Florida High School Internship Program

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

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.

PROGRAM DATES
The 2019 high school internship program on the Florida campus will begin on June 3, 2019, at Palm Beach State College's Palm Beach Gardens campus. The remainder of the program will take place at Scripps Florida from June 10 through Aug. 2, 2019.

The application period for the 2019 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 (June 4-8, 2018), students are expected to work full time in a Scripps Research Florida laboratory for an eight-week period, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, from June 11 through Aug. 3, 2018. 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 $11.50 per hour for the eight-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 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. Students are required to be available for the entire eight-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 summer program is usually the first Friday of March. The application period for 2019 is now closed. Each year, the selection committee begins reviewing applications after the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

How many students apply each year?
Each year, we receive approximately 150 applications from students throughout Palm Beach County.

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

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 eight-week period.

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

I live far from the Scripps Research campus. Is transportation and/or housing available?
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 provides transcripts in a sealed envelope, you may open the envelope, scan them to a single PDF file and upload the PDF file via the online application system.

What information should I include on my statement of goals, and how long should it be?
The statement of goals 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.

Do I need to get recommendation letters from my teachers?
No, you will not collect recommendation letters. However, the 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. Once you provide us your teacher names, we will contact them to inquire about your preparedness for this program. We strongly suggest deciding which teachers will serve as your references and obtaining their email addresses before you begin completing the online application.

Do I need to submit all of my supporting documents at the same time?
No, you may complete your application and submit your documents in several steps, if you wish. Once you have completed the online application, you will receive detailed instructions (usually within one week) regarding how to upload the necessary supplemental documents to a secure server. However, all documents should be 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. Please do not scan and upload all of your documents in a single, combined PDF file. Uploading each document as a separate PDF assists us in quickly determining when your application is complete, so we may begin sharing your information with our faculty review committee sooner.

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, which will open the application system in a new window or tab. (The 2019 application period is now closed.) 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.

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 must submit all of the above materials by the application deadline or their application will not be considered. Once an applicant completes the online application, they will receive instructions via email (within a few days) regarding how to upload their supporting documents. Do not email these documents to Scripps Research.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • Within a few days of submitting your application, you will receive an email from Scripps with the subject line "Your Scripps Florida Summer Internship Application." Look for this email, as it will contain your personal instructions regarding how to send your supplemental materials. We recommend checking your spam or junk mail inboxes regularly during this time, as it may find its way there.
  • Once applicants receive upload instructions for supplemental materials (listed above), 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. Sending each document as a separate PDF assists us in quickly determining when a student's application is complete, so we may begin sharing their information with our faculty review committee sooner.
  • If your school registrar, counselor or administrator will not provide you with your transcripts, you may also give them your Dropbox link, and they will be able to upload your transcripts directly to your application folder. Anyone with your Dropbox link will be able to upload the requested files to your application, so feel free to offer it to them, if it is helpful.
  • If your teachers are concerned that we have not yet contacted them for a recommendation, please inform them that we will not email teachers listed as references on your application until after March 2. This is to avoid contacting teachers multiple times.