What is CCC-BEST? Paid on-campus internships with i-Cultiver

Start getting a paycheck in biotech while you are still in school. i-Cultiver hires CCC students for part-time lab work right here on campus to gain professional laboratory experience at a great local company. I-Cultiver is a company that brings scientific innovation and analysis to agriculture. CCC biotech students can join the team to turn field samples into valuable information for farmers using methods and ideas adapted from partners at UC Berkeley, USDA, Stanford, and UC Davis. Depending on your skillset and company needs, your work might include: sample preparation, tissue dissection, DNA sequence preparation, seedling assays, production of proprietary microbial amendment using bioreactors, or metabolic assays.

  • $20/hour
  • 8-12 hours per week
  • Flexible schedule (4 hour blocks of time)

CCC’s Career Services Center will definitely help you prepare your resume and cover letter to make a successful application!

What are the benefits of CCC-BEST?

Team-based scientific work for market rate pay with supportive mentors. Build your network with scientific collaborations across the Bay Area, and strengthen your resume with projects, skills, and publications. Interns Robert and Alexis share their scientific professional development with CCC-BEST.

Robert’s scientific vision from start to finish
Alexis honors ancestors’ ideas about medicine

What is the CCC-BEST internship like?

Work as a team according to your availability, strengths, and curiosity.

How do I prepare for CCC-BEST?

The Laboratory Professional I Certificate (or equivalent – at least 2 lab courses and good communication skills) is all it takes. What’s really important is that you are ready to do high-quality work. CCC students that have completed at least one lab course, are enrolled in one more, and demonstrate technical and communication skills are eligible. Remember, i-Cultiver is hiring the person, not the transcript!

Apply and get to work right away!

  • $20/hour
  • 8-12 hours per week
  • Flexible schedule (4 hour blocks of time)

CCC’s Career Services Center

What have CCC-BEST students done so far?

2023 started with an excellent crew getting right to work in as the Spring semester stared in February. The team finished the semester with a presentation about their data at a U.C. Berkeley biology lab meeting!

Spring 2023 team
Team posing with media plates
2023 BEST team with their plates in the lab
guys in biosafety cabinet
Brandon and Robert work in the biosafety cabinet

Our CCC-BEST Showcase Event on December 14, 2022 featured CCC Biotechnology students and partners from UC Berkeley, Azomite, and i-Cultiver for short presentations. Professional scientists and CCC students shared their work applying biological science to agricultural technology. Agenda here. Here’s a sneak peek of this super event.

CCC-BEST Showcase event December 2022

Internships during college are the number one thing employers look for when hiring!

CCC-BEST’s i-Cultiver mentors support all along the journey in your STEM career development. Take that first step now!

Get serious about your science career and be sure to find the right internship for you. CCC’s biotech program sets you up for a successful internship in at a life science company, or at a university or government lab. Explore opportunities and experiences of past students on our internship page.