Job: 2024 Summer Internship Program

Department: DPB – Plant Biology

Salary: Varies based on length of internship

Location: Stanford, CA

The Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, is accepting applications for the 2024 Summer Internship Program. This program offers both Full and Part Time intern positions to Undergraduate students over the age of 18 who are interested in biological research using plants, cyanobacteria, and algae. Our world-renowned labs ( are located on the Stanford campus, and we offer a vibrant environment for highly motivated students interested in hands-on experience in science.

Our research spans a broad range of subjects, from how sunlight is absorbed and used by plants to produce biomass, to how the environment shapes plant growth and development above and below the ground. Our aim is to create the foundation for meeting challenges faced by modern agriculture and medicine and for developing practices that enable global sustainability.

This is a very exciting opportunity for aspiring scientists to experience working in a lab and doing cutting edge research. We look forward to working with the interns as they learn laboratory techniques, presentation skills and team building. The internship will last 10 weeks starting June and ending in August. Interns will be matched with a mentor and a laboratory. In addition to conducting hands-on research, interns will be expected to attend lunch-time seminars every Friday to learn about the plant and global ecology faculty and their research interests (followed by a pizza lunch) and to present a poster highlighting their work in the poster symposium at the end of the program.

It is strongly recommended applicants visit our website at for further details of research topics in each of our labs and contact the faculty member for more specific information. Your lab of interest should be indicated in your cover letter submitted with your resume. 

If you are interested in this opportunity please apply by submitting your resume, a cover letter, and contact information for three referees after clicking on the “Apply Now” box below.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals—men and women—with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the west and east Coasts and at the Las Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. 

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.