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Undergraduate and high school summer internships at BTI, Cornell University and the USDA provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience and explore if a scientific career is right for you. Currently we offer positions to outstanding students interested in Plant Genome Research, Bioinformatics and Bioenergy Education. Applications are accepted annually from November until the first Friday of February. Accepted students join an international community of scientists and students in the pursuit of scientific discovery, learn valuable research skills, and attend seminars and workshops to learn from leaders in these fields. Read below to find out more.

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Bioinformatics Internship Bioinformatics Internship

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Faculty & Projects

As world leaders in plant genome research, Cornell University, Boyce Thompson Institute, and the U.S. Plant, Soil, and Nutrition Laboratory are host to many outstanding research labs. These research facilities have built on Cornell’s long tradition of research in plant genetics and breeding to develop novel technologies, the application of which has sought to improve the scientific understanding of many aspects of plant biology. The research interests of the labs are quite varied, ranging from identifying disease resistance in crop plants to understanding how plants sense and respond to light. For more information about the research projects in the Plant Genome Research Program, please click on the project leaders, below.

Faculty Profiles and Intern Projects

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Bioenergy Education Internship Bioenergy Education Internship

Former Faculty Profiles and Intern ProjectsBioenergy Education Internship


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Dates and Deadline

Dates and Deadline

Internship applications will be accepted through online submission only, beginning November 1, 2013 and ending Friday February 7, 2014.

Application materials received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 1, 2014

Program Dates

  • Undergraduate Internships: June 2, 2014 – August 8, 2014
  • High School Interns June 30, 2014 – August 8, 2014

Recommend a Student
Letters of Recommendation for 2014 summer internships are no longer being accepted via the online applicant portal. The deadline to submit letters of recommendation via the portal was February 7, 2014.

If you experienced difficulty uploading your letter through the portal, or were unable to submit a letter before the deadline due to unforeseen circumstances, please send your letter via pdf to

Letters received via email before February 12, 2014 will be included in student’s application.

Applications for 2014 summer internships are no longer being accepted.

The deadline to apply was February 7, 2014. All applications submitted by deadline are now being reviewed. Due to the large number of applications received, notifications of acceptance will be sent by email in late March, 2014.

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