5,000 at the end of successful completion of the internship
How to Apply
Complete the online application, which will include:
- Three short essay questions (250 words each max)
- Upload of Statement of Purpose (500 words max)
- Upload of Resume (2 pages max)
- Upload of Unofficial Transcript
- Letter of recommendation (NOTE: due one week after the application deadline)
- Program Dates
June 10 - August 16
- Application Period
February 26 - March 25
- Recommendation Letter Deadline
- Final Selection & Interviews
Catherine Terry, Manufacturing Specialist II and former 2019 Process Development & Manufacturing Intern
Devin Sidhu, 2022 Process Development & Manufacturing Intern
Gianna Gunier, 2022 Quality Control Intern