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STSI Student Research Internship

The Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) is an innovative institute that aims to transform and fully integrate clinical and translational research. A collaboration between Scripps Health and The Scripps Research Institute, STSI promotes cutting-edge translational research, in large part focused on the genomic, proteomic and metabolomic correlates of human health and disease. This voluntary summer internship at STSI provides the opportunity for highly motivated undergraduates to work with and learn from a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, who include internationally-renowned investigators in the areas of genomics, bioinformatics and translational science. The primary aim of our internship program is to train and prepare young scientists to become future leaders in the realm of translational science. The STSI is a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium.

Internship Objectives

  • Gain knowledge of and exposure to current topics in genomics and translational science, which will include topics pertaining to the genetic basis for common and complex traits and diseases in humans.
  • Learn study design and analysis procedures relevant for genomics studies, including genetic association studies.
  • Become proficient in presenting scientific concepts, including study design, analysis, research findings and interpretations, to their peers and colleagues.


Based on the intern’s individual interests, he or she will be assigned a primary mentor. It is the mentor’s responsibility to advise and guide the intern with respect to achieving the aims and requirements of the program. The mentor may also, to the degree appropriate, provide information and insights regarding future academic and career development issues. Although each intern will work with their individual mentor to achieve the requirements of the internship, interns are highly encouraged to engage in scientific dialogue with other investigators at STSI.

Most of our interns work in a dry-lab setting, however we do have a limited number of wet-lab positions available. Your preference should be specified within your statement of purpose. If you would like to work in the wet-lab, please be aware that a letter stating that you will obtain course credit from an academic institute is required.

Internship Requirements

  1. Seminar attendance - Interns will attend three weekly seminars (listed below) and prepare for these seminars accordingly (e.g., read assigned journal articles).
    • STSI Journal Club: Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • STSI Research Meeting: Fridays, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  2. Research Proposal - Interns, together with their mentor, will develop an independent research project to be completed by the end of the internship.
    • Write a one-page description of this project, which requires mentor approval.
    • Present a proposal of this project to the mentor prior to moving forward with the study. This proposal can occur any time prior to the mid-point of the internship (i.e., the 4th or 5th week).
  3. Presentation of Research Project
    • Present the results of their independent research project a STSI meeting. This presentation can occur any time after the Research Proposal presentation and prior to the end of internship.
    • If appropriate, and if funding is available, interns may submit their abstract for presentation at a scientific meeting mutually agreed upon by the intern, their mentor, and an STSI senior faculty member.

Who Can Apply?

Highly motivated students in high school, as well as undergraduates, graduate students, law students, and medical students may apply.  The main criterion for admission is a strong interest in genomics and translational research.  Please note that high school students must be at least 16 years of age before the start of their internship.

Selection Process

  1. Candidates will be selected based on their qualifications and research interests.

  2. After all applications are reviewed, individuals whose qualifications and research interests are a good fit with STSI’s programs and mentors will be interviewed by telephone,  video link, or in-person (if feasible).

  3. Final selection will be made after the interviews have occurred.


Unfortunately, due to funding restrictions, internships are volunteer positions.  As such, STSI will be unable to provide a stipend or living expenses for the intern.

Contact Information:

Scripps Translational Science Institute

Attn: Internship Coordinator

3344 North Torrey Pines Court, Suite 300

La Jolla, CA 92037 USA

FAX: 858-546-9283
[email protected]

2014 - Important Dates

Applications are accepted year-round, however those interested in pursuing a summer internship are required to apply by: Monday April 14th, 2014.
Notification for the summer internship will be sent by: Friday May 9th, 2014.
Applicants will be asked to specify their dates of availability within the application.

Once application is submitted online, it will not be available to applicant. Thus, applicant should complete the form in one session.
Other required materials should be emailed to [email protected] and/or faxed to 858-546-9283.
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One letter is REQUIRED, and a maximum of two may be submitted. Letters should be provided by faculty member(s) who can speak to your academic and/or research experience. Letters should be forwarded directly by referee(s) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than April 13, 2012.


Submit a brief personal statement which describes your research interests, long term career goals, research experience (if any), and your reasons for wanting to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship at Scripps Translational Science Institute.*


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