Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP)

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA.
Deadline February 1, 2012


The Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) provides an intense research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend state-of-the-art research seminars, and receive career counseling from program faculty and administrators. The program seeks to encourage and prepare talented students to pursue careers in scholarly research. An internship is not a typical summer job. The hours are long and the salary is just enough to cover the cost of living, but the intellectual challenges and rewards can be substantial.

Each intern is matched with a faculty mentor from the Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) program at the University of Pennsylvania according to the information submitted during the application process. Interns participate in the ongoing research of the investigator's laboratory and perform a specific, supervised research project related to the goals of the laboratory. Areas of research include:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Cancer Biology
    • Cell Biology and Physiology
    • Developmental, Stem Cell, and Regenerative Biology
    • Gene Therapy and Vaccines
    • Genetics and Gene Regulation
    • Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Genomics and Computational Biology
  • Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology


The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year college for the fall semester after the program ends (graduating seniors are not eligible, and preference is given to applicants who will have completed their sophomore or junior year).  We encourage applications from students of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups; disadvantaged backgrounds; with disabilities; or who attend small colleges.

More Information

Biomedical Graduate Studies, Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6064
Phone: 215-898-2794
Fax: 215-898-2671