Navigating the STEM field can be difficult; especially if you are first generation, have few connections, and/or unsure of career opportunities. An instrumental part of this process is having a mentor for career and professional support. The STEM Hub for Industry Networking and Exchange (SHINE) aims to diversify, build, and prepare future talent pool of S.T.E.M. professionals. To do so, students from ethnic and racial minority groups are provided the tools to combat barriers of entry into the biotech and pharmaceutical industry primarily through 1:1 mentoring. Our mentors come from a diverse range of careers at numerous companies in the pharmaceutical and biotech field and are passionate about supporting future professionals.


University-level students are paired 1:1 with a professional for 5 months of personalized mentoring that is tailored to their needs and schedule.

Talent Pipeline

Mentees gain access to internship and job opportunities allowing companies to diversify the alma maters and personal backgrounds of their talent pool.


Mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship for both the mentor and the mentee.

For mentees, mentoring can be a crucial aspect of their support system as they navigate a career path within STEM. A mentor can not only provide career guidance but also serve as a role model that increases the mentee’s agency and sense of belonging within STEM.

For mentors, mentoring can support development of leadership skills, identification of talent for their company, and be a source of career fulfillment. In addition, mentoring can serve as an opportunity for professionals to engage with individuals outside of their typical network in order to challenge unconscious biases.


Increase retention of underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in STEM


Increase mentee knowledge surrounding industry and careers available to STEM students


Increase mentee network within the industry


By participating in the S.H.I.N.E. program, you will commit to meeting with a mentor at least monthly for 5 months. However, it is ultimately up to the pair to decide the frequency and duration of the mentorship.


In addition to being paired with a mentor, S.H.I.N.E. mentees will receive:

  • Access to job and internship listings
  • Networking opportunities with other mentees, mentors, and professionals in the field

Shine mentors are professionals at all levels within the pharma/biotech industry with experience in functions such as drug discovery, project management, data science, clinical research, and business development and venture funding. They are passionate about supporting STEM students, diversity and inclusion, and are fully committed to working towards their mentee's goals.

Ready To Meet Your Match? Apply by October 8th! Mentees click here to apply! Mentors click here to apply!
Our impact

S.H.I.N.E began as a pilot project that primarily targeted students and alumni of HBCUs. Due to significant interest within and outside of our targeted group, we achieved the following:

500+ pairs
We've successfully paired over 500 students with mentors
80+ schools
Our students come from schools all around the country including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions
24+ companies
Mentor participation from many of the top Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies in the industry

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