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
Gladstone is a non-profit biomedical research organization located on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco. Our science focuses on three of the most important clinical problems of modern times: heart disease, HIV/AIDS and neurodegenerative disorders.

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
Phone: 415-734-2054
Fax: 415-355-0826