Harvard Stem Cell Institute Summer Internship Program 2017

Harvard Stem Cell Institute Summer Internship Program 2017

Deadline: February 1, 2017

The Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program provides undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory. Interns are exposed to different professional options within the scientific arena through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Students present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium—a requirement of all program participants.


  • A stipend of $4,500.00 will be provided, and this is intended to cover transportation and housing costs related to participation in this program. Students, especially international students with J-1 visa requirements, will require greater financial resources to support their time at Harvard. On-campus housing will likely be available at a cost to the participant of approximately $3,400.00. Kitchen facilities are NOT available during the summer. Participants may secure private housing (e.g., sublets) on their own. Meal plans are not available for HIP participants.


  • This is an UNDERGRADUATE internship program open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who express a strong interest in stem cell biology;
  • Applicants may be from Harvard or any college or university across the United States and internationally. Harvard University will sponsor the visas for international students who are selected for this program;
  • Previous research experience in a biological laboratory is highly desirable, but not required;
  • Applications will not be considered from those who have, or will receive, their baccalaureate degrees by December, 2017, or are currently in high school or graduate/medical school. Exceptions are made for international students enrolled, directly from high school, in one of the first five years of a six-or-seven-year ‘medical program.’
  • Students who have previously participated in the HSCI summer internship program are also ineligible to reapply to the program.

Application Process

  • Begin your application here.
  • Applicants are expected to provide:
    • A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial version is acceptable),
    • A resume or curriculum vitae,
    • Two letters of reference, at least one from a faculty member familiar with your academic achievements and potential,
    • A personal statement offering a glimpse of who you are beyond your academic achievements, and what your aspirations may be. How do the traits of resiliency, tenacity and openness to experience figure in your life? Tell us your story – use the statement to differentiate yourself from the other outstanding applicants!

There is no competitive advantage to submitting early versus late, but ABSOLUTELY NO applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted past the deadline of 5:00 p.m. (17:00EST) on February 1.

For more information, visit HSCI Internship Program.