McLaughlin Institute

Student Program

Wyatt Walters

Summer Internships for High School & College Students 

Time to make summer plans!




Students in their junior or senior year of high school, or freshman through senior year of college are eligible.  Students should be on track for four years of math, biology, chemistry and/or physics. Stipends are paid to all participants however, the Institute does not provide housing for interns.  Preference will be given to students from Montana.  However, all are welcome and encouraged to apply.

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Successful applicants will spend 8 weeks, from June 23, 2021 through August 18, 2021, in the laboratory of one of the Institute’s faculty or in the Animal Resource Center actively engaged in a current research project under the direction of the scientist, postdoctoral fellow, or research assistant. In addition to providing hands-on experience in investigational science, the students will observe and interact with other high school and college students in a laboratory- learning environment rather than a classroom. Journal clubs and seminars supplement the research experience.  Each student will give a formal presentation at the end of the 9 weeks summarizing his/her project.

Successful applicants to the program must agree to fully commit 8 weeks of their summer to the internship.  The reward is real-life experience participating in cutting edge research at a research institute with ties to world-renowned scientists and research universities.  Many of our interns have gone on to successful careers in research or medicine.

A long tradition!

McLaughlin Research Institute is committed to serving as an educational resource for students and teachers in Montana.  Summer research internships for talented high school students have been available since 1954, when Great Falls High School student, Irving Weissman, worked in the lab of the Institute’s founder, Dr. Ernst Eichwald.  Dr. Weissman now chairs the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee and is Director of Stanford University’s Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute.

Our internship program is made possible by the generous support of Gene Thayer.

Internships begin Wednesday, June 23, 2021 and end Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

To apply, include a letter of application highlighting your interest in science, a resume, official transcripts, ACT or SAT scores (high school applicants only), and two letters of recommendation (in sealed envelopes signed across the flap), preferably from instructors in the science/math disciplines.

Applications must be received by March 31, 2021. Please scan and email to or mail to:

McLaughlin Research Institute

Attn: Student Intern Program

1520 23rd Street South

Great Falls, MT  59405

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