Summer Student Program

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The Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program (HOPP) Summer Student Program is designed for high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences.

The program is focused on two distinct areas:

  • Independent research and a stimulating learning environment
    Students will have a chance to take part in independent research projects under the direct mentorship and guidance of a HOPP principal investigator (PI). The PI matches each student with a mentor — typically a senior member from the lab, such as a postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, or research technician. At the end of the summer, the students will be expected to present their research project at a poster session.
  • Extracurricular events, tours, training, and luncheons
    The students will also have the opportunity to explore outside of the laboratory by participating in a variety of events. These extracurricular activities contribute an additional facet to the internship and allow them to become fully immersed in the world of translational medicine and research. The events are hosted by programs throughout Memorial Sloan Kettering, including the Office of Diversity, various Memorial Hospital clinical departments, and Human Resources.

In 2019, the program provided 33 students with a chance to find out more about careers in translational research. Students practiced novel techniques for conducting research experiments and attended enriching training sessions and tours designed to sustain their curiosity for science.

If you are a high school student who is interested in science, our summer program offers an opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art laboratory facility and explore the kinds of questions that researchers are asking today. In addition, you will have a chance to expand your network of connections with other students and learn more about departments involved in clinical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Ultimately, the HOPP Summer Student Program offers students a chance to discover what careers in science are like, make advances toward future career goals, and contribute to the mission of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Who is Eligible

HOPP seeks high school students who are knowledgeable, self-motivated, and passionate about science to join our 2020 Summer Student Program. We encourage students from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds to apply.

Additionally, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least the ninth grade by June 2020
  • A genuine interest in science and laboratory research
  • A 3.5 grade point average in science subjects
  • Eight-week commitment to the program
  • Submission of application materials by the deadlines (see brochure)
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Must be 14 or older by June 29, 2020


If you still have any general questions about the HOPP Summer Student Program or about your application, you can contact us at or 646-888-2013.

View our current HOPP Summer Student Program brochure.