A Greek poet once wrote, “It will not always be summer; build barns.”
At Secant Group, a global life sciences company headquartered in Telford, PA, chemists, biologists, and bioengineers build implantable, next-generation medical textiles and biomedical structures that enable repair, recovery, and regeneration of the human body.
It’s a far cry from building barns. But the poet Hesiod’s 2,700-year-old line speaks directly to the choice that more than a dozen student interns made to join Secant Group this summer.
Rather than spend their summer days building sandcastles on the beach—at least, not on weekdays—these students chose to build a stronger foundation for their professional careers, adding an experience to their resumes that would far outlast the short-lived joys of another summer vacation.
Secant Group's robust 12-week-long paid summer internship program provides students with hands-on, educational work experience that aligns with their course of study or helps them explore future career opportunities. Students work with cutting-edge technology, learn about the rigors of scientific research and product commercialization, and refine their organizational and time management skills.
This summer’s class of interns represented eight universities and five high schools. Fields of study included biomedical and mechanical and aerospace engineering; biochemistry and molecular biology; marketing and human resources management; and healthcare.
Students, who gained new perspectives on their chosen career paths at Secant Group, were eager to share their experiences this summer.
“I knew biomaterials existed but had no idea about their capabilities or the extent to which they’re used,” said a second-year intern preparing to study how stents and resorbable coatings can help patients with stroke. “Without working at Secant, I never would have perused this research path.”
Describing Secant’s environment as “helpful, friendly, and fun,” one student said that the internship helped her land a position in a university lab group that studies cystic fibrosis.
“I designed and executed my own projects, which kept me engaged when my mentor was busy, and strengthened my critical thinking skills and independence in the lab.”
One intern, who’s planning to attend pharmacy school for post-undergraduate work, enjoyed collaborating with an “amazing research and development team” who gave her room to “make discoveries on my own.”
“The experience has given me confidence that I can go out into the world and make a difference.”
“Secant Group’s internship program develops bright young minds for a rewarding future in life sciences. By offering a range of unique learning opportunities, the program continues to positively impact students. We see this firsthand, as many of our former interns have returned to Secant Group to launch their careers,” said Secant Group President Jeff Robertson.
This summer, student interns at Secant Group in Telford, PA, worked on research projects to help the life sciences company develop and transform implantable biomaterials for restoration of the human body.