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The Jackson Laboratory Career Trek

To apply, please submit your approved resume to this posting and complete the Google application form (you will be redirected to the Google form upon submitting your application on Handshake).

The Gordon Career Center is offering an off-campus career exploration field trip to The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) in Farmington, CT, which studies the genetics and genomics of human disease. Students will receive a tour of the building, and then meet with a variety of JAX's research staff, from recent college graduates to post-doc scientists working in research areas such as the microbiome, cancer, aging and immune disorders. They will discuss their work, their training, how they entered the field, their individual areas of research, and the overall evolution of their careers to date. The day will conclude with a discussion with Human Resources about internship and employment opportunities.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,200 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Conn., and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, Calif., and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. For more information, please visit

March 24 – Student Participant Preparation Meeting (on-campus, Boger Hall 110, 12:00pm–1:00pm) March 27 – Jackson Laboratory Visit (Farmington, CT, 1:00pm–3:00pm)

ELIGIBILITY Open to all class years and majors. You must have your resume approved on Handshake by the Gordon Career Center in order to apply to (via this posting) and be considered for this program. Note that the resume review process can take several days so it's best to get a head start on this process if your resume is not yet approved. Please refer to the GCC's resume review/approval process and resume resources under the "Resource" section in Handshake.

SELECTION Space is limited to 12 students. If more than 12 applications are received, students who completed the application in full will be selected at the end of the application window by random lottery. If you are not selected, you will be put on a waitlist and will be notified if spots open up.

January 23 - Application opens
February 20 - Application deadline (11:59pm)
February 21 - Students will be notified of selection/waitlist
February 26 - Selected students must confirm their participation or forfeit their slot

TRANSPORTATION If selected for this program, the Career Center will provide the students transportation by van to and from The Jackson Laboratory. Departure from campus will be at 12:15pm. The group will leave the Jackson facility at 3:15pm. LUNCH Plan to eat lunch before you board the van to depart from campus, or you may bring your lunch on the van to eat during the short ride to Farmington (about 25 minutes).

1. Click "Apply Externally" to apply with your approved resume through Handshake on this posting.
2. Once submitted, you will be taken to an external application (Google form) that must be completed in order to be considered for this program. As part of the Google application form you will be asked to provide a short essay response to the following question: "Tell us about your interest in medical research and genomic medicine, and what you hope to gain from participating in the program. (200 word min./300 word max.)"