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STEM High School Internship Program

Applications for summer 2019 will open in March 2019.

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 competitive and 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 career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Interns will receive a compensation of $1,000 for their participation in the entire internship.

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.

Executive Summary

The most recent STEM internship was concluded in July 2018. The Class of 2018 participated in 30 workshops and 51 hours of working directly with research mentors, and reported dramatic gains in content knowledge, job skills, and preparedness for college and STEM careers. Read the Executive Summary 2018 for more about the mentors and interns from this past year's internship.


  • Program Dates 
    • Week 1: Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28
    • Week 2: Monday, July 1 – Friday, July 5 (except Thursday, July 4)
    • Week 3: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
    • Week 4: Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Location: Seattle Children’s Research Institute in downtown Seattle (map)

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 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 addressing all of the following topics:
    • Why do you want to participate in this internship at Seattle Children’s Research Institute?
    • What are your college goals?
    • Tell us about your desire and motivation to pursue a career in the STEM fields.
  • 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 for summer 2019 will open in March 2019.

To learn more, please email us.

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