CCB Summer Internships

NOTE for 2018

The Computer Science Department, which hosted our internship program the past three years, is not offering that program for 2018. Thus we will not be accepting any applications through them. Some individual labs willbe hiring a very limited number of interns on an individual basis for the summer of 2018. Please see the "People" pages above and check if the lab in which you're interested is offering internships. Inquiries should go directly to the Principal Investigator (PI) of the lab, not to this program. We hope to resume a larger program next year.

See below for information about our internships in previous years.

Internship Program Overview

The CCB internship program provides students with hands-on research experience as part of ongoing projects supervised by faculty in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Biostatistics, and Biology, and in the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Hopkins. Current areas of research include analysis of high-throughput DNA sequence data, analysis of RNA sequencing experiments, studies of the human microbiome, assembly of whole-genome shotgun data from various species, and the development of new computational and statistical methods for genome analysis problems. You can browse a list of past internship projects here.

The program involves full-time research for 10 weeks between May and late July. In 2017 the program ran from May 22rd to July 28nd; high school students joined the program one month later and interned for 6 weeks. The stipend was approximately $4500 for the summer for undergraduates and $2500 for high school students.

Summer 2017 news: the CCB internship program is being organized jointly, for the third year in a row, with the the Summer Research Expeditions (SRE) program in the Computer Science Department at JHU. We will use the same applications process, which is described on the SRE site and below on this page.

Program Dates: Only available through individual labs in 2018. See note at top of page.

Required background

The CCB internships are 100\% computational, and we expect that students will have experience with computer programming. In particular, students should have good to excellent programming skills in at least one of these languages: C/C++, Perl, Python, or R. Students with no programming experience will not be considered. In addition, we prefer students who have familiarity with the Unix environment and its command-line interface. If you are an experienced programmer but you don't know Unix, we strongly recommend that you learn the basics of Unix prior to your internship.

Past internship projects

We have been running internship programs since 2012 at Hopkins, and prior to that since 2006 at the University of Maryland's CBCB. You can view a list of past student projects here.

How to apply

In 2018, the only internships will be offered by individual faculty. Contact them directly for information on how to apply.


Funding for the internship program is provided in part by a generous gift 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 by research grants to individual faculty members who serve as mentors in the program.

Faculty mentors

Steven Salzberg, Ben Langmead, Jeff Leek, Liliana Florea, Mihaela Pertea, Alexis Battle, Daehwan Kim, Daniela Puiu, Dan Arking, Geo Pertea, Joel Bader
James Taylor, Steven Salzberg, Ben Langmead, Jeff Leek, Daehwan Kim, Daniela Puiu, Dan Arking, Florian Breitwieser, Liliana Florea

[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 ]

Other information

You can read more about the genomics and bioinformatics research and activities at the JHU Center for Computational Biology on our website here.

Frequent shuttle service is available between Homewood (and Peabody) and JHMI.

Questions? See the Summer Research Expeditions site for more information. If you have questions about the CCB internships in particular, you can contact Ann Vukelich at

Other related opportunities

Summer undergraduate internships in bioinformatics at the University of Maryland's CBCB.