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Research Opportunities for High School Students

Hands-on laboratory-based research experiences are coveted by just about every STEM-oriented teenager on the planet. Of course, this level of demand renders research apprenticeships a valuable and rare commodity for high school students. Fortunately, there are a number of reputable summer programs run by universities, government agencies, and private research laboratories that afford young scientists this highly sought after experience. Research opportunities during the actual school year are more challenging to locate as colleges are, at that time, catering to their own students, and the rigidity of the high school calendar makes participation a further challenge.

College Transitions’ list of Research Opportunities for High School Students includes a bevy of summer program choices as well as a list of internships and apprenticeships that are indeed offered during the school year. For each entry, we list the geographic location of the program, whether there is a residential component offered, the length of the program, any associated costs or—on the other end—stipends, when the application window opens and closes, and the eligibility criteria for participation. We hope that this collection of research opportunities leads to you/your teen finding the laboratory experience of their dreams.


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ProgramFocusLocationTime AvailableResidentialLengthCostsApp. OpensDeadlineEligibility
American Chemical Society - Project SEED ProgramChemistryMultiple (see website)Summer OnlyNo4 weeksFree/Stipend3/315/15All high school students
Argonne National Laboratory - Exemplary Student Research ProgramEngineeringLemont, ILAll YearNo1 school yearFreeSummerPrior to AugustApplication must be completed by participting teacher
Army Education Outreach Program - ApprenticeshipsSTEMVariousAll YearNo3 monthsFree12/163/15Grades 10-12 in: AL, CA, IL, MD, MA, MS, NM, TX, VA
Baruch College STEM Research AcademySTEMNew York, NYSpring/SummerNo11 weeksFree/StipendOctoberDecemberAll NY City public high school juniors (some 10th)
Baylor University CASPER High School Scholars ProgramAstrophysicsWaco, TXAll YearNoVariesFreeN/AN/ARising 11th, 12th, local
Boston University RISESTEMBoston, MASummer OnlyYes6 weeks~$7,70012/15TBDRising 12th
Burke Neurological Institute - High School OpportunitiesNeuroscienceWhite Plains, NYAll YearNoSemesterFreeBy Season8/1, 12/1. 4/1Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
California Academy of Sciences - Careers in Science (CIS) InternSTEMSan Francisco, CAAll YearNoMultiple yearsFreeEarly SpringEarly April9th or 10th, underrepresented group
Cedars Sinai High School Outreach ProgramPre-HealthLos Angeles, CAAll YearNo7 weeksFreeMultipleMultiple11th
Chicago EYES on CancerBiomedicineChicago, ILAll YearNo2 yearsFreeEarly FallFall10th, 11th, 12th
CHORI Summer Student Research ProgramBiomedicineOakland, CASummer OnlyNo8 weeksFree/StipendAvailable2/7Rising 11th, 12th
City of Hope Summer Student AcademyBiomedicineDuarte, CASummer OnlyNo10 weeksFree/StipendAvailable3/916 years old
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research InstitutePre-HealthCleveland, OHSummer OnlyNo9 weeksFree/Stipend1/62/29Grades 10-12
Columbia Zuckerman Institute - BRAINYAC ProgramNeuroscienceNew York, NYSummer OnlyNo7 weeksFreeFallTBD10th, 11th
Cooper Union Summer STEMSTEMNew York, NYSummer OnlyNo3 weeks$1,125-$1,375TBD3/310th, 11th, 12th
Coriell Institute for Medical ResearchBiomedicineCamden, NJSummer OnlyNo4 weeksFree/StipendAvailable4/3Age 17 by July 1
Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student AcademyBiomedicineDuarte, CASummer OnlyNo10 weeksFree/StipendWinter3/15Age 16 by start of internship
Fox Chase Cancer Center - High School Research ProgramsBiomedicinePhiladelphia, PAAll YearNo11 weeksFreeMid-OctoberEarly NovemberAge 16, completed bio & chem
