Summer bioscience internships and training opportunities

Summer is approaching, and what’s more fun than relaxing on the beach? Well, if you’re like us, you’re probably looking for more ways to get involved in the bioscience community. If you are a high school student, undergraduate, or recent college graduate, we have some exciting opportunities for you, including internships. BioME has ranked some of our favorite opportunities below. Check it out.

6)IDEXX-Internship-Industrial Engineering

Location: Westbrook, ME, USA

Length: May-August

Cost: IDEXX pays you.

Description: applying Lean Industrial engineering principles to develop mixed model scheduling of a high volume moderate mix assembly line.  The successful candidate will work with lean leaders, planning and process engineering to develop a mixed model schedule plan for one of our Reagent Manufacturing lines.  This will involve process mapping, timings, waste elimination, line balance and kanban/supermarket creation.

Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must have completed at least two years of college. Applicants must have had exposure to lean concepts and industrial engineering scheduling concepts.  A track record of student success and potential as demonstrated by GPA, research portfolio, prior work experiences and/or the recommendation of a professor preferred.

5) Gail Gutradt Cancer Research Fellowship (Jackson Laboratory)

Location: Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Cost: Jackson pays you.

Length: Maximum 2 years.

Description: The research group of Dr. Carol Bult is seeking candidates for the Gail Gutradt Cancer Research Fellow. This research intern position is limited to a maximum of 2 years and is ideal for individuals interested in future graduate or clinical studies. The successful applicant will be self-motivated, organized, independent, and eager to learn a breadth of experimental and informatics methodologies. The internship will include an independent cancer-focused research project and opportunities to attend scientific seminars, symposia and courses. The research in the Bult lab uses both computational and experimental approaches in developmental and cancer genomics. Current research projects include the development of mouse models for metastatic lung cancer and the prediction of genes associated with the human birth defect, congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Gail Gutradt was a Bar Harbor businesswoman, author, humanitarian, and breast cancer survivor.  This research intern fellowship was established to celebrate her life and to honor her legacy.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Life Sciences required.
  • Experience in mouse husbandry is preferred but not required.
  • Previous lab experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of computer software applications encountered in a normal laboratory setting.
  • Ability to interact with all individuals in a productive, professional, and positive manner to enhance the outcome of the goals of the research program.
  • Proven proficiency in any of the techniques described above is a plus.
  • Ability to work on an irregular schedule (evenings or week-ends) based on experiments requirements.
  • Level of role commensurate with experience.

A cover letter outlining general interests and career goals should be submitted with CV/resume as one document to consider application complete.

4) David W. Towle Fellowship- MDIBL

Location: Bar Harbor, ME, USA

Cost: MDIBL pays you.

Length: TBD

Description & Requirements: The David W. Towle Fellowship welcomes applications from graduate students from both US and international institutions to work on their thesis under the supervision of an MDI Biological Laboratory resident faculty member or visiting scientist. Students must have faculty sponsorship prior to submitting an application. Towle Fellowship applicants must submit a brief research proposal (co-sponsored by a member of the resident or visiting faculty), a faculty-sponsor recommendation, proof of graduate school enrollment, and a CV. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Applications must be submitted at least 3 months in advance of the proposed research visit.

3) IDEXX- Internship-Water

Location: Westbrook, ME, USA

Length: May-August

Cost: IDEXX pays you.

Description: Intern will contribute to active research and development projects in the Water R&D group.  This will include learning and developing skills relating to general and specific microbiological methods, formulating hypotheses, designing and executing experiments, operating analytical instrumentation, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and identifying next steps in an investigation.  Intern will also prepare written documentation and oral presentations summarizing their work.  Intern will work independently and collaboratively with other members of the R&D team.

Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must have completed at least one year of college. A track record of student success and potential as demonstrated by GPA, research portfolio, prior work experiences and/or the recommendation of a professor preferred.

2) Biomedical Bootcamp- MDIBL

Location: Bar Harbor, ME, USA

Cost: 2018 Tuition is $2,200.00. Tuition includes double occupancy dormitory housing and all meals. Limited financial aid may available for students with need. The funding request form is in the online application.

Length: August 12–17, 2018

Description: Biomedical Bootcamp is for high school students entering their junior or senior year of high school in September 2018, or those who graduated in 2018. The goal is to provide students with the skills they need to feel confident in making decisions about advanced courses and college majors in the biomedical sciences. Students will have the opportunity to learn the latest cutting-edge biomedical research skills from scientists at MDI Biological Laboratory. They will experience life on a biomedical research campus, tour animal rearing facilities, work in a state-of-the-art research training laboratory, and interact with scientists who will share experiences on their paths toward biomedical careers. MDI Biological Laboratory is located in Bar Harbor, Maine near Acadia National Park. Students will have the opportunity to get outside and explore the park and surrounding coastline after course work is complete each day.

Requirements: High school students entering junior or senior year in September 2018.

1) Research Lab & Safety Summer Intern – Jackson Laboratory

Location: Bar Harbor, ME, USA

Cost: Jackson pays you.

Length: 8-10 weeks

Description: Excellent and challenging 8 – 10 week intern opportunity for individuals interested in laboratory safety with a focus on establishing processes for organizing inventory for a large laboratory. The inventory includes, but is not limited to: biological samples, hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals, antibodies and lab supplies. This unique internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the intricacies of laboratory organization and administration, database update and development, and legacy inventory reduction. During this internship the successful candidate will also be familiarized with federal and state regulatory statutes, as well as processes needed for hazardous material management.


  • Biological sciences, or other relevant major
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Willing to work on projects independently and with a team
  • Must be currently enrolled in college
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher preferred

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