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Gates Center Summer Internship Program

Important Dates:

Applications filing period:

December 3 to February 11

Applicants will be contacted: End of February to mid-March

Start of internship: 

May 29, 2019

End of internship: 

August 9, 2019

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



GSIP directors (left to right): Drs. Neil Box, Tamara Terzian, and Enrique Torchia

Application Information

A committee of Gates Center faculty will select highly qualified undergraduates to work full-time in laboratories located at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Applicants will be contacted by email will have 3 business 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 undergraduate students that are in a science-related major and that are enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of application are eligible to apply. Former GSIP interns are highly encouraged to apply.

Interns are required to attend orientation, the GSIP seminar series and outreach activities. 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 acknowledgment.



Complete the online GSIP Application . You will be asked to provide:

  1. Official transcript(s) – Please include a copy of your official transcript that covers at least the last 12 months. For first year college students, the transcripts should include high school and the first semester.
  2. Two letters of recommendation – At least one of the letters should be from a science teacher/lecturer from a course completed by the applicant. You will have to specify the names of two referrers who are willing to recommend you whom will receive a unique link where they can upload their letter.
  3. One page essay – Detail the applicant’s current academic activities, their interest in the GSIP, expectations from the program, future career goals and perspectives, and what guided the selection of the mentors/projects.


Stipend, Parking, and Housing

​Interns will be paid a stipend of $4,000 via direct deposit. Colorado students in financial need will be paid a stipend of $5,100.

Discounted parking will be available.

The training program does not provide housing. Please view Rotating Room, Zillow, and Trulia for a list of housing options. We encourage interns to explore co-housing with classmates via our GSIP Facebook page.


Financial Aid

GSIP is offering two fully funded summer training positions that include lodging, transport, and food for highly qualified undergraduates from 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 complete the GSIP application and the financial aid form when the application opens. Please email the completed financial aid form to


Program and Activities

All GSIP interns will have the opportunity to participate in various activities throughout the summer:

  1. Biweekly Career Development and Scientific Lecture series: Career Development lectures will cover a variety of topics that include scientific writing, diversity matters, research ethics, graduate and medical school career choices and strategies. The scientific lectures will cover current research and discoveries in diverse fields such as cancer, ophthalmology, orthopedics, stem cell and regenerative medicine.
  2. 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.
  3. Social activitiesOpportunities to mingle with interns, Gates Center staff and mentors, and GSIP supporters. Several social activities are planned including a rafting trip, a picnic and an ice cream social to be held on campus and last day dinner.
  4. Community Outreach: An opportunity to give back to Colorado and the community by joining the annual Mallets for Melanoma charity polo tournament that will be held on July 28 or August 4 at the Denver Polo Club. GSIP students will be able to participate in the planning and/or volunteer on the day the event. 
  5. End of Program activities: A group photo will be taken and a keynote lecture by an eminent scientist. A poster competition will follow where the top 5 presentations will be awarded a prize and showcased at the Gates Center.