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Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Doctors Group of JHIBS trainees

The Johns Hopkins Internship in Brain Sciences (JHIBS)

JHIBS is an 8-week in-person summer research program for Baltimore-area high school students that helps them get exposed to and discover 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 reaches students at this early stage by providing 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, 2022 for internships starting in the summer of 2023.

  • Our Mission

    People from underrepresented backgrounds make up only 2-4% of the neurological sciences workforce. We seeks to change that.

  • How to Apply

    Schools should submit nominations on behalf of students. Applications for the summer programs are accepted 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.


Eligibility, Activities and Compensation

In-person research experience:

We will select 5-6 high school juniors and seniors from Baltimore City and metro area, who come from underrepresented backgrounds and have strong academic records and an interest in science or medicine. 

The in-person internship is held at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Neurology on the East Baltimore campus. Over the 8-week period in the summer, interns will 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:

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

Interns are paid an hourly wage and will receive transportation funds, but not funds for housing.

Virtual research 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, learn basic laboratory techniques and experiments, mentorship training and more!

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

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