Coriell Summer Experience for Students

Running from July 17 through August 19, the Coriell Summer Experience for Students is a paid opportunity for high school and college students to work alongside world-renowned scientists and researchers and gain insights into careers in science or related areas.

Through our four-week Summer Experience program, we offer a limited number of students an exclusive opportunity to be a part of the day-to-day research activities in dynamic research and biobanking environments, and we offer the possibility to experience biobank operations.

Students will spend time in the selected area and receive individualized instruction and direction from a group of expert mentors. The students may also have an opportunity to learn to operate and work closely with Coriell's state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Students will have the opportunity to apply for a summer experience in the following areas:

In Coriell's Production Laboratories, students will focus on learning and supporting the fundamental techniques of generating, freezing, and distributing the samples that support the Coriell Biobank. 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. The students may also observe karyotyping, a methodology designed to characterize chromosomes and identify genetic disorders. During a stint in Coriell's Molecular Biology Lab, the students will learn about and support the efforts of extracting DNA from various sample types.

Students in the Research & Development track will learn how Coriell’s labs and expert technicians support scientists around the world. The labs at Coriell offer a wide range of services that other labs might need assistance with.

This program also includes access to helpful seminars to assist in resume-building, interviewing, and career paths, as well as practice with public speaking with journal clubs and formal presentations.

All applications must be submitted by May 15.


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
  • Must be a resident of the United States
  • No lodging or transportation will be provided. All applicants should be able to commute to Coriell's facility in Camden, New Jersey.

Student Presentations

At the culmination of the Summer Experience for Students program, students present a formal PowerPoint presentation discussing what they have learned at the institute to an assembly of Coriell staff and their own peers.

2019 Summer Experience for Students

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