HSCI Internship Program (HIP)

Location:HIP 2018 group photo

Harvard University, Cambridge & Boston, Massachusetts.                                          
Each intern is placed, at the discretion of the program administrators, in one of Harvard’s 11 affiliated hospitals and research centers (see maps of community)

Program Goals

The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP) provides undergraduate students with a focused and challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory. Interns are exposed to different professional options within the scientific arena through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Students present their summer research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium—a requirement of all program participants.


Contact Maureen Herrmann, Administrative Director, maureen_herrmann@harvard.edu
With apologies, inquiries from ineligible high school or graduate students will not receive a response.


If you, or your company, are interested in supporting HIP, please contact Maureen Herrmann at maureen_herrmann@harvard.edu


  • This UNDERGRADUATE internship program is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who express a strong interest in stem cell biology.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in a program in the natural sciences.
  • Applicants may be from any college or university across the United States and internationally.
  • Harvard University will sponsor the visas for international students who are selected for this program.
  • Previous research experience in a biological laboratory is highly desirable, but not required.

Funding for Harvard student applicants

NEW FOR 2020: Harvard University students who are working, or seeking to work, in stem cell labs at Harvard will not be funded by HSCI. They are encouraged to seek funding from other sources at Harvard. These Harvard students are invited to particpate in the weekly class and social activities.


  • Applications will not be considered from those who have, or will receive, their baccalaureate degrees by December, 2020, or who are currently in high school or graduate/medical school.
  • Exceptions are made for international students enrolled, directly from high school, in one of the first five years of a six-or-seven-year medical program.
  • Students who have previously participated in the HSCI summer internship program are not eligible to reapply to the program.