Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program (HIP)

Internship Opportunities
United States of America
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The Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program (HIP) provides undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory.

Interns are exposed to different professional options within the scientific arena through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course.

Students present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium—a requirement of all program participants.

Each intern is placed, at the discretion of the program administrators, in one of Harvard’s 11 affiliated hospitals and research centers ( see maps of community )

Institution of Study: Harvard University, Cambridge, and Boston, Massachusetts

Nationality Eligible: Applicants may be from Harvard or any college or university across the United States and internationally.

Level of Study: Undergraduate

Internship stipend:

A stipend of $4,500.00 will be provided, intended to cover transportation and housing costs related to participation in the program. Students, especially international students with J-1 visa requirements, will require evidence of greater personal financial resources to support their time at Harvard.

On-campus housing will likely be available at a cost to the participant of approximately $3,500.00. Kitchen facilities are NOT available during the summer. Participants may secure private housing (e.g., sublets) on their own.  Meal plans are not available for HIP participants.


Internship duration: Monday, June 4 – Friday, August 10, 2018



This is an UNDERGRADUATE internship program open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who express a strong interest in stem cell biology.

Harvard University will sponsor the visas for international students who are selected for this program.

Previous research experience in a biological laboratory is highly desirable, but not required.

Applications will not be considered from those who have, or will receive, their baccalaureate degrees by December 2018, or are currently in high school or graduate/medical school.

Exceptions are made for international students enrolled, directly from high school, in one of the first five years of a six-or-seven-year medical program.

Students who have previously participated in the HSCI summer internship program are also ineligible to reapply to the program.



Applicants are to provide:

  • A copy of academic transcript (unofficial version is acceptable)
  • A resume or curriculum vitae,
  • Two letters of reference, containing the referee’s signature, at least one from a faculty member or former teacher familiar with applicants academic achievements and potential.
  • A personal statement of up to 750 words offering  a glimpse of who you are beyond your academic achievements, and what your aspirations may be, and how a summer in a Harvard stem cell lab will help you reach your goals

Visit the application page https://hsci.harvard.edu/application for full details and a link to the application site.  The decisions of the Application Review Committee will be announced, via email, in late February/early March 2018.  The program will begin on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2018.

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