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Buck Institute Summer Internship

The Buck Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to investigate insights into the critical molecular and biological drivers of aging as well as translation of that research into new therapies which will improve healthspan. Summer Scholar participants will conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, macular degeneration, heart disease, and diabetes. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar will be responsible for his or her own mentored research project. The Program emphasizes both laboratory and communication skills training to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers.


The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes the development of scientific communication and critical thinking skills in addition to laboratory skills. Throughout the summer, students participating in the program will be guided through writing assignments that simulate research explanations scientists often must provide other scientists, financial supporters, or the general public. The communication training will culminate with presentations of their work to peers, mentors, and other scientists. Other program highlights include a flexible start date and eligibility for international students (via CPT) and graduating seniors to participate.


Program Learning Objectives:

1. Plan and execute a mentored research project.

2. Learn new technical skills.

3. Learn how to explain scientific concepts to a lay audience.

4. Learn how to write a scientific report.

5. Give a formal research presentation to scientists.


Job Qualifications:

Please be sure to review the full Program Eligibility Requirements at before applying. Briefly each applicant must:

1) Be a recent university graduate from 2022, 2023, or 2024.

2) Legally be able to receive a stipend (U.S. citizen, OPT, or similar work authorization).

3) Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.


The precise desired laboratory skills will vary from project to project, but applicants should have some prior biologically or computationally relevant research experience.

Visit to see desired skills for each project.