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National Jewish Health Summer Internship Program

summer internship programThe National Jewish Health Summer Internship Program is an intense research experience for undergraduate students involving use of the scientific method, designing and performing experiments, synthesizing data and presenting results. These experiences are organized to encourage outstanding undergraduates to consider careers in biomedical research. State-of-the-art training opportunities are provided in mentors’ laboratories.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. MST, February 2, 2024. The application review committee will release their decisions in March.

Interns will conduct basic research activities at National Jewish Health. Interns will join a mentor research lab and work with their mentor on the topic of respiratory biology and disease. Interns are fully engaged in their research project and meet regularly to discuss their projects with scientific mentors and to interact with program speakers. At the end of the program, interns prepare abstracts and give oral and poster presentations to their peers and mentors. Activities and assignments will vary within a standard 9 a.m – 5 p.m. workday in laboratory atmospheres.

Research assignments are coordinated under the direction of Susan Majka, PhD, Scientific Director for the National Jewish Health Summer Research Internship Program.

Responsibilities may include supportive laboratory tasks such as aliquoting, DNA/RNA/protein extraction, centrifugation, cell culture, instrument preparation and loading, and administrative tasks. You will also participate in a variety of educational topics to expand your laboratory knowledge and skill set.


The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. MST February 2, 2024. The application review committee will release their decisions in March.

The program runs from May 28 – July 31, 2024. Participants will receive a stipend of up to $720 per week ($18/hour pay based on 40 hours/week).

The program runs ~10 weeks with the potential opportunity to extend employment beyond your original end date.

All students begin the program on the same day and attend an orientation together. Appropriate laboratory attire is required.



Reference: Ten simple rules for getting the most out of a summer laboratory internship

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