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BioBus Internship FAQ

Rubie Menendez ’21 and Mara Uben ’20 planning their experiment on blue crabs

The Application Process

  • Who is eligible for the BioBus internship program?

High school students currently in grades 9-11 are eligible to apply. Preference is given to students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM, such as minority, female and non-cis-gendered, and low-income students.

We have a summer internship for college students through LifeSci NYC. If you are interested in this program, visit out BioBus College Internship page for details and fill out the application here.

  • Do you need a certain GPA or science background to apply?

We do not look at grades at all! We are mostly interested in students who are enthusiastic, dedicated, and curious about science

  • What do I need to do to apply?

Fill out the BioBus Internship application and don’t forget to submit an inner scientist project (detailed in the application).

You will also need working papers which are employment certification documents for students ages 14-17. See here for more information on working papers and how to get working papers during the pandemic.

Grade transcripts, resumes, and letters of recommendation are NOT needed.

The Internship Experience

Lee-Ashlie Fang ’19 presents her group’s research at the American Museum of Natural History
  • What do BioBus Junior Scientists do?

This is a part science research, part science communication internship. Interns will receive training/mentorship by research scientists, while developing their own independent projects using research-grade microscopes, participate in outreach events and gain science communication skills. Interns will be paid by the hour.

  • Is this a paid internship?

Yes! Interns are paid hourly ($15/hr)

  • What is the difference between the Weekday “Women in STEM” and Weekend internship?

Both of these programs are for high school students, however, the Weekday “Women In STEM” program is for female, non-binary and trans high school students living in or attending school in Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood & South Bronx. This program meets on either Mondays or Tuesdays from 4:00 – 6:00pm

The Weekend Program is open to all students and meets 6 weeks during Summer 2021 Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm and term-time on Sundays from 11:00 – 5:00pm.

  • What are the dates of the internship?

The Weekend internship starts July 1st 2021 and ends June 30th 2022.

The “Women in Stem” internship starts Sept 15th 2021 and ends June 30th 2022

  • What kind of research projects have interns done at BioBus?

Interns have conducted research on a variety of topics, including but not limited to mutant microscopic worms, fruit fly behavior, and soil contamination! Interns have also worked on engineering projects such as designing microscopes! Check out our collection of intern projects!

  • Will the internship be in-person or remote?

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our priority, and we are closely monitoring the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we hope to return to a fully in-person internship, it is possible that the 2021-22 Junior Scientist Program will include remote components.