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JCVI | SSEC Internship Program

JCVI/SSEC Internship Program

The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) are partnering to offer a new and exciting internship opportunity open to undergraduate and graduate level students. This internship is ideal for students with an interest in science education, microbiology, infectious disease, and genomics. Students completing the internship will acquire real-world experience working with scientists in a professional laboratory, and will be able to apply that knowledge to further understand and contribute to international curricula that aligns with the U.N.’s Global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

At the JCVI, the intern will work with JCVI scientists and staff to acquire knowledge and laboratory-based skills related to strategies against pathogenic bacteria and/or mosquito-borne diseases. The intern will learn advanced diagnostic techniques and current research being done in the field.

At the SSEC, the intern will work with educators, researchers, staff, SSEC partners, and experts in the field of global science education to support the development and rollout of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s international curriculum module called, “Zika!” which helps students understand mosquito-borne diseases through inquiry-based science education methods.

Internship Locations

This position will split between JCVI’s Rockville, MD location and the SSEC in Washington D.C.

Smithsonian Science Education Center
901 D St., SW, Suite 704B
Washington DC, 20024

(near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station on the green/yellow and orange/blue/silver) 


The J. Craig Venter Institute Internship Program is small and highly selective. To be considered for this internship, applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. JCVI does not sponsor a work visa for students enrolled in an internship. If selected applicants must be able to produce valid documentation in full.

Additional eligibility requirements include:

  • Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of application
  • Strong interest in science and/or education
  • Ability to travel to Rockville, MD and Washington DC during the week
  • Available for 8 – 12 weeks part-time (4 hours a day, up to 20hours/week)


This is an unpaid internship.

Students have the option to receive credit through their education institute. Students will be responsible for obtaining any appropriate school departmental approvals to determine specific academic assignments required. Neither JCVI or the SSEC will issue credit, but we will work with you to complete documentation from your school.

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply through JCVI’s online portal. Do not send any application materials directly to the SSEC. Only complete applications will be considered.

JCVI’s application system only accepts ONE file. If your application materials are separate, the easiest way to submit all your application materials via our system is to scan your files together and submit them as ONE complete file (PDF or Word only). Files to be submitted with your application:

  • Your resume or CV
  • Cover letter
    • Your specific scientific interests
    • How your skills and coursework are relevant to the position
    • How this internship will prepare you to meet your professional goals
  • A writing sample
    • Does not need to be produced for this application (school essays are acceptable)
    • Can also provide a link to a blog and/or website

Review of Applications

JCVI will review your application and select candidates to move forward. Candidates will then be contacted by SSEC staff for the next steps, which will include a phone interview by SSEC program staff and a Federal background investigation.

Once you have been selected for the internship, you will be required to enter an internship application in the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). You will create an account at this site. After you have created an account, you can begin your application and select your program choice of interest (JCVI/SSEC Internship). You can view your application status in SOLAA at any time. Do not send any application materials directly to the SSEC.

Application Timing

Applications are expected to be open for the Spring 2018 internship by the end January. Please click the green button below to begin the application process.

For questions, please send an email to internships(AT)jcvi.org.

J. Craig Venter Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, national origin or ancestry, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, presence of children, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic status, gender identity, mental or physical handicap, status as a covered veteran, status as a qualified disabled individual, except where sex is a bona fide occupational requirement, or where disability status is a bona fide occupational disqualification or any other legally protected status.