Summer Internships

Program Overview

Congratulations to our 2015 summer interns! We will announce the 2016 internship program in December 2015. Please check this page later for details. The information below describes the 2015 program.

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 for other genome analysis problems. The program involves full-time research for 8-12 weeks between May and August. In 2015 the program (for college students) will run from May 26th to July 31st, but we can make accommodations if you need to start a bit later. The stipend will be approximately $4000-4500 for the summer for undergraduates and approximately $2500 for high school students (Note: these numbers might change before the program begins.) 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.

When accepted to the program, you will be assigned to a mentor, with whom you will meet frequently beginning with the first day of the program. Your mentor will work with you during the first week to define your summer research project and will help guide you throughout. In addition to your research, we will hold regular dedicated informational seminars on various aspects of bioinformatics and genomics, as well as seminars and presentations within the Center for Computational Biology and on the Medical campus. We will also announce other 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.

Note that in 2015, for the first time, the CCB Summer Internships were organized jointly with the Summer Research Expeditions in the Computer Science Department at JHU. Several joint activities are planned for the summer, and we are using the same applications process.

You can view a list of past student projects here.

How to apply

The program is open to college undergraduates and to exceptional high school students. Students who graduate from high school in 2015 should apply as high school interns. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Experience with programming or statistical packages is strongly recommended. You do not need to be a Johns Hopkins University or Center for Talented Youth student to apply, and applications from students at other universities are encouraged; however, housing is not provided by the program.

To apply, you will need the following pieces of information:

  • 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)
  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor.

Undergraduates must submit applications using this AcademicJobsOnline posting for Summer Research Expeditions. On that site, choose Computational Biology Projects (project 8) as your choice of project; this includes all the projects and mentors in the CCB summer internships program. You will upload all the materials above directly on the site, and also provide the email address for the person writing your letter. AJO will automatically email your letter writers to request that they upload their recommendations. High school students: do not use the AJO site; you should use the CTY link below.

Also note that the AcademicJobsOnline site indicates that two letters of recommendation are required, but our program only requires one letter. (Some of the other Computer Science projects require two letters.)

High School students should visit this Application page and complete the form in addition to sending application materials to Vicky Schneider, vschneider [at], at the Center for Talented Youth. Please have your letter of recommendation sent to this address as well. All application materials must be sent in PDF format (no Word documents please!).

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by March 6, 2015 (applications will be considered until the positions are filled). Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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 the JHU Center for Talented Youth and 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:
[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.