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.

BioBus seeks to diversify our student population. Preference will be given to students that self-identify as a member of a group historically excluded from STEM and/or are economically disadvantaged. Students from other groups are welcome to apply (see below for eligibility requirements).

Eligibility Requirements Weekend Internship:

– Must be in 9th, 10th, 11th grades during 2022-23 School year
– Must live or attend school in New York City

Eligibility Requirements Women In STEM Internship:

– Must be in 9th, 10th, 11th grades during 2022-23 School year
Must identify as female, transgender or non-binary
– Must live or attend school in Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood & the South Bronx

In order to reach those who most need our services, BioBus is committed to serving students who are not being served by other programs, including students at highly-resourced schools. As such, we do not accept students from the following New York City specialized high schools:

* The Brooklyn Latin School * Brooklyn Technical High School * The Bronx High School of Science * Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts * Hunter College High School * High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College of NY * High School of American Studies at Lehman College * Queens High School for the Sciences at York College * Staten Island Technical High School * Stuyvesant High School

  • What do I need to do to apply?

Fill out the BioBus Internship 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.

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

  • When do I need to apply?
  • The deadline for application is March 1st, 2022

    • Do you have a college internship?

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

    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 scientific research, part science communication internship. Junior Scientists 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. Junior Scientists will be paid by the hour.

    • Is this a paid internship?

    Yes! Junior Scientists are paid hourly ($15/hr). ($1500+ total over the course of the internship).

    • 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 open to female, non-binary and transgender high school students living in or attending school in Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood & South Bronx.

    Meeting times: Tuesdays from 4:00 – 6:00pm (Sept 2022 – June 2023)
    This program does NOT meet over the Summer.

    The Weekend Program is open to all students.

    Meeting times:
    Summer 2022: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm. 6 weeks (July – August 2022)
    AND Term- time: Sundays from 11:00 – 5:00pm (Sept 2022 – June 2023)

    • What are the dates of the internship?

    The Weekend internship starts July 1st 2022 and ends June 30th 2023.

    The “Women in Stem” internship starts Sept 15th 2022 and ends June 30th 2023

    • 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 2022-23 Junior Scientist Program will include remote components.

    • Are there vaccination requirements?

    All Junior Scientists will be required to have two shots of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.