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, including researchers studying fundamental aspects of biology and the molecular bases of cancer, developmental biology, autoimmunity, and infectious disease. Please visit our Research & Faculty page for a complete list of possibilities.
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). All matches are made only after selection from the entire applicant pool.
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.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2024
The RNA Bioscience Initiative Summer Internship Program (RBISIP) offers internships to provide research experience and an opportunity for undergraduate students to explore and apply academic theory in a biomedical research lab.
A committee of RBI faculty will select highly qualified undergraduates for RBISIP 2024 positions. Demonstrated interest of the applicant in RNA Bioscience in the application essay will factor strongly.
Applicants will be contacted by email starting the week of February 26, 2024, continuing until all slots are filled. 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. If the applicant needs to make a decision on another offer for a summer program before being contacted by the RBISIP, they may contact the RBI to request an expedited decision. Please note that RBISIP is a full-time training program that spans 10 weeks. Therefore, fellows may not combine their research work with any other daytime commitments.
Eligibility and Requirements
All college undergraduates who will be re-enrolling Fall 2024 are eligible to apply. RBISIP can only accept U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Interns are required to attend orientation and weekly lectures given by RBI researchers and/or mentors. Applicants whose institution is in session into June may request approval for a late start date. Interns must present their work at the end of the internship to members of the RBI. Any publications, patents, posters, talks or projects that result from an intern's participation in RBISIP must credit the program by including the funding acknowledgement.
The application deadline for Summer 2024 is February 15, 2024.
You must complete the application in program portal. Application components include:
Stipend and Housing
Interns will be paid a stipend of $4,500 via direct deposit in three installments. Housing is included, for those interns who require it. In addition, for those traveling from some distance, the flight to/from Denver to begin and end the program will be arranged by the Program at no cost to the intern.
|February 15, 2024
|Applicants will be contacted starting:
|February 26, 2024
|Start of Internship:
|May 28, 2024
|End of Internship:
|August 9, 2024
Undergraduate Institution: Gonzaga
Mentor: Olivia Rissland, PhD
Project: Cotranslational regulation of MetAP2 by the Ribosomal-Associated Quality Control Pathway
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado college
Major: Molecular biology
Mentor: Aaron Johnson, PhD
Project: Investigating potential therapeutic applications of HOTAIR lncRNA transfection
Undergraduate Institution: Loyola Marymount University
Mentor: Jay Hesselberth, Phd
Project: Effects of Clp1 5’-RNA kinase on tRNA processing measured by nanopore direct RNA sequencing
Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University
Major: Biochemistry (Molecular Biology emphasis)
Mentor: David Barton, Phd
Project: Sexual RNA replication among picornaviruses
Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas, Austin
Major: Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Mentor: Linda van Dyk, PhD and Eric Clambey, PhD
Project: Analysis of ORF75 expression in individual macrophages infected with MHV68
Undergrad Institution: Cornell University
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Suja Jagannathan, PhD
Project: The effect of introns on premature termination codon readthrough
Undergraduate Institution: Middlebury College
Major: Molecular biology and Biochemistry
Mentor: Aaron Johnson, PhD
Project: Investigating potential therapeutic applications of HOTAIR RNA transfection
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Northridge
Major: Cell and Molecular biology
Mentor: Mario Santiago, PhD
Project: Impact of various interferon subtypes on different stages of SARS-CoV-2 life cycle
Undergraduate Institution: Colorado State University
Mentor: Matt Taliaferro, PhD
Project: Understanding RNA localization regulation by TDP43