High school and undergraduate internships

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High school summer scholars

We deeply regret that we will not be operating the High School Summer Scholars program for 2021.

Instead, we are offering a virtual survey course to introduce students to the cutting-edge science occurring at the Buck. This course is taught by Buck scientists from labs across the institute. To learn more and register, click here​.​

Please email learningcenter@buckinstitute.org or call 415-209-2000 x6161 with any questions or concerns.


Each summer the Buck Institute for Research on Aging provides a 7-week research internship to prepare local high school students for careers in biomedical and geroscience 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 the 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.

Interns will:

  • Participate in cutting edge research at the Buck Institute.
  • Attend regular meetings to receive mentorship, review laboratory notebooks, discuss data, and delineate goals and expectations.
  • Complete a course on laboratory/radiation safety that teaches valuable skills and ensures safety while in the lab.
  • Prepare a PowerPoint and Research Poster to exhibit to the Institute.
  • Present their Research Poster at a celebration for students, families, teachers, mentors and faculty on the last day of the internship at the Buck Institute.

Students who will be in high school in the 2020-2021 school year; not for graduating seniors. Students will have also completed at least one Advanced Placement, or equivalent, science course. This requirement ensures that students have some relevant lab experience.

Non-local students are invited to apply, but must arrange their own housing if accepted.

The program runs June 15-July 31. 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. The dress code is based on attire suitable to a research lab environment.

There is a charge of $2,500 per intern over and above the generous support of program sponsors. Through the Clive Foundation, full and partial scholarships are available to students based on financial need. We recommend that every applicant complete a scholarship application. Our application process is needs-blind and a scholarship application does not factor into the decision-making process. A scholarship application form can be completed and sent no later than April 3rd to: 



Buck Institute Learning Center
8001 Redwood Drive
Novato, CA 94955

The job application process serves as a way to gather information. If a requested field does not apply to you as a high school student, you may omit that field. With your application please upload a resume and cover letter. You must also send a letter of recommendation (from a teacher or mentor), and transcript. These documents are the basis for candidate evaluation. The letter of recommendation and transcript may be sent directly from your school to the Buck Institute via email to learningcenter@buckinstitute.org OR by mail to Buck Institute Learning Center, 8001 Redwood Blvd, Novato, CA 94945. The transcript and letter of recommendation cannot be uploaded with the application and must be sent separately by email or US mail.

Application is available on our Career page

Applications will be open until March 22. All application materials except for scholarship applications must be submitted by this deadline. Scholarship applications are due April 3rd. 

Following the close of applications, all applicants will be invited for a brief online interview. Final decisions will be sent out Monday, April 20.

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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