Summer Research Opportunities
Salk welcomes students who are interested in gaining experience and exploring careers in biomedical research. Through our various summer research opportunities, students receive hands-on training from a network of mentors and build research skills in a cutting-edge laboratory environment.
The programs below encourage applications from students whose backgrounds are underrepresented in STEM. Students may apply to more than one opportunity.
Salk Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Salk SURF)
Salk SURF is a paid 10-week mentored research internship. The mission of Salk SURF is to broaden access to summer research experiences that inspire and empower students to identify their strengths and explore research, academic, and career possibilities. Salk SURF provides roundtrip travel and transportation to the Salk Institute, housing accommodations, and a competitive full-time hourly wage. Students attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research are encouraged to apply.
DCB Summer Undergraduate Research Program (DCB SURP)
Sponsored by the NCI Division of Cancer Biology, the DCB SURP includes a 10-week fellowship for rising junior and senior undergraduate students. The program offers a $6000 stipend, a 2-day research conference at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, and the virtual mini-DREAM curriculum as an introduction to cancer data science. In addition to the stipend, the program covers support for travel to the host research institution, housing near the Institute, and travel for the NIH conference. Students from diverse backgrounds and experiences are especially encouraged to apply.