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National and International Internships Give Biomedical Science Students a Competitive Advantage

“VNUK students are quite studious and smart with a strong knowledge base and good soft skills; especially the ability to understand English documents and translate into Vietnamese.” – Dr. Thao Vo Nguyen Thanh, Deputy Head of Department of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City Biotechnology Center, when complimenting 2 BMS students.

Internship Program Offers VNUK Students Several Opportunities 

At VNUK, the curriculum has always focused on practicality. For that reason, VNUK has constantly expanded  networking with enterprises to bring students opportunities to get involved in real working environments.

Many VNUK students complete an internship in the summer of Freshman or Sophomore years. Students also have a compulsory internship lasting 4-6 months at the 2nd term of their Junior year. Depending on future job aspirations, students will be introduced to appropriate research units, enterprises, or projects.

BMS Students Joined in a Big Project – Increasing Chances to Learn Practical Knowledge

BMS students are introduced to research programs not only at VNUK, but also top universities and institutes in Vietnam and throughout the world.

This year 2 BMS students, Ngoc Ha Tran Dinh Thi and Van Nguyen Thi Huynh, had the honor to participate in great research programs under the guidance of instructors and researchers at VNUK, Da Nang University of Medical Technology and Pharmacy, Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, and Ho Chi Minh City Biotechnology Center.

Good Attitudes, Foundational Knowledge and English – VNUK Students Receive Compliments from Instructors

According to Dr. Thao Vo Nguyen Thanh, Van and Ha’s instructor and Deputy Head of the Department of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City Biotechnology Center: “VNUK students are quite studious and smart with a strong knowledge base and good soft skills; especially the ability to understand English documents and translate into Vietnamese. Although they are only 3rd year students, they have the ability to help an instructor with guiding new members of the group.”

On this occasion, Van and Ha had the opportunity to study and practice new knowledge and modern research techniques. Moreover, they participated in both institute and ministerial-level projects such as research on production of vaccines, recombinant proteins and peptides, and cancer treatment. BMS students are highly appreciated by officials in all aspects.

Van shared, “When I joined the internship, I had direct access to scientific research steps in many fields. I participated in research and experimental processes on all kinds of microorganisms and animal cells. With the modern equipment and extensive resources at the Medicine Department, I could participate in the experiment directly instead of just learning the theories.” Currently, Van is an intern at the Department of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Center for Biotechnology in Ho Chi Minh City. Van also said that this 5-week internship opportunity has helped her a lot in shaping future goals.

OVERSEAS Internship Opportunities for Biomedical Science Students

At VNUK, in addition to the 2 compulsory internship programs,  students also have the opportunity to participate in short internship programs abroad. This summer, second year BMS students experienced the international learning environment at Kangwon University, Korea.

VNUK students joining the 1-month internship in Korea

Along with the cooperation and support of VNUK teachers, the students visited Korea in July for a 1-month internship program under the guidance of Kangwon University professors.

Doing the internship at Kangwon University has brought VNUK students many interesting experiences as well as opportunities to exchange and learn from both international students and Korean professors. Tran Ngoc Cam Thi – a BMS student joining the Kangwon University program shared: “In addition to being instructed to use modern lab equipment like UHPLC, our soft skills are also greatly enhanced. The practical sessions are streamlined and consistent with the fundamental knowledge that we have learned at VNUK, with interesting topics such as quantifying vitamins B1 and B3 in freshwater and analyzing anthocyanin in soybeans. In addition, the school arranged for us to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a vital survival skill for Professor Cho.”

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