College Internship Program

Since 2000, the Hepatitis B Foundation has recruited outstanding college students for its College Summer Research Internship Program, located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (25 miles north of Philadelphia). Interns work with professional scientists from the Hepatitis B Foundation and its research affiliate, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute. Valuable mentoring and supervision of individual projects is provided for each student. At the conclusion of the summer, interns present their projects to the entire faculty in a special seminar. The Summer Internship Program is supported, in part, by a grant from the PA Department of Health and funding from other foundations, organizations, and private individuals.

This is a 10-week summer program that is scheduled for June 5 to August 11, 2017. Students entering their junior or senior year of college in the Fall of 2017 are eligible to apply.  Housing is the responsibility of the student. 

Job Description and Application Information

Objectives of the Student Research Intern Program 

The Hepatitis B Foundation’s College Internship provides a unique opportunity for college students in their junior or senior year who are considering graduate school, medical school, or industrial research careers, to spend 10 weeks in an innovative and educational program.

By pairing the students with scientific research professionals, they are able to gain firsthand experience in research, other scholarly activities.  This unique experience allows participants the opportunity to gain a personal perspective on the entire scientific process: from formulating and testing hypotheses, to working with an advisor in a state-of-the-art research laboratory. 

Areas of research activity could include translational therapeutics, experimental molecular biology and virology, biomarker discovery, and medicinal and computational chemistry.

Since the HBF operates a biotechnology business incubator with 30+ small biotech companies, it is also possible for students to observe, and in some cases, work within these entrepreneurial start ups.

 

Expectations of the Student Research Intern

This is a 10-week program that will begin on Monday, June 5, 2017 and end Friday, August 11, 2017. Students will be required to arrange their own housing and transportation to and from the research center.

Interns are expected to participate in faculty supervised research projects as well as other scholarly activities at the Center, including attendance at seminars from professional scientists and research discussion groups.   

At the end of the program, students are required to prepare a project abstract summarizing their work and present their data to their peers and to HBF/BSBI faculty and staff. 

 

Application Process

To apply, please send the following to interns@hepb.org:

  • A cover letter stating student’s reasons for interest in the program as well as their housing plans
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation that include email contact information for individuals who can comment on the applicant’s scientific potential
  • A $25.00 application fee (click here to make a secure online payment)


Stipends are available for qualified candidates.

Only complete applications will be considered for the program.

The deadline for receipt for this year’s program is February 10, 2017. 

 


 

For information about the program, contact:

Polly Ranson
Program Coordinator
215-489-4901
interns@hepb.org