The Teco Internship Experience

 

2016 SUMMER INTERN EXPERIENCE
2016 Interns

 

Payal Maheshwari

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERN 2016

Education
University of California, Riverside

The Internship Experience

A lot of pressure is put on the shoulders of graduating seniors. Companies want to hire individuals who have a minimum of two to three years of experience, great recommendations, and successful projects. But how can a student manage all of these – the answer is through internships. As a graduating senior, I was working on my senior design project, which closely paralleled with Teco Diagnostics’ innovative, first of its kind diagnostics smartphone application. As soon as I heard the representative talk about the project, I knew I had to learn more. A week later when my group went to Teco Diagnostics for guidance, I was amazed at how willing the company was to help students out.

As an intern, my main role was to conduct verification and validation activities for the smartphone diagnostics application to support the FDA 510(k) process. This included developing a testing protocol to determine minimum hardware and software specifications for smartphone application. I also had the opportunity to lead training sessions during cross-functional meetings. Interning within different departments of the company, helped me realize where I fit in best.

I am so thankful for the opportunities Teco gave me as well as surrounding me with motivated and inspiring individuals who work together to make a difference in patient care. I highly recommend interning at Teco Diagnostics.

Best,

Payal Maheshwari
 

Jessica Si’i

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERN 2016

Education
University of California, Riverside

The Internship Experience

I first heard about Teco when a representative from the company came to speak at my school. It was right before the summer of my Junior year, a critical time to figure out what concentration you would like to focus on in your area of study. It grabbed my attention when he spoke about all the diagnostics Teco works on because it directly mirrored what we were learning in some of my classes. Additionally, the work dynamic interested me and how non traditional the roles were for each employee because it was a small company.

My biggest role as an intern was leading clinical trials for an investigational study of a new smartphone application. This included recruiting participants, processing patient data and consent forms. Also, performing data analysis with the results received. As an intern, you are trusted with great responsibility just as any other employee would be.

Not only did I get great experience in the R& D department but I spent weeks circulating through Quality Control, Production, and Quality Assurance & Quality Systems. By doing this, I was able to receive well-rounded familiarity about the company as a whole and how each of the departments works together. It also helped me realize where I fit in best in the industry and what interests me the most.

I highly recommend the Teco internship experience. Every person working at Teco is extremely skilled in their area of work and is willing to help you in any way they can to succeed. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to gain so much knowledge that cannot be learned in school and am confident that my experience at Teco will be a great basis for my career in the future. I could not have asked for a better summer internship experience.

Best,

Jessica Si’i
 

2015 SUMMER INTERN EXPERIENCE

 

Carolyn Gani

OPERATIONS INTERN 2015

Education
University of California, Los Angeles

The Internship Experience

Coming into Teco, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, but my desire was to experience various aspects of the industry. They were accommodating in allowing me to learn whatever I wanted to, but also challenged me to try things I hadn’t even thought of. Even though I was a science major, I got to see how Sales, Production, Warehouse, and Quality Systems operated. I gained a sense of the details that make a company run smoothly as well. Dr. KC encouraged me to participate in all of these areas and make my own contributions, regardless of success or failure. Everyone was so supportive and helpful, and I always felt like I was appreciated as an intern.

I am so grateful to the Teco team for the opportunities I was given and how they shaped me. I expanded my skill set and gained valuable experience in the industry. Interning at Teco is the best choice I have made in my career and I know that Teco will continue to provide an amazing internship experience.

Best,

Carolyn
 

Sean Song

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERN 2015

Education
California Polytechnic University, Pomona

The Internship Experience

Coming off my second year in graduate school, I was able to get an opportunity to do my internship at Teco Diagnostics during the summer. I have learned a lot about medical devices, clinical chemistry, and how to document properly based on FDA regulations. All interns start their internship in the Quality Control lab in order to get used to how the products at Teco Diagnostics are being tested and controlled under supervision. Urinalysis, clinical chemistry, serology, and immunochemistry are the areas that I was exposed in. In addition, I was able to learn how to prepare basic documentation after quality control.

All the team members at Teco Diagnostics are willing to help when interns have any questions, and they encourage you to utilize your skills fully. During the internship, interns will move to other departments, depending on their background and studies. For me, my background was in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, and so I was transferred to the R&D department to take on basic projects focused on clinical chemistry. The internship program at Teco Diagnostics was valuable, and I was able to learn a lot of things that you cannot experience in school.

Best,

Sean
 

 
 

2014 SUMMER INTERN EXPERIENCE

 

Eric Salazar

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERN 2014

Education
University of California, Riverside

The Internship Experience

Post-graduation was extremely difficult getting any recognition from companies regarding jobs without any industry experience on my resume. Applying to Teco Diagnostics for an internship opportunity was the best decision I have ever made. From Day 1 of my internship, I had learned so much about the medical and diagnostic industry in an FDA regulated environment. The people at Teco are extremely helpful and make the internship experience worth so much more.

