High school and undergraduate internships

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High school summer scholars

Each summer the Buck Institute for Research on Aging provides a seven-week research internship to prepare local high school students for careers in biomedical and Geoscience research. With up to 20 research mentors participating, students have the opportunity to explore research involving the aging process and aging-related diseases. Through mentorship in their lab, students develop the skills and background necessary to pursue research science. Students are encouraged to visit Buck Institute faculty websites to read about the research being conducted at the Buck and to indicate an area of interest when applying for the program.

High school students who have completed at least one Advanced Placement science course (or equivalent). Non-local students are invited to apply, but must arrange their own housing if accepted.

There is a charge of $2,500 per intern over and above the generous support of program sponsors. Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need.

Program dates will be announced in the Fall of 2018. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to specified start and end dates. Students participate from 30 to 40 hours per week depending on the agreement with their supervisor. Days off during the week of July 4th should be arranged in advance with their supervisor, and students are not expected to take any additional vacations.  Students must behave and dress appropriately for a professional environment. There is a dress code based on attire suitable to a research lab environment.

Applications will be made available in January 2019. With your application please include a resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation (from a teacher or mentor), and transcript. The letter of recommendation and transcript can be sent directly from your school to the Buck Institute (learningcenter@buckinstitute.org) OR Buck Institute Learning Center, 8001 Redwood Blvd, Novato, CA 94945.

Please contact the Learning Center, at learningcenter@buckinstitute.org or (415) 209-2000 x 6161 with any further questions.The High School Summer Scholars Program is made possible through a generous grant by the Winifred Clive Foundation.

Undergraduate internships


This opportunity is offered through the SENS Research Foundation (SRF). The SRF Summer scholars program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat age-related diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research.

The Summer scholars program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers. Students participating in the program will hone their writing skills via periodic reports, which are designed to emulate text scientists commonly must produce. At the end of the summer, students will have the opportunity to put all of their newly developed communication skills into practice at a student symposium. The online application and full descriptions of each research project can be found here.

The online application and full descriptions of each research project can be found here.

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