Are you meant for something more?

Each summer, Pinhead Institute places regional students at renowned scientific institutions for 6 to 10 weeks to work with leading researchers on critical issues facing the world today including biodiversity, indigenous cultures, influenza study, sustainability, habitat loss, and climate change.

Founded in 2003, the Pinhead Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain practical skills and experience in various scientific fields of study, including (but not limited to) math, physics, conservation, chemistry, biology, and much more. Pinhead internships provide experience and opportunities for students to work with people who have dedicated their lives to academic pursuits about which they are passionate.

This program affords students from Nucla, Norwood, Telluride, Ridgway & Ouray High Schools opportunities not available in our region, and it often is a life changing experience.



Meet the 2014 Pinhead Institute Interns:


2013 Pinhead Institute Interns:

Cirkine Sherry, Telluride High School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Gabrieli Laboratory, Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Boston, MA

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Brian Ensor, Telluride High School
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Computer Science
Austin, TX

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Jon Young, Telluride High School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory and the Laboratory for
Information and Decision Systems

Boston, MA

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Jordan Gardner, Telluride High School
University of Colorado Boulder
Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles
Boulder, CO

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Malcolm Major, Telluride High School
U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
Fort Wainwright, AK

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Julia Vann, Ouray High School
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
UNC Center for AIDS Research, Division of Infectious Diseases
Chapel Hill, NC

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Tashi Hackett, Ridgway Secondary School
University of California, San Francisco
Department of Emergency Medicine
San Francisco, CA

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Learn more about our Pinhead Interns from

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.


Read about this incredible program in Telluride Magazine.



Pinhead Internship Application Process

The deadline for 2014 has passed. 2015 applications will be due early January.

Please check back in November for the 2015 Summer Application.

Any questions regarding the application process may be directed to Sonchia Jilek, (970.708.7441 or

Click here to learn more about the Pinhead Institute Program and for answers to the most commonly asked questions.

For "Letters of Intent" examples, click for sample version 1 and sample version 2.

For resume examples, click for sample version 1 and sample version 2.



Let's Celebrate! The Pinhead Internship

Every fall, the Pinhead Institute celebrates the summer internships with a special evening of presentations. In 2013 it was held at Rustico with a impressive turnout!