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Applications are open from December 1, 2022 - March 1, 2023 for internships in the summer of 2023 for Johns Hopkins Internship in Brain Sciences (JHIBS). 


In-Person or Virtual Summer Experience

Schools (officials, teachers, guidance counselors) are encouraged to recommend 1 – 2 current rising juniors or seniors (by summer 2023) from backgrounds who are underrepresented (UR) in health-related sciences on a national basis (Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity) with strong academic records and an interest in science and/or medicine. Interested students can apply directly.

A. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented (UR) in biomedical research:

  • Blacks or African Americans,
  • Hispanics or Latinos,
  • American Indians or Alaska Natives,
  • Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders

B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet two or more of the criteria cited in the Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity

In-Person Research Training (8 weeks)
(Baltimore City School Program)

Training Dates: June 2023 - August 2023

Eligibility: Current juniors and seniors from backgrounds who are underrepresented (UR) attending schools in Baltimore City only are eligible to apply for the 8-week in-person summer research experience. 

In-Person applicants: Submission of 2 letters of recommendation are required (up to 3 okay), preferably from math and/or sciences teachers.

Review and selection process: Students called "interns" are selected for the in-person research program after a series of steps that include application screening, Zoom and in-person interviews, and the availability of suitable mentors. All interns will undergo a health screening (except in the case of a Virtual Experience), criminal background check, health screening, and training in the protection of human subjects and the responsible conduct of research prior to beginning their internship and/or research projects. Interns will be matched with a scientist and will work on a research project in a laboratory setting. Interns will also participate with the virtual students in other program activities such as professional development workshops, college prep classes, mentorship training, scientific presentations, networking activities and more! Interns will receive an hourly stipend over 8 weeks. Transportation is covered, but housing is not provided.

Virtual Research Training (5 weeks)
(Nationwide program)

Training Dates: July 2023 - August 2023

Eligibility: Current high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented populations in the United States are eligible to participate in the 5-week virtual summer research experience. 

Virtual applicants are required to submit at least 2 letters of recommendation.

Review and selection process: Students called "interns" are selected for the virtual research program after the program reviews all applications. Selected interns will participate in a virtual research program that includes professional development workshops, college prep classes, mentorship training, scientific presentations, laboratory techniques and experiments, networking activities and more! Virtual interns will receive a $500 honorarium for full participation in the 5-week program.

Note: If you are accepted, please be aware that extended absences during the 5-8-week program are not permitted. Do not apply knowing that you will not be able to commit to the program full time.

Letter of Recommendation Procedures

Prepared by the Student Applicant:

  1. Complete the application, which includes basic background information as well as essay questions that all applicants are required to complete: JHIBS APPLICATION LINK .
  2. A copy of the student’s resume is a required upload in the application portal (i.e. history of work, hobbies/research experience).
  3. A copy of the student’s transcript is a required upload in the application portal (can be copy of unofficial transcript).
  4. Student asks guidance counselor to send a copy of official transcript directly to Heather Thomas at [email protected].
  5. Two (2) letters of recommendation are required for in-person and virtual applicants. (see instructions below for selected letter writers)

Prepared by the Letter Writer (Recommender):

  1. In your letter of recommendation please give brief evaluation the student’s academic achievement, the key competencies you think the student possesses, and how this program would support their academic pursuits.
  2. Letter writers should send their letter of recommendation (LOR) directly to Heather Thomas at [email protected] on behalf of the student.

Complete applications must be received by March 1, 2023 to be considered.

Apply Now for Summer 2023! JHIBS APPLICATION LINK 


Heather Thomas, MBA
Program Manager
Email: [email protected] 

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