Heithoff-Brody High School Scholars Program at the Salk Institute

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Heithoff-Brody High School Scholars Program at the Salk Institute

The Salk Institute is proud to present the Heithoff-Brody High School Summers Scholars program this summer. The eight-week paid internship is an opportunity for high school students to gain real-life experience performing scientific research while developing skill sets needed for careers in STEM.

Program Details:

The application for the summer 2023 program will run through April 7, 2023.

The program is scheduled to take place from June 20 to August 11, 2023.

Students will be expected to dedicate hours 30-40 hours per week to the program.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be a San Diego County resident who has completed their most recent semester of high school at a public or private high school within San Diego County.
  • At least 16 years of age on or before June 26, 2023.
  • Successfully completed at least one year each of high school level chemistry and biology.
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75*.
  • Able to commit to 30-40 hours/week for the duration of the program.
  • Able to provide their own transportation**.
  • Applicants under 18 must be able to obtain a work permit from their school upon notification of hire. More information on work permits can be found at your school counseling office.
  • The Salk Institute requires, with few exceptions, that all personnel be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Applicants are encouraged to contact Salk’s Human Resources at with any questions or concerns about this policy.

*Exceptions for GPA’s lower than 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to be considered for a GPA exception, please contact

**Transportation options, including public transit stipends, are available for students that are unable to secure reliable transportation to and from the Salk Institute campus.

Application Requirements:
Once you begin the 2023 Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars application, you will not be able to save your progress. It must be completed in one session. Prior to beginning your application, ensure you are prepared to complete each of the following components.

  • Resume
    Your resume should be no longer than 1-2 pages, and include ONLY relevant information. This is you “at a glance,” keep it clear, short, and to the point. Suggested information/sections include contact information, education, any and all work experience, skills and abilities, and other relevant information, as it applies to the internship program. The spelling bee award from 3rd grade is nice but doesn’t have anything to do with the position you are applying for.

    Helpful links:

  • Short Answer Questions
    We recommend drafting the answers to these questions in advance so that you are able to copy and paste into the application.
    Prompt: Please answer the following questions (200 words or less for each question)

    • What college major or career are you looking to pursue?
    • What area(s) of science research are you most interested in? Please relate this to a past personal or classroom experience,
    • What benefits do you hope to gain from a research internship?
  • Parent/Guardian Contact Information for Consent
    Required for all students under 18 years of age
  • Contact Information for Letter of Recommendation
    One letter is required; an additional letter is optional. Students will not be penalized for not having two letters of recommendation.

    Please plan to discuss your letter of recommendation with your recommender in advance of beginning the application. Many teachers receive multiple recommendations and appreciate the opportunity to consider your request in advance of receiving the recommendation request. Recommenders can be previous or current teachers of any subject, coaches, school counselors, mentor former supervisors, or others in similar roles. All recommendations will be weighted equally and applicants will not be penalized if they do not have a recommendation from a STEM teacher.

  • Unofficial School Transcript

For any questions about the application for the program, please email