Summer Internship Program

Applications for the 2024 cohort of the Summer Internship Program (SIP) are closed. We will open to accept applications for the 2025 cohort on November 1, 2024.

2025 SIP will take place from Sunday, May 25th – Saturday, August 2nd.

Program Overview

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in biomedical and/or public health research to current undergraduate students from all 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 those 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 faculty or research mentors. SIP students take part in a range of professional and career development activities, networking events, and research discussions. Students also can present their work in oral or poster format at the conclusion of the program. In addition, SIP students often go on to present their summer research at national conferences throughout the year.

The program runs approximately ten weeks and student stipends range from $3,000 - $5,500. Housing is provided at no cost to participants.

Overall, SIP interns can expect an experience similar to that of a first-year graduate student who does a three-month rotation in a laboratory. SIP interns become acquainted with their lab’s scope exploration and investigative techniques. Before arrival, each SIP intern receives several papers related to their specific research project. Interns are assigned their own lab project, and 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 lab or project site, most teams have a more formal meeting once or twice a week to discuss research problems, work progress and developments reported in the scientific literature. While the focus of each research site varies, all are composed of highly dedicated mentors who are fully devoted to the professional development, advancement, 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

There are multiple divisions of SIP, each providing a unique experience. Applying is free, there is no cost to the applicant. To apply to a SIP division, you will need:

  • Two letters of recommendation (faculty and/or research mentors preferred)
  • Transcripts for each undergraduate institution attended (transcripts can be unofficial)
  • Current CV or resume
  • Personal Statement*
  • (CSM-SIP applicants only) Proof of family income

*The personal statement should be no longer than 1.5 pages, single-spaced using at least an 11-point font. There is no particular prompt for personal statements, but we encourage you to tell us more about yourself. For example: why you want or need to do summer research; the career goal(s) you have in mind; why you're motivated or interested in this type of career; what traits make you a good fit for a potential career in research; any past research experience (hypothesis? what you did/did it work? what you learned about this topic or yourself); and what kind of mentoring you would most benefit from during this experience at Hopkins.

The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on February 1, 2024. SIP divisions will inform applicants of admissions decisions by March 15th of the year that they are applying, though some divisions release decisions earlier than that date. For more information, contact us at [email protected].

Information Session

A Live Webinar event was held Saturday December 9th, 2023 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST on information about our Undergraduate STEMM programs at Johns Hopkins, for Summer 2024.

Summer Internship Program Opportunities

There are 15 distinct research opportunities available under the SIP umbrella. Each branch of the Summer Internship Program is administered separately and supports different stipend levels, with some additional tailoring of program content to fit each division’s focus. You may apply to up to three divisions.

Looking for a year-round opportunity for clinical research?

Clinical Trials Core Internship Program (OTO-CTC IP)

Program Overview:

The Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery: Clinical Trials Core Internship Program (OTO-CTC IP) provides experience in everything related to clinical research/trials including regulatory, data management and patient-facing clinical experience. There are also opportunities for limited work in the lab. This role is available year-round, and flexible to student schedules.


Students in this role will gain experience in clinical trials design and execution from start-up to close out. Under the guidance of faculty and staff, students will be able to take an active role in data input, patient screening, patient observation, reporting outcomes to the IRB and FDA, and basic laboratory responsibilities. In addition, students can meet with the director of the clinical trials core for professional development and/or Pre-med mentoring.

Complete application:

Applying is free, there is no cost to the applicant. To apply, email Internship Program Coordinator Jordan Smith using [email protected] or [email protected] with the following information:

-a CV or resume

- your ideal timeline for the internship

-the school where you are currently enrolled