Headquartered in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Microbiologics is the leading provider of ready-to-use microorganisms for quality control testing in the clinical, pharmaceutical, food, water and educational industries.
Microbiologics has been hiring interns from St. Cloud State University through the SciTech Internship Program since 2014. This summer, they were glad to welcome Venkata Ayyappa Devarasetty, Janaka Rajapakshe, Amanda Vasek and Alicia Rowan to join their “culture-filled” work environment.
According to Microbiologics, “The goal of our internships is to provide our interns with valuable hands-on experience. Our interns work alongside professionals in their field of interest to provide experience that will make them more marketable to employers after graduation.” The company provides internships in several departments across the organization, including Research and Development and Information Technology.
For Ayyappa Devarasetty and Rajapakshe, both pursuing their masters in information systems, their internship focused on IT operations. Meanwhile, Vasek and Rowan were able to hone their biology and biochemistry skills in the lab.
“The amount of hands-on-learning we received, along with the general hospitality that came with working here was really great,” Vasek said.
“I’d say the most meaningful things are the connections I’ve made,” said Rajapakshe.
The value of hiring interns, said Jill Stadel, HR at Microbiologics, means extra help on important projects that simultaneously grants exposure to STEM students seeking industry exposure. “We want to develop a pipeline for future talent.”
SciTech is a great resource for helping Microbiologics – and hundreds of small Minnesota companies like them – fulfill their internship goals.