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Deadline for Application to 2018 Biology Summer Internship Program (BioSIP)

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:59pm

The Office of Undergraduate Biology is excited to announce the
2018 Biology Summer Internship Program (BioSIP).

BioSIP provides approximately 10-15 summer stipends (ranging from $500 to $4,000) to students working 30-40 hours/week for 8-10 weeks in meaningful, unpaid (or nominally paid) internships that provide experience relevant to their career goals.  

What types of internships are funded?  Any type of internship (established or self-designed) as long as it's related to science and your career goals – research (wet lab or field), medicine, teaching, business, communication, government, etc.

•        Students who receive financial aid will be given priority.

•        The most competitive applications are those who have a well-defined internship plan that includes an engaged mentor who will serve as a supervisor. 

•        BioSIP does not provide support for shadowing experiences or tuition for coursework.

Can I design my own internship?  Yes, absolutely!  We encourage it!  You will need to find an organization/employer to sponsor you and help you structure a meaningful experience (again, the experience must be 30-40 hours/week for 8-10 weeks).  BioSIP interns in the past have developed their own science writing, biomedical research, conservation work, and public health-oriented internships.  Others have been admitted to formal internship programs that didn't pay much (or anything at all) and applied to BioSIP for their stipend support.

Where can I do my internship? The internship experience must be off campus. Both domestic and international experiences are eligible.  Students selected to the BioSIP program may have the opportunity to connect with the alumnus(i) who sponsored their stipend – another great way to network with Cornellians.

What are the program expectations other than working 30-40 hours/week for 8-10 weeks:  BioSIP recipients are expected to respond to monthly reflection prompts throughout the summer and at the end of the summer will be asked to produce a Powerpoint slide summarizing and reflecting on your summer experience. 

In order to be eligible for BioSIP, students must:

•        Be a US citizen or permanent resident.

•        Be a rising junior or senior (meaning a current sophomore or junior) declared as a biological sciences major.

•        Be in good academic standing with their college and be making positive progress in completing major degree requirements.

•        Complete the Profile, Academics & Engagements Planner, Aspirations Planner and BioSIP application in AdviseStream.  The BioSIP application requires a detailed description of the internship (including specific responsibilities), information about your financial aid status, a proposed budget, updated resume, and the names and contact information of two references/evaluators (letters of recommendation are not required).

How to Apply: The BioSIP application is now live on AdviseStream under Opportunities. The AdviseStream Academics & Engagements Planner, as well as the Aspirations Planner, are also part of the application. If you are considering applying for BioSIP, we encourage you to complete these sections as soon as possible.  

When are applications due?  Friday, February 9th at 12:00 midnight.

When will selections be made?  Thursday, March 15th (tentatively)

How do I learn more?  Attend our BioSIP Info Session on Thursday, January 25 at 4:45pm, Location TBD.

Questions?  Contact the Office of Undergraduate Biology 607.255.5233 or


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