During the summer, KGI offers a limited number of unpaid internship opportunities to exceptionally motivated and academically strong high school students to gain hands-on research experience, and learn about the pursuit of a science or engineering related college education and professional career. This internship program runs in parallel with our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. Students have the option to also express interest in the SURE Drug Discovery program when applying. Learn more here.

High school students work under the supervision of a KGI faculty mentor, initially shadow undergraduate students and other researchers at KGI, and are then able to engage in a small, well-defined research project matched to their skills and knowledge. High school students further are able to participate in SURE program activities such as seminars and workshops.

  • The number of positions is limited, depending on availability of faculty mentors plus approval by the Dean
  • Students have to be age 16 or older at the time of program start to qualify for this program

2020 Dates: June 27 – August 7

Application deadline: May 4, 2020

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Program Fees

The program is of no cost to the students.

Who are we?

  • Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) is the newest member of the The Claremont Colleges, which also includes the undergraduate colleges Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer, as well as Claremont Graduate University.
  • Among many areas, KGI also offers expertise in biotechnology, bioengineering, and computational biology, in addition to business and bioethics.
  • KGI’s science faculty, researchers, and students have backgrounds in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences, and related areas.
  • The KGI Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences is dedicated to education and research aimed at translating into practice, for the benefit of society, the power and potential of the life sciences.
  • KGI offers a number of innovative programs and post graduate-level degree curricula that integrate life sciences, pharmacy, genetics, engineering, and business with a focus on industry projects, internships, and team collaborations
  • KGI employs an entrepreneurial approach and industry connections that provide pathways for students to become leaders in healthcare and the applied life sciences

Where are we located?
KGI is located in Claremont, CA, just southeast of the village. Click here for a map and driving directions.

What is it like to be a high school intern at KGI?

Jhaline Mast worked as an intern during the summer of 2017. She did such a great job that she stayed on during the school year to continue working on her project. Read more about Jhaline.

Deboki Chakravarti and Samena Lutfaeli from the Vivian Webb School worked as interns at KGI during the summer of 2006 as part of the FIBR outreach program. Under the mentorship of Professor Alpan Raval, these two students learned the Python programming language and used Python to perform basic computations on biological network data. Deboki and Samena continuee to work on the project in 2007 by implementing novel methods to extract topologically modular structures within biological networks.

Asmita Kumar, a former student at Claremont High School, worked as an intern at KGI during the summer of 2005 in the research group of Professor Angelika Niemz. Her main project involved fabricating nanoporous template structures on silicon wafers, and depositing DNA-functionalized gold nanospheres into the surface nanopores through self-assembly. She presented the results of her research project in the form of a poster at the 2005 Southern California Conference of Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) at UC Irvine.