The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) 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.
This is an UNDERGRADUATE internship program open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who express a strong interest in stem cell biology. Applicants may be from Harvard or any college or university across the United States and internationally. 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, 2017, 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.
The application cycle for summer, 2017 is now OPEN!
A stipend of $4,500.00 will be provided, and this is intended to cover transportation and housing costs related to participation in this program. Students, especially international students with J-1 visa requirements, will require greater financial resources to support their time at Harvard. On-campus housing will likely be available at a cost to the participant of approximately $3,300.00. 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.
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HIP 2016 sincerely appreciate the continued support of our industry partners at Biogen Idec, Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.
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International students who are selected to participate in HIP, and confirm their acceptance of our invitation, will receive Harvard University sponsorship of the J-1 student intern visa. International applicants who are already studying at a US college and who are selected for our program will need to obtain 'curricular practical training' (CPT) approval from their college or university.
International applicants need do nothing with regard to obtaining a visa until they have received confirmation of their participation in HIP. The HIP program administrator will work with Harvard's International Office to initiate the necessary paperwork, and that will be sent via FedEx delivery to the intern's international address. At that point, the student is responsible for scheduling the visa interview at the nearest US Embassy/Consulate, and he/she will also be responsible for any visa application fees. In the history of HIP, no intern visas have been denied!
International applicants who are not already studying at a US college or university will need to provide evidence of oral and written mastery of English (if English is not your native language) - an interview with selected applicants will be conducted via Skype. Additionally, per US Dept. of State regulations, selected international applicants will also have to provide evidence of health insurance coverage and financial support equal to approximately $2,500.00 per month (the stipend is valued at $1,800.00 per month).
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