Research 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 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 SMYSP Summer Residential 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 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. There is no cost to participate; interns earn at least a $500 stipend.
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.
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.