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Summer High School Internship Program

About the Program

For more than 20 years, the Department of Translational Neuroscience at Barrow Neurological Institute has provided high school students with an early opportunity to gain valuable exposure to and participate in scientific research in a professional setting. This allows for high school volunteers to participate in hands-on lab work with cutting-edge technology throughout the entire year. At Barrow Neurological Institute, we strive for top-tier, long-lasting mentorship, providing the students with the tools they need to succeed in their career journey.  

In addition to opportunities in our research laboratories, we are excited to announce that we are now  also accepting submissions to research support roles, including, but not limited to our offices in:

Joining the Program

Students must be 16 years or older to participate. If interested in laboratory research, please read through our laboratory descriptions and determine which lab best fits your interest.

If there is interest in your application, you will be contacted by email to discuss next steps. If you have questions about the application process, please email

Please note: Not all applicants will be accepted into the program.

Application Requirements

  • One letter of recommendation from a professional mentor
  • Letter of intent outlining your interest in the program and Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Completed online application

NOTE: School transcripts are not required for applying. 

Application Deadlines

  • Jan. 29, 2024: Application opens
  • April 1, 2024: Application deadline
  • Week of May 13, 2024: Students notified of selection (NOTE: Students may be notified earlier of their selection. Those that are not selected will be notified during the week of May 6.)
  • June 27, 2024: Orientation
  • July 1, 2024: First day of internship
  • Aug. 2, 2024: Last day of internship

Apply Today

The application period for the 2024 internship program has closed. Please check back in December 2025 for information on the 2025 application period.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the volunteer program are:

  • To enhance knowledge of basic biological principles and the mechanisms that contribute to the cause of and treatment for disease
  • To teach students to evaluate the scientific literature and to develop communication skills
  • To teach students to use advanced scientific techniques and to address scientific questions
  • To provide the environment to develop scientific projects that are presented at local and national scientific competitions or in scientific literature
  • To educate the students about the importance of non-laboratory ancillary departments to complement the research studies

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