Who We Are

Since 2001, St. Louis nonprofit BioSTL has laid the foundation for the region’s innovation economy with a comprehensive set of transformational programs that elevate St. Louis’ leadership in solving important world challenges in agriculture, medicine, health care, and other technology areas. BioSTL has introduced nationally acclaimed initiatives in startup creation and investment (BioGenerator), strategic business attraction (GlobalSTL), physical environment (including the Cortex Innovation District and BioGenerator Labs), entrepreneur support, seed and venture capital, a diverse and inclusive workforce, and public policy.

BioSTL - Pathways

PATHWAYS aims to attract and recruit a diverse population of Life Science students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other nationally ranked universities with high minority representation to build a talent pipeline for St. Louis candidates for placement into the three pillars of BioSTL, startups and partnering organizations.

PATHWAYS goal is to expose students to St. Louis’s rich culture and community by providing access to unique experiential learnings through job shadowing, internships, consultancy assignments and permanent placements.

PATHWAYS - What We Offer

ExploreSTL March 11, 2024 – March 15, 2024

5-Day ExploreSTL provides students an intimate experience of St. Louis’s culture and community, and unique career opportunities including company tours, panels discussions, access to HBCU alumni network, social events, community service volunteering and tourist attractions. Creating exposure to job shadowing and internship opportunities available at BioSTL, startups and corporate partnering organizations.

The Job Shadowing component gives rising juniors, seniors, graduate students, PhD and Postdoc applicants the opportunity to experience a day-in-the-life in an industry career role. During the job shadowing experience students will have the opportunity interview with employers, to showcase their quality of work, network with industry experts, rotate jobsites, participate in company tours and expand their professional network to hone skills necessary to succeed in the industry.

PLEASE NOTE: Job Shadowing is an unpaid opportunity, although flight accommodations, lodging, meal stipends, transportation, and tourist attractions will be paid by BioSTL on behalf of accepted students.


12-Week experiential learning for students who will perform meaningful project-based assignments in the life sciences field. The internship responsibilities will vary based on scope of work determined by the hiring manager.


  • Students selected for internships will be paid based on experience between $15-$25 an hour. Additional costs covered: flight accommodations, lodging, meal stipends, transportation, tourist attractions, activities and potential scholarship access.
  • Students must commit to the work requirements outlined in the scope of work, attend, and actively engage in all scheduled activities, events, and remain active as program alumni.
  • This program is for STEM disciplines (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Health care, Computer Science, etc.), students studying some business-related disciplines (e.g. Economics, Sales, Marketing, etc.) that are highly sought after amongst the hiring managers and corporate partners. 
  • Must agree to all terms and conditions and sign the student agreement to participate.


  • Students should have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher. 
  • Students must be US citizens or US permanent residents or be holders of visas that allow completion of the internship without sponsorship.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The program is currently only open to college students entering their junior, senior, graduate students, and post-docs.
  • Students must be willing to travel to St. Louis, Missouri for the duration of internship placement. 

Application Process

  • Please submit an unofficial transcript from your current school, if available.
  • Provide three endorsement reference letters from professors, academic advisors, work supervisors, or personal references. References from family members or friends do not qualify.
  • Submit current resume detailing experiences.  
  • 300 Word Internship Personal Statement – Experiences, qualifications, career goals and desired outcomes from internship. 


Students are expected to be prompt in showing up to the assignment, dressed professionally, and complete all activities outlined in the scope of work by the hiring manager. It is also expected that all participants attend all training, panels, mentorship program, community service activities, and other events organized by the program.

Application Deadline February 16, 2024

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