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STEM High School Internship Program

Applications open Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and are due Friday, March 31, 2017. You will be notified by Monday, May 1, 2017.

About the Program

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse workforce, and inspiring the next generation of scientists, physicians, and healthcare workers. During the summer, our Science Education Department offers high school students from underrepresented groups in STEM the opportunity to apply for a paid internship position at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Selected interns engage in cutting-edge research, work with leading research scientists, learn essential laboratory skills and take part in workshops on ethics, laboratory safety, college readiness and career exploration. This internship provides students with a solid foundation for a future research career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

The program does not provide or arrange housing for interns.

Please note that this internship is best suited for underrepresented students in STEM interested in laboratory research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Please visit the High School and Youth Service Projects or Summer Nurse Camp pages if you are interested in volunteer or clinical positions at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

To learn more about other internships and training opportunities at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, please visit the Office for Training, Education and Research.

Schedule

  • Program Dates 
    • Week 1: Monday, June 26 – Thursday, June 29
    • Week 2: Wednesday, July 5 – Friday, July 7
    • Week 3: Tuesday, July 11 – Thursday, July 13
    • Week 4: Tuesday, July 18 – Friday, July 21
     
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Location: Seattle Children’s Research Institute in downtown Seattle (map)

Interns will receive:

  • The opportunity to work directly with world-class mentors at the research bench
  • Transportation assistance to and from Seattle Children’s Research Institute
  • Daily lunch
  • A stipend of $750 upon completion of the 14-day internship
  • Workshops about ethics, lab safety, college readiness and career exploration

Eligibility Requirements

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a strong interest in science and in pursuing a career in research in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields
  • Will have completed 11th grade and not have graduated from high school by the beginning of the internship (rising senior).
  • Must meet two of the following three eligibility requirements to apply:
    • Belong to a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the STEM fields (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands)
    • Qualify for federal disadvantaged assistance, free or reduced-price school meals and/or other state or federal assistance
    • Identify with a social, cultural or rural/inner-city educational environment that could inhibit you from pursuing a STEM career
     
  • Is responsible, motivated, reliable and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Will be available for the entire duration of the 14-day internship (see schedule above)
  • Will be on time and will stay for the duration of each day: 8:30 a.m.–4 p,m.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding these eligibility requirements, please contact us in the Science Education Department.

How to Apply

Complete the online application form and submit the following:

  • Your contact information, including high school and school district
  • Cover letter (500-word limit) addressing “Why do you want to participate in this internship at Seattle Children’s Research Institute?”
  • Some helpful things to include: Tell us about your college and career goals and your desire to pursue research in the STEM fields.
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other professional, explaining why they think you would be a good fit for this internship, plus their contact information

Applications open Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and are due Friday, March 31, 2017. You will be notified by Monday, May 1, 2017. (Work with your college and career access specialist or career center counselor to help prepare your application.).

To learn more, please email us.

Thank you for your interest in the STEM High School Internship Program at Seattle Children’s Research Institute!