Monash University announces Student Internship Agreement with Janssen Cilag Pty Ltd

Monash University has facilitated an intern program for students studying to obtain their Master of Biomedical and Health Sciences. Placing student interns in an ongoing internship program with the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, including Janssen Cilag Pty Ltd (Janssen) and Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, the program delivers real-life experience and learning opportunities.

Monash University will deliver the academic supervision with Janssen providing a curated program of intern activities to advance student education. This unique programme highlights Monash University’s commitment to providing a suite of educational experiences to help prepare students for employment, including by way of offering unrivalled access to industry partners like those across Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. This intern program aligns with Johnson & Johnson’s WiSTEM2D (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Manufacturing and Design) University initiative which is focused on supporting women and their pursuit of STEM2D degrees and beyond to successful careers.

Supervised by Professor Ramesh Rajan from the Monash University Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI), students in their second year are selected based on their career ambitions, academic and professional strengths. The highly sought-after program is part of the internship and employability program in the Monash Master in Biomedical and Health Science degree and provides credits towards the degree. Internships are offered to a maximum of eight students per year for a two-month internship within various departments across various sectors and departments of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.

Professor Rajan says the program is incredibly valuable in offering students the opportunity to develop important professional skills and apply their knowledge in an industry-based workplace. One special aspect of this agreement is the amazing mentoring and support the Johnson & Johnson team, across all levels, provides for the interns. He adds: “The ongoing commitment to enriching and supporting industry learning for students is invaluable as we work to develop and foster our future leaders in biomedical science.”

Tiffany Wong, a recent masters graduate, one of more than 20 women who have participated in the program, completed her internship in July working in the oncology department at Janssen.

“With no prior experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, I always felt comfortable in sharing my ideas and opinions and found Janssen to be a supportive and respectful work environment. The internship truly allowed me to reflect on my skills and to understand what I needed to achieve my career goals. I particularly enjoyed the Industry Information Sessions that were held every week,” she said.

This program builds upon the Monash University partnership with Johnson & Johnson Innovation through the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Partnering Office (JJIPO@Monash) a public-private partnership between Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJI), Monash University and the Victorian State Government.

JJIPO@Monash works with emerging pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer healthcare companies and academic researchers across Victoria to provide commercialisation training, mentoring and networking support at no cost, to accelerate translational life-science research along the pathway to commercialisation.

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