RBI Summer Internship Program

The RNA Bioscience Initiative (RBI) Summer Internship Program is a 10-week hands-on, mentored research opportunity for undergraduates who want to gain real-world laboratory experience in RNA biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genomics, and bioinformatics.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is located in the Denver metro area. Interns are mentored by faculty from the biomedical research departments at CU Anschutz; past mentors have included faculty from

Undergraduate students with a strong interest in RNA research are encouraged to apply for this program. The program is especially intended for undergrads wishing to gain research experience in advance of applying to graduate school. Applicants may designate three preferred potential mentors from the RBI-faculty, or they may contact an RBI faculty member ahead of applying to pre-arrange an internship match (please note this on the application).

The RNA Bioscience Initiative was started in January 2016 with $20 million in funding from the Dean’s Office of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The mission of the RBI is to cultivate a vibrant center of discovery and innovation in RNA biology, informatics, diagnostics, and therapy. Our goal is to provide a fluid pipeline from basic to clinical RNA research on our campus and beyond, and to train the next generation of researchers.

Program Highlights

  • 10-weeks, from early June through early August (start and end dates flexible); $4,000 stipend
  • Round-trip travel to Denver and housing provided
  • 50% of interns selected from SANCAS-affiliated students (beginning summer 2020)
  • Hands-on mentored research experience focused on cutting-edge RNA research
  • Full-day orientation highlighting the RNA Bioscience Initiative and the RBI Summer Internship Program
  • Weekly RNA-related small group lunch seminars from core RBI-faculty
  • Mentoring lunches with RBI-affiliated PhD students and postdocs
  • Short oral presentation given upon completion of research project
  • Spend the summer in Denver, CO, which offers a great balance of urban and outdoor activities


Sign-up for RBI Summer Internship Program updates by e-mailing RNA.BIOSCIENCE@CUANSCHUTZ.EDU.

Meet the 2020 RBI Summer Interns!

Our 2020 summer Interns faced an unprecedented challenge: COVID-19. Because of the pandemic, we were unable to bring students to our campus in person. Nonetheless, RBI faculty found ways to offer remote mentoring and research participation to the following students: