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Frequently Asked Questions

Following are commonly asked questions about the JCVI Internship Program.

Do I have to be a student?

Yes, applicants must be enrolled in a degree-seeking institution.

Can I get credit?

The Institute does not issue credit. However, we will work with your school to complete the necessary documentation.

How many applications do you receive? How many interns are accepted?

In 2012 we received over 540 applications and selected 31 interns to be part of our summer program. The JCVI Internship program is very competitive and we receive applications from all over the world. Some statistics are:





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Are all internships in the lab?

 No, there are internship positions available in informatics, human resources, policy, safety, education, and other administrative areas.

Where are the internships located?

The internship program places students in both our Rockville and San Diego offices. More interns are placed in our Rockville headquarter — there are over 300 staff there in comparison to almost 50 in San Diego.

Can I volunteer to work at the Institute?

No, we do not allow volunteers. Interns are paid positions and/or for credit from their school.

Does the Internship Program provide housing?

No, we are not able to provide housing. Information regarding temporary housing in the Washington Metropolitan and San Diego Areas can be found at these web sites:

Is there public transportation?

The Rockville facility is easily accessible from the Washington METRO System — Redline Shady Grove Station then Ride-On Bus 43.

Is there parking?

There is ample parking in Rockville.

There is limited parking in San Diego. Use of public transportation is advised.

What is the cost of living in the Rockville/San Diego Area?

The 2014 government per diem rate for Rockville is $238 and San Diego is $210.

Can international students apply?

Applicants must already be eligible to work in the United States. JCVI does not sponsor visa's for our internship program.

I have just completed one semester at my current school, should I submit transcripts from the last school?

Yes, if you have only completed one semester at your current school, submit the transcripts from your previous school.

Do transcripts need to be official?

No, the transcripts are not required to be official.

How do I submit the application?

All applicants must apply to open positions on-line through our Career Opportunities web page. See additional requirements here.

What do I do if I need special assistance, an accommodation, or have a problem applying through the on-line application?

Please contact internships(AT)jcvi.org or call 301-795-7000 and ask to speak with our Human Resources Department.

What is the selection process like?

Faculty and senior staff/mentors develop projects based on current research projects and objectives. As a project becomes available an intern position will be posted on our Career Opportunities web page. The potential mentors then review the candidate applications. If you are selected for the next step in the process, the mentor will contact you for a face to face or phone interview. The mentors are not able to officially offer the applicants a position. If selected, applicants will receive a call and letter from the Human Resources Department.

Will I be eligible for the internship if my family is planning a vacation during the summer?

We prefer that the internship be a continuous commitment, but recognize this may not always be feasible. Please be sure to note your availability on the application and discuss it with the mentor during the interview. It is up to the mentors' discretion.

Do we allow students to co-op?

Yes, co-op students are welcome to apply. Please indicate the requirement of the program on the application.

Are the internships available during the school year?

Yes, internships are available during the school year. As full-time students, the internship is limited to 20-hours per week. If the internship is for credit, we will work with your school and required documentation. Please indicate this on the application as well as days and times available. Due to the nature of research, we prefer that you consolidate your work sessions to give you larger blocks of time to work with. For example, if you are supposed to work a total of 7 hours per week we prefer that you split that time over 2 days rather than 5.