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High School Student Internship Program

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Students conduct basic biomedical research in a laboratory under the supervision of a Scripps scientist. The program emphasizes the scientific process, research planning, bench experience, experimental design, data analysis, and interaction with laboratory personnel. Student participants also attend scientific seminars throughout the course of the summer that introduce them to a wide array of research topics.

Prior to their arrival on the Scripps Florida campus, all students selected for the program will attend a one-week, comprehensive introductory course that covers techniques and applications that are standard in biomedical research. The course is offered by the Biotechnology Program at Palm Beach State College (Palm Beach Gardens Campus) and provides students with a foundation of basic skills necessary to succeed in a biomedical research laboratory.

After attending the one-week course at PBSC (June 4-8, 2018), students are expected to work full time in a Scripps Florida laboratory for a eight-week period, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, from June 11 through August 3, 2018. Students must arrange for daily transportation to and from the Scripps Florida campus in Jupiter. The Scripps Research Institute does not provide transportation or housing arrangements for program participants. 

In addition to attending weekly seminars during the summer, students are expected to:

  • Submit a written scientific abstract at the conclusion of the program
  • Make an oral presentation at the conclusion of the program


The next high school internship program on the Florida campus will take place starting June 4, 2018. As noted above, the first week of the program will take place at Palm Beach State College's Palm Beach Gardens campus. The remainder of the program will take place at Scripps Florida from June 11 – August 3, 2018. The application period for 2018 is now closed.


Students are awarded a stipend of $11.50 per hour for the six-week summer program.