CIRM/Teams Program Details

One crucial skill CIRM/TEAMS trainees acquire during their time in the program is cell culture. 

The CIRM/TEAMS program offers first-hand research experience in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology. Faculty mentors in the program investigate themes related to cancer stem cells, hematopoietic stem cells, tissue-specific stem cells, and human pluripotent stem cells. In addition to coursework and seminars with the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy, the CIRM/TEAMS program at City of Hope includes: 

Lectures focusing on relevant biological themes and the ethics of alternative applications for stem cells. 

Presentations from City of Hope faculty, including researchers and clinicians, discussing their career path.  

Real-world learning with City of Hope’s Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center, Gene Editing and Viral Vector Core, and Islet Cell Transplantation Program. 

Community service and outreach in the local community. 

Networking opportunities and poster presentations at the SPARK Annual Meeting. 


Eligibility Criteria 

To be considered for the program, students must meet the criteria below: 

  • Students must be US citizens, or permanent residents. 
  • Students must identify with a background considered under-represented in STEM. This includes individuals from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (for example, African American, American Indian, Black, Hispanic, Latino/a/x, Pacific Islander) individuals with disabilities, first-generation college students, and individuals from low-income families. 
  • Students must be 16 years of age or older by the first day of the program. 
  • Students should have completed high school courses in chemistry and biology. 

To be considered for the program, applicants should complete the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy online application linked here. The application contains a section for students to indicate interest in being considered for the CIRM/TEAMS program.  

Who We Look For 

We look for students with a dedication to science and a genuine interest in furthering their research careers, particularly in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology. Trainees who succeed in the CIRM/TEAMS program are highly motivated both inside and outside the classroom and are prepared to fully invest their summer in learning from City of Hope faculty. 


The program is ten weeks in duration, typically running from early June to mid/late-August. Trainees are expected to commit to the program in its entirety, as the internship is full-time. For details regarding the application timeline, please visit the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy application page.