IBBR HS Internship Program

IBBR is working to determine plans for the 2023 Summer Internship Program for High School students. Please check back for more information.

Please read the following carefully before applying. No login is required. Applications are now closed for 2022.

The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research supports a limited number of internships for the Montgomery County Public School students.  The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for highly motivated students to do research with mentors in various fields of biotechnology.

Students will be mentored by an IBBR scientist.  Information about IBBR programs can be found on our public website: http://www.ibbr.umd.edu/

Program Options:

  • Full year: Summer + Academic Year credit program: A one-year program of summer internship + academic year internship. Students may receive summer pay and MCPS Internship course credit for the academic semesters.
  • Summer only: Paid internship. MCPS Internship course credit may be arranged.

Application Requirements

The Summer Internship program is for 8 weeks (06/20/2022-08/12/2022).  I acknowledge that if I am selected for this program I MUST commit to work the entire 8 weeks and participate in the required activities (including a poster presentation at the end of the internship).

Please note:  Acceptance into this program is contingent upon providing verification of your eligibility to be employed in the United States and meeting all other program entrance requirements.  Applying to this program does not guarantee placement.

All Interns must have the following:

  • Must be at least 16 years old and be a rising junior or senior.
  • Documentation showing authorization to work in the United States. 
  • Social Security Number (You will be asked for this IF selected)
  • If you are under the age of 18 years, you MUST submit a Work Permit before you may begin work (Information about Work permits will be provided IF you are selected).
  • The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. You are required to comply with the University's vaccination protocol or to request and be approved for a medical or religious exemption in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Interns may seek a medical or religious exception to the vaccination requirement at  return.umd.edu  and must have an approved exception prior to the start of their employment.

Transcript: Include your most recent unofficial transcript.

Teacher Recommendation:  The application requires you to identify two teachers, at least one should be a science teacher, who would be willing to be a reference for you.  Discuss this with your teachers prior to applying.  It is crucial that you obtain the correct email addresses.

Personal Essay:  Write a short essay (limit 1 page; 300 words) explaining why biotechnology interests you and the importance of a research experience to your future plans. Have someone else proofread your essay. You may know what you meant to say, but make sure someone else understands your message.  Use spell check.

Resume:  Provide a short resume that lists your activities, especially those related to science. There are many resume writing templates available in Word, Google Apps or online.

Application Procedure

All applicants must apply online.  Make sure to upload all of the required documents (resume, essay and transcript)

  • Applicants will receive a notification email that the application was submitted successfully. The applicant will be eliminated from consideration if email is returned as undeliverable.
  • IBBR will schedule interviews with the students they think are best qualified and notify applicants of placement.
  • Applicants will be notified if selected starting in mid March and finalized by early April.