How to Apply

Gain experience to stand out

  1. Choose to spend your summer as a JAX Apprentice.

    Read over the JAX Animal Care Apprenticeship program description and FAQs. Watch a video about JAX's mission to improve human health. Decide if the program is right for you.

  2. Start the application process early.

    Download the JAX Animal Care and Operations Apprenticeship Application. Fill out the entire application with all the things that make you great.

  3. Find a mentor to recommend you.

    Download the JAX Animal Care and Operations Recommendation Form. Ask a teacher, guidance counselor, coach, or another mentor to sing your praises and fill out the form.

  4. Submit your completed application by April 1.

    Completed applications and recommendation forms should be submitted to

  5. Make a great impression at an interview.

    In-person interviews typically take place in mid-April.

  6. Accept your offer to become a JAX Apprentice.

    Offers will be extended to 10 candidates. You will receive a JAX Apprentice welcome package by snail mail with some additional employment forms and some sweet swag.

JAX Apprenticeship Program

Why mice?

Learn why mice are the best stand-in surrogates for humans and our diseases. 

Programs for high school students and teachers

JAX offers opportunities for academic year research, teacher professional development, and the Maine State Science Fair.