2017 Summer Science Internship Program

Deadline: Saturday, February 25, 2017



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

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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 13 to August 3, 2017. Interns will be expected to work approximately 40 hours per week for 8 weeks. 


Internships: The 2017 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 3, 2017. All interns are required 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



ApplicationYou must complete application online:

Supplemental Materials: Supplemental materials such as reference letters (3), transcripts and test scores may be submitted via the online application OR via email: summersciencesf@arthritis.org 

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. Reference letters submitted either in the online application or by email must be on official letterhead and attached as a PDF or scanned. Hard copies not accepted. These can be emailed to summersciencesf@arthritis.org the applicant's full name must be stated on the subject line.

Transcript Requirements: HARD COPIES NOT ACCEPTED
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: HARD COPIES NOT ACCEPTED
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 1, 2017. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.
Applicants who will be under 18 years of age on
June 1, 2017 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 16 county territories, NO EXCEPTIONS. 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 electronically by the Arthritis Foundation by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, February 25, 2017

Selected applicants will be notified by email on March 27
, 2017

Complete Summer Science Internship Timeline