Florida High School Internship Program

The application period for the 2021 research internship is now closed.

The High School Student Summer Internship Program on the Florida campus of Scripps Research is a seven-week hands-on research experience for students preparing to enter their junior or senior year at a high school in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

The program is designed to expose students to a variety of contemporary issues in basic biomedical research, provide hands-on laboratory experience, and motivate and prepare students for continuing education in the sciences. Scripps Research is committed to increasing the number of students underrepresented in the sciences who pursue undergraduate and graduate programs in the biological and chemical sciences. The program is made possible by a generous grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

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 Jupiter, Florida 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.

PROGRAM DATES

The 2021 High School Summer Internship Program on Scripps Research's Florida campus is currently scheduled to occur from June 28 to August 13, 2021. As noted above, pandemic-related uncertainty means that these dates could be adjusted at a later date and some components could take place virtually.

The online application for the 2021 program is now closed.

Students conduct basic biomedical research in a laboratory under the supervision of a Scripps Research 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 Research 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 (2021 dates TBA), students are expected to work full time in a Scripps Research Florida laboratory for a seven-week period, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Students must arrange for daily transportation to and from the Scripps Research Florida campus in Jupiter. Scripps Research 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

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

Research internships are awarded on a competitive basis to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will begin their junior or senior years in a Palm Beach County or Martin County high school in the fall of that year. All applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students must be 16 years of age or older by the first day of the program. There are no exceptions to this rule. Students are required to be available for the entire seven-week duration of the internship.

While students of all ethnic and cultural groups are considered and accepted into the program, a special emphasis is placed on identifying and recruiting students who are historically underrepresented in the sciences (e.g., African-American, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islander or Native American students).

When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the 2021 summer program was March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Each year, the selection committee begins reviewing applications after the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Who should I contact with questions about the program or my application?
All questions should be directed to outreach@scripps.edu. Do NOT contact Scripps Research faculty members directly with questions about the application or admissions process.

How many students apply each year?
Each year, we receive approximately 150 applications.

Which grade levels are eligible?
Students who will enter their junior (11th grade) or senior (12th grade) year after the summer program are eligible.

I am currently a high school senior. Can I participate in the program after I graduate?
Unfortunately, no. The Scripps Research High School Summer Internship Program is only open to students who will enter their junior (11th grade) or senior (12th grade) year after the summer program.

Is there an age requirement?
Yes, all students must be age 16 or older by the program's start date (the first Monday) to be eligible for the program. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

May I participate part-time or take summer classes?
No, all students are required to participate full-time (40 hours per week) in the program and must be available for the entire seven-week period.

May students outside of Palm Beach County or Martin County apply for this program?
The summer internship program on Scripps Research's Florida campus is open only to students attending high school in either Palm Beach County or Martin County. Students need not reside in these counties, but they must be enrolled in a high school within either county.

I live far from the Scripps Research campus. Is transportation and/or housing available?
No. Students must arrange for daily transportation to and from the Scripps Florida campus in Jupiter. Scripps Research is unable to provide transportation or housing arrangements for high school program participants.

What type of transcripts do I need to provide?
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You do not need to obtain the official or sealed transcripts. If your school only provides transcripts in a sealed envelope, you may open the envelope, scan them to a single PDF file and upload the PDF file via our online system.

What information should I include on my personal statement, and how long should it be?
The personal statement should describe your research interests, experience, education goals, career objectives and any information which may aid the selection process. It can be any length you desire. Topics you may wish to address include, but are not limited to: Why are you interested in this program? What are your goals for this experience? What career paths are you considering? What types of research being conducted at Scripps Research particularly interest you and why? Are you passionate about science and research? Why? If you do not have prior research experience, what are some ways in which you seek to expand your interest in science and research?

Do I need recommendation letters from my teachers?
Yes, we require recommendations from your teachers, but you will not collect recommendation letters and send them to us. Instead, our online application requires you to provide us with the names and email addresses for at least two teacher references who are most familiar with your 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 deciding which teachers will serve as your references and obtaining their email addresses before you begin completing the online application.
 
Once you enter your teacher references via the online application system, click the 'Send to Recommender' button so the request will be sent electronically to your teacher. Your application will not be final until your teachers have responded to the reference request and submitted their recommendations.

Do I need to submit all of my supporting documents at the same time?
No, once you have begun your application, you may complete the various components and submit your documents in several steps, if you wish. However, all documents should be uploaded to the online system and your application submitted by the application deadline or your application may not be considered.

IMPORTANT TIP: To expedite the processing of your application, please provide your supplemental materials in PDF format and please provide separate PDFs for each supplemental document.

If you have any additional questions, please send them by email.

Students interested in applying for the summer internship program must complete an online application by clicking the Apply Now button on this page during the application period. For an explanation of the application process, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page by clicking on the link above.

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. Once you enter your teacher references via the online application system, click the 'Send to Recommender' button so the request will be sent electronically to your teacher. Your application will not be final until your teachers have responded to the reference request and submitted their recommendations.

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

  • A resume
  • Unofficial academic transcripts (grade/progress reports will not be accepted in lieu of a transcript)
  • A statement of goals, describing the applicant's research interests, experience, education goals, career objectives and any information which may aid the selection process
     

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

IMPORTANT TIP:

  • It is important to upload separate PDFs for each supplemental document. Applicants are asked to please not scan and upload all of their documents in a single PDF file. The online application includes separate upload fields for different supplemental documents.