This document gives information on the application process for a summer internship. It was put together for students of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at IUBJacobs. You may have heard other things elsewhere but this is how, in the life sciences, an application process should be conducted.
Don't be discouraged. There seem to be a lot of steps but if you leave yourself time they can all be dealt with.
- Some US universities (and a few European universities and research institutes) have organized internship programs. You apply to the program, not an individual lab. Applications for such programs often have to be made on a specific form. The defined application processes, outlined in their prospectus, must be accurately followed. I have a tentative list of some good programs.
- Most European and American universities have no internship program. You apply to individual laboratories. Such applications should consist of:
- a cover letter,
- a CV,
- a transcript (copy is enough), and
- a sheet with the addresses of two or three referees (professors who will write a letter of recommendation for you).
- If you want to apply to a company, the application process is usually also requires cover letter, CV, transcript, and referees' addresses. It always pasy to know someone inside the company to whom the materials can be addressed.