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Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP)

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior

The SUIP provides an intense research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences. The program has been in existence since 1993. Approximately 30 college students from across the US participate each year; most are rising juniors and seniors, but occasionally we admit a rising sophomore. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend state-of-the-art research seminars, receive career counseling from program faculty and administrators, and attend The Leadership Alliance National Symposium. The program seeks to encourage and prepare talented students to pursue careers in scholarly research.

Laboratory Research:

Based on the application, each intern is matched to an appropriate faculty advisor who is a member of the Biomedical Graduate Studies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. The intern participates in the ongoing research of the investigator's laboratory or performs a specific, supervised research project related to the goals of the laboratory. Areas of research include:

-Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

-Cell and Molecular Biology

-Cell Biology and Physiology

-Cancer Biology

-Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology

-Genetics and Gene Regulation

-Gene Therapy and Vaccines

-Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology

-Genomics and Computational Biology




Dates and Funding:

The program is ten weeks and begins the first week of June. Interns must attend for the full duration of the program. Each intern receives a competitive stipend, which is paid in installments at the end of each month. On-campus housing in the dormitories is provided at no cost to the intern. The program will pay reasonable round-trip transportation costs for travel to and from the University of Pennsylvania. Daily commuting expenses cannot be reimbursed. An internship is not a typical summer job; interns work long hours and the salary is just enough to cover the cost of living. However the intellectual challenges and rewards of the research experience are substantial.


We encourage applications from students of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds; with disabilities; or who attend small colleges.

Currently, SUIP only accepts applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents. We regret that we are unable to accept applications from international students at this time. In addition, graduating seniors are not eligible to participate, and preference is given to applicants who will have completed their sophomore or junior year.

Application Deadline: 2/1/2024

Program Dates: 6/3/2024 - 8/16/2024

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Pennsylvania (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Cellular Biology
Genetics & Genomics
Molecular Biology
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Computational Neuroscience
Developmental Biology
Molecular Genetics

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