Since 2003, undergraduate students from across the country have been coming to the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University to participate in our 10-week summer internship program. Select local (Tompkins County) High School students also participate in a similar internship program for 6 weeks. The internship program involves students in laboratory-based Plant Genome Research Projects (PGRP). By participating in PGRP summer internships, students gain a broader knowledge of plant genetics, take away a better understanding of genuine scientific research and connect with others that are interested in careers in science and research. Students in the internship program will have the opportunity to:
- Work closely with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and scientists to investigate current topics in plant science
- Join a participating lab according to preference and availability
- Be mentored by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow
- Learn the latest in molecular biology techniques
- Participate in fieldwork, depending on the lab
- Work on a supervised independent project within the framework of the mentor’s research program
- Attend lab meetings, read and discuss recent literature related to their project
- Attend a weekly plant science seminar with scientists from BTI, Cornell and the
- All interns must be US citizens or Permanent Residents with valid green cards. Undergraduates must be enrolled in a college or university and in good academic standing.
- Graduating undergraduate seniors are not eligible.
- high school students with strong science backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All high school students must be Local (Tompkins County, NY), with a junior or senior standing.
- Please note: For the undergraduate internship, you must be at least 18 at time of internship.