Kenan Fellows High School Summer Internships

Student working in a laboratory setting.
Kenan Fellow Natalia Escovar works on a chemistry experiment during her summer internship in 2021.

Program Details

High school students from Palm Beach and Martin counties are invited to apply for an exceptional opportunity: a full-time, nine-week summer internship at UF Scripps Research Biomedical laboratories in Jupiter, Florida, working alongside leading scientists who tackle tough challenges like cancer and the pandemic coronavirus. The Kenan Fellows High School Summer Internship opens up the fascinating world of biological and chemical research. Explore a potential career in basic research, drug discovery, biotechnology or biomedical engineering while learning lab, presentation and research skills. This program was established in 2005 and is made possible through the generosity of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

Students conduct basic biomedical research in a laboratory under the supervision of a UF Scripps scientist. The program emphasizes the scientific process, research planning, bench experience, experimental design, data analysis and interaction with laboratory personnel. Kenan fellows also attend scientific seminars that introduce them to a wide array of research topics.

Prior to their arrival, participants attend a one-week, comprehensive introductory course that covers techniques and applications standard in biomedical research. The course is offered by the Biotechnology Program at Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens Campus, and provides students with a foundation of basic skills necessary to succeed in a biomedical research laboratory. After the one-week course, students work full time in a UF Scripps laboratory for an eight-week period, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Students must arrange for daily transportation. UF Scripps does not provide transportation or housing. Student interns are awarded a stipend for the eight weeks internship.

In addition to attending weekly seminars during the summer, students are expected to:

  • Submit a written scientific abstract at the conclusion of the program
  • Make an oral presentation at the conclusion of the program


Kenan fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will begin their junior or senior years in a Palm Beach or Martin County high school in the fall of that year. All applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students must be 16 years or older by the first day of the program. Students are required to be available for the entire seven-week duration of the internship. While students of all ethnic and cultural groups are considered and accepted into the program, a special emphasis is placed on identifying and recruiting students who are historically underrepresented in the sciences. 

How to apply

The application period for the summer of 2023 will open in January.

For more information

Rosie Albarran Zeckler

Rosie Albarran Zeckler

MGR, Academic Support Srvcs
Phone: (561) 228-2994