The Problem

Trainees face barriers competing for industry roles, as those who do not have related experience are at a disadvantage in applying to industry-related roles. Career development activities play an important role in the path to employment, however many trainees face barriers to pursuing career development activities.

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Our Mission

To provide an opportunity for trainees to simulate working in the healthcare industry, enabling them to develop their professional skills and gain marketable, relevant experience.


Over a 4-month period, you and your team will collaborate with guidance from an industry advisor to investigate a life science business or policy challenge and propose a solution. Project topics may include market events, clinical data, regulatory and reimbursement filings and approvals, or commercialization potential. After defining a compelling thesis and conducting in-depth research, you will present your deliverables in front of industry professionals and invited guests at the annual ITCS showcase.

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Why Should You Participate?

Benefits for Trainees

  • Gain practical skills and knowledge valued by pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device companies while in grad school.
  • Hands on experience that can help supplement any job application.
  • Network with peers and professionals
  • Improve job-seeker profile and ‘value offering’ towards your portfolio of experience.

Benefits for Advisors

  • Gain leadership and people development experience.
  • Network with talented trainees and professionals.
  • Give back to the academic community by providing insight and tips to graduates, interested on exploring their options after graduation.

How to Apply

Trainee applications will be open for two weeks following the ITCS Information Session, available only to those who registered and attended.

Upcoming Milestones

ITCS Information Session

December 2, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

A forum where students can learn more about the program structure and what skills will be developed throughout ITCS. Interested applicants will have an opportunity to network with the our industry advisors, who will be present to introduce their roles and experiences through a series of short presentations.

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Trainee Application Due

December 16, 2020, 11:59 PM

You cannot apply to this program without first having attended information session.

ITCS Launch Event

January 25, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

An event where program and project guidelines are agreed upon and advisory panels, grouped by functional areas, first meet with their teams to begin the process of project development.

ITCS Showcase Event

May 17, 2021, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

A closing event where trainees present their completed project to the entire program and invited guests from the industry and university.