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Summer Research Internship Program for Teachers

Program dates: June 9 - July 18, 2014

The 2014 application period is now closed.  

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The Summer Research Internship Program for Teachers at Scripps Florida, funded by a generous grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, has been created to expose teachers to current laboratory techniques and procedures, provide information on a variety of contemporary issues in basic biomedical research, create ties and linkages to working scientists who can assist them in curriculum development, and create opportunities for teachers to share information and knowledge with their peers.

Teachers will conduct basic biomedical research in a laboratory under the supervision of a Scripps Research 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. In addition to the intensive, hands-on six-week summer program, teachers are expected to use the laboratory experience as a springboard to create opportunities in discovery-based learning for their students, effect change in their classrooms, and serve as a resource for other educators.

Program Parameters

Teachers 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
• Develop a follow-up plan for the next academic year outlining how they will translate their experience in the program into the classroom and maintain close ties with their Scripps Florida mentor to achieve specifically stated goals related to discovery-based learning


Research internships are awarded on a competitive basis to United States citizens or permanent residents teaching science at the high school level in Palm Beach County.


Teachers are awarded a gross compensation of $20.00 per hour for the six-week program (not to exceed 240 hours).

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. A signed letter of recommendation from your school principal and/or department chairperson

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 $20/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: Please do not email documents to this address, as 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.