Employment and Internship Opportunities

Fall 2017

Organization: Opportunities in Genoics Research (OGR)

PositionSummer or Postbaccalaureate Research Program

AboutOGR is seeking bright, innovative and talented students to participate in its summer or postbaccalaureate research program. The goal of the OGR is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue PhDs in genomics and related fields . Interested students can apply to the OGR Undergraduate Scholars Program (a 10-week summer research program) or the OGR Extensive Study Program (one-year post baccalaureate program). Both programs engage students in intensive research and help them prepare for competitive PhD programs. The programs provide very competitive summer stipends and postbacalaureate salaries. For summer students, on-campus housing and travel to the program are provided. 

Application: Undergraduate Scholars application deadline must be completed by February 12, 2018. Extensive Study Deadline is May 18, 2018. Application avaialble here. For questions, email mgi-outreach@gowustl.onmicrosoft.com.  

OrganizationUSC's Graduate Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (DIA)

PositionSummer Research Opportunity

AboutDIA JumpStart works with USC schools and programs to invite diverse candidates from outside institutions to apply for 10-week summer research opportunities in various PhD disciplines. Available opportunities range from lab-based research to mentored participation in other types of faculty projects. The Graduate School provides JumpStart students with a stipend and health coverage. Those who successfully complete the program will also have their application fees waived if they apply to USC PhD programs. To complement their summer research experience, JumpStart students will participate in Graduate School sponsored sessions on professional development and PhD funding, and an end of summer research presentation.

Application: All applications must be completed by February 9, 2018. Application avaialble here. For questions, contact Ashley Brooks via email at brooksas@usc.edu

Organization: Missouri Botanical Garden

PositionSummer Research Opportunity

AboutThe Missouri Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the 2018 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which will provide research training for 10 students for 10 weeks during the summer. Students will work on independent mentored projects in botany and conservation biology. Subjects of available projects include taxonomy of tropical plants, population genetics and speciation, biodiversity modeling, conservation biology, restoration ecology, and crop development.

Benefits: Weekly stipend of $525, housing and food, and supplies for research are provided.

Application: All applications must be completed by February 28, 2018. Application avaialble here. For questions, call (314)577-0267 or email reu@mobot.org

OrganizationUniversity of Nebraska

PositionSummer Internship

AboutOur 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more. Summer 2018 research programs include:

  • Applied Plant Systems
  • Bioenergy Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Integrated Agronomic Systems
  • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
  • Minority Health Disparities
  • Nanohybrid Functional Materials
  • Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure 
  • Redox Biology
  • Sustainability of Civil Infrastructures in Rural Environments
  • Systems Biology of Plant and Microbiome
  • Unmanned Systems
  • Virology 

Application: Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Thursday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Thursday, March 1. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply. 


Organization: California State University, Sacramento

Opportunity: Masters of Arts in Stem Cell Research

About: Sacramento State welcomes applicants to our Master of Arts program in Stem Cell Research, a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Program. PSMs are innovative graduate degrees designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science without a Ph.D., while simultaneously developing highly valued professional skills. Our Stem Cell Research PSM is characterized by a combination of rigorous skills-based coursework in cell and molecular biology (at Sacramento State) and a research internship (at UC Davis) focused on stem cell research that culminates in a final project for the degree. PSM graduates are eligible for exciting, well-compensated careers in science; employers of recent PSM graduates in the biosciences range from large, multinational pharmaceutical companies to start-up biotechnology companies. 

Advanced coursework and research experience prepare graduates for immediate success as: 

  • Laboratory managers in stem cell and biotechnology laboratories
  • Staff research associates in cutting-edge research laboratories at universities
  • Doctoral candidates in applied biology

Finally, at Sacramento State we embrace diversity and understand that bringing people of diverse backgrounds together will improve scientific innovation. A prominent goal of our Stem Cell Research Program is to promote diversity within our program and the broader scientific community. To that end, students who are from underserved or underrepresented groups should feel encouraged to apply.

Application: For more information, see their website here

OrganizationHarvard, T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Position: Summer Internship

AboutThis 2-3 month program is open to students who have received a bachelor’s degree and who are planning to attend a graduate degree program in Biostatistics. Past summer program participants are encouraged to apply. Two interns will be selected for a summer position and will:

  • Conduct research in biostatistics, computational biology or epidemiology guided by a Harvard faculty mentor and graduate student mentor
  • Attend regular seminars at Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on Biostatistical topics!
  • Present research findings at our Annual Symposium
  • Receive directed mentoring and support for graduate school applications and selection

Travel will be provided and interns will receive a 
salary from other funding sources. For more information, please contact: biostat_diversity@hsph.harvard.edu

Application: See the following website, and submit application by February 1, 2018

Organization: Caltech, WAVE Fellows Program

Position: Summer Researcher for Undergraduate Students

AboutThe WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. WAVE Fellows will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program and an additional $500 housing/travel supplement. The program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. 

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or have DACA status. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. 

ApplicationOnline applications are due January 12, 2018For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/wavefellows

Questions: Contact Carol Casey at casey@caltech.edu or (626) 395-2887. Interested students can join us for the following webinars to learn more: WAVE Fellows Program Webinar, November 15, 11:00 am PST,