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Summer Internship Program
The dates for our 2021 program: May 30, 2021 - August 7, 2021
The 2021 SIP application is closed. The application for 2022 will open November 1, 2021.
The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in biomedical and/or public health research to students from diverse backgrounds - including students from racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in science and medicine, students from low-income/underserved backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program provides research exposure for students interested in potential careers in science, medicine and public health.
Participants gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in research, scientific experimentation and other scholarly investigations under the close guidance of a faculty or research mentor. SIP students take part in a range of professional and career development activities, networking events, and research discussions. Students also have the opportunity to present their work in oral or poster format at the conclusion of the program. SIP students also may go on to present their summer research at national conferences.
The program runs approximately ten weeks and students receive a minimum stipend of $3,000. Housing is provided.
Overall, SIP students can expect an experience similar to that of a first-year graduate student who does a three-month rotation in a laboratory (or out in the community) in order to become acquainted with a research project, techniques, and people working on that topic. Before arrival, each SIP intern receives several papers related to their specific research project. The goal of the project and its relationship to other work in the area will be discussed. Participants also receive training in the techniques necessary to conduct their research activity. The projects that SIP students take on provide students a sense of ownership of their work. Besides daily interactions with others at the project site, most teams have a more formal meeting once or twice a week to discuss research problems, progress and developments reported in the literature. While the focus of each research site varies, all are composed of highly dedicated mentors who are fully devoted to the professional development, advance and success of our SIP scholars.
This summer internship program requires a full-time commitment. It is not permissible to take academic classes or hold other employment during the internship. Students are required to participate for the full period of the Program.
The Complete Application
To apply to a SIP division you will need:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Transcripts for each undergraduate institution attended (transcripts can be unofficial)
- Current CV or resume
- Personal Statement*
- (CSM applicants only) Proof of family income
* The personal statement should be no longer that 1.5 pages, single-spaced using no smaller than an 11-point font. There is no particular prompt for our personal statements, but students are encouraged use it as an opportunity to tell us more about themselves... i.e. why they are motivated to pursue their personal career goals, why they want to do research, what traits make them a good fit for research, why they want to come to Hopkins specifically… etc.
The SIP divisional admissions committees will inform applicants of admissions decisions by March 15th of the year that they are applying, though divisions often release decisions earlier than that date.
For more information contact email@example.com
Summer Internship Program Divisions
There are 11 distinct research opportunities available under the SIP umbrella. Each division of the Summer Internship Program is administered separately and may support different stipend levels, with some additional tailoring of program content. You may apply to up to three divisions.
Basic Science Institute (BSI)
Research opportunities in the Institute for Basic Biomedical Science (IBBS) are available in all of our basic science departments: Biological Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry; Chemistry/Biology interface; Cell Biology; Molecular Biology and Genetics; Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences; and Physiology. Past program participants have participated in a broad array of projects from molecular and cellular analysis of the aquaporin water channels, molecular genetic basis of Down syndrome, genomics, neurobiology of disease, applications of polymeric biomaterials to drug delivery, gene therapy, and tissue engineering. Program activities include substantive hands-on research, dedicated mentorship activities, journal clubs, and a range of professional development workshops and seminars on topics that include preparation for graduate studies and navigation of scientific careers. The program concludes with presentations by BSI scholars at a closing research symposium. The rich environment and guidance by our faculty help prepare our students for future graduate training and successful careers as independent research scientists.
In addition to the opportunities mentioned above, BSI-SIP has two affiliated programs focused on opportunities in the neuroscience field:
NeuroSIP & KavliSIP Summer Internships
Summer interns in the NeuroSIP program are hosted in laboratories of the primary faculty of the Department of Neuroscience. Please see the departmental website for brief descriptions of the projects of previous NeuroSIP interns. The Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute (Kavli NDI) at Johns Hopkins bridges neuroscience, physics, data science and engineering to solve the mysteries of the brain. The Kavli NDI supports summer internships for undergraduate students considering graduate studies in neuroscience, engineering, data science and related areas. KavliSIP summer interns are hosted in the laboratories of the faculty of the Kavli NDI.
Students must have completed at least two years of college by the start of the summer program and be either a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or international student currently studying at a college in the United States. Basic Science Institute students must have a demonstrated interest in the pursuit of graduate study toward a PhD or MD-PhD degree. Students interested in being considered for NeuroSIP or KavliSIP must choose BSI on their application and then select the NeuroSIP and/or KavliSIP options when they appear.
Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM-SIP)
The Careers in Science and Medicine Summer Internship Program is the undergraduate component of the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine pipeline program. The CSM Initiative seeks to develop scholars from low-income and educationally under-resourced backgrounds to help them build the accomplishments, skills, network, and support necessary to achieve advanced careers in biomedical, medical, health-related, and STEM professions. Scholars spend 10 weeks conducting high level research with a faculty mentor, and receiving guidance on financial planning, graduate school applications, and career exploration while enjoying attending lunches and other events with faculty specializing in a wide variety of science and health related areas of study. You can learn more about CSM here.
