HSCI Internship Program (HIP)

Program Dates (provisional) for HIP 2017

Monday, June 5 – Friday, August 11, 2017
[application will be active on this site as of Dec. 1, 2016]
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Harvard University, Cambridge & Boston, Massachusetts.
Each intern is placed, at the discretion of the program administrators, in one of Harvard’s 11 affiliated hospitals and research centers (See maps - PDF)

Program Goals
The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP) provides undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory. Interns are exposed to different professional options within the scientific arena through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Students present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium—a requirement of all program participants.

This is an UNDERGRADUATE internship program open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who express a strong interest in stem cell biology. Applicants may be from Harvard or any college or university across the United States and internationally.  Harvard University will sponsor the visas for international students who are selected for this program.

Previous research experience in a biological laboratory is highly desirable, but not required.

Applications will not be considered from those who have, or will receive, their baccalaureate degrees by December, 2017, or are currently in high school or graduate/medical school. Exceptions are made for international students enrolled, directly from high school, in one of the first five years of a six-or-seven-year ‘medical program.’ Students who have previously participated in the HSCI summer internship program are also ineligible to reapply to the program.

To Apply
The application cycle for summer, 2016, is now closed. Almost 800 applications were received. The decisions of the Application Review Committee will be announced, via email, in late February/early March.

The application cycle for summer, 2017 will open in December, 2016.

A stipend of $4,500.00 will be provided, and this is intended to cover transportation and housing costs related to participation in this program. Students, especially international students with J-1 visa requirements, will require greater financial resources to support their time at Harvard. On-campus housing will likely be available at a cost to the participant of approximately $3,300.00. Kitchen facilities are NOT available during the summer. Participants may secure private housing (e.g., sublets) on their own.  Meal plans are not available for HIP participants.

Contact Maureen Herrmann, Administrative Director

HIP 2016 sincerely appreciate the continued support of our industry partners at Biogen Idec, Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

If you, or your company, is interested in supporting HIP, please contact Maureen Herrmann at maureen_herrmann@harvard.edu