We support initiatives and programs to bring together scholars and students with industry and encourages its members to provide opportunities to the next generation of scientists in life sciences:
Praxisintegriertes Bachelor Studium - Practice integrated Bachelor Studies (PiBS)
The School of Life Sciences and Facility Management of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) offers PiBS as opportunity for high-school graduates to obtain industry practice together with the bachelor's degree in biotechnology or chemistry. PiBS is structured with semester 1-3 at the ZHAW (theory and practice), semester 4 & 5 within industry, semester 6-8 at the ZHAW and the bachelor work within industry. A prerequisite is a 4 year working contract within industry during the term of the studies. Swiss Biotech Association Member's Werthenstein BioPharma (biotechnology) and Lonza (chemistry) are partners within this program, other partners are welcomed. More information.
Mentoring of Matura projects
Über 350 Forschungsgruppen aus Hochschulen, Industrie und Praxis öffnen Ihnen ihre Türen! Sie stellen Ihnen während vier halben Tage (oder mehr) ihre Kompetenzen, ihre Infrastrukturen und ihre speziellen Messinstrumente zur Verfügung, um Maturaarbeiten zu begleiten.
More information: http://www.naturwissenschaften.ch/organisations/scnat/youth/maturitywork
EPFL Students, who are following a Master program in a domain leading to an engineer title, are obliged to complete an industry internship before graduation. The companies benefit from highly qualified students of a variety of cutting-edge technology specializations.
In order to engage an intern, companies have to clearly define the content of their internships, which has to be aligned with the respective master program. Furthermore, companies are expected to pay their interns a salary, which covers living cost during and travel expenses that arise by reason of the internship.