What is the typical time frame for an LSM internship?
The LSM internships are expected to be full-time work experiences, lasting for at least 10 weeks, starting in late May/early June and going through early-to-mid August.
If I did research in high school, do I still need to do a science internship as part of LSM?
Yes. All LSM students complete both a scientific research internship as well as a business internship. The science internship is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the challenges involved in advancing the bounds of science, either by going more deeply into a research area you already have explored previously or by launching into a new area of inquiry. Moreover, whereas many students who enter LSM have some experience working in an academic research lab, LSM seeks to place students into commercial settings, where they can gain a better perspective on how scientific goals and business imperatives intersect.
Does the science internship have to involve bench research?
No. While most LSM students enjoy pursuing bench research, this is not the only kind of science internship that students can do. The fundamental goal is to further your training in the collection and analysis of scientific data, and that can come in a variety of forms. Those seeking experience in biostatistics or bioinformatics could work in molecular profiling, protein modeling, or other kinds of computational research. Students interested in public health could do epidemiological research. Environmental field research is possible too.
How can I prepare for a business internship when most of my experience is in science?
Many LSM students aspire to do their business internship in the field of finance or consulting, but prior work in these industries is not necessary in order to compete successfully for an internship. Many employers look for leadership experience and an aptitude for teamwork, which can be developed through extracurricular clubs and activities at Penn. Students also can gain experience by participating in case competitions and business plan competitions on campus, or by getting involved with Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs or Wharton’s Small Business Development Center.
Can I take summer courses while doing an internship?
During the summers after their sophomore and junior years, students are expected to focus their attention on their internships. Still, if your work schedule permits, it may be possible to take a summer course, especially if the course is offered at night or online. In most cases, however, students will find it very difficult to balance a summer course with the demands of a full-time internship.
Where have LSM students done their internships?
Please see the “Past Internships” link to explore where previous classes of LSM students have interned.