Programs 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 contact the Office of Science Outreach for advice or guidance.
RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) is an intensive 7-week summer program for local Bay Area students who spend 30 hours a week on the Stanford campus, working in an active science or engineering 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. All RISE interns earn a $2,500 stipend.
High school students spend the summer working in research laboratories within the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. They become involved in existing research projects and are supervised directly by graduate students, post docs and lab managers. The program offers several different options, with different areas of focus and time commitments. There is no cost to participate; some diversity honoraria available for eligible students.
The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program offers five weeks of intensive science and health training each summer. 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. There is no cost to participate.
SIMR is for high school juniors and seniors interested in hands-on research in immunology, stem cell, cancer, neuroscience, bioinformatics or cardiovascular medicine. This eight week program enables students to take part in research, attend introductory lectures and present their work at a poster session open to the Stanford community. There is no cost to participate; interns earn at least a $500 stipend.
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offers online classes for academically talented youth, residential programs on campus during the summer for high school students, and a fully accredited online high school.
ESP/Splash! offers a Saturday or Sunday on campus full of academic and non-academic classes taught by Stanford students. ESP invites students to attend classes that could vary from completely “non-academic” stuff like cookie baking and origami, to complicated and challenging classes on machine theory or quantum mechanics. The Splash! program fee is $40, but generous need-based financial aid is available.
SMASH is a state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer enrichment program for high school students at Stanford, and other colleges. High potential Black, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander high school students participate in this three-year 5-week summer math and science enrichment program. There is no cost to participate.
Stanford Explore covers the basic fundamentals and current research areas in Immunology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Medicine, Regenerative and Stem Cell Medicine, Cancer Biology, Bioengineering and Genetics. Students must be in 9th-12th grade at the time of registration. Participants may sign up for all 4 weeks or for just 1, 2 or 3 weeks. Cost is $750 per week.
This two-week course (offered multiple times in the summer) is for students considering careers in a variety of procedure-based medical fields, such as surgery, dental surgery, and nursing. It may also be of interest to students who intend to study biomedical engineering, occupational or physical therapy, sports medicine, or to become EMTs/paramedics. Housing on campus is an option: there is a fee to participate.
SUMaC is designed for high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall and have exceptional interest and ability in mathematics. SUMaC is for those who seek to be challenged in mathematics and those who would enjoy four weeks of intensive, in-depth, mathematical pursuits. Tuition for the SUMaC program (including room and board) is $7,000.
The two-week Clinical Anatomy Summer Program is for high school students considering careers in procedure-based medical fields, such as surgery, dental surgery, EMTs/paramedics, and nursing. There is a $4,250 fee to participate. Students must be at least 15 years old.
The Stanford Middle School and High School Science Circles are academic enrichment programs for students in the Stanford area who are interested in the sciences. Activities take place in the evening during the academic year. Tuition is $300.
MEDCSI is a rigorous 2 week program in Medicine that is open to highly motivated high school and premed students. Workshops and sessions are taught by Stanford faculty and include hands-on experiences such as performing bedside ultrasounds, dissections, suturing, splinting and visits to the Stanford emergency life flight station and free clinics. There are two identical sessions each summer. There is a fee to participate.
Math circles are weekly gatherings of high school, middle school, and elementary school students working on problems involving complex and advanced mathematical topics, guided by mathematicians and educators. Fee of $275 per quarter; some financial aid available.
IFSS is a two-week program (mornings only) hosted each summer by the chemistry department to give rising juniors and seniors in high school an opportunity to experience cutting edge chemical research while shadowing a graduate student mentor as they work in the laboratory. There is no cost to participate.
The Stanford Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratory sponsors this summer program aimed at young women who will be in 10th grade in Fall and are from underrepresented populations within the field of AI. The three-week, full-time program will provide both broad exposure to AI topics through faculty lectures and industry field trips, as well as in-depth experience with a research area through hands-on projects. Tuition including housing is $6,500; extensive financial aid available.
Stanford Institutes of Medicine Research Bioengineering Internship is an eight-week hands-on design and engineering experience for high school students from diverse backgrounds. Students are exposed to exciting and novel bioengineering research topics through lectures given by Stanford researchers. There is no cost to participate other than an application fee.
