Harvard Stem Cell Institute Undergraduate Summer Internship Program, 5 June – 11 August, 2017, USA

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Program Goals

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.

Eligibility

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.

To Apply

The application cycle for summer, 2017 is now OPEN!

Stipend

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.

Questions?

Contact Maureen Herrmann, Administrative Director maureen_herrmann@harvard.edu

Sponsors

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.

If you, or your company, is interested in supporting HIP, please contact Maureen Herrmann at maureen_herrmann@harvard.edu

The application is available through Harvard's CARATbeginning at 8:00 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, December 15th

XID (all non-Harvard applicants) users, please note:  On Dec. 15th, a technical glitch was identified that affects only XID users.  PLEASE DO NOT attempt the application until you see, on this webpage, a notice that it has been resolved. Resolution is expected the week of Dec. 19th.  We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  There is no competitive advantage to submitting early versus late, but ABSOLUTELY NO applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted past the deadline of 5:00 p.m. (17:00 | EST) on February 1. Selection of the cohort will take place in February, 2016 with decision notification to all applicants, via email, in early March, 2016.  In 2016, just under 800 applications were received for the approximately 35 spots. 

Applicants who have applied in the past but were not accepted may apply again.

Applicants are expected to provide

  • A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial version is acceptable),
  • A resume or curriculum vitae,
  • Two letters of reference, at least one from a faculty member familiar with your academic achievements and potential,
  • And a personal statement offering us a glimpse of who you are beyond your academic achievements, and what your aspirations may be. How do the traits of resiliency, tenacity and openness to experience figure in your life? Tell us your story - use the statement to differentiate yourself from the other outstanding applicants!

To the extent possible, please make certain your pdfs are not 'secured' - that can render them unreadable by the system. If they are secured, you may have to scan the document and re-save it before submitting it. The team behind the CARAT system is working on a background solution to this problem.

The selection process

An Application Review Committee is assembled, comprised of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and administrators from across the HSCI community. They meet for three sessions beginning in early February. As most applicants are stellar students with high GPAs, the Committee relies heavily on the personal statement and informative letters of recommendation from referees who truly know the applicant. Both components give the Committee a much better, more rounded, perspective of the student and his/her prospect for success in our program. Primarily, the Committee is looking for candidates who are committed to excellence in all areas of their life; who are resilient and tenacious, and; who are confident to put themselves outside their comfort zone in order to grow and develop as student of science and a contributing member of civil society.

International Students 

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).

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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