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 program is offered as part of a partnership with the Biocom Institute Life Science Young Leaders High School Internship program. 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.

Students will be mentored by Salk scientists and have the opportunity to work in a Salk lab. The program will take place over the summer of 2022. Students will spend most of their time in the lab with their mentor while also being expected to participate virtually in seminars, workshops, data analysis projects and other enrichment activities. At the end of the program, students will present their research projects to an audience of their mentors, lab members and families.

Founded more than 40 years ago, the Heithoff-Brody High School Summer Scholars program at the Salk Institute fulfills Jonas Salk’s vision of introducing high school students to laboratory life and the opportunities of careers in science.

Program Details:

The application for the summer 2022 program is closed.

The program is scheduled to take place from June 21 to August 12.

Students will be expected to dedicate hours 30-40 hours per week to the program. Students will spend approximately 25 hours working in a Salk lab with their assigned mentor. When not working in the lab students will be expected to participate in virtual lab meetings, virtual seminars and complete independent projects offsite.

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 27, 2022.
  • 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 with 25 hours per week spent in the lab with the remaining hours completed virtually.
  • 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.

Students will attend an unpaid pre-internship training course before beginning the seven-week paid internship program.

For any additional questions please visit the FAQ page or contact the Education Outreach department at