As an intern, I was treated with importance within the company and was given a lot of freedom in regards to editing or creating important documents, researching and creating formulas that will be the next product, the development of manufacturing devices, and many more. I received the satisfaction of being an engineer from my work while also learning so many things from Teco’s many highly-skilled and experienced workers that I will forever see as my mentors.

My career started with Teco Diagnostics and I am so thankful I had gotten an opportunity to work with the many great people. Thank you again, Teco, for everything you have done for me, I cannot be more grateful.

Best,

Eric Salazar

 

Jeffrey Santoso

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERN 2014

Education
Duke University

The Internship Experience

Coming off my sophomore year in college, I was interested in gaining experience in the medical device industry to supplement my studies in engineering. I hoped that working in an R&D setting at Teco Diagnostics would give me a better understanding of the demands and rewards of a career in this line of work. From the first moment I inquired about the internship position, I was both impressed and grateful at the willingness of the Teco staff to work with me to make sure that I would gain the valuable experiences I was interested in. The projects I was assigned not only allowed me to apply the scientific background I came in with, but also taught me to consider other factors that affect any business, from accounting for production costs to following manufacturing regulations. Despite my singular interest in R&D coming in, I was pleasantly surprised to learn so much about other essential functions of any similar company, including quality control, quality systems and production. The internship experience introduced me to multidimensional skill sets that are important to the industry, some that I had barely even considered in the classroom.

During my time at Teco Diagnostics, the staff made sure that the interns were never doing “grunt work.” The significance of the goals I needed to accomplish was always clearly explained, and I felt my contributions were taken seriously and appreciated. Additionally, guidance was readily available from very patient managers who wanted you to succeed. It was extremely gratifying to work on and improve real diagnostic products that were marketable and contributed to human and animal health. Overall, I believe that the internship program is ideal for anyone looking to expand their experience in any facet of the diagnostics field. I would recommend the program to anyone who wants to work on practical, challenging problems that a medical device company like Teco faces.

I am so thankful for the opportunity that the Teco staff gave me to work with them, and look forward to applying what I have learned during the program in my future career endeavors. I am confident that the internship program will continue to positively impact its participants, and vice versa.

Best,

Jeffrey Santoso

 

Eric Nguyen

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERN 2014

Education
University of California, Irvine

The Internship Experience

At Teco, I had the opportunity to learn about the many different fields and roles of a medical device and diagnostics company during my two months there. Being in a small company, I had the freedom to move about the different departments, learning many industry-applicable skills along the way. From quality control to research and development, my experience at Teco was invaluable to me as a biomedical engineer in graduate school. What I learned during my internship at Teco will definitely help me in the future as I look for biomedical jobs after I graduate.

Along with the learning experience, the people that I met at Teco was great as well. The work environment was great and everyone was friendly.Everyone, from the other interns to the president, KC, was amiable and great to work with. Whenever I had a question or a problem, there was always someone willing to help me out. The people at Teco were as great as the experience that I obtained.

Best,

Eric Nguyen

 

Grace An

ACCOUNTING & OPERATIONS INTERN 2014

Education
Cornell University

The Internship Experience

Undergraduate students often struggle to find internships as meaningful as the opportunity Teco Diagnostics provides. I was more interested in the business aspect of the company, and with the internship’s flexibility, I got to explore accounting and production inventory with the software Syspro, social media marketing, medical device patent research, and more. I even got glimpses into research and development as well as quality control, areas beyond my initial primary interests, but looking back, they allowed me to gain a more complete picture of the company. Teco’s friendly and accommodating staff ensured thorough learning despite the wide range of departments of interest and the short summer months. What especially stood out was how the internship acted as a two-way street: both sides communicated and served each other—the intern gave his or her time while mentorship and knowledge about the field of interest was received. Even the President, Dr. KC, made time to chat, providing sage career advice. I was pleasantly surprised how appreciated and recognized the often lackluster title of undergraduate intern was at Teco.

Thank you, Teco Diagnostics for the experiences filled with new mentors, friends, memories, and support. I’ll be sure to cherish and apply these invaluable lessons learned as I work towards my career goals.

Best,

Grace An

 

Andrew Bernardo

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT INTERN 2014

Education
University of California, Riverside

The Internship Experience

As a graduating student preparing to enter the workforce, it is often difficult for those who lack relevant industry experience to find a job straight out of school. Being a student in engineering, I was interested in gaining experience in the medical device industry in order to understand what it was like in industry. Teco Diagnostics definitely provided the exposure I needed to different areas of business in a small medical device company.

