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Stanford ChEM-H - NIBR Pre-graduate Internship Program

Novartis

Stanford ChEM-H has partnered with the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) to establish a pre-graduate intership program for incoming Stanford PhD students.

Have you ever wondered how basic science is translated into patient therapies? Are you looking for a unique, paid summer research experience before starting graduate school? Stanford ChEM-H, an interdisciplinary institute at Stanford University that aims to connect chemistry, engineering and medicine to advance human health, has partnered with the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) to establish a pre-graduate internship program for incoming Stanford PhD students. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge, independent research in a multidisciplinary setting at NIBR, exposing interns to collaborative investigation and offering them an insider’s view of how basic science is translated into therapies for patients.

Program Description

All admitted Stanford PhD students in chemistry, engineering, and the biosciences are welcome to apply, no prior industry experience is required. Selected students will be matched with a mentor at NIBR Cambridge, MA or Emeryville, CA based on the students’ scientific interests and expressed preferences. Internships are expected to start in early-June and end in late-August (start and end dates are flexible). Students will be paid a competitive hourly rate, but will be responsible for their own housing and travel costs.

Interns will be primarily engaged in research at the interface of chemistry and biology and will work in NIBR labs alongside their mentors and other lab members. During their time at NIBR, interns will also participate in lab meetings and seminars, as well as journal clubs specifically focused on their research. Students will be exposed to important research challenges, opportunities to rapidly develop research skills, and an inside look at some future career directions and collaboration opportunities.

To Apply

Apply through the ChEM-H application portal: https://chemh.slideroom.com. The application will open on Friday, March 9th and close on Monday, April 23rd. Applications will be accepted and positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Interested students are encouraged to apply early.

Internship Project Areas

Internship opportunities are available in multiple areas. Potential research areas for interns include:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Neuroscience: Optimization of gene delivery to mammalian cells; the intern will be involved in a gene therapy study targeting mammalian cells in vitro and in vivo.
  • RNA Biology
  • And more!

Please check back for an updated list of sample internship project areas. 

About Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR)

NIBR is the main research arm of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. A global organization, NIBR has 7 major research sites, and employs more than 6,000 scientists, physicians and business professionals from around the world.

NIBR’s main areas of therapeutic focus:

Autoimmunity, Transplantation & Inflammation Disease
Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases
Infectious Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Neuroscience
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Respiratory Diseases

NIBR Sites:

Internship opportunities are available at the following NIBR sites. 

Cambridge, MA

NIBR Cambridge is located in the midst of multiple renowned academic research institutions and innovative biotech companies. The NIBR headquarters is home to research in the areas of new target discovery, oncology, neuroscience, ophthalmology, and cardiovascular and metabolic related diseases.

Emeryville, CA

Located in the San Francisco Bay area, Emeryville is one home to NIBR’s Infectious Disease research group working in bacteriology and virology.

Contact

For questions about the program and application process, please contact:

Dr. Katherine Alfieri
Stanford ChEM-H Program Manager
kalfieri@stanford.edu