Summer Experience

Coriell Institute invites a limited number  of motivated students to participate in a Summer Experience program to gain insight into the workings of a renowned research institute.

The internship-like program runs during the month of July, Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 2018 Experience will begin on July 10, and will end on August 3. A stipend of $1,000 is awarded to each student upon their completion of the program. Student housing and meals are not provided and participants are responsible for their own transportation. 

Eligibility

Students interested in the program must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age by July 1;
  • Have a strong interest in science (advanced science classes are preferred);
  • Be available to participate in all four weeks of the program.

About the 2018 Summer Experience

By Friday, April 6, 2018, submit a resume and cover letter that illustrates your interest in the sciences by email to summerexperience@coriell.org or by regular mail, addressed to:

Coriell Institute
Attn: Summer Experience Program (Office of the President)
403 Haddon Avenue
Camden, NJ 08103

  • All resumes must be received by April 6, 2018.
  • If you are selected for the program, you will be contacted by Friday, May 4, 2018. If you do not hear from Coriell by this date, we hope you will return to our website for future opportunities at Coriell.
  • No walk-ins or telephone calls, please.

About the Summer Experience

The Coriell Summer Experience for Students is an opportunity for high school and college students to not only work alongside world-renowned scientists and researchers, but also gain insights into pursuing a career in science.

Coriell is recognized as a pioneer in genomic discovery, an authority in the field of stem cell research, and the world's leading Biobank. The 4-week Summer Experience program offers students an exclusive glimpse into this world of cutting-edge science, as they complete rotations in the Institute's laboratories and receive individualized instruction and direction from a group of expert mentors. The students also learn to operate and work closely with Coriell's state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Each day, the students begin with a lecture presented by a scientific staff member. Afterward, the group moves on to the morning lab, which consists of observing various processes and then participating in mini-projects and data analysis. After lunch, the labs involve more independent work, and permit students to translate the lessons learned in the classroom environment to the bench.

Rotations start in Cell Culture, where the focus is on learning the fundamental techniques of culturing, freezing, and distributing the samples that support the Coriell Biobank. In Coriell's Cytogenomics Lab, the students practice karyotyping – a methodology designed to characterize chromosomes and identify genetic disorders.

Within the Stem Cell Lab, the work shifts to the exploration of induced pluripotent stem cells – a powerful research resource made from the body's skin and blood cells. During a stint in Coriell's Molecular Biology Lab, the students extract DNA and use gel electrophoresis to identify and construct a pedigree. The Experience also includes a helpful resume-building workshop as well as practice with public speaking and formal presentations.

Educational growth and development is the goal of the Coriell Summer Experience for Students. While the group travels together through the Institute and often works together in pairs, the high school-aged participants absorb advice from their peers and explore their interest in the sciences. For the students enrolled in college, the emphasis is on having unique access to mentors and beginning to plot a career path.

Student Presentations

At the culmination of the Summer Experience for Students program, students present a formal PowerPoint presentation discussing a societal impact of the Institute's research to an assembly of Coriell staff.

Highlights of past student presentations can be seen below. Topics for the 2014 presentations included an account of the societal impact of DNA sequencing, a crash course on the relationship between genetic markers and endangered species, an insightful examination of the beneficial characteristics of viruses, and more.


2016 Summer Experience for Students


2015 Summer Experience for Students


2014 Summer Experience for Students


2013 Summer Experience for Students