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Program Dates for HIP 2020
Monday, June 8 – Friday, August 14, 2020   

Harvard University, Cambridge & Boston, Massachusetts.                                         
Each intern is placed, at the discretion of the program administrators, in one of Harvard’s 11 affiliated hospitals and research centers (see maps of community)

Program Goals
The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP) provides non-Harvard 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.

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 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.

NEW FOR 2020: Harvard students working, or seeking to work, in stem cell labs at Harvard will not be funded by HSCI but are encouraged to seek funding from other sources at Harvard. These Harvard students are invited to particpate in the weekly class and social activities.

Previous research experience in a biological laboratory is highly desirable, but not required.

Applications will not be considered from those who have, or will receive, their baccalaureate degrees by December, 2020, 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.

To Apply
Step One – apply for a Harvard XID at the SITE. It may take several hours before your XID is recognized by the system.
Step Two – The application link for summer, 2020, is available at this  LINK

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020. The program will begin on Monday, June 8, 2020. All selected candidates must commit to being at Harvard by Monday, June 15th (absolutely no exceptions to this requirement).

A stipend of $5,000.00 will be provided, and this is intended to cover transportation, meals, and personal expenses 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.

Undergraduate Research Village Housing 
Interns are required to live on-campus in the Undergraduate Research Village (Winthrop House is the likely venue). HSCI will cover the cost of housing for interns in the research village and will provide a microfridge for each resident. Meal plans are not available for HIP participants. Interns are strongly advised not to bring a car as parking is not available.

Contact Maureen Herrmann, Administrative Director,
With apologies, inquiries from ineligible high school or graduate students will not receive a response.

We are grateful for the support of the following sponsors of HIP 2019:

Scott and Laura Malkin

Vranos Family

If you, or your company, is interested in supporting HIP, please contact Maureen Herrmann at

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