NYSCF Summer Internship Program

Each year, several diverse, high-achieving undergraduate students are selected to work in New York City as part of NYSCF’s Summer Internship Program. The program consists of a unique ten week internship that provides students a rare glimpse into the fast-paced world of stem cell research, insight into life at an entrepreneurial nonprofit research institute, exposure to career opportunities in science, and connections to valuable professional and peer networks.

Program Dates

The NYSCF Summer Research Internship program will run for 10 weeks: June 5, 2017 – 
August 11, 2017, 5 days per week 9:30am – 5:30pm in Manhattan.

Candidates must be able to attend the full program.


Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited institution, and also have completed at least one year as a matriculating undergraduate student at the time of internship. Recent college graduates and graduate students are also welcome to apply.

Applicants must also be a United States Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens at the time of applying. Foreign applicants with appropriate visa documentation, as required by U.S. Immigration, valid for the course of the Internship are also considered.

Applicants must be 18 years or older at beginning of the internship.

To Apply

Applications for Summer 2017 are now closed. Please check back later this summer to apply for Summer 2018 internship positions.

If you have any questions pertaining to the application process, please direct them to jobs@nyscf.org with the subject line: Summer Intern Inquiry.

We will respond as soon as possible.


What is NYSCF?

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) is a rapidly growing and highly successful nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate cures through stem cell research. We are a vibrant, growing organization that advances cutting-edge stem cell research in our own Research Institute laboratory and through support for talented scientists at other institutions around the world.

Do scientific interns do actual research?

Yes! Participants have the opportunity to gain direct experience with stem cells by conducting scientific research at the NYSCF Research Institute.

What departments are internships available in?

Internships will be available in the following departments: Laboratory – Array Team, Research – various disease areas, Engineering | Business Office – Marketing and Events, Fundraising, Scientific Programs, External Programs, Executive Business Office.

What background should I have to apply?

An undergraduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all completed courses as a matriculating student is preferred.

Previous scientific laboratory experience is a plus.

Science majors are preferred.

Is there a stipend?

Interns will receive a stipend of $385 per week during the internship period, subject to taxes.

Relocation assistance will not be provided.

What is the application process like?

The application process is rigorous and ensures committed, high-quality applicants are accepted into the program. Applicants must submit an updated resume and cover letter, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and answers to a series of short essay questions. Following the initial screening, shortlisted candidates are invited to interview with their prospective mentors and team. Finally, offers are made to candidates, who begin their internships the first week of June.

Additional Program Details

Once accepted into the program, participants are assigned a lead mentor, but will have the opportunity to engage with individuals across the organization throughout the program both formally and informally. Formal programmatic activities include a weekly “Brown Bag Lunch Series” which rotates each week to feature different leaders from each department, a journal club at the laboratory as well as weekly laboratory meetings where NYSCF scientists present their research, and an end-of-program intern presentation day. The program also offers ample opportunity for informal interaction and learning in the office and at the laboratory, at staff outings, and special NYSCF events, where interns have the chance to meet the foremost scientific experts in stem cell research as well as leaders in business and politics.

NYSCF’s progressive organizational structure provides an opportunity for all participants, regardless of track, to obtain a holistic understanding of the complex and dynamic environment in which scientific research actually occurs. Not only do they see and participate in technical science, interns are exposed to the inner workings of a nonprofit research institute and all the non-science activities that go into making research possible.