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Bioinformatics Summer Internship

2021 Summer Internship in Bioinformatics Update: The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics will not be hosting the 2021 Summer Internship in Bioinformatics.

The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) is offering a Summer Internship in Bioinformatics for undergraduate students interested in a career in bioinformatics and personalized genomic medicine.  The 8-week internship, intended for undergraduate students and recent college graduates, is an excellent opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in informatics. Interns will work under the direction of a faculty member at the University of Iowa.   

The IIHG Summer Internship is open to students interested in informatics with preference to those who have computer science experience.  This internship program is open to students from anywhere in the United States.  The IIHG provides students with:

  • Full-time, hands-on projects in informatics and personalized genomic medicine
  • Enrichment activities, including seminars and workshops on graduate school and careers

The IIHG will provide assistance with the following:

***International students are welcome to apply, however the IIHG is not able to assist financially with moving or Visa expenses.

IIHG Bioinformatics Division

The IIHG Bioinformatics Division provides several services to the scientific community including exome re-sequencing, expression studies and other analyses such as CHIP-seq and methyl-seq.  All of these analyses capitalize on data output from high throughput sequencing. Our group helps investigators move from the initial ‘sequence-read data’ to answer important questions of biological significance. The scope of available projects range from straightforward expression analysis using commercial software to projects that are much more speculative.  For the more speculative projects, current best approaches are often not defined or are in a state of change. Work in our group offers a challenging mix of projects and analyses offering broad exposure to typical bioinformatics analysis.   


Selected interns will receive a summer stipend of $3400.

Internship requirements  

Selected interns will present two 15-20 minute talks during their summer experience, focusing on the work they are doing. All interns are required to attend and participate in orientation, intern presentations, and selected seminars throughout the 8-week period.


The internship will be 8 weeks in duration, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am-5:00pm. If absent, interns will be required to make up hours with the approval of their mentor. This includes vacation days and holidays.


A complete internship application includes:

  • The electronic application form

  • Personal statement (should not be more than 1 page)

  • Two letters of recommendation - submitted through the application portal or directly to the IIHG at iihg@uiowa.edu

  • Official college academic transcript(s) - sent from your most recent college of university, either electronically to iihg@uiowa.edu (preferred) or by regular mail.

IIHG Summer Internship Program
431 Newton Road, 116 EMRB
Iowa City, IA 52242-1078

Applications will be accepted in January or February, 2022.

This program seeks to improve diversity in the biological sciences. Disabled students, minority students, and disadvantaged students (economically or first in family to attend college) are especially encouraged to apply.

Iowa Institute of Human Genetics and the Genetics Cluster Initiative

The IIHG is a statewide resource to promote clinical care, research, and education that focuses on the medical and scientific advances around the human genome. Established in August 2012, the IIHG seeks to integrate activities in human genetics through multi-disciplinary research, education, and clinical care that is focused on the medical and scientific significance of variations in the human genome.

Genetics transcends departments, colleges and disciplines and generates both needs and services in the basic sciences, health care, bioethics, law, bioinformatics and communications. 

Selected interns will participate in IIHG events and work to complete a bioinformatics project with a University of Iowa faculy member.

Iowa City in the Summer 

Iowa City gets consistently high ratings from national indexes of great places to live, combining the community atmosphere with a cosmopolitan flair. It offers an abundance of cultural, historical and recreational opportunities similar to those in a large city. The downtown area has a pedestrian mall with unique shops, restaurants and live music, and hosts yearly events such as the Jazz Festival, bike and road races, and several art festivals. In addition, Iowa City is an active community with many hiking/biking trails and parks to explore. The IIHG Summer Internship program encourages students to take advantage of the many opportunities Iowa City has to offer in the summer.