An important element of the Master of Science in Infectious Disease (INFD) program is the research internship in infectious disease. The internship, which is one of the required courses in the program, encompasses one of three specific areas of research in the field of infectious disease:
- Basic discovery involving infectious bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic pathogens that cause human disease
- Translational research focused on the development of new approaches to diagnose, prevent or treat infectious diseases
- Clinical infectious disease research focused on infectious diseases in humans
How Is an Internship Completed?
Most students choose to engage in a hands-on research internship consisting of a 12-week research program in a laboratory at Drexel University, another academic institution, or at a biotechnology or biopharmaceutical company. Distance students can make arrangements with academic or industrial institutions in their home regions rather than in the Greater Philadelphia area. Alternatively, traditional and online students may choose to engage in independent research projects with the approval and supervision of the program director.
While completing the internship, students will gain experience in analyzing data that they help to generate or information collected from the published literature. At the conclusion of the internship, students document their accomplishments in a written report and an oral presentation.
Where Is the Internship Completed?
Students select their internship hosts after considering the available research opportunities and matching them to their own professional interests and career goals. Past graduates of the Infectious Disease program have completed internships in a variety of settings, including Drexel University laboratories, contract research organizations (CRO) and biotech companies. Research projects have focused on numerous fields in infectious disease, including virology, parasitology, mycology, bacteriology, therapeutics and vaccines. A list of Drexel University investigators who have research interests in infectious disease and are potential internship hosts is provided below.