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Whether you are an undergraduate considering graduate school or industry, or a graduate student looking for a way into governmental positions, the UCSD career center has resources.

UC San Diego students and alumni: Use your email address to log into Handshake to access internships and job openings. You will also be able to post your resume. In addition, the portal lists career and professional development events and programs.


During your search for internships and positions, this list of Life Science Internship and Job Opportunities will be helpful. 

Career and Professional Development Questions? Who to Contact? Meet Melissa Hoon

Melissa Hoon is the Associate Director of Industry Engagement and Career Coaching at the UC San Diego Career Center where she supports the Division of Biological Sciences. She works with top life sciences companies such as Pfizer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Illumina, to support their recruitment of students for internships and full-time positions. Melissa also supports biology students by providing one-on-one career coaching sessions, and resume and cover letter review. She specializes in the development and instruction of professional development workshops and courses, including BILD 80 Job and Internship Applications, BILD 81 Interview Skills, BILD 82 Soft Skills, BILD 83 Business Communications in Biology, and BILD 92 Professional Development Topics in Biology. She also hosts the annual UC San Diego Women in STEM Conference. Email Melissa at to schedule an appointment or inquire about professional development.


Visit Health Beat for information on how to launch a career in the health professions. 

A major in Biology can lead to further education such as Medical School, Public Health, Pharmacy School, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing School, and others. The UCSD Career Center features a section with information about the health professions and specialized guidance for those considering that route. If you are planning to pursue one of the health professions, you will be able to locate information and receive advising on how to prepare.

If you are in doubt about whether such a career is the right choice for you, Health Beat is also for you.

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