About the Arthritis Foundation
Overview & Instructions
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
What is the Arthritis Foundation Summer Science Internship?
The Arthritis Foundation Summer Science Internship Program places outstanding high school and college students in the world renowned Rheumatology and Immunology Laboratories at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco. Since its inception in 1982, this program has provided over 200 aspiring scientists the opportunity to work alongside cutting edge arthritis researchers.
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 exceptional internship program is designed to encourage these gifted young 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.
This eight-week long internship is open to high school juniors and seniors as well as first and second year college undergraduates. Laboratory placements are available at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University.