Passionate Industry Professionals: Join Us This Summer And Engage With Diverse Students And Young Talent


The CLSA-CLSI Racial & Social Equity (RSE) Initiative are debuting several new programs and events this summer, offering opportunities for industry professionals to engage with under-represented students and talent. The RSE Pillars focused on building a pipeline of diverse talent and future leaders and hiring, developing and retaining under-represented talent are offering the following immediate opportunities:

Open Call for Summer NexGeneGirls Virtual Internship Hosts!

This summer, the California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) and NexGeneGirls are tapping life science companies to provide rigorous virtual internships to young women of color in the San Francisco Bay Area. The NexGeneGirls program includes an 8-week paid virtual internship beginning on June 7 and ending on July 30, 2021.

Primary internship mentor activities include:

  • Participating in weekly (90-minute minimum) virtual meetings with NexGeneGirls intern
  • Developing a substantive research project for and providing guidance to intern
  • Assisting intern in development of a scientific poster and presentation of research
  • Sharing your career story and inspiring intern’s pursuit of STEM careers

In addition, these inspiring interactions with mentors help to create a culture of opportunity for young women of color and a diverse talent pool for the life science industry.

If you would like to host a NexGeneGirls intern, please sign up here. For more information, see the FAQ’s here or contact Jennielyn Dino-Rossi.

Limited Spots Available! Become a Mentor for “Train-Up / Manage-Up” Inclusive Mentoring Pilot Program

We are currently seeking a small group of industry champions to join an inclusive mentoring training focus group designed to help maximize the mentor/mentee experience with under-represented student interns or employees.

The industry pilot group will work to help translate the training to an industry setting while going through the training program with mentees.

The training is designed specifically to help mentor-managers engage effectively with any team member, including entry-level researchers and interns.

The training focus group will participate in:

  • Three 90-minute virtual training sessions in May focused on productivity and morale, inclusive and sustainable supervisory practices, and supervising people who aren’t you.
  • Four additional 90-minute trainings, while interns or entry-level employees participate in four parallel “Manage Up” training sessions.

Mentors and mentees will be supported through the training and provide their feedback via web-based activities and surveys.

If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more about the training focus group, please contact [email protected]. There are a limited number of slots available for the pilot.

Lead Sessions & Panels this August at Racial Social Equity Initiatives’ Career Connections Summit with ENVISION

A new RSE Career Connections series intended to bring under-represented high school and undergraduate students together with California life sciences industry professionals will be launched this August in collaboration with Slone Partners’ ENVISION program.

Students will participate in two sessions per summit before being paired 1:1 with industry mentors, all intended to help students navigate STEM careers. Workshops will cover topics such as Making your Resume Pop; Building Your (LinkedIn) Brand; What You Can Do with a STEM Degree; Interviewing Tips and more.

Industry professionals who would like to lead sessions, participate in panels to expose students to your company and career paths, and faculty, teachers and students interested in participating, please contact [email protected].

Seeking Corporate Hosts for 26-Week Internships to Nurture and Champion Talent in Under-Represented Populations

Year Up, a workforce development non-profit that rigorously prepares underserved young adults for successful corporate careers and higher education, has come to California and is seeking corporate hosts for 26-week internships beginning in July/August. Year Up interns work 36 hours per week.

Join companies like Audentes Therapeutics and Merck as corporate hosts! Corporate hosts are asked to invest in their intern at the entry-level talent costs. For more information about becoming a Corporate Host, please contact Eric Colston at [email protected].

Year Up currently prepares under-represented young adults for non-scientific entry-level positions across a range of fields, including IT, Financial Operations, Sales & Customer Support, Business Operations, and Software Development.  Active in 18 markets, 26 cities and 33 campuses, Year Up has served as a strategic source of entry-level middle skill talent for some of America’s largest and best-known companies. Year Up is also planning to develop a biotech program with corporate partners over the next year.

Year Up works to address the Opportunity Divide – the fact that 5 million young adults are disconnected from career pathways due to systemic barriers and the reality that 12 million jobs are expected to go unfilled in the next decade. To date, Year Up has served over 26,000 students, 90% of whom become employed or enrolled in post-secondary education withing four months of completing the program, 75% within one of the 5 Year Up training pathways.

For more information about the Year Up program, contact Eric Colston at [email protected].