The Biodesign Institute at ASU Offers Paid Summer Internships to High School Students

The Biodesign Institute at ASU Offers Paid Summer Internships to High School Students

February 6, 2007

February 5, 2007

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement
(480)727-8688 |


Applications available for six-week laboratory training program

High school students interested in bioscience and biotech research can now apply for a six-week paid internship program at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Applications are available on the Institute’s Web site at /outreach/internship.

Now in its second year, the Biodesign Institute internship offers students exposure to many different types of scientific research aimed at solving major problems in human health and quality of life. Interns work under the supervision of one of the researchers, who serves as a mentor to the student, and they assist with actual research projects underway at the Institute.

“My lab experience was great,” said one of 18 students who participated in 2006. “I learned so much that excited me about research.”

Another 2006 participant praised her mentor, noting “He wanted to make sure I was able to do experiments on my own but was more than willing to help me.”

Selected students will be required to work 15 hours to 20 hours a week from June 8 to July 23 and must first attend an orientation and laboratory safety training.

To be eligible, students must have completed grade 10, 11 or 12 and be at least 16 years of age by the beginning of the program. Completed applications along with a letter of recommendation must be mailed by March 28 or received by 5 p.m. on March 30. In addition to the application, a selection committee will consider the student’s academic achievements and breadth and level of completed science classes. Students chosen will be interviewed for specific available lab opportunities.

The Biodesign Institute at ASU combines research in biology, engineering, information technology, and cognitive science to accelerate discoveries into beneficial uses. The Institute currently is pursuing innovations in healthcare, global public health, environment/energy, and national security.

“This is the best experience I have had as a high school student,” said a former intern. For information, visit or call (480) 727-9577.


Written by: Joe Caspermeyer