Promoting Underrepresented Minorities Advancing in the Sciences (PUMAS) Internship Program

Gladstone interns
Gladstone interns
Are you a community college student interested in doing research in a lab this summer? Then the Gladstone PUMAS internship program is for you! We are now accepting applications for this summer; the deadline to apply is Friday May 9, 2014 at 6:00pm.

About the Gladstone Institutes
To ensure our work does the greatest good, the Gladstone Institutes focus on conditions with profound medical, economic, and social impact – unsolved diseases of the brain, the heart, and the immune system. Affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco, Gladstone is an independent, nonprofit life science research organization that uses visionary science and technology to overcome disease.

About the PUMAS program

  • Limited to 4 qualified students (see below for eligibility requirements)
  • 8-week summer internship from Monday June 16 – Friday August 9, 2014
  • Students will be paid minimum wage ($10.74/hr) and work full-time (~32hrs/wk)
  • PUMAS interns will work 1-on-1 with a scientific mentor doing hands-on biomedical research in a laboratory at Gladstone
  • Location of internship is at the Gladstone Institutes, 1650 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA
  • During the summer, PUMAS interns will also participate in regular weekly meetings with their mentors, labmates, and fellow interns
  • Housing is NOT provided. Students are responsible for their own housing and for their own transportation to and from Gladstone. However, students are eligible for a housing/travel allowance of up to $2,400

Eligibility Requirements

  • No prior research experience required
  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident to apply. International students are NOT eligible for this program.
  • Be currently enrolled as a community college student whose planning on transferring to a 4-year institution to pursue a B.S. in a STEM field (Science Technology Engineering & Math)
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average GPA of 2.50
  • Successful completion of 2 semesters of college-level science courses with a lab component (chemistry and molecular biology preferred but not required)
  • Emphasis is placed on identifying applicants who are historically underrepresented in the sciences (African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Native American), including students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or students with disabilities.

Application Process

  • Complete the PUMAS application form which includes answering essay questions, attaching a resume, a copy of your most recent college transcript (unofficial is fine) and 1-2 letters of recommendation from a science faculty/professor at your college
  • Use the application checklist to make sure you have included all documents
  • Applications need to be scanned/emailed, faxed or postmarked to us by Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:00pm
  • Students will be contacted for phone interviews in mid-May and notified of their acceptance by the end of May

Commitment to Diversity
Gladstone is committed to broadening participation in biomedical research. We strongly encourage students from historically under-represented groups in the sciences to apply to our internship program, including students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or students with disabilities.

PDF   Download the 2014 Pumas Application Packet [PDF 750k]

If you have questions, please contact:
Shannon Noonan
Education & Community Partnerships Manager
shannon.noonan@gladstone.ucsf.edu
Phone: 415-734-2054
Fax: 415-355-0826