To be considered low-income for our program, your household or family income must be under 200% of the federal poverty limit, which is defined in part by the number of members in the household. The current financial levels as a function of household size may be found on this website: https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines. We require applicants upload the front page of their family’s 2019 or 2020 tax return in order to verify you meet income guidelines (feel free to remove social security numbers when you upload) or two consecutive pay stubs. If providing tax returns or pay stubs is prohibitive please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSM SIP scholars must also be educationally under-resourced, and can meet this eligibility requirement by fitting any ONE of the following criteria: (a) first-generation college student, or (b) from a single-parent household, or (c) attended (or would have attended, based on where you lived) a high school where the majority of students are from low-income or single-parent households, or (d) have a diagnosed physical, mental, or learning-related disability. There are additional ways to meet this eligibility; to discuss please contact the SIP team at email@example.com.
Students also must have completed at least one year of college by the start of the summer program and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to qualify.
Diversity Summer Internship Program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health (DSIP)
As a leading international authority on public health, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is dedicated to protecting health and saving lives. Every day, the School works to keep millions around the world safe from illness and injury by pioneering new research, deploying its knowledge and expertise in the field, and educating tomorrow’s scientists and practitioners in the global defense of human life. At the Bloomberg School of Public Health, you will be mentored by some of the world’s leading authorities on public health issues. Some of our major research initiatives are in these areas: improving the health of women and children; identifying determinants of behavior and developing communication programs to promote healthy lifestyles; protecting our nation from bioterrorism; preventing and controlling AIDS; reducing the incidence and severity of injuries; elucidating the causes and treatment for mental disorders; preventing chronic diseases (heart diseases, stroke, cancer, diabetes); improving the health of adolescents; preventing and treating substance abuse; assessing the effect of environmental toxins on human health; making water safe and available for the world’s population; assessing the health needs of disadvantaged populations (rural, urban, refugees, US ethnic groups); and developing methods to better understand, manage and finance health care. Your research opportunity may take place in a laboratory, health department, clinic, office, or in a community setting. Click here to learn more about DSIP.
Students must have completed two years of college by the start of the summer program and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply. Preference is given to students who have one or two years of undergraduate study remaining and seniors who have applied to a graduate program in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Generation Tomorrow: Summer Health Disparity Scholars
Generation Tomorrow and the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) are pleased to host Generation Tomorrow: Summer Health Disparity Scholars. The program is intended for undergraduate students interested in HIV and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV) health disparities and their intersection with substance use (addiction and overdose), violence, mental health, and the social determinants of health. The program will offer mentorship and training in HIV/HCV education, testing, and counseling; health disparities, cultural competence, and harm reduction. Through a lecture series, the program will also explore the intersection of HIV and/or HCV health disparities with the areas defined above. This program will have a special focus on undergraduate students that are underrepresented in nursing, public health, and medicine. The program will consist of the following components:
- Intensive HIV and HCV testing and counseling training
- Biweekly lecture series
- Health disparities related research (clinical, health services, biomedical) with a designated faculty mentor
- Community-based outreach
Learn more about Generation Tomorrow here.
The Generation Tomorrow division has a special focus on undergraduate students that are underrepresented in nursing, public health, and medicine with an emphasis on first generation college students and/or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students must have completed at least one year of college by the start of the summer program and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply.
Institute for Cell Engineering (ICE)- The Foundation for Advanced Research in the Medical Services Internships (FARMS)
Opportunities in the Institute for Cell Engineering (ICE) on one of our four program areas: Vascular Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Immunology or Neuroregeneration. Program participants may participate in a broad array of projects from computational biology, gene regulatory networks, immune system development, lymphoid malignancies, molecular and cellular mechanisms of oxygen regulation, molecular and cellular signals controlling neurodegeneration, neurogenesis, single cell biology, stem cell modeling, gene and stem cell therapies, MRI cell tracking techniques, or stem cell engineering. The rich environment and guidance by our faculty helps prepare students for successful careers as independent research scientists. Interns are expected to participate in all student related activities in ICE, conduct research and write a small progress report at the end of their internship or present their work in a poster session at the end of the summer. You can find more information about FARMS here.
Students must have completed two years of college by the start of the summer program and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply.
Institute for NanoBioTechnology - Nanotechnology for Biology and Bioengineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (INBT-REU)
INBT has created a unique model for training researchers at the interface between nanoscience and medicine. All of our summer labs are interdisciplinary labs that offer students the ability to work in both the physical sciences/engineering and biological sciences/medicine. With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), we recruit students from Biology; Bioengineering; Biomedical Engineering; Biophysics; Cell Biology; Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; Material Science & Engineering; & Physics. Our summer students work in various research areas such as: nanotechnology, biomaterials, nanoparticles, microfabrication, tissue engineering, stem cells, drug delivery, particle synthesis, lab-on-chip devices and cancer research. INBT summer students are co-advised by faculty and senior lab personnel and work on current graduate level projects.
