BTE Around the World
Silicon Valley, California, USA
Grant Period: 2005 – 2009
Welcome to our Community
Building on a highly successful BTE program in Milpitas, California, the BTE-Silicon Valley program provided opportunities and career exploration in the biotechnology and health care industry to select students throughout the South Bay area of Northern California.
Through intensive, six-week internships, students shadowed employees at LifeScan, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. Students conducted scientific research with faculty at San Jose State University, California State University, East Bay and Santa Clara Universities as they gathered soft-skills, hands-on lab skills, computer knowledge, and career awareness in the health, science and biotechnology industries. In addition to the company-based internship, BTE students met throughout the summer at San Jose State to network with their peers and learn more about applying to college.
During the program students participated in 62 internships. The impact of those internships are substantial, including:
- 97 percent of interns intend to enroll in a four-year college after graduation.
- 94 percent of interns believe the program has prepared them for their career goals after high school and will give them an edge when they apply to college or search for a job.