2016 Summer Internship Program

The summer of 2016 will mark the seventeenth year of the high school summer internship program at the Center for Imaging Science. This unique program offers a limited number of highly qualified juniors the opportunity to work side-by-side with world class scientists on a variety of imaging-related research projects. These unpaid internships give students the chance to get valuable hands-on experience in a real laboratory setting as contributing members of a research team. The internship program also provides an opportunity for interaction with other students from surrounding school districts who have similar interests and ambitions. Professional development activities, team building exercises, and at least one field trip are additional benefits. Participation in this program is free, and upon successful completion of research students are provided a certificate of completion as well as letters of recommendation. 

More Information

What do the interns do?
Click here for a list of the imaging laboratories that hire interms, and a description of the tasks they typically perform.

What's it like to be an intern?
Click here for a list of links to online journals kept by past interns during their time in the Center.

Intern Final Presentations
Titles and abstracts from the 2014 final presentations are available here. Video recordings of the presentations are available at the following links: Part 1, Part 2

Intern Alumni Stories
Learn what past interns have gone on to do by reading a collection of short interviews.

Contact Us
Please contact Associate Director Joe Pow by e-mail at pow@cis.rit.edu, or by phone at (585) 475-7323.

2016 Application Schedule (subject to change)

1/4/16Application process begins
3/4/16Applications due at RIT
4/11-4/14/16On-campus interviews
5/13/16Selected interns notified (no later than this date)
6/15/16Administrative in-processing
7/6/16Internship begins
8/17/16Last day of internship

Application Instructions

The 2016 Internship Program application cycle is now CLOSED. 


1. Applications will only be considered from current high school juniors (students who will graduate in June 2017).
2. RIT does not provide students chosen for the intern program with food, lodging, or transportation.  Any students from outside the greater Rochester area who intend to apply must provide the selection committee with detailed information about their plans for food, lodging, and transportation during the internship.
3. Applicants who are chosen for an interview as part of the selection process will have to come to RIT to meet in person with the interviewers.  There will be no phone or Skype interviews. 

The Imaging Science Intern Program has been supported in part by generous donations from UTC Aerospace Systems

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