During the program, students participate in lab research, attend educational and professional development seminars, and participate in social activities. At the end of the summer the students present their research at a university-wide poster session. The ultimate goal of the program is to give undergraduates a true perspective of graduate research with the hope that this experience will inspire a pursuit of a PhD. The sponsor, National Science Foundation (NSF), will provide housing, travel, and a stipend. You can find more information about INBT-REU here.
Students must have completed one year of college (i.e., freshman) and be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident to apply.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM)
Students in the PCCM division work on specific research projects under the supervision of an assigned mentor. Projects span a broad range of research, from the basic science of endothelial or epithelial cell biology to asthma epidemiology. In addition to the research experience, students participate in a weekly journal club during which they present primary research articles to their peers and members of the faculty. Students also attend a seminar series featuring faculty members from Johns Hopkins and the NIH. This forum provides students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members and hear different perspectives on issues related to career development. Students interested in clinical medicine are given the opportunity to “round” with the Johns Hopkins Medicine residents, providing a glimpse of life in clinical medicine as a resident at an academic institution. At the end of the summer, students present their work in a poster session. We hope that through these activities students will gain first-hand knowledge of research and academic medicine, and ultimately pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. You can find more information about PCCM here.
Students must have completed one year of college by the start of the summer program (i.e., freshman) and be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident to apply.
Rosetta Commons Research Experience for Undergraduates: A Cyberlinked Program in Computational Biomolecular Structure & Design (Rosetta REU)
Interns in this geographically-distributed REU program have the opportunity to participate in research using the Rosetta Commons software. The Rosetta Commons software suite includes algorithms for computational modeling and analysis of protein structures. It has enabled notable scientific advances in computational biology, including de novo protein design, enzyme design, ligand docking and structure prediction of biological macromolecules and macromolecular complexes. The Program: One week of Rosetta Code School, where you will learn the inner details of the Rosetta C++ code and community coding environment, so you are fully prepared for the summer! Eight weeks of hands-on research in a molecular modeling and design laboratory, developing new algorithms and discovering new science. The summer will finish with a trip to the Rosetta Conference, where you will present your research in a poster and connect with Rosetta developers from around the world. The sponsor, National Science Foundation (NSF), will provide housing, travel, and a stipend. You can find more information about Rosetta Commons REU here.
Current Sophomores or Juniors majoring in computer science, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, biology and/or biophysics are eligible for the program. While not required, we seek candidates with some combination of experiences in scientific or academic research, C++/Python/*nix/databases, software engineering, object-oriented programming, and/or collaborative development.
Genomics & Society Mentorship Program (GMSP)
Established in 1995, the mission of the Berman Institute of Bioethics is to “identify and address key ethical issues in science, clinical care, and public health, locally and globally.” The Berman Institute trains and mentors future leaders in bioethics through programs such as the undergraduate minor in bioethics, the Master of Bioethics Program, the Ph.D. concentration in bioethics and health policy, and the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program. The goal of the GSMP is to broaden the diversity of Ethical, Legal and Social Implication (ELSI) researchers in the interest of equity, ultimately enriching ELSI scholarship by giving trainees opportunities to learn skills, be exposed to the range of possible training and career options in ELSI research, and with the guidance of a faculty mentor, work on issues in genomics and society. Summer trainees will be offered two types of formal, didactic research education opportunities: the first is a workshop/seminar designed specifically for them and their cohort; and the second is the opportunity to take foundational courses in the Berman Institute’s existing Summer Institute. These are in addition to those activities available to all SIP students, such as weekly journal club and the bimonthly seminars and professional development sessions. By the end of summer, students will be expected to be able to identify morally relevant issues in science, medicine, research and public health, and to engage in sound reasoning about those issues. Participants will develop these core skills through exposure to foundational bioethics methodologies, the application of those skills and methodologies to important historical and contemporary cases, and to participants’ own interests. Following the summer internship, the program will continue, remotely, until the following summer, with quarterly cohort meetings and mentorship and career development opportunities.
Applicants must be full-time college students, who will have completed at least one full year of collegiate study by the start of the program. Recent college graduates are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
As summer research programs are increasingly competitive, it is advisable to apply to several summer programs. We have partnerships with the following non-JHU summer programs that will permit you to do your summer research at Johns Hopkins:
- The Leadership Alliance
Leadership Alliance is consortium of 20+ leading research institution around the country. Their Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) is geared towards underrepresented students who want to pursue PhDs or MD-PhDs.
EntryPoint! Identifies and recruits students with apparent and non-apparent disabilities studying in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science for outstanding internship and co-op opportunities.
- NIDDK STEP-UP
This program funds underrepresented, low income (of any race), first generation college students (of any race) or students diagnosed with a disability for summer research internships.
- American Society for Microbiology URF program
The program offers funded research for those undergrads interested in microbiology.
Though not directly under the SIP umbrella, the Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP) allows students with an interest in public health and to do research at Johns Hopkins through the Kennedy Krieger Institute.