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Industry Practicum Project

88% of surveyed industry professionals say professional skills are important to job placement, making our Industry Practicum Project important to the success of MMB graduates as enter the workforce.

Each semester, students work with a different segment of the biosciences markets. Students rotate between medical device companies, small companies, and agricultural biotechnology.


Nearly 50 industry companies have worked with us since the program began in 2003.

Different Areas
of Industry

Students get exposure to a variety of different sectors within the biotech industry.

Develop Professional Skills

Students work in teams to foster communication, problem-solving and other important skills.

Overview of the industry practicum projects required for graduation with a Master’s in Microbial Biotechnology from NCSU.

How it Works

Over the course of three semesters, MMB students complete three practicum projects. Students spend the first few weeks of each semester learning about topics related to the biotechnology industry, attending seminars led by industry guest speakers, and practicing their oral and written communication skills.

For the rest of the semester, MMB students work in teams of 4-5 students to complete practicum projects developed by partnering companies in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area. Industry-partner companies and student teams change each semester to increase exposure to different companies and foster versatility in teamwork. By pairing our industry practicum projects with a series of professional skill development modules, MMB students gain practical, industry-related experience, develop necessary professional skills, meet valuable contacts, and explore career paths.

Gain the Skills Employers Demand

  • Effective public presentations
  • Time management
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interviewing
  • Elevator pitches and networking
  • Technical writing
  • Team leadership and building positive stakeholder relationships
  • Ambiguity management

Industry Partnerships

It’s not just our students that benefit from the MMB industry practicum project. This practicum project has generated valuable insights and recommendations from our students to partnering companies. These ideas and solutions can have a powerful, positive impact on the partnering companies operations.