The Ivy Neurological Sciences Internship Program at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) provides students with the lab skills and experience they need to build a career that improves outcomes for patients suffering from brain tumors and neurological disease.

In conjunction with their work on authentic research projects in the laboratory, attendance at lab presentations and one-on-one scientific mentorship, Ivy Scholars receive professional development training and opportunities to better understand the clinical implications of their work. Interns receive training on the laboratory to clinic pipeline, scientific writing, presentation skills, professional etiquette, and poster presentations.

Each year, the program includes:

  • 2 high school students, full-time, summer
  • 2 undergraduate students, part-time, academic year
  • 1 aspiring medical school student, full-time, academic year

TGen faculty select candidates to be considered for the Ivy Neurological Sciences Internship Program from the Helios Scholars at TGen applicant pool, or through this application program. Current high school students are considered for the following summer, and successful undergraduate students continue their Ivy internship during the academic year after completing the Helios Scholars program. 

TGen separately recruits for the aspiring medical school student position, targeting pre-medical school students motivated to incorporate research into their clinical practice and to better understand the important connections between research and patient outcomes in the clinic.

Interested candidates should contact Kristen Kaus at [email protected] for more information.

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To be eligible, an applicant must:
  • Be at least 16 years of age by the start of the internship;
  • Be eligible to work in the United States;*
*TGen will not directly sponsor any visas

Selection Process

TGen accepts students into the program throughout the year depending on experience and education status.

Admittance is competitive and limited to the following:

  • Two high school students (at the junior or senior level) are accepted into the program each summer. These are paid, full-time, 10-week internships. Successful candidates must commit to the full 10-weeks. Applications are due February 7 for summer 2024.
  • Two undergraduate students are selected for part-time positions throughout each academic year. These are paid positions with varying hours, dependent on the lab. Applications are due in mid- to late-September of each year. Please check back in July for a more definitive date.
  • One aspiring medical student is selected each year for a full-time gap year position working as a research associate in a TGen laboratory with a study focus on glioblastoma, DIPG or other form of brain cancer research supported by the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation. Applications for this 10-month, benefits-eligible position are due by May 17 for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Should you have any questions not already answered within the links provided, please contact Kristen Kaus, Manager, TGen Education and Outreach.

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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Applications are currently being accepted for our GAP year position and will close on May 24, 2024 for 2024-2025 selection. 

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