Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Doctors

The Johns Hopkins Internship in Brain Sciences (JHIBS) is a summer research program for junior and senior high school students that helps them get exposed to and discover a passion for a career in the neurological sciences.

Seventy-five percent of college students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) decide in high school to pursue these areas. JHIBS aims to reach students at this early stage and provide a hands-on mentored research experience. We believe that the right pre-college exposure, together with long-term mentoring, educational resources and encouragement, can help bright, intelligent, academically capable students successfully pursue the pathway to a profession as a researcher and/or clinician scientist at the doctoral level.

Applications will open by December 1, 2023 for internships starting in the summer of 2024. Please browse this website to learn more about our programming, we look forward to your application!

  • Our Mission

    People from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged backgrounds make up only 2-4% of the neurological sciences workforce. We seek to change that to reduce disparities in health outcomes for all.

  • How to Apply

    Applications for the summer programs are accepted from December 1 through March 1 annually.

  • Past Projects

    See which projects our interns have accomplished in the years since the JHIBS program was established in 2007.

JHIBS Final Presentations: Class of 2014

High school interns from schools across Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area give oral presentations on their mentored research projects conducted at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine campus over a period of 8-weeks during the summer.

Program Options

In-Person Experience

We will select 8 high school juniors and seniors from Baltimore City public schools. The in-person internship is held at the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology on the East Baltimore campus. Over the 8-week period in the summer, interns have the opportunity to participate in a research project guided by faculty, staff and student mentors and participate in clinical rotations with Johns Hopkins neurologists.

Activities include:

  • Attendance at scientific seminars
  • Meetings with Johns Hopkins faculty - mentor/mentee selection
  • Weekly educational and professional development sessions
  • Preparation of a final oral or poster presentation describing his or her work

Interns are paid an hourly wage and receive transportation funds.

Virtual Experience

High school juniors and seniors from across the United States are invited to participate in a 5-week virtual summer research experience.

The virtual research experience includes numerous activities related to science, including:

  • Educational presentations
  • Professional development training
  • Learning basic laboratory techniques and experiments
  • Mentorship training and more

Virtual interns who successfully complete the 5-week program receive a $500 scholarship to support their education.

Johns Hopkins CARES Summer Programs

The mission of the Johns Hopkins CARES summer programs is to inspire and provide opportunities to underrepresented students and improve the odds of success among aspiring leaders to pursue careers in science, public health or medicine.

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