This institution provides a scientific and educational environment of the highest standard and conducts innovative research in life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. It strengthens the research capability of its Members through training and funding programmes and advisory services and represents a comprehensive approach to promoting biotechnology internationally. This instituion is dedicated to advanced research and training in molecular biology and biotechnology and holds out the prospect of advancing knowledge and applying the latest techniques in the fields of Biomedicine, Crop improvement, Environmental protection/remediation and Biopharmaceuticals and biopesticide production With Components in Trieste, Italy, New Delhi, India and Cape Town, the institution forms an interactive network with Affiliated Centres in institution Member States. This institution is part of the United Nations System. This institution is a nonprofit research organization and at present more than 400 people from 38 different countries are working in the institution laboratories as research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, research technicians and administrative personnel. The Cape Town Component aims to develops research and training activities on subjects of major impact for the African continent, focusing not only on infectious diseases (HIV-AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and neglected infectious diseases), but also on chronic (cardiovascular and cancer-related) and genetic diseases. Plant biotechnology research aimed at improving the staple crops essential for the African population will also be pursued.

- Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology Group
- Genomics and Proteomics Group
- Cellular Immunology Group
- Cytokines and Disease Group
This internship offers students the opportunity to intern in research programmes at the forefront of scientific excellence, constituting the basis upon which the training programmes of the organisation are implemented.