Apply for the 2010 HSCI Internship Program

November 20, 2009

Program Dates
Monday, June 7 – Friday, August 13, 2010

Cambridge and Boston, MA – Harvard University and the 11 Harvard-affiliated hospitals and research centers

Program Goals
The goal of the HSCI Internship Program (HIP) is to provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory, and to expose them to different professional options within the scientific arena. This is accomplished through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Interns will present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium - a requirement of all program participants.

This program represents an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to gain hands-on experience in stem cell research while working in a Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) laboratory under the supervision of an experienced researcher. Internships will be for a period of ten (10) weeks (or longer, by agreement with the mentor and Principal Investigator) during the summer of 2010. Interns are expected to work full time in the host laboratory for the duration of the internship, attend the weekly seminar and stem cell companion course, and will receive a stipend of $4,320.00. Housing is not provided, and students accepted to the program are expected to secure their own housing. After acceptance into the program, students will discuss specific project details with their mentor.


  • This program is open to Harvard undergraduates as well as undergraduates from colleges and universities across the US and internationally.
  • Applicants who will receive their baccalaureate degrees by June, 2010 are ineligible.
  • Foreign students are responsible for obtaining a valid student visa prior to the start of the program.
  • Some background in biological science is essential. This should preferably include (for applicants from Harvard) Harvard courses LS1A and LS2A (for freshmen) and SCRB10, MCB52 and/or MCB54 (sophomores and juniors).
  • Previous research lab experience is highly desirable.
  • Applicants must express a strong interest in stem cell biology.
  • Students who have previously participated in the HSCI summer internship program and still meet the eligibility requirements may once again apply for a summer internship. Please note, however, that students may only repeat the program once. In addition, a new application must be submitted irrespective of previous participation.

Online applications are accepted beginning Monday, November 23, 2009, and may be accessed at by clicking here.

Applications must include the following in order to be considered by the review committee:

  • A completed online application including a statement of interest
  • An academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable) uploaded as part of the online application
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from an individual qualified to comment on the applicant’s scientific aptitude.

Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the “HIP Review Committee” and emailed directly to Maureen Lyons with the applicant’s first and last name in the subject line. Hard copies of recommendation letters are not accepted.


Complete applications are due by 5:00 pm (EST) on Monday, January 18, 2010. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

The decisions of the application review committee are final.

Students accepted to the program will be notified via e-mail on Monday, March 1, 2010.

See also: 2009, Announcement