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College Internship Program

The Hepatitis B Foundation recruits outstanding college students for its College Summer Research Internship Program at our headquarters in Doylestown, Pa. (24 miles north of Center City, Philadelphia), a program started more than 20 years ago.

Interns work with professional scientists from the Hepatitis B Foundation and its research arm, 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 faculty in a special seminar. The Summer Internship Program is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and funding from other foundations, organizations and private individuals.

This is a 10-week summer program scheduled for June 3 to Aug. 9, 2024. Housing is the responsibility of the student.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 12, 2024. Decisions will be made in mid-April, 2024

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 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 and 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 40+ small biotech companies, it also is possible for students to observe, and in some cases, work within these entrepreneurial startups.

Expectations of the Student Research Intern

This is a 10-week program that will run June 3 to Aug. 9, 2024. 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

  • A cover letter stating student’s reasons for interest in the program as well as their housing plans,
  • A current resume and
  • Two letters of recommendation that include email contact information for individuals who can comment on the applicant’s scientific potential.

Only complete applications will be considered for the program.

The deadline for this year’s program is Feb. 12, 2024.

For information about the program, contact:

Hepatitis B Foundation

Montana McAlorum:

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