California High School Internship Program

UPDATE: Applicants to this program will be notified regarding their selection no earlier than May 24, 2021.

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.

Program Dates
The 2021 High School Summer Internship Program on Scripps Research's California campus is scheduled to occur from June 21 to August 13, 2021. As detailed below, pandemic-related uncertainty means that these dates could be adjusted at a later date and some components could take place virtually.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several aspects of the 2021 Scripps Research High School Summer Internship remain in flux. At this point, we fully intend to host the internship inside laboratories on our La Jolla, California campus, as we have in previous years. However, should pandemic conditions worsen and/or related restrictions be enacted, some components of the program could take place virtually. Additionally, we are uncertain as to the dates and format of the laboratory skills "boot camp" held annually at the start of the internship. Further details about this component of the program will be announced soon.

Application Deadline

The application period for the 2021 summer program is ow closed. This year, the online application was hosted by our partner, the Biocom Institute, and their Life Science Young Leaders High School Internship Program. While applicants must complete the application on their website, candidate interview and selection will be managed by Scripps Research.

Sample Host Labs

To view a list of several Scripps Research labs that have hosted summer high school interns in previous years, CLICK HERE.

Selected students will participate in all three components of the program:

During the first week 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 28 to August 13, 2021.

During the seven-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.

Do NOT send questions regarding your application to Scripps Research. Send any questions regarding the application to contactus@biocominstitute.org. If you have questions regarding the types of research selected summer interns experience at Scripps Research, contact our Office of Educational Outreach by email at eduprgm@scripps.edu.

Compensation

Students are awarded a stipend of $4,060 for the seven-week summer program.

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;
  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before June 21, 2021;
  • Have successfully completed at least one year each of high school-level chemistry and biology;
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0;
  • Commit to 40 hours/week for the duration of the program;
  • Provide their own transportation; and
  • Be able to obtain a work permit (if under age 18) from their school upon notification of hire. (More information on work permits can be found at your school counseling office.)

A special emphasis is placed on identifying and recruiting first-generation college-bound students as well as those from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences (e.g., African-American, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islander or Native American students).

 

 

The application period for the 2021 program is now closed. This year, the online application was hosted by our partner, the Biocom Institute and their Life Science Young Leaders High School Internship Program. While applicants must complete the application on their website, candidate interview and selection will be managed by Scripps Research. Please note: this year, we expect that we will begin notifying applicants no earlier than May 24, 2021.

Please note that if you have not used the Biocom Institute's application system before, you will first need to register for a SurveyMonkey Apply account, using the "REGISTER" button in the upper-right corner of their website.

An important part of the online application asks applicants to provide us with the names and email addresses for at least two teacher references who are familiar with the applicant's scientific skills, academic accomplishments and motivations to pursue this type of experience. STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) teachers are highly recommended. We strongly suggest applicants first decide which teachers will serve as their references and obtain their email addresses before beginning the online application.

In addition to completing the online application, all program applicants are required to submit the following documents (PDF files strongly preferred):

  • A resume or CV that describes your education, work experience, research publications, teaching experience, professional activities, volunteer activities, community engagement, honors and awards.
  • Unofficial academic transcripts (grade/progress reports will not be accepted in lieu of a transcript)
  • Short answers to the following three questions:
    • What college major or career are you looking to pursue?
    • What area of science research are you most interested in? Please relate this to a past personal or classroom experience.
    • What benefits do you hope to gain from a research internship?
       

Applicants must submit all of the above materials by the application deadline or their application will not be considered.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • Students have complete responsibility for contacting the internship coordinators with any questions and/or concerns they may have regarding the program and/or application. If you aren’t sure about something, if you’re wondering about a document, if you’re not sure how to fill something out or whether particular information needs to be included — ask! Your teachers, counselors, parents, etc. can certainly advise you, but always be sure to double check about any details if necessary. Don’t have your application rejected because you thought an instruction meant something different.
  • Be your own advocate! It is important for the students to advocate for themselves. You are applying for this position, not your parents. Any questions, etc. need to come from you.
  • It is important that students include their own personal email address on their application. If necessary, please create a new email address (such as gmail) that is professional and will only be used to communicate with Scripps Research and/or other employers. Do not use your parents' email address.
  • All requested documentation must be submitted online with your application by no later than the deadline.
     

If you have questions regarding your application application, please email contactus@biocominstitute.org. If you have questions regarding the types of research selected summer interns experience at Scripps Research, contact our Office of Educational Outreach by email at eduprgm@scripps.edu.