Underrepresented Student Internship Program

The Underrepresented Student Internship Program provides the opportunity for undergraduate students from US colleges and universities to receive mentorship and training from NIH Human Biomolecular Atlas Program (HuBMAP) labs over the summer.

2024 Internships

Information for 2024 summer internships will be available in late 2023.

 Questions? Email us at: internshipapply@hubmapconsortium.org

2023 Eligibility

Eligible students will:

  • Be an undergraduate student attending a US institution at the time of application.
  • Be college undergraduates in the United States majoring in any of the STEM fields with a minimum of 3.0 grade point average.
  • Be a member of an underrepresented group (as defined by NIH). See the NIH criteria.

Preference will be given to students who do not have ready access to biomedical (and/or single cell biology) research opportunities in their home institutions.

Successful applicants will have:

    An interest in and passion for studying biological or computational sciences, or related STEM fields

    At least a 3.0 GPA

    A demonstrated strong work ethic

    Some experience with programming, if applying to a computational program

    Some experience with lab work, if applying to an experimental program

    A personal statement which outlines their interests and experience
2023 Application process
All applicants will be required to submit an application form, transcript, personal statement, and 2 letters of recommendation. All materials should be submitted via the application form, by February 1, 2023.

Transcript: Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Please submit transcripts as an attachment to your application form, as a PDF.

Personal Statement: Please submit a personal statement as an attachment to your application form, briefly describing your background, interest in participating in this summer undergraduate research program in single cell science, and your career goals. Please attach your personal statement in PDF format. Personal statements should be no longer than 2 pages single spaced, font size 11, Times New Roman.

Letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation should be sent to the application committee from your references, by the application due date of February 1, 2023. Letters of recommendation should be sent to internshipapply@hubmapconsortium.org.
2023 Requirements

Accepted students are required to:

  • Conduct their own small research project or work on part of an ongoing research project.
  • Attend a weekly virtual seminar series that will introduce rapidly progressing medical and basic research areas.
  • Complete all Compliance Training, Conflict of Interest Forms and/or any other training deemed necessary for the internship as soon as it is received.
  • Report to work on time as designated by the mentor to work on assigned research project. Students are expected to work no more than 40 hours a week.
  • Present a virtual poster at the end of the project about their experience. The date of the presentation will be determined by the NIH HuBMAP program.
2023 Funding
Accepted students will receive a stipend. Additional funding to cover living and travel expenses for in-person experiences will be determined on a lab by lab basis.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person experiences are not guaranteed.
Our interns said:
  • “My mentors and PI were so helpful and knowledgeable. They helped me so much during this process and in every meeting that I had with them I felt that I got to know them and the work they do.”
  • “[I enjoyed] being able to learn hands-on with new programs and integrating those with research.”
  • “I loved hearing about everyone’s research and being able to present everything I’ve learned in front of a group with similar interests.”
  • “[I was excited by] the fact that I was able to work so closely with professionals in a field that I one day would like to be in. I was so amazed by how well versed and well informed everyone was. It was truly inspirational.”
  • “The most exciting thing about the HuBMAP internship is that you can combine science and technology to create something that will contribute to the biotech community.”
  • “It was an amazing experience and it was nice to be surrounded by professionals that truly cared about us and wanted to make sure that we succeeded.”
  • “I learned a lot from this experience on both the personal and professional level. I got to add to my skills and experience in my field of interest, have a much clearer idea of my career goals and ways to achieve them, and developed my ability to work in a lab environment and have an internal locus of control.”
  • “The most rewarding part is I really have learned a lot from the experience, I have seen many things that I haven't seen before, and it also increases my comfort to participate in other research labs.”
Calling all current and former interns!

 If you ever participated in HuBMAP research as an undergraduate, we invite you to join the HuBMAP Intern Networking Group on LinkedIn. PIs and mentors are also encouraged to join.

2023 HuBMAP Intern Accomplishments

In 2023, we offered in-person and remote opportunities, and our 22 interns had a rewarding, engaging experience across 19 HuBMAP labs. At the end of the internship, the interns presented their research findings to the HuBMAP and broader community. 

Interested in viewing presentations from earlier years?
2022 intern presentations
2021 intern presentations