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Roles at MBG
Typically, new MBG members start out as Associates. New Associates work with our strong returning leadership team of Senior Associates, Directors, and Execs, made up of grad students, undergrads, and postdocs across many departments. As an Associate, you will join our event planning teams, get to know our student leadership team, and learn about the biotech industry through our internal and external programming. Associates will also be invited to special MBG leadership-only events that include dinners with industry professionals and professional development. No experience in biotech is required to be an Associate and the time commitment is flexible.
After gaining experience in the group, some MBG Associates will be selected as Senior Associates. Senior Associates are generally responsible for leading the planning team for an event or event series.
Interested MBG members have the opportunity of applying to become Directors of the Industry, Entrepreneurship or Undergraduate Initiatives, or other Chair positions. The application for these positions usually opens in the spring and will be circulated internally within the group.
Interested MBG members have the opportunity of applying to join the executive board. The application for these positions usually opens in the spring and will be circulated internally within the group.
The industry initiative focuses on preparing MBG members for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. To do this, MBG invites industry professionals to give seminars about their scientific work and hosts workshops exposing students and postdocs to a variety of careers in biotech and pharma. The initiative also runs site visits to various local companies and a mentorship program providing 1:1 matching between MBG members and an industry scientist.
The entrepreneurship initiative focuses on exposing MBG members to the vibrant Cambridge/Boston biotech startup community and giving them opportunities to develop entrepreneurial skills to aid in starting, or joining, an early-stage biotech venture. This initiative typically runs a networking night linking students with startup founders, venture capitalists, and consultants. MBG also hosts a number of small group discussions with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, professional development seminars on aspects of entrepreneurship, and incubator site visits.
The undergraduate initiative serves as an avenue for MIT undergraduates to gain exposure and networking opportunities within the biotechnology industry. MBG hosts events to encourage students to expand their networks, find research opportunities, and gain mentorship by connecting with industry professionals and graduate students. The initiative also hosts seminar series to introduce undergraduates to the biotech industry.