Promoting Underrepresented Minority Advancement in the Sciences (PUMAS) Summer 2023 Undergraduate Internship Application Form

Complete the application to apply for the 2023 PUMAS internship program.

Submission deadline:  March 3, 2023, at 6pm PST

Before you start, read these instructions carefully.

You’ll be able to save a draft of your application before submitting. When you hit save, you’ll receive a link by email to return to your application. You won’t need to create an account to save your application.

To submit your application, you’ll need to upload separate files for your essay answers, your résumé, and your college transcript(s).

You’ll also need to include the names and email addresses of 1 or 2 references. When you submit your application, your references will receive an email with a link and instructions to submit a letter of recommendation online. Keep in mind that letters of recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline on  March 10, 2023.

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If you have questions about the application process, contact Emma Doctors.

Application Form

Required element *

Applicant Information

First-time or Returning Applicant?
Current Home Address
Information on ethnicity is used for demographic purposes only. Gladstone is firmly committed to encouraging diversity in its programs.
Are you a Pell Grant recipient, or have you ever received free and reduced lunch?

Parent/Guardian Information

Educational History

What College(s) Do You Currently Attend?

Career Objectives

List all colleges/universities you’re considering
Anticipated Advanced Degree Objective(s)
Check all that apply

Essay Questions

Essay Questions: New or Returning Applicants*
In a separate document, provide your answers to all five (5) of the following questions, using no more than two (2) pages. Each question should be answered in full sentences, not bulleted lists. Upload your completed document below.

  1. Why are you interested in studying biological/biomedical science?
  2. What are your career goals at present? And how do you think this program will help you reach your career goals?
  3. The success of the PUMAS program depends on the active cooperation of all participants. What strengths and skills do you bring to the program that you can share with other students?
  4. How would your participation in the PUMAS program contribute to the program’s goals of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the sciences?
  5. How have your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges, motivated your decision to pursue science?

Essay Questions: Returning PUMAS Interns*
If you have previously participated in the PUMAS internship program and wish to return, answer the two following questions, instead of the five questions listed above. Provide your answers in a separate document, using no more than one (1) page. Upload your completed document below.

  1. Why do you want to continue working at Gladstone?
  2. What can you get out of this summer experience that you didn’t get out of your first PUMAS internship experience?
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx.


All PUMAS applicants must provide an official or unofficial copy of their college transcript(s). Upload all documents below. Do not mail your transcripts to Gladstone.

If you have attended more than one college, include a transcript from each college (for multiple transcripts, upload one file at a time). You must also upload an unofficial record of the courses you are currently enrolled in this semester.

Unlimited number of files can be uploaded to this field.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx.


Upload your résumé as a separate document. Your résumé should be no longer than two (2) pages, and should include relevant information from college (not high school).

Your résumé should include:

  • Name
  • Contact information (address, phone number, email)
  • College and anticipated year of graduation
  • Any awards and honors received
  • Any volunteer or work experience (e.g., church activities, community service, clubs/organizations,etc.)
  • Any leadership roles
  • Relevant skills and strengths
One file only.
100 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, rtf, pdf, doc, docx.

Letters of Recommendation

Provide the name(s) and email(s) for one or two references who can submit a letter of recommendation for you. Your references must be a scientific mentor and/or educator, such as a college science professor from whom you’ve taken a science course. The reference(s) you list below will receive an email request indicating your name and asking them to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

We recommend that you contact you reference(s) in advance to get their approval and inform them that they will receive an email request. The deadline for your reference to submit the letter of recommendation is March 10, 2023.

Student Commitment

Do you have any prior commitments or circumstances that overlap with the PUMAS internship program dates (June 12 to Aug 11, 2023) or limit your participation in a 20 to 25-hour work week?
Please list below any summer commitments, including work (full-time or part-time), travel plans, summer classes, or other internship programs. Please indicate the dates affected by each commitment.

Proof of Citizenship/Resident Status

If you are accepted into the PUMAS program and offered summer employment at Gladstone Institutes, will you be able to provide documentation, on the first day of work, that you are authorized to work in the United States (either as a citizen, national, lawful permanent resident, or alien) for this internship position?

COVID-19 Vaccination

Gladstone strongly recommends that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID prior to their start date including a booster shot. Gladstone also strongly recommends employees be vaccinated against the influenza. Individuals not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask while inside Gladstone's buildings.


I certify that all information included in this application form is accurate. I understand that the PUMAS internship program at the Gladstone Institutes is a paid 9 week laboratory internship from June 12 to August 11, 2023. If accepted, I agree to participate fully and understand that I must be available to work 20–25 hours per week for the entire duration. I understand that the 2023 PUMAS program may be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I also understand that I must provide my own accommodation and my own transportation to and from Gladstone.

Sign above

To save your work and complete the application later, click the ”Save Draft” button below. You will receive an email with a special link to return to your saved application (make sure you have entered your correct email address in the form)! You can Save Draft any number of times as you work on your application. Click the “Submit” button when your application is complete.