Internships during the Bachelor''s and Master''s phase are a very important part of the preparation for a successful career. Although students can apply for an internship in the academic environment or in industry, the vast majority of internships are conducted within the university. Internships within academic groups in the life sciences are usually focused on academic research and an academic career. This seems counter-intuitive, as most graduates these days do not pursue an academic career.
The Genomics Student Lab (GSL) stems from the Green Student Lab, which then was an initiative of the RNA Biology & Applied Bioinformatics (RB&AB) group and the FNWI focal-point "Green Life Sciences". The Genomics Student Lab goes beyond Green Life Sciences to all possible topics of Life Sciences. We chose to offer students internships that focus on a career outside of the academic environment. The GSL is run like a regular -independent- lab, but, it obtains research questions from non-academic parties, such as companies or institutes. In addition, emphasis is given to non-academic skills of students, like presenting, job interview and career management. An internship in the Genomics Student Lab will be assessed similarly as a conventional academic internship.