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Scripps Research Institute Florida High School Student Summer Internship Program

$4000 Stipend
Application Deadline
Eight Weeks
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The Scripps Research High School Student Summer Internship Program is a paid research internship that gives high school students who attend school in Palm Beach or Martin County, Florida the opportunity to 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. Student participants also attend scientific seminars throughout the course of the summer that introduce them to a wide array of research topics.

Prior to their arrival on the Scripps Florida campus, all students selected for the program will attend a one-week, comprehensive introductory course that covers techniques and applications that are standard in biomedical research. The course is offered by the Biotechnology Program at Palm Beach State College (Palm Beach Gardens Campus) and provides students with a foundation of basic skills necessary to succeed in a biomedical research laboratory.

Students are expected to work full time in a Scripps Research Florida laboratory for an eight-week period, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Students must arrange for daily transportation to and from the Scripps Florida campus in Jupiter. Scripps Research does not provide transportation or housing arrangements for program participants.

In addition to attending weekly seminars during the summer, students are expected to:

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

While students of all ethnic and cultural groups are considered and accepted into the program, a special emphasis is placed on identifying and recruiting students who are historically underrepresented in the sciences (e.g., African-American, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islander or Native American students).


  • Scripps Research, Jupiter, Florida 


  • Eight weeks from early June through early August


  • Interns are awarded a stipend of $4,060

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a rising junior or senior attending a high school located in Palm Beach or Martin counties
  • Must be at least 16 years of age on or before the start of the program in early June
  • Must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Able to commit to the entire 8-week internship


  • Late May 

Application or Entry Requirements

  • Mid March

Notifications of Decisions

Financial Aid Details

  • A completed online application
  • A resume
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A personal statement describing your research interests, experience, education goals, career objectives and any information which may aid the selection process. 
  • Two letters of recommendation 

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Scripps Research is a non-profit biomedical research institute dedicated to advancing human health through scientific discovery. With campuses in California and Florida, Scripps Research conducts cutting-edge research in areas such as cancer, neurosciences, immunology, and drug discovery. The Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences offers a top-10 ranked doctoral program that empowers graduate students to make high-impact discoveries at the interface of chemistry and biology. Undergraduate internship programs give college students the hands-on laboratory experience and mentorship needed to succeed in graduate school and beyond. Scripps Research also offer programs for K-12 students, providing opportunities to gain cutting-edge knowledge and conduct hands-on laboratory research. The institute's interdisciplinary approach brings together scientists from diverse fields to collaborate and develop new therapies and treatments for some of the world's most challenging health problems.

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