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Gates Center Summer Internship Program

The Gates Center Summer Internship Program (GSIP) encourages outstanding undergraduates to consider careers in stem cell and regenerative medicine research in an academic or industry setting by providing state-of-the-art training opportunities at the Gates Center.

Application Information

A committee of Gates Center faculty will select highly qualified undergraduates to work full-time for 11 weeks from May 30 to August 11, 2017 in laboratories located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Applicants will be contacted by email starting the week of March 22, 2017. Applicants will have seven days to accept the internship offer and will be asked to sign a letter of acceptance agreeing to complete the program requirements. Please note that GSIP is a full-time training program that spans 11 weeks. Therefore, fellows may not combine their research work with any other daytime commitments.

Eligibility and Requirements

All college undergraduates and spring 2017 graduates, including former interns, are eligible to apply.

Interns are required to attend orientation, weekly lectures given by Gates Center researchers, and a field trip to the newly established Gates Biomanufacturing Facility. They must also present their work at the end of the internship at the poster session.

Any publications, patents, posters, talks or projects that result from an intern's participation in GSIP must credit the program by including the funding acknowledgement.


The application deadline for summer 2017 is February 10th.

1.    Complete the following application items found in the GSIP Application Packet​​​, assemble them in this order into a pdf file and email it to

a.    Completed program application.

b.    Your resume, two-page maximum.

c.     A one-page maximum essay detailing the applicant's academic activities, the applicant’s interest in the GSIP, expectations from the program, and future career goals. The essay should also include the reasons for selecting their desired mentors/projects. The essay should be typewritten, 11pt Arial font, and 1.5 line-spacing.

2.    Arrange to have two letters of recommendation (at least one from a science teacher/lecturer from a course completed by the applicant) sent to the Gates Summer Internship Program. See application packet for instructions.

3.    Have your college/university send an official college transcript by mail to:


Gates Center Summer Internship Program
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
12800 E 19th Avenue
RC1-N, P18-8404K, MS8320
Aurora, CO 80045

Stipend, Parking, and Housing

Interns will be paid a stipend of $3,500 in three installments via direct deposit. Parking or bus passes will be provided by the program. For housing click here.

Financial Aid

GSIP hopes to enhance its mission by offering two fully funded summer training positions that include lodging, transport and food for highly qualified undergraduates from rural Colorado who are in financial need.  In evaluating need, GSIP will first look for students who currently receive Pell Grants or other federal financial aid. To apply for these two opportunities, please fill the regular GSIP application and the financial aid form.



All GSIP interns will have the opportunity to participate in various activities throughout the summer in collaboration with CLIMB Internship Program (Colorado Leaders, Interns, Mentors in Business program) and the Office of Inclusion and Outreach.   

1.    Week-day CLIMB activities: Week-day activities designed to educate students about Denver and introduce them to Colorado include a Wednesday night dinner and distinguished guest speaker series. Past speakers have included CEOs, startup founders, the curator of the Denver Art Museum, the president of Mile High United Way and the director of the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine. Additionally, students are paired with local mentors and have the opportunity to interact and network with them and others involved in the CLIMB program.

2.    Week-end CLIMB activities: Past local events have included the Denver chalk art festival at Larimer Square, the Cherry Creek arts festival, Shakespeare in the Park, a white water rafting trip, Rockies baseball games and concerts. All GSIP interns are invited to participate regardless of whether or not they will be living in CLIMB housing.

3.    Career Development Lunch series: The Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Inclusion and Outreach in conjunction with the CCTSI Clinical and Translational Science Institute offers a Career Development Lunch Series that focuses on networking and professionalism, the stages of the academic scientific path, opportunities in the private and public sector and applying to graduate school.

All GSIP students are encouraged to attend. A more detailed list of summer 2017 activities will be available by February 2017.

Important Dates:

Applications due:  

February 10, 2017

Applicants will be contacted:

Week of March 22, 2017

Start of internship: 

May 30, 2017

End of internship and presentations: 

August 11, 2017