Jhon Orozco of Dover, a biology student at County College of Morris (CCM), recently was able to gain some practical experience as part of his college education by working as the college’s first intern at Elusys Therapeutics.
“Working as a student intern at Elusys gave me the opportunity to discuss some of the knowledge that I have acquired at CCM with professional people who have been working in the field for years,” says Orozco, 21. “The main duty of my job was to organize some of the company’s information used for research.”
Elusys Therapeutics, located in Pine Brook, is a private biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of antibody-based therapies for the treatment of infectious disease. The company is working on the development of an antibody to treat inhalational anthrax disease.
As an intern, Orozco learned about and assisted with field studies, case studies and procedural data. “I went over several protocols and designed a series of flow charts,” says Orozco. “This internship increased my understanding of how pharmaceutical companies work and helped me to become familiar with important concepts, regulations and processes of companies.”
Orozco moved from Columbia to the United States in 2011 because he was seeking better educational opportunities. He credits CCM and its outstanding science programs for helping him gain the education he needs to pursue a rewarding career.
Following his graduation this spring, Orozco hopes to attend either Rutgers or Drew University to continue his studies in biology. In the future, he aspires to attend medical school and become a cardiologist.
Along with Orozco, several other CCM students recently have participated in internships while earning their associate’s degree. This past summer, Tristan DeBona of Randolph served as the first student intern from CCM at BASF where he worked in one of the research labs. BASF is the world’s leading chemical company, headquartered in Florham Park.
Another student valuing the hands-on experience she received at CCM is Yury Rincon of Dover, who served as one of the first two students from the college to take part in Pfizer’s internship program. As a result of that internship, Rincon now is employed at Pfizer.
The internships are the result of the relationships Anthony DiStasio, professor of chemistry, has established through CCM’s Industrial Advisory Committee for Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology. The internship program is highly competitive and selective, says DiStasio.
To learn more about the biology and chemistry programs offered at CCM, visit www.ccm.edu/academics/divdep/hns/biochem
/.Photo: Jhon Orozco of Dover, a biology major at County College of Morris (CCM), recently served as the first CCM student intern at Elusys Therapeutics.
Credit: Bill SanFilippo