The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four-day conference led by the Asian Liver Center at Stanford. High school students come from all over the world to sharpen their leadership skills for effecting change in local, national, and global communities. There is a $500 fee to participate; some financial aid available.
High School Summer College allows high-achieving students between 16-19 years to access undergraduate courses at Stanford University. This eight- or nine-week experience provides academic, social, and intellectual opportunities not found in a high school classroom. Tuition is charged but the Horizon Scholars Program offers low-income, high-achieving Bay Area students the opportunity to attend at little to no cost.
The Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine is a hub of interdisciplinary research in genomics with a goal towards improving human health. The Genomics Research Internship Program offers a 9-week internship program for Bay Area high school students and undergraduates. There is no charge to participate.
The SSTEM program takes place over three Saturdays. Each day introduces students to four different specialties: primary care, general surgery, ophthalmology, and cardiology via an opening activity, health professional-led presentations, and hands-on activities led by Stanford medical students. There is no cost to participate but participation is limited to students residing in Santa Clara County. Not all sessions are held on Stanford campus.
These online courses are designed for motivated and academically-talented high school students to explore their intellectual passions, develop analytic reasoning and creative thinking, and study directly with expert instructors. Courses are offered for credit throughout the year and give students the opportunity to take a broad offering of math and physics courses not typically offered in secondary schools. Tuition is charged.
This program arranges classroom visits by Chemistry graduate students to local high school and K-5 classrooms. Stanford undergraduate and graduate researchers give hour-long science lessons showcasing various scientific principles. The demonstrations will be hands-on, and the students will be actively engaged with questions posed throughout the lesson.
Stanford women teach and inspire Bay Area high school girls to explore Computer Science and Engineering. Students learn coding basics, build exciting projects, and develop strong relationships with mentors in the field. The group hosts Code Camp and several smaller events throughout the year, including workshops and company tours. No cost to participate.
The Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience (CNI-X) at Stanford University is an intensive one-week summer program that generally follows a student’s sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. During this week, students from across California, the country, and the world are exposed to the breadth of research found in the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Three sessions are offered; cost is $1,295 per session. Financial assistance is available for applicants in need.
Co-sponsored by the Stanford d.school, Design the Future is a week long immersive design thinking summer program in which students work to design solutions to real problems faced by paraplegics, amputees, and others with physical disabilities. The cost is $2,150; some financial aid available.
This program is designed for high school (rising juniors and seniors) and pre-medical undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, STEM, medical research and development, or health care design, with a specific focus on Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. Tuition is $4,200 with a $100 application fee. Two sessions will be offered in 2019: June 17-June 28 and July 30-August 10.
MRS Outreach Ambassadors are graduate students in the Stanford Chapter of the Materials Research Society who offer in-class demonstrations and lectures on the materials of our world, materials of the future, and careers in science and engineering. Teachers may request a school visit at no charge.
Stanford Online offers free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide, and a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments.
Stanford Science Penpals connects 6th-12th graders across the U.S. to Stanford scientists. The goal is to expose kids to diverse scientific careers, answer science questions, and share a love of science! Penpal exchanges start in September and end in June. We encourage students to get in touch with us.
For high school students only and offered as a Stanford summer camp, the CS Logic Institute is where you will master a life skill you need to succeed. Logic - being able to reason clearly - is fundamental to almost everything you do. Tuition is $2,000 but the Institute is offering scholarships; they are particularly interested in students underrepresented in STEM.
The Stanford Visitor Center offers a range of no-cost tours, exploring the highlights of Stanford’s beautiful campus.
Each year, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery hosts 15-30 talented high school and undergraduate students in our research laboratories. The program is free to participants. STARS interns spend 7 weeks mastering basic lab techniques, participating in research projects, and presenting their work all under the mentorship of experienced researchers.
Logic is Fundamental High School Summer Camp offers an introduction to logic from a computational perspective with applications in mathematics, science, engineering, business, law, etc. A Stanford Computer Science professor and logician and an award-winning high school instructor jointly teach this workshop. The tuition is $2,000; some scholarships are available.
The Stanford ValleyCare Clinical Academy Program is a two-week program for high school juniors and seniors with a strong interest in medicine as a career. Students will participate in an enriched curriculum consisting of hands-on activities, interactive lectures, and simulation experiences. Students must be 16 years old to participate. There is a $50.00 application fee and a $3,500 fee to participate.