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Please contact Kristen Kaus at [email protected] for information on how to apply. Availability of internships depends on the needs of our scientists and finding a good fit between projects and potential interns.

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TGen's academic year internships are hands-on, volunteer experiences for ambitious, motivated, goal-oriented students seeking a challenge. TGen faculty and staff provide dedicated mentorship and are fully committed to cultivating the talent and skills of their student interns. Students in TGen academic year internships are expected to contribute directly to the research goals of their host laboratories as they learn.

Internships are available in all areas of translational bioscience: laboratory research, computational biology and bioinformatics, mathematics and statistics, and research administration (communications, IT, business development, legal and regulatory affairs, compliance, etc.).

Academic year internships are generally at least one semester in length with a weekly commitment of 15-20 hours. All TGen internships are arranged and structured with specific start and end dates. Course credit may be awarded at the mentor's and program manager's discretion. The internship experience must be relevant to the student's academic and professional goals, and fit within the framework of TGen's research objectives and mission. All internships are performed under the supervision of TGen personnel. Interns do not have building access on evenings or weekends.


To be eligible, a applicant must:

  1. At least 16 years of age by the start of the internship
  2. A U.S. Citizen, hold a Green Card (Permanent Resident) or an F1 visa;
  3. Enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited U.S. academic institution.

Note on high school internships: For an intern to have a productive and worthwhile experience, they are generally expected to spend 15-20 hours per week in the laboratory. Because high school students have such demanding and structured weekday schedules, it is often difficult for them to commit the time necessary for a productive internship. Thus, academic year internships for high school students are extremely rare.

Selection Process

Students are admitted for internships on an ongoing basis. Students interested in pursuing an academic-year internship should contact Kristen Kaus at [email protected]. Recommendation letters may also be requested. If a lab or mentor has an opening, they may contact the student directly for an interview and to discuss scheduling options.


Program Contact

Before requesting additional information, please determine if your question is answered on any of the information pages.

Kristen Kaus

Manager, Education and Outreach
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
445 N. Fifth St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
[email protected]

Kim Thompson

Education and Outreach Specialist
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
445 N. Fifth St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
[email protected]

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