HSCI Internship Program (HIP)

Please check our website in December 2022 for instructions on the Summer 2023 HIP application cycle. 

Location:HIP 2018 group photo

Harvard University, Cambridge & Boston, Massachusetts.                                          
Each intern is placed, at the discretion of the program administrators, in one of Harvard’s 8 affiliated hospitals and research centers (see maps of community)

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.


Please send your questions to hsci@harvard.edu.
With apologies, inquiries from ineligible high school or graduate students will not receive a response.


If you, or your company, are interested in supporting HIP, please contact Brock Reeve at brock_reeve@harvard.edu.


  • This UNDERGRADUATE internship program is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who express a strong interest in stem cell biology.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a program in the natural sciences or biomedical engineering.
  • Applicants may be from 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.

Harvard student applicants

Harvard College students are ineligible to apply for HIP. Harvard College students interested in pursuing summer stem cell research with Harvard-affiliated faculty are encouraged to apply for programs such as PRISE, Herchel Smith, and HCRP. Students accepted into such programs are invited to attend HIP courses and social activities, but will not officially be HSCI interns.


  • For HIP 2022: Applications will not be considered from those who have, or will receive, their baccalaureate degrees by December, 2022, or who 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 not eligible to reapply to the program.