2014 Summer Science Internship Program Overview & Directions 

Application Deadline:
Friday, February 21, 2014 @ 5pm




About the Arthritis Foundation

Application Materials

Overview & Instructions

Internship Timeline

Online Application


Without the Arthritis Foundation, I would not be in academia today.  I was funded by the Foundation as a fellow in 1996 when I was starting my third year of training and needed bridge funding. I later went on to win an Arthritis Investigator award from the Foundation that allowed me to get my faculty position at Stanford. I now have a lab with a dozen young scientists in training. We have made seminal advances in diagnostics, novel treatment regimens, clinical trials, and in educating hundreds of young scientists' from high school up through junior faculty.

PJ Utz, MD
Stanford Rheumatologist

For more information contact: 
Cecilia Haywood
Community Development Assistant

or chaywood@arthritis.org



The Summer Science Internship Program provides twelve (12) outstanding students with the opportunity to work in leading research and clinical laboratories under the supervision of respected scientists at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).


Goal:  Through this internship students receive hands on experience in the fields of rheumatology and immunology, with a focus on arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Interns participate in either basic laboratory (bench) research or clinical translational/epidemiological (patient outcomes oriented) research. This program is designed to encourage gifted students to pursue a career in scientific study and research with an ultimate goal of inspiring them to focus their research potential on arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Many graduates of the Summer Science Internship Program have gone on to pursue successful careers in the fields of medicine and/or scientific research.


Date:  The internship will run from June 9 to July 31, 2014. Interns will be expected to work approximately 40 hours per week for 8 weeks. 


Internships: The 2014 internships are located at Stanford University and the UCSF. Depending on the location, the internship can focus on basic laboratory (bench) research or clinical epidemiological /translational (patient oriented) research. All qualifying applicants will be considered for internships at both locations. While every effort will be made to accommodate applicant preferences, all internship assignments are final.

Stanford University internship offers experience in basic laboratory (bench) research only. This internship is only opened to high school juniors and seniors.

The UCSF internship offers experience in basic laboratory (bench) research OR clinical epidemiological/translational (patient oriented) research. This internship is opened to high school juniors, seniors, and college undergraduates.


Poster & Final Paper:  A joint poster session will be hosted by Stanford University on Thursday, August 7, 2014. All interns are expected to prepare and present a poster. The poster will reflect the work the intern accomplished over the eight (8) week internship.

At the conclusion of the internship, each participant will submit a brief (2 page) paper to the Arthritis Foundation, summarizing their experience. Interns will not receive the second half of their stipend until their final paper has been received by the Arthritis Foundation.


Stipends:  Stipends will be paid in two installments, half at the beginning of the internship and half after the completion of the eight (8) week internship upon receipt of the final paper by the Arthritis Foundation.

High school junior or senior will receive:        $1,500 total

Undergraduate will receive:                             $2,000 total




ApplicationApplications can be submitted one of two ways.
1. Online: 2014 Summer Science Application

2. Email: AFSummerScience2014@gmail.com 

Supplemental Materials: Supplemental materials must be submitted via email:
email: AFSummerScience2014@gmail.com 

Letters of Reference:  Please submit with your application three (3) letters of reference from faculty or teaching assistants from your current or previous schools, supervisors or other community members. Letters submitted by email must be on official letterhead and attached as a PDF or scan. These can be emailed to AFSummerScience2014@gmail.com  with the applicant's full name in the subject line.

Transcript Requirements:
High School Level: most recent transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable) and PSAT, SAT or ACT scores.

Undergraduate Level: most recent transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable). First year undergraduates should include a high school transcript as well.

Standardize Test Scores:
High School Level: PSAT, SAT or ACT scores (unofficial copies are acceptable).

Undergraduate Level: no standardize test scores are required.




Age Restrictions
:  All applicants must have reached their 17th birthday by June 2, 2014. ABSOLUTLY NO EXCEPTIONS.
Applicants who will be under 18 years of age on
June 1, 2014 must also provide the written permission of a parent or guardian to participate in the program (see application form).

Geographic Limitations
:  Applicants for this program must either live or attend school within the Northern California Chapter's 16 county territories. These counties are:

Alameda Lake Napa Santa Clara
Contra Costa Marin San Benito Santa Cruz
Del Norte Mendocino San Francisco Solano
Humboldt Monterey San Mateo Sonoma

Housing and Transportation RestrictionsNo housing or transportation is provided. All interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. Please be prepared to make whatever housing and transportation arrangements are necessary to complete the internship. 

Deadline & Notification

DeadlineAll applications and supporting materials must be received by the Arthritis Foundation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014

Selected applicants will be notified by email and mail on
April 4, 2014

Applicants who have been wait listed will be notified of their final status by email and mail on April 18, 2014

Complete Summer Science Internship Timeline