Life Science Young Leaders High School Internship Program
The life science industry is a vital contributor to the economic prosperity of California, offering well-paying jobs and career growth for thousands of residents. The industry generates breakthrough solutions to address critical challenges in health care, industrial manufacturing, agriculture, environmental health, the food industry, and material science. Biocom Institute believes that internships at one of California’s leading life science companies or research institutions is the best way to learn about and get started on a career in life sciences. Internships help students sharpen essential work skills, develop their career goals, and establish connections in the industry.
The Life Science Young Leaders High School Internship Program offers internships for students in San Diego County (sophomores to graduating seniors) who are interested in gaining experience in a life science company or research institution setting. Applicants must be a San Diego County resident and have completed their most recent semester of high school at a public or private high school within San Diego County
This internship program features the following components:
- Internship placement at a leading life science company or research institution
- Hands-on experience and practice with technical workplace skills
- Training in soft skills like communication, collaboration, teamwork and leadership
- Exposure to the thousands of different types of career roles found in life sciences
- Opportunities to participate in virtual meetings and industry events that build connections
- Connections to mentors, a place to ask questions, receive direction, and absorb feedback
INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES MAY BE VIRTUAL OR HYBRID FORMAT PENDING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
Participating Internship Partners
Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars
Every summer, the Salk Institute accepts a small group of high school students to work in a lab side-by-side with Salk scientists on cutting-edge research. During the paid internship, students formulate and test hypotheses, prepare experiments and draw conclusions, maintain laboratory notebooks and attend lab meetings. At the end of the eight-week program, students present their research projects to their mentors, lab peers and families.
Founded more than 40 years ago, the Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars program at the Salk Institute fulfills Jonas Salk’s vision of introducing high school students to laboratory life and the possibility of a career in science.
The Heithoff-Brody Scholars Program at the Salk Institute is open to students 16 years and older who reside and attend school in San Diego County.
Salk Institute for Biological Studies Program: Introduction to Research Science and Communication Virtual Program
The Salk Introduction to Research Science and Communication Virtual Program is inspired by the professional development opportunities that have been a part of the Heithoff-Brody Summer Scholars program. This will be in continuing collaboration with the Biocom Institute Life Science Young Leaders Consortium of Internship Partners. Program elements will include scientific readings, data analysis, science presentation delivery, and virtual lab simulations.
- Program Dates: 6/28-7/30 with additional presentation slots 8/2-8/6
- Eligibility – The program is not limited to San Diego County residents. It is open to all US residents enrolled in high school during the 2021 academic school year.
- Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion
- Average 5-10 hours per week commitment
- Program is self-paced with weekly assignments and Zoom meetings (schedule TBD)
- Selection process – opt-in by completing the application form. Only one entry per student will be accepted. Deadline to submit an opt-in request: March 31, 2021. Participants will be selected by lottery.
- Students will be notified by email of lottery results on April 19th
To apply, complete the form at https://www.salk.edu/about/education-outreach/programs/salk-introduction-to-research-science-and-communication-virtual-program-form/
For more information visit the Frequently Asked Questions document
Scripps Research High School Education Program
Scripps Research’s High School Student Research Education Program exposes students to contemporary issues in biomedical research and provides hands-on laboratory experience and mentorship. It is committed to increasing the number of talented students who choose a career in the biological and chemical sciences, particularly first-generation college-bound students and students from groups that are underrepresented in science.
The 2021 High School Summer Internship Program on Scripps Research's California campus is currently scheduled to occur from June 21 to August 13, 2021. These dates could be adjusted at a later date and some components could take place virtually. Selected students will participate in all three components of the program:
- Students will attend an unpaid pre-internship training course. The three-day "boot camp" will be held at the Scripps Community Teaching Lab immediately prior to the seven-week internship.
- Through an interview process with principal investigators, students will be matched with a research laboratory for an internship, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., from June 21 to August 13, 2021.
- During the eight-week internship, each high school student will meet with a graduate student mentor who will help guide the student through their experience in the lab, the college application/selection process, the application essay, etc.
- Compensation: Students are awarded a gross compensation of $12.50 per hour for the summer internship program.
If you have questions regarding your application or the types of research selected summer interns experience at Scripps Research, contact our Office of Educational Outreach by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wong Opportunity High School Internship Program
The Wong Opportunity Program connects high school students with internships at leading life science companies and research institutions to encourage their interest in the life sciences. Students will be placed in a 6-week virtual internship working alongside professionals in San Diego’s top research institutions and biotechnology companies. During the internship, students will take part in career and college seminars, scientific talks, virtual company tours, and more. Students will learn common laboratory techniques and procedures, safety practices, and soft skills for how to be successful in a professional environment.
- Program Dates: 7/2/21-8/13/21
- Eligibility – The program is limited to Sophomore students currently enrolled at Hoover High School in San Diego
- Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion and a stipend
- Average 5-10 hours per week commitment (schedule TBD)
- Selection process – Selections will be made by a committee. Decisions communicated to applicants in May, 2021
In addition to completing the universal application, you will need to complete the following within the online application platform:
- Two teacher recommendations (You can submit a request to your teachers through this application platform)
- Unofficial transcripts
- Have your parent complete the consent to participate form
- Complete the consent to work with laboratory animals form
The deadline to apply for these internships is April 7, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.