Summer Internships

Program Overview

NOTE: This is a description of the 2014 program. We will provide instructions for applying to the 2015 summer internship program sometime in January. The deadline for applications will be in March 2015. Please check back here in January for details.

The internship program will provide you with hands-on research experience as part of ongoing research projects with bioinformatics and genomics faculty in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Biostatistics, and Biology, and in the Institute of Genetic Medicine. Current areas of research include analysis of high-throughput DNA sequence data to characterize genes and their variations, studies of the microbiome, assembly of whole-genome shotgun data from various species, and the development of new computational and statistical methods. The program involves full-time research for 8-12 weeks between May and August. In 2014 the program will run from May 27th to August 1st, but we can make accommodations if you need to start a bit later. Wages will be approximately $11 / hour for undergraduates, and $9 / hour for high-school students. Please note that this is a full-time program to which you will be dedicating 40 hours / week, and therefore it is expected that you will not undertake other organized activities that conflict with the times of this appointment, including enrollment in Summer courses.

During the first week of the program you will have the opportunity to choose your summer research project and meet your primary mentor. In addition to your research, throughout the Summer there will be dedicated informational seminars on various aspects of bioinformatics and genomics, as well as seminars and presentations within the IGM and on the Medical campus. We will make every effort to announce those seminars and activities that might be of interest to you. As part of a research group, you will also interact with other students and researchers at JHU, and will participate in group discussions and lab meetings. To conclude your research experience at JHU, at the end of the summer you will prepare a report outlining the results of your project and give a brief presentation describing your project and outcomes.

You can view the schedule and list of past and current student projects here.

How to apply

The program is open to undergraduates (including following their senior year) who are US citizens or permanent residents. Experience with programming or statistical packages is strongly recommended. Exceptional high-school students may apply ONLY through the JHU Center for Talented Youth Intensive Studies in Math and Science Programs (Application page; contact Vicky Schneider, vschneider [at] , for additional information). You do not need to be a Johns Hopkins University student to apply, and applications from students at other universities are encouraged.

To apply, email the following to bx-internships [at], with the subject line Bioinformatics internships:

  • an up-to-date resume
  • a one page (maximum) statement of interests outlining your goals for this internship
  • current school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine)
In addition, please arrange to have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor emailed directly to the address above. (If your recommender would prefer to mail a hardcopy of the letter, please contact bx-internships [at] for instructions.) All application materials must be sent in PDF format (no Word documents please!).

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by March 7, 2014 (applications will be considered until the positions are filled). Incomplete applications will not be considered. The 2014 internship program has ended. Please check this web site at the beginning of the year for 2015.


Funding for the internship program is provided in part by a generous grant from Dr. Jun Wu, Ph.D. 2003, a Hopkins alumnus and member of the Whiting School of Engineering's National Advisory Committee. Additional funding for the internship program is provided by research grants to individual faculty members.

Faculty mentors

[Steven Salzberg | Liliana Florea | Dan Arking | Joel Bader | Hongkai Ji | Ben Langmead | Andy McCallion | Daniela Puiu | James Taylor ]

[Steven Salzberg | Liliana Florea | Dan Arking | Ben Langmead | Ben Langmead | Daniela Puiu ]

[Steven Salzberg | Liliana Florea | Dan Arking | Hongkai Ji | Tanja Magoc | Daniela Puiu | Rob Scharpf ]

Affiliated faculty:
[Joel Bader | Rafael Irizarry | Rachel Karchin | Mihaela Pertea | Ingo Ruczinski | Sarah Wheelan]

Other information

You can read more about the genomics and bioinformatics research and activities at the Johns Hopkins University here.

Housing nearby JHU:

Shuttle service is available between Homewood (and Peabody) and JHMI.