MSU BEST is a professional development program for post docs and Ph.D. students in biomedical science and engineering fields. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), MSU BEST helps students better understand the possible career landscape for biomedical Ph.D.s, and to develop the competencies and experiences needed to be competitive in seeking jobs in areas such as law, regulatory affairs, government agencies, private industry, entrepreneurship, and many others.  The program includes one year of professional development workshops, seminars, panel discussions around careers, networking sessions, and other experiences to support career exploration.  This competitive program also requires two “externships,” or short-term “internship” experiences to provide work experiences and exposure  for BEST trainees to experience expanded career opportunities.