Wednesday, January 16, 2019

[Bachelor Degree] The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP)

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.

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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 evidence of greater personal financial resources to support their time at Harvard. On-campus housing will likely be available at a cost to the participant of approximately $3,500.00. 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.

  • This is an UNDERGRADUATE internship program open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who express a strong interest in stem cell biology.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a program in the natural sciences.
  • 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.

Required Document (Pdf):
  • A copy of your academic transcript (unofficial version is acceptable),
  • A resume or curriculum vitae,
  • Two letters of reference, containing the referee's signature, at least one from a faculty member or former teacher familiar with your academic achievements and potential (referees will receive a link so that they may directly upload the letter),
  • A personal statement of up to 750 words offering us a glimpse of who you are beyond your academic achievements, and what your aspirations may be, and how a summer in a Harvard stem cell lab will help you reach your goals. Additionally, 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' - particularly the unofficial transcript - 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.

Applications will not be considered from those who have, or will receive, their baccalaureate degrees by December, 2019, 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.

How to Apply:
THE APPLICATION CYCLE FOR HIP 2019 WILL BE AVAILABLE ON HERE IN DECEMBER, 2018, WITH A DEADLINE OF EARLY FEBRUARY, 2019. The decisions of the Application Review Committee will be announced, via email, in late February/early March, 2019. The program will begin on Monday, June 10, 2019.

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