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Outreach Programs

Research Internships for High School Students

Unpaid Internships for High School Students

In addition to formal internship programs for high school students, Stanford labs sometimes host high school interns on an informal basis, usually in unpaid internships. The Office of Science Outreach is not able to help individual students identify a host lab or project but if you click on the red title above, you will find some information and tips. Please do not call the Office of Science Outreach for advice or guidance. 

RISE Summer Internship Program

June 18 - August 5, 2014

The RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) Summer Internship Program for HS Students is sponsored by the Office of Science Outreach. It’s an intensive 7-week summer program for local Bay Area students (living within 25-mile radius of campus) interested in science, engineering, math, computer science, or psychology. Students spend 30 hours a week on the Stanford campus, working in an active research lab under the guidance of a mentor from the lab (typically a graduate student), and attending weekly group sessions that include field trips, presentations, hands-on science activities, and lab tours.

RISE is designed for bright low income students and those who will be the first in their families to attend college. 

Earth Sciences High School Internship Program

June 17 - August 6, 2014

At the School of Earth Sciences, high school students spend 8 weeks in the summer working in different laboratories. Student interns must be interested in Earth sciences.  They support ongoing research and are supervised directly by graduate students, post docs and lab managers. For local high school students only, selected by an application process. The high school internship program is an annual program and will be offered in 2014. The application is released in late January and is due March.

SMYSP Summer Residential Program

June 22 - July 27, 2014

The SMYSP Summer Residential Program offers five weeks of intensive science and health training each summer for low income and under-represented high school students from northern and central California. Participants live together at Stanford, attend scientific lectures, complete anatomy laboratory practicums, intern at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System hospital, and learn about college entrance requirements, application procedures and financial aid. The program is tuition-free; selection is based on an application process.

SIMR - Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

June 9 - July 31, 2014

SIMR – The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program, is for high school juniors and seniors interested in hands-on research in various fields of medicine (immunology, stem cell, cancer, neuroscience, bioinformatics and cardiovascular medicine). This eight week program enables the selected students to take part in research, attend introductory lectures and to present their work at a poster session open to the Stanford community. 

High School and Pre-Medical Student Summer Internship

June 23 - July 18, 2014

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Stanford Summer Internship is designed to educate high school and pre-medical students considering careers in science, medicine, and public health in basic and advanced cardiovascular anatomy and physiology as well as medical and surgical techniques that will be utilized in pre-medical and medical school.

This program is open to all students worldwide. There is a fee of $5,800 fee to participate.

Due to overwhelming demand, this program has added a second session to accommodate additional students. Please note that the curriculum for both sessions are identical, and the application deadline is the same for both programs.  Session 2 dates are July 21 -August 15, 2014.


Canary Center at Stanford Internships

June 16 - August 15, 2014

The Canary Center at Stanford is a research center dedicated to early cancer detection research. As part of our efforts to train the next generation of scientists, the Center offers an unpaid summer internship program. Each participant will be matched with a faculty, postdoctoral scholar, or senior scientist mentor who will help them craft a research project.  The program also includes a series of weekly seminars on early cancer detection research, conducting scientific research, and careers in science and the chance to interact with other interns. Students are expected to work at least 4 hours per day 5 days per week in the lab for the 9-week internship period.

Science Technology and Reconstructive Surgery (STaRS) Summer Internship Program

These 7-week unpaid internships are awarded to outstanding high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in biomedicine and biological sciences. Interns work from mid-June until early August on a research project within the lab of Professor Jill Helms that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field.