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MacMillan Center for the Study of the Non-Coding Cancer Genome (CSNCG) Intern


New York, NY
ID: 708-105

MacMillan Center for the Study of the Non-Coding Cancer Genome (CSNCG) Intern

New York, NY

Internship Program Description

NYGC’s Summer Internship Program is designed to provide students hands-on mentorship from an assigned mentor in one of our research labs, support groups or administrative departments. You will gain exposure to Genomics and the research that we do, as well as have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with top genomic researchers. In addition, NYGC interns will be able to attend and participate in a wide variety of other events scheduled specially for our Summer Intern group, including weekly workshops, presentations, career panels, social events and much more. The expected duration of the internship is June 3rd, 2024 – July 26th, 2024.  

The MacMillan Center for the Study of the Non-Coding Cancer Genome (CSNCG) is a partnership between the MacMillan Family Foundation and the New York Genome Center. The mission of the CSNCG is to dramatically advance our understanding of human physiology and disease mechanisms in cancer through an unprecedented research program focused on understanding the role and function of the non-coding genome and epigenome in cancer evolution, progression, and treatment response. This requires shared innovative technologies and mathematical approaches, and an interdisciplinary effort between theory, measurement, and application. Thus, a key goal of the CSNCG will be the creation of a common causality discovery platform that brings together engineers, data scientists, mathematicians, technologists, and biological experts to engage in collaborative efforts to develop and scale access to tissue-based measurements and computational tools, which will provide quantification of phenotypes as a function of natural or experimental variation of the non-coding genome and epigenome.

CSNCG interns will be able to gain experience, training, and exposure to the state-of-the-art technologies and analytical methods being developed and applied within the CSNCG. With access to the NYGC-based faculty, the Technology Innovation and Technology Development labs, the Production Sequencing Lab, as well as the Computational Biology and Software Engineering teams, CSNCG interns will have the unique opportunity to experience a highly integrated, multidisciplinary environment, allowing them to tailor their projects and training to their specific interests, while learning how to navigate the interface of academia and industry in genomic science and gain exposure to the administration and operation of a large, interdisciplinary research program. Each CSNCG intern will be able to participate in one of several different projects, including:

  • Comparative epigenomic analysis in breast cancer;
  • Noncoding regulators of immunity and inflammation in vivo;
  • Essential long non-coding RNAs in cancer;
  • Next-generation chimeric antigen receptors for cell therapy;
  • nvestigating the dark genome influence on targeted and chemotherapy sensitivity in pancreatic cancer organoids.

Eligibility requirements

  • U.S citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Undergraduate student in a related course of study
  • Available to work full-time on their project for the duration of the internship

Who Should Apply?

  • Undergraduate students with a strong interest in a scientific or non-profit organization
  • Students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, including students who identify as African American, Hispanic American, Latinx, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, members of economically disadvantaged families and disabled persons.


Interns will earn an $8,000 stipend for their participation in the program.

Application Required Documents

  • Unofficial school transcript
  • CV/ resume
  • Personal statement (1-2 pages) addressing the following:
    • Your academic/professional background and your interests in STEM
    • Why are you interested in the Undergraduate Summer Internship Program?
    • Previous research experience, if any.
  • A statement of 500 words maximum that describes your experience, views, and interests related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. 

Flexible Work

NYGC has established a flexible work policy to give employees and other staff more ability to balance their work, personal commitments, and commuting challenges. The incumbent in this position is eligible for a flexible work schedule or hybrid remote work arrangement with supervisory approval. At minimum, interns will be required to be onsite at the New York Genome Center for all weekly intern events (e.g. scientific and social events), which will occur once or twice per week.

Key Competencies at NYGC

  • Technical and Professional Skills: Consistently demonstrates skills and knowledge relevant for current role; strives to expand the depth and breadth of technical and professional skills; works with a high level of integrity; exhibits focus and discipline; appropriately prioritizes, manages expectations and delivers on commitments.
  • Collaborative & Communicative: Models collaboration and teamwork; brings out the best in others; effectively works with all levels, internally and externally; respects and embraces diversity of perspective; communicates clearly and listens carefully; uses good judgment as to what to communicate and when to do so.
  • Adaptable & Innovative: Adaptable and embraces change; develops new insights and pursues improvements and efficiency; fosters exchange of new ideas and willing to challenge the status quo; takes initiative and is solution-oriented; engages in work with passion and curiosity.


About the New York Genome Center

The New York Genome Center (NYGC) is an independent, nonprofit, academic research organization dedicated to advancing genomic research. NYGC scientists and staff are furthering new approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological diseases and cancer through their unique capabilities in whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing, state-of-the art analytics, and the development of genomic tools. NYGC concentrates specifically on disease-based research in the following areas: neuropsychiatric disease (autism, schizophrenia, bipolar); neurodegenerative disease (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s), and cancer.

Located in Lower Manhattan, the New York Genome Center was founded by and remains closely affiliated with the leading academic medical centers and research universities in the New York region, engaging in research projects with and for these institutions. Essential to our collaborative work is an outstanding faculty, whose members typically hold a joint appointment at NYGC and a partner university. They support our scientific mission by conducting independent research in areas of mutual interest to us and the wider scientific community.

Equal Opportunity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to NYGC’s core mission. We strive to create a workplace environment that is welcoming and fair to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion. We believe that when people of various backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives work together in an inclusive and equitable environment we gain new and valuable perspectives that otherwise would have been missed. Valuing and supporting all NYGC employees as individuals while helping them realize their full potential is critical to promoting greater collaboration, innovation, and discovery – fostering a sense of belonging for our greatest strength, our people. We recognize that there is still work to be done that will require sustained commitment from the entire organization.

The New York Genome Center is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, protected veteran or military status, domestic violence victim status, partnership status, caregiver status, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NYGC takes affirmative action in support of its policy to hire and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 


Required Skills

Position Requirements

  • Upperclass undergraduate in a related course of study
  • Available to work full-time on their project for the duration of the internship
  • Team oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills.


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