Academic Year Internships

Academic Year Internships

The Jackson Laboratory welcomes applications from high school juniors and seniors and undergraduate students interested in a research internship during the academic year.  The availability of internship slots varies from semester to semester and depends on the needs of individual JAX mentors on the Maine and Connecticut campuses.

Each intern works on an independent research project under the sponsorship of a member of the Laboratory's faculty who provides guidance, laboratory space and equipment. Students work on projects that involve original research within the scope of their sponsors' ongoing research programs.

Working in their sponsors' laboratories, students gain familiarity with all aspects of a research project:

  • designing the project
  • implementing the research plan
  • analyzing data
  • reporting results

There is no fee if selected. The Laboratory does not provide stipends or scholarships for interns, nor does the Lab offer health or other benefits. Residential accommodations are not provided; most interns commute from their home institution and maintain a full or partial course load while conducting research at JAX. Some applicants may seek to obtain course credit for their academic year internship. In these cases, JAX will work with the intern’s home institution to provide any documentation required by the credit-granting institution. JAX itself is not a credit-granting institution.

General Expectations

Academic Year Interns are expected to make a serious commitment to spend significant time at the Laboratory each week in order to gain a meaningful experience that allows for the development of an independent research project. Interns must plan on working in the laboratory during regular business hours (within the time frame of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday); weekend internship schedules cannot be accommodated. Participation in certain time-intensive extracurricular activities (performing arts and sports) in addition to regular coursework typically does not allow adequate time to fulfill the requirements of the internship. Interns may need to forgo certain extracurricular commitments during the time of their internship in order to dedicate the necessary hours to develop and conduct a meaningful project.

All interns are expected to commit at least 180 hours to their research project. Interns are required to submit a research proposal within two weeks of their start date, and prepare a final research paper upon completion of the internship; other requirements may be specified at the discretion of the sponsoring faculty member or the student's home institution.

Eligibility

High school students must be enrolled as a junior or senior in good standing at a high school within commuting distance of the Jackson Laboratory.  Only students 16 years and older may apply.  High school students must commit to the internship for a full academic year; partial year internships cannot be accommodated. All interns must spend a minimum of 180 hours at the Laboratory as part of the internship. Concurrent to a JAX academic year internship, students must be enrolled in an independent study or student research program for which credit is awarded.

College students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in good standing with their home institution. Undergraduate students have the option to complete the internship during the fall semester, spring semester, or full academic year, provided that the student can commit enough time each week to fulfill the requirements of the internship.  All interns must spend a minimum of 180 hours at the Laboratory as part of the internship experience.  Concurrent to a JAX academic year internship, students must be enrolled in an independent study or student research program for which credit is awarded.

Application Deadlines

Term Application opens Application deadline Program begins* Program ends*
 High school students
 May 1
 July 1
 Sept 1
 June 1
 Undergraduates - Full year / Fall term
 May 1
 July 1
 Sept 1
 Dec 15
 Undergraduates - Spring term
 Sept 1
 Nov 1
 Jan 7
 June 1

* These program dates serve as a general guideline. Actual program beginning and end dates will vary slightly from year to year.

the 17/18 Academic Year Internship application is now closed