Want to step into the shoes of a stem cell researcher, performing independent research guided by professional stem cell scientists, in world renowned university and industry labs that are transforming the future of medicine. The Stem Cell Research Internship Program at Pathways to Stem Cell Science provides this and more!
Stem Cell Research Internship is a rigorous, PhD-style training program for high school students who are serious about pursuing a career in science or medicine. This life-changing opportunity enables aspiring scientists to kick-start their careers in laboratories that are transforming the future of medicine.
The program takes place over eight-weeks, beginning with a 5-day industry-style training course called the "Boot Camp", designed specifically to prepare high school students for working in a professional research laboratory. Unique to our program, the Boot Camp provides introductory training in a variety of widely used bioscience techniques, including mammalian stem cell culture, molecular biology, flow cytometry and microscopy.
After completing the Boot Camp, participating students join a Los Angeles-based laboratory where they take part in scientific research, guided by a professional scientist and laboratory mentor. The research experience is complemented by educational science education forums which explore scientific fields that are implemented outside of the laboratory such as science writing, bioethics, public policy and computational biology. The forums also include a scientific journal club, guest speakers from the stem cell community and a career development seminar where students gain valuable insight into bioscience careers from academic and industry scientists.
The Stem Cell Research Internship ends on the final day with a colloquium and award ceremony. This memorable event enables graduating fellows to show case their research to friends, family and local scientists during a formal poster presentation. Budding science writers are also invited to author an article for our annual Journal, which focuses on popular topics in stem cell research, written by high school students for high school students.
Boot Camp: During the first week of the program, participating students attend a preparatory lab training course called the Boot Camp. Held at Pathways to Stem Cell Science in our biotech industry training facility, this course provides hands-on training in essential bioscience techniques such as laboratory safety, pipetting, cell culture, stem cell culture, molecular biology, flow cytometry and microscopy.
Research Internship: After completing introductory training, students join the laboratory of an academic, medical or industry scientists where they contribute to an professional research project, broadly related to stem cells and regenerative medicine. Pathways to Stem Cell Science is the only science education providers to place students in academic, medical and biotech industry laboratories.
Science Education Forums: Participating students attend three science education forums, which expand stem cell science from the laboratory to the outside world. These forums cover a range of fascinating topics from science writing and ethics to intellectual property and entrepreneurship. They also include a career development seminar, guest speakers and a scientific journal club.
Colloquium and Graduation: The Stem Cell Research Internship Program culminates on the last day with a poster presentation and graduation ceremony at our annual Colloquium. This annual event is open to the public and includes a poster presentation during which students showcase their work to friends, family and local scientists. KEY
– College-level lectures
– Hands-on lab classes
– Cutting edge techniques
– Guest speakers
– Literature research
– Professional lab research and experimental planning
– Career education
- Free BioPaths career education webinar
– Journal club
– Science writing, bioinformatics, biolaw, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, ethics, patient advocacy
– Networking with professional science mentors
- Alumni resources
- Continuing support with recommendation letters and career guidance
Cost and Session Information
The Stem Cell Research Internship is offered in the summer only. A tuition fee is charged to cover the cost of lab supplies, instructor salaries, admin salaries, guest speakers, mentor stipends, bench fees and research materials. Financial aid may be available for qualifying students.