Biotech Internship Seminar Syllabus

Fall 2014
Tuesdays 4:35-5:25
CSI 303

Professors: 
Jennifer Dever, Ph.D. –jadever@usfca.edu
Christina Tzagarakis-Foster, Ph.D. –ctzagarakis@usfca.edu

Course Description
This is a one-unit seminar that will focus on preparing you for your Internship as well as your career in the Biotechnology Industry.  During this semester we will explore your life goals, personal strengths and career objectives as well as provide you with the tools to craft a solid resume and build job-securing skills.  The goal of this course is to better prepare you for obtaining the internship that will best suit you and hopefully lead to augmenting your own marketability as a job seeker in the industry.

Prerequisite: BIOL 620

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the semester you will be able to:

  1. Formulate and state your short-term and long-term career goals
  2. Identify your skills and strengths
  3. Investigate and evaluate different internship opportunities that best fit your career goals
  4. Practice effective networking and communication skills
  5. Optimize your resume and cover letter
  6. Establish effective interviewing skills
  7. Recognize the importance of balance and staying motivated

Course Materials – papers provided in class

Grades Your grade will be based on your performance on the following class components:
Mission Statement – 15%
Career Portfolio – 30%
                        Job Search Assessment, Resume, Cover Letter, Linked In Profile, Leads
Personal Commercial – 15%
Networking Activity – 15%
Mock Interview – 20%
Goals - 5%

Grading Scale
A- 90-93%,  A 94-98%, A+ 98-100%
B- 80-83%,  B 84-86%,  B+ 87-89%
F – Below 80%

Course Policies

  1. Attendance – Attendance is mandatory.  Missing more than one class will result in a grade reduction.
  2. Academic Honesty - From the USF catalog: “The University expects students to be honest in their academic work. Academic dishonesty is viewed as an ethical issue and a violation of the principles of justice and personal responsibility inherent in the University's ideals as expressed in its Statement of Mission and Goals. In particular, students must refrain from plagiarism…and must acknowledge fully all sources and all assistance received in work submitted to the faculty for evaluation.” Plagiarism = “the uncredited use (both intentional and unintentional) of somebody else's words or ideas” from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/
    You may not copy any part of anyone else’s work and pass it in as your own (including information gleaned from the internet). Any plagiarism or cheating will result in a grade of F for the course, and a report will be submitted to the Dean resulting in a permanent record of the incident in your academic file. If you observe someone else cheating, you also have the responsibility to bring this situation to the instructor’s attention. Please see the Honor Code section of the 2011-2012 USF Catalog.
  3. Students with disabilities:  Please discuss your needs with me during the first week of classes.  Any student who, because of a disabling condition may require special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the Disability Related Services Dept. at 2613.

Tentative Schedule:

DATE

TOPIC

ASSIGNMENTS DUE

PROF.

8/19

Class overview & Setting Goals

 

JD

8/26

Mission, Skills, Interests, Values, Strengths, Soft Skills

Work on mission statement

JD & CTF

9/2

Resume

Mission Statement DUE

JD & CTF

9/9

Resume

Work on Resume

JD & CTF

9/16

References & Letters of Recommendation

Resume DUE

JD & CTF

9/23

Selling yourself: Personal Commercials

In class assignment – personal commercials

CTF

9/30

Networking

 

CTF

10/7

 

Networking activity

 

10/14

Fall Break – No Class

 

 

10/21

Career Research – Finding the Internship

 

CTF

10/28

Cover Letter & Communication

Work on cover letter

CTF

11/4

Interviewing Skills

Cover letter DUE

JD

11/11

Interviewing Skills – Mock Interviews

Mock Interview

JD

11/18

Employee/Alumni Panel

 

 

11/25

Salary Negotiations/Expectations

Job Search Assessment and 1 yr/5 yr/10 yr career goals DUE

CTF

12/2

Personal Goals & Class Wrap-Up

Health Assessment

JD