As an intern at Teco Diagnostics, I was able to work in different departments and gain different types of experience. From quality control to research and development, the staff at Teco made sure that the work I was doing was not meaningless. I had the pleasure of working on different types of projects, from evaluating urine and glycated hemoglobin test strips to performing quality control procedures for Teco’s urinalysis machines. Each project that I worked on always felt important, and the work that I did always felt appreciated. Not only was I able to strengthen skills that I already developed, but I was also able to develop skills that I had not considered before, such as quality systems documentation. Overall, I felt that by the end of my internship at Teco, I was able to develop and strengthen essential skills for any biomedical company.

I will forever be thankful for the opportunity that Teco Diagnostics gave me. I always felt that I was part of the Teco family, and I look forward to applying the experience that I gained at Teco for my future career goals. I am confident that the internship program would be a great benefit for anyone that participates.

Best,

Andrew Bernardo

 

2013 SUMMER INTERN EXPERIENCE

 

 

GERALDINE PENA-GALEA

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, SALES & MARKETING INTERN 2013

Education
University of Southern California

The Internship Experience

I started working at Teco Diagnostics as an intern. During my three months as an intern I had the opportunity to work in different departments. Being able to embark on projects in different areas is a valuable experience that you do not get with many companies. This is something that I feel extremely grateful for since I got the opportunity to learn a lot in several different departments. I started working in R&D and got to learn about Teco’s products and what Teco was working on. Then I moved over to Sales and Marketing and got to experience the business side of Teco. As an engineer, it is interesting to see how the business side works and I believe that my experience with it taught me invaluable things about how to be more cost efficient. At Teco, an intern is not just an intern; here we are considered members of the team. From the very beginning everyone at Teco makes you feel like your opinion matters and is considered in the decision making process. The working atmosphere at Teco is incredibly supportive and motivating. Everything I learned as an intern prepared me for the role I took on afterwards.

After my internship, I worked in the Quality Systems Department and had a lot of autonomy with the projects I was in charge of. Once again, this is something you do not normally see in other companies. At Teco Diagnostics, you are given the autonomy you need to be able to develop your projects and learn from them. Having things that you are directly responsible for is challenging but very rewarding. I strongly believe that my experience in the Quality Systems Department and at Teco in general were the perfect launching pad for my career. The experience I got here I would not have been able to get anywhere else. As I said before, the working atmosphere is very conducive to learning and to doing your best. I am grateful for Dr. Chen’s wise words and advice and how he always was very interested in my career interests. He always made sure that I was doing something that was going to be relevant for my career in the future. And I am proud to say that my experience at Teco definitely played a huge role in propelling my career and in allowing me to enter the industry I always wanted to work in.

Best,

Geraldine Pena-Galea

 

PRIYADARSHINI GOPALAKRISHNAN

QUALITY SYSTEMS INTERN 2013

Education
Arizona State University, Tempe

The Internship Experience

Two months before my Masters graduation, I came across the Teco website and applied for the Biomedical Scientist position that was posted in the Careers section then. Five minutes after emailing my resume, I received a response from Stephen asking me to come for an in-person interview to Anaheim. I immediately booked my tickets, and came to Teco, all excited about my first ever interview in my career. Stephen interviewed me and offered an internship position at Teco, which I gladly accepted and joined after my graduation. I was quite nervous, starting my first industry related job, but was soon put to ease by everyone at Teco. I immediately realized that the company is very well knit, with all operations such as Production, IT, R&D, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Systems, Shipping and Packaging under one strong, organized roof. Since I was a Quality Systems Intern, I had to constantly be in touch with the employees of all departments. I was amazed by the quick and efficient work of each one of them, who were focused in their work and patiently answered all my queries. I was never really sure about what a Quality Engineer does, but the Teco experience gave me a very broad outlook of the field all thanks to the Heads of QA/QS who taught me the nuances and concepts. I was able to develop my interpersonal, decision-making and problem solving skills. Theoretical knowledge can never match the practical on-the-job experience, and I am grateful for Dr. KC Chen to have given me that first step in my career. I will always remember his words during my first day, encouraging me to pursue what I liked to do, and not what others expect from me. I cannot thank the Teco team enough to have made this internship a very memorable and fulfilling experience. The company is a standing example of unity and team work, and I enjoyed every moment being a part of the Teco team. I wish the company all success in its endeavors and for a brighter future.

Best,

Priyadarishini Gopalakrishnan

 

CHELSEA LINDWALL

SALES & CUSTOMER SERVICE INTERN 2013

Education
California State University, Fullerton

The Internship Experience

When you’ve spent the majority of your life as a full-time student, one of the most exciting, yet frightening questions you will have to ask yourself as you approach graduation is, “Well, now what do I do?”  A focused few have known their whole lives, but I’d say the majority of us have either no idea, or have a just a vague picture of what we may be interested in based on a generalized job description we’ve read about.  Personally, I was just looking for a way I could fully utilize my biological sciences major and business administration minor, and after some research found that the medical device industry might be a good match.

I approached Teco Diagnostics about an internship opportunity and was immediately welcomed into the Teco family, being encouraged to try everything, from the laboratory to the front office.  Teco Diagnostics is a highly localized company, where every aspect of the business; research and development, production, quality control, shipping, sales, marketing, you name it, are all done in the same building, with opportunities to learn the day-to-day activities and challenges in each department. Dr. Chen, the owner and founder of Teco Diagnostics stressed to me the importance of figuring out not what my degree, or my parents, or my preconceived notions dictated I should do, but what I actually enjoyed doing. He explained that in the end, your success and productivity in the workplace are directly related to your sense of fulfillment, and that sometimes what you’re good at isn’t what you necessarily expected, or even went to school for.

The opportunity to intern at Teco Diagnostics this summer has provided me with a sense of direction for my last year as an undergrad, as four months immersed in the medical device industry has made me certain that this is where I want to be once I graduate.  I will be forever grateful to Dr. Chen and the Teco family for jump-starting what will hopefully be a long, rewarding career.

Best,

Chelsea Lindwall

 

2012 SUMMER INTERN EXPERIENCE

 

SIMON LEE

MARKETING, ACCOUNTING & SALES INTERN 2012

Education
New York University Stern School of Business

The Internship Experience

The word intern conjures up images of an unappreciated college student going on coffee runs and camping out in front of the copy machine. In a way, every student dreads becoming an intern, but finds it a necessary step in the proverbial ladder of success. However, my initial reluctance of pursuing an internship was proven unsubstantiated on the very first day.

Teco Diagnostics is an in-vitro diagnostics supplies manufacturer that produces a range of products ranging from urinalysis test strips to chemical reagents. And like other small businesses, Teco treasures the ideas and assistance their interns bring into the office space. To that extent, my responsibilities in the office lied in assisting my manager and co-workers with their day-to-day work in the marketing, accounting, and sales departments. This internship gave me an in-depth look on how these different sectors operate within the larger scheme of a company. With responsibilities such as composing text for a website, learning about SEO, heading a social media campaign, and working with accounts receivable and payable, I gained valuable experience from various fields, all within the confines of one internship and a couple of months.

Fostering a supportive atmosphere, the Teco team allowed me to explore my interests through different avenues. Whether it was heading a project or assisting with another, I was given the chance to apply skills I have learned in the past, as well as to enhance time management techniques and critical thinking abilities. From working with time sensitive digital communication to extended projects, the plethora of assignments presented me with responsibilities and problems, giving me the opportunity to find creative and viable solutions.

The benefit of working at a small business is learning how each facet of the company interacts with the others to ensure success. So while I was a marketing, accounting, and sales intern, I could see how my actions directly affected the production line, and how the purchasing department adjusted to fit the needs of fluctuating sales. This type of transparency and accessibility has allowed me to understand what allows a business to succeed, and how I can apply that knowledge to my future career. I will treasure my time spent as an intern at Teco Diagnostics, and wish the absolute best for this wonderful company.

Best,

Simon Lee

 

MANAN SHAH

REGULATORY AFFAIRS INTERN 2012

Education
John Hopkins University

The Internship Experience

It is not often that dreams come true, but then again, you have to see dreams to make them come true. I have always been a big fan of developing technologies that will contribute to the general welfare of all humans. I always dreamt to become part of a company that deals with such technologies. This summer that dream came true.

Teco Diagnostics, an in-vitro diagnostics company constantly striving to research and develop cutting edge technologies, provided me with an unforgettable internship opportunity as a Regulatory Affairs intern. This internship experience not only taught me the practical nature of regulatory affairs, but also the commercial aspect of science, which has enhanced my vision in ways that I could not have thought of with the solely theoretical experience I had possessed.

Working in regulatory affairs, quality control, and quality systems has not only taught me a great deal, but it also opened my eyes to how vast the field was, and how little I knew about it. Poised on the threshold of a promising future, this internship experience at Teco Diagnostics has widened the horizons of my knowledge, helped me attain a milestone in my career, and allowed me to contribute to the betterment of human lives.

I thank Teco’s management and all of my colleagues who have supported me in every aspect and have shared valuable knowledge that made my internship experience an exciting stepping stone for the future.

Best,

Manan Shah

Internships are available year round in the following departments: Sales & Marketing, Research & Development, Laboratory, Supply Chain, Accounting.
If interested, please send your resume to stephen [at] tecodiagnostics.com.