February 10, 2021

Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) Internship

Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) Internship

Application Deadline:  March 18th, 2021

This summer, we are offering 2 opportunities for high school students. Both opportunities will be virtual. The application for each of these opportunities is the same.

1. Current juniors (11th graders) only are eligible for ISB’s paid 8-week (~320 hour) formal summer internship. This summer’s possible internship topics include but are not limited to: computational biology, the microbiome, cancer, systems medicine (medicine that is predictive, preventative, personalized and participatory) and bioengineering with algae. All projects are aligned with a current ISB project which is driven by a mentor. Students will learn about systems biology and apply their learning to a research project. Depending on the project, students will also learn and/or deepen understanding in scientific, engineering, math, coding, and other professional and computer-based skills. All projects also include: a) interviewing ISB professionals to learn about various career paths, b) building a website that describes the internship project and experience, and c) helping out with school-based curriculum development if pertinent. We are seeking 2-10 temporary High School Interns to work in the Baliga Laboratory and/or other ISB Labs.

This position will tentatively begin Monday, June 28 and end on August 20, 2021. The Interns will work up to 40 hours per week. Pay rate is $16.69/hour.

2. Current 10th and 11th graders can apply to be part of our brand new, Systems Thinkers in STEM Ambassador Program. All applicants who complete the full application will be accepted into the first tier of this program and can choose whether or not they participate. The program will consist of two tiers. 

As a 1st Tier participant, you would be invited to attend a 2-hour micro-course: “Systems are Everywhere.” You will learn about systems modeling and how systems thinking is used in research and careers. These courses will be held many times throughout the winter and spring of this year. You will be able to sign up to participate when you complete your application.

After Tier 1, if you are interested, you will be eligible to participate in Tier 2. Tier 2 participants will select one, 20-hour interactive course on interdisciplinary systems research content and careers. Options include systems medicine, cancer biology, climate change, computational modeling, bioengineering, oceanography, aquaponics, technology development, and more! The Tier 2 courses will begin after March 18th and will extend into the Fall of 2021.  The program will culminate in independent Ambassador projects that will be showcased in October. Tier 2 participants will receive a stipend for participation. The amount is still being determined based on our upcoming fundraising efforts and the number of participants.  However, we are estimating participants will each receive a stipend for $150 or more.

For more information visit the Institute for Systems Biology website here