Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the purpose of the Mechanistic Biology Summer Program (MBSP)?

This 10-week program provides outstanding undergraduate students opportunities to explore fundamental biological research with Memorial Sloan Kettering faculty.  

2. What will MBSP interns do?

MBSP interns will develop research skills by focusing on important basic biological research questions in cutting-edge laboratories. Each intern will have an independent project and will work with an assigned lab faculty/mentor. In addition to working in the lab, interns will attend journal clubs and scientific and professional development seminars. At the end of the 10-week program, the MBSP interns will present a poster on their project.

3. Is the summer program limited to specific majors?

Those who have completed college-level biology and chemistry courses, have some hands-on experience with lab work and have an interest in studying fundamental biological questions are invited to apply to the MBSP. We are most interested in those who would like to pursue graduate work in biomedical sciences.

4. Where is the internship located?

Interns will be hosted onsite in one of the MSK faculty laboratories located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

5. Is this a paid internship?

Yes, interns will receive a stipend of $6,500 for the summer paid on a bi-weekly basis.

6. How many slots are available for this program? 

The program enrolls up to 10 interns per summer.

7. Is summer housing provided?

Yes, summer (dormitory) housing is provided for free to any who need it. Interns will be paired in groups of 4 per room and by gender.

8. What amenities are included in housing?

The assigned space consists of a twin-size bed, a dresser, a desk, and closet space. All apartments have two bedrooms, each suite has a kitchenette which contains a microwave, electric stove-top burners, sink, cabinets, a large refrigerator, and private bathroom (Utilities and Wi-Fi included). Dishes, utensils and cooking supplies are not provided.

9. Does the program cover travel costs?

No, the program does not cover travel costs.