Internship Program

J. Craig Venter Institute
Maryland and California
High School, College, and/or Graduate

The J. Craig Venter Institute is a not-for-profit research institute dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics; the understanding of its implications for society; and the communication of those results to the scientific community, the public, and policymakers. Founded by J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., the Institute is home to more than 400 scientists and staff with expertise in human and evolutionary biology, genetics, bioinformatics/informatics, high-throughput DNA sequencing, information technology, functional genomics, and genomic and environmental policy research.

Our research groups focus on human genomic medicine, infectious disease, plant, microbial and environmental genomics, synthetic biology and biological energy, bioinformatics, and software engineering. One of our core areas has always been high-throughput genomic sequencing. This team is housed in a facility in Rockville and features the latest DNA sequencers, a new technology development lab and a state-of-the-art data center. The JCVI has a Policy Center dedicated to exploring the social and ethical issues surrounding genomic research, and an Education Group that seeks to enlighten and engage the next generation of scientists through efforts such as the DiscoverGenomics! mobile laboratory. In addition to our research group administrative internships are available in legal, communications, library and environmental health and safety areas.

The Internship Program provides opportunities to inspire young scientists and other science professionals to work in all areas of the Institute. Interns are assigned to a mentor who is a member of the Institute’s faculty or senior staff. A research program/work experience is tailored to each participant’s education level and capabilities. Students doing research at JCVI during the Fall or Spring semester should apply to receive credit from their high school or college. Interns are required to present a summary of their research/work experience to the Institute’s staff at the conclusion of their Internship.


For information regarding eligibility, compensation and deadlines for this years cycle, please see website.