A Day in the Life of a RISE Internship Student

Students in the RISE Internship track are fully immersed in laboratory activities and research from approximately 9 am to 5 pm each day of the week. In addition, you attend weekly workshops run by the RISE Program Manager to supplement your lab education, discuss your research, and learn about aspects of a scientific career outside the laboratory.

For residential students, meals are provided by the Fresh Food Company at Warren Towers, which offers a large assortment of cuisines for all tastes, including vegetarian and vegan options. The dining staff can also accommodate food allergies or other dietary restrictions. To-go meals are available upon request for students who cannot travel to and from their laboratory during dining hours.

For commuter students, BU does not provide a meal plan; however, you may choose to dine with friends by purchasing meals at the food court in the George Sherman Union (hours vary by individual restaurant) or at the Fresh Food Company at Warren Towers, which offers a large assortment of cuisines for all tastes, including vegetarian and vegan options. The dining staff can also accommodate food allergies or other dietary restrictions. Commuter students will have access to Warren Towers with your student ID (the Terrier Card) from 7 am – 11 pm daily.

Terrier Cards are obtained before the mandatory orientation on the first day of the program. During orientation, you will also meet your assigned Program Assistant.

While at Boston University, you share dorm life and social activities with students from the High School Honors program. To help you get to know your fellow students, the BU campus, and Boston, we plan a variety of fun group events during the first week. After that, each weekend has a planned activity that everyone participates in. We also organize some optional activities during the week. Your weeknights are free for reading scientific articles, joining impromptu activities, or spending time with friends until curfew. Take a look at our Program Activities to see the types of exciting activities we plan.

You will also have plenty of free time to enjoy the BU campus and all that Boston has to offer. You can purchase a short-term membership to Boston University’s Fitness & Recreation Center, study at one of BU’s 23 libraries, or relax on the BU “beach.”