Garcia Scholars (Stony Brook University)STEMStony Brook, NYSummer OnlyYes7 weeks~$4,500-$10,500Available2/2216 years old
George Mason University Aspiring Scientists Internship ProgramSTEMVarious (VA)Summer OnlyNo8 weeksFree12/62/2Age 16 by June
High School Honors Science, Math and Engineering (Michigan State)STEMEast Lansing, MISummer OnlyYes7 weeks~$3,800N/ATBD (March)Rising 12th
Jackson Lab - Academic Year FellowshipsGeneticsBar Harbor, MEAll YearNo1 yearFree5/17/111th, 12th
Jackson Lab Summer Student ProgramGeneticsBar Harbor, MESummer OnlyYes10 weeksFree/StipendAvailable2/2Rising 12th
Jefferson Lab High School Summer Honors ProgramSTEMNewport News, VASummer OnlyNo6 weeksFreeN/A2/2416 years old, within 60 miles of lab.
Los Alamos National Laboratory - High School Internship ProgramSTEMLos Alamos, NMAll YearNo11 weeksFree8/1, 1/111/9, 4/1316 years old, Northern New Mexico
MDI Biological Laboratory Summer Research FellowshipBiologyBar Harbor, MESummer OnlyYes7 weeksFree/StipendAvailable1/7 (Nominations) 2/4 (Applications)16 years old
Microsoft High School InternshipComputer ScienceRedmond, WASummer OnlyNo10 weeksFreeFebruaryTBD11th,12th grade in Western Wasihington
NASA InternshipsAerospace19 Locations (see website)All YearNo4-12 weeksFreeVariesVaries16 years old
NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical ResearchBiomedicineMultipleSummer OnlyNo8 weeksFree/Stipendmid-November3/1Age 17 or older
OHSU School of Medicine - Partnership for Scientific InquirySTEMPortland, ORAll YearNo1 yearFreeNovember1/110th, 11th in Portland area
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Work-Based LearningSTEMRichland, WAAll YearNo1 yearFreeFebruaryVariesAge 16 or older
Penn State College of Medicine - Research Observation & InternshipsPre-HealthHershey, PAAll YearNo1 day-several monthsFreeVariesVariesRising seniors
Princeton Plasma Physics LaboratoryPhysicsPrinceton, NJAll YearNoSemesterFree9/25,11/22, 2/111/30, 1/31. 4/30Rising Seniors
Princeton Summer Internships for High School StudentsSTEMPrinceton, NJSummer OnlyNo5-6 weeksFree2./13/20Age 16 by 6/15
Research Science Institute (MIT)STEMCambridge, MASummer OnlyYes6 weeksFreeAvailable1/15Rising 12th
Rosetta Institute of Biomedical ResearchBiomedicalMultipleSummer OnlyYes2 weeks$2,780AvailableRollingAges 14-18
Rutgers University Clinical Research Experience for HS StudentsBiomedicalNew Brunswick, NJAll YearNoOne yearFreeTBDTBDUnderrepresented minority or ED 11th/12th grade student in NJ
Sandia National Laboratories - InternshipsComputer ScienceAlbequerque, NM & Livermore, CAAll YearNo10 weeks-8 monthsFreeVariesVariesAge 16
Science Internship Program (SIP)STEMSanta Cruz, CASummer OnlyYes8 weeks~$3,300-$9,1003/13/2114 years old (16 for some)
Scripps College Student Research InternshipGenetics/BiologyClaremont, CASummer OnlyNo8 weeksFreeAvailable3/13Age 16 by start of internship
Seattle Children's Hospital - Research Training Program for HS StudentsBiomedicineSeattle, WASummer OnlyNo3 weeksFree/StipendJanuaryTBDUnderrepresented minority or ED 11th/12th grade student in WA
Secondary Student Training Program (University of Iowa)STEMIowa City, IASummer OnlyYes6 weeks$6,395Available1/10Rising 11th, 12th
Simons Summer Research Program (Stony Brook University)STEMStony Brook, NYSummer OnlyYes6 weeksFree/StipendAvailable1/23Rising 12th
Sloan Kettering Summer Student ProgramBiomedicineNew York, NYSummer OnlyNo8 weeksFree/Stipend12/62/7Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Smith College Summer Science and Engineering ProgramSTEMNorthampton, MASummer OnlyYes4 weeks$6,5401/63/1 (Early Decision)Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th (Women only)
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - YES! ProgramNatural SciencesWashington, D.C.All YearNo4.5 monthsFree/StipendNovemberTBDGrades 9-11 in Washington, D.C. area
STEM Research Academy at City TechSTEMBrooklyn, NYAll YearNo6 monthsFreeFall12/20NYC Public HS students
Stony Brook University - Biotechnology Summer Scholars ProgramBiotechnologyStony Brook, NYSummer OnlyYes