BEING A SUMMER INTERN WITH BIOS: JAMES MASON
Updated: Feb 18, 2022
As a team we're passionate about early careers and are invested in developing the next generation of talent.
An Internship at BIOS means working with complex, world-changing technology, in a company that's pioneering the neural engineering industry and growing at scale. To show you what it’s really like to be a Summer Intern with us, we interviewed Oxford University student James Mason about his experience with us last year.
What interested you about BIOS?
I was interested in BIOS because I wanted to know more about what it's like to work for a bio tech start-up and learn about the neural digital therapy platform their teams are working on. I hadn’t been exposed to it at university yet and this was an excellent introduction through a company in the field of neural-engineering.
What did you get up to during your internship at BIOS?
While at BIOS, I worked on the remote health project. I wrote algorithms in python using inertial data from an Apple Watch to evaluate a 6 minute walk test. This can be used to assess mobility in a patient and to show how this changes as treatment progresses. This has obvious utility in clinical trials for BIOS and other researchers.
What was the most surprising thing you learned?
In addition to the expected things: coding, data analysis techniques, knowledge of the relevant science. Every other week or so, someone would give a talk about what they have been working on, or something else interesting. This way I got to learn about many different things that I wasn’t working on.
What was a key highlight during your time with us?
My favourite thing about working with BIOS was the vibe and culture of the company. Everyone was incredibly helpful whenever I had questions. There is a focus on learning and the work environment is great.
How beneficial was your time with BIOS in helping you to re-evaluate or further establish your future career path?
My time with BIOS was extremely valuable to me. A lot of the things that I did have been applicable to this year's university work such as coding and data analysis and even the project management skills. Having talked to many people at BIOS, I decided that I should look to pursue a Ph.D. This is something I hadn’t previously been keen on, but I now see the usefulness of it. I also gained a great insight into how what I learn at university can be applied in a company setting.
Do you have any advice for those looking to embark on an internship?
Reach out to BIOS! It’s a great company and was a pleasure to work and learn with them. If you're looking for a Machine Learning Software or Electronics internship, and want to advance your skills working on really cool projects with some incredible minds in the deep tech space, apply here. Want to find out a little more about BIOS first? Check out our careers page or read our Life@BIOS blogs!