BioBus Internship FAQ

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

The Application Process

Please note that the BioBus Junior Scientist Internship applications have closed! Fill out our interest form to be alerted next year when the application opens!

  • Who is eligible for the BioBus internship program?

High school students currently in grades 9-11 are eligible to apply.

BioBus aims to address historic inequalities in education and STEM by giving preference to students that self-identify as a member of groups historically excluded from STEM and/or economically disadvantaged. All students are welcome to apply.

Eligibility for Downtown Team Internship

  • Must be currently enrolled in high school
  • Must live or go to school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan or Chinatown

Eligibility Requirements Harlem 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

  • What do I need to do to apply?

Fill out the BioBus Internship application (now closed!)

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.

  • 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

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! High School 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,” Weekend, and Downtown Team programs?

All programs are open to high school students, but they are open to different student populations!

The Downtown Team Junior Scientist Program is open to high school students who live or go to school in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Chinatown. Downtown Junior Scientists work full time in the summer and part time afterschool during the school year.

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. Women In STEM Junior Scientists meet afterschool during the school year.

The Harlem Weekend Program is open to all students and meets full time in the summer and part time on weekends during the school year.

  • What are the dates of the internship?

The Weekend and the Downtown internship start July 5th 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.