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Student Intern - Lenexa, KS req19102 in Lenexa, KS at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 2/18/2019

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Job Description

Schedule: Monday - Friday, may include Saturday - Temporary position

Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX) is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions.
The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff.Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care.

We are hiring motivated students for our Summer Lab Internship Program. 
This internship will offer you an opportunity to gain experience in the clinical
and toxicology laboratory environment, while working at the world’s leading
provider of diagnostics information services. The aim is to use this program as
a pathway to future employment. 

As a summer intern you will have the opportunity to work with whole laboratory specimens
and perform a wide range of tests from the simple to the complex, using both
time-honored manual techniques and state-of-the-art instruments and work on
various process improvement projects. 


Gain experience working in a medical laboratory environment.  During the course of your internship, you may have exposure to the following departments: 

Special Chemistry

In Special Chemistry the interns will focus on Special Protein analysis, therapeutic
drug monitoring, immunosuppressive drug monitoring and heavy metal testing. 
We have the latest equipment available to perform our protein electrophoresis
and heavy metal testing.  This is a department where they will be exposed
to how we use various protein patterns to determine disease states.  


They will get exposure to complete blood counts, coagulation testing, urinalysis
and blood banking.  In the last two years we have upgraded to the latest technology
in complete blood count testing, automated differentials, coagulation testing
and ABO RH testing.  They will also get exposure in using microscopes to
perform manual body fluid counts and to review blood smears for various disease
states and leukemia’s.  


In Microbiology the interns will become familiar with clinical bacteriology, including culture
methods, microscopy,EIA, automated identification and susceptibility systems
such as the Vitek II, Vitek Mass Spectometry Maldi-tof, Microscan, and Bactec
systems. Processing various specimen types using sterile technique, following safety
protocols, and staining smears are also important skills that will be demonstrated.

Molecular Diagnostics

In this department, the interns will learn various techniques to amplify RNA
and DNA; TMA, RT-PCR, and direct hybridization.  Additionally, time will
be spent learning about unidirectional workflow and the need for dedicated
equipment and aseptic techniques.


In this department, the interns will focus on learning about infectious
diseases. They will be shown a variety of methodologies such as ELISA,
chemiluminescence, flocculation, IFA, Western Blot and DFA, antigen/antibody
binding reactions. They will also learn about the limitations and interferences
of these methodologies. 


The interns will learn the principles and basics of forensic drug testing,
including chain of custody.  They will also gain an understanding of the
life of a specimen as it travels throughout the forensic drug testing process.
This will include exposure to the following equipment: CV2000 automated aliquottor; Beckman AU 5800 automated chemistry analyzers; J57 4 point refractometer; Agilent GC/MS; Agilent
GC-MS/MS; Ab Sciex LC-MS/MS; Shimadzu GC/HS and the Tecan aliquottor.


         Must have completed their junior year.

  • The candidate must have a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPAMust have a concentration in Medical Lab Sciences, Chemistry, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, or general Human Biomedical Science related field.Must have completed 90 semester hours or equivalent
  • Must have completed one of the following: 24 semester hours of science courses that include 5-6 hours of mathematics and/or 16 hours of chemistry or 16 hours of biology 6 semester hours of each chemistry and biology along with 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology (any combination)Program must be from an accredited college/university.

    Application Requirements:

    Resume and cover letter, please include reason for applying and what you hope
    to learn during this internship.

    An official or unofficial transcript from the registrar's office.

    Reference letter from College.Professor or professional work related colleague. Reference
    letter should speak to strengths, areas of opportunity, overall evaluation of success/performance against other students, laboratory skills, communication
    skills and overall character.

    To apply visit either via computer or mobile device and search Internship Opportunities. You will have an opportunity to upload all of your documents, online, during the application submission.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

    Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities /Veterans
    / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender