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High School Student Summer Internship Program

Program dates: June 9 - July 18, 2014

The 2014 application period is now closed.

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The Scripps Florida High School Student Summer Internship Program, funded by a generous grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, has been created to expose students to a variety of contemporary issues in basic biomedical research, provide hands-on laboratory experience, and motivate and prepare students for continuing education in the sciences. In addition, the program is committed to increasing the number of students underrepresented in the sciences who pursue undergraduate and graduate programs in the biological and chemical sciences.

Students will conduct basic biomedical research in a laboratory under the supervision of a Scripps Florida scientist.  The program emphasizes the scientific process, research planning, bench experience, experimental design, data analysis, and interaction with laboratory personnel.  As an adjunct to their day-to-day responsibilities, participants will be required to attend specially designed seminars throughout the course of the summer.

Program Parameters

Students are expected to work in the laboratory for a six-week period, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, from early June through late July. In addition to attending specially designed programs during the summer, they are expected to:

• Submit a written scientific abstract at the conclusion of the program
• Make an oral presentation at the conclusion of the program

Eligibility / Compensation

Research internships are awarded on a competitive basis to United States citizens or permanent residents who will begin their junior or senior years in a Palm Beach County high school in the fall of 2014. All applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students must be 16 years of age or older as of June 9, 2014. Students are required to be available for the entire six-week duration of the internship. While students of all ethnic and cultural groups are accepted into the program, a special emphasis is placed on identifying and recruiting students who are historically underrepresented in the sciences (i.e., African-American, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islander, or Native American students).

Students are awarded a gross compensation of $8.00 per hour for the six-week summer program.

Application Procedures -- The 2014 application period is now closed.

The 2014 internship application features a new Web interface that requires all applicants to first create an account on our employment website, submit an online application form, then upload various supporting documents to the site to complete the application process.

When you click the orange "APPLY ONLINE" button below, a new browser window will open and you will be taken to the summer intern job description on The Scripps Research Institute's employment page. **Please note that this page will have a slightly different appearance from the Florida web pages.**

Once you arrive at the job description page ("Requisition Information") and you are ready to apply, follow these steps:

1. Click on the "Apply to this Job" link. You will be taken to the Login page.

2. If you already created an account, login using your username and password. If not, click the "Create a New Account" link.

3. Fill out all of the account fields completely, then click the "create" button. After creating your account, you will be taken back to the summer intern job description.

4. Click the "Apply to this Job" button. Fill out all sections of the application completely. Please note that the application includes several pages, which you can navigate via the pull-down button in the upper-right corner of the page. Be sure to click the "Save changes" button regularly to avoid losing your changes. 

5. Using the same application system, you must also submit the following documents by uploading digital files and attaching them to your application:

    1. Your resume
    2. Your unofficial academic transcripts 
    3. A statement of goals
    4. Two signed letters of recommendation from your teachers, or one teacher and the school principal/vice principal.
      • Please note: if one or both of your teachers do not wish to provide you with their letter directly, please inform them that they may email their signed letter (PDF files only) to TSRIFLED@SCRIPPS.EDU, and we will attach their letter to your application. ***HOWEVER, you must begin completing your application and save it as a draft before we can add your recommendation letter(s).   

6. Once you have uploaded all of your supporting documents, you will be able to submit your application on the "Check for Errors and Submit" page. If any parts of the application are incomplete or if required documents are missing, you will receive notifications on this page.

Please note: Supporting documents do not need to be submitted all at the same time. Once you have saved your changes, you may log out and log back in at a later time to attach additional documents as you receive them. However, all documents must be attached to your application--and the application submitted--by March 7, 2014 or your application will not be considered.


When completing the online application, you may encounter several questions (in the "General Information" section) that are confusing. Please answer these questions as follows:

    1. "Date available to start work" -- Please enter June 9, 2014 or 6/9/14.
    2. "Acceptable salary range" -- Please enter $8/hour.
    3. "What types of employment are you willing to accept?" -- Please check the box next to Full-time.

If you have any questions or difficulties with the online application, please contact us at: With the exception of teachers submitting recommendation letters, we ask that you not email documents to this address. All supporting documents for your application should be uploaded via the online system.

The 2014 application period is now closed.

The application period for the 2015 program will open on January 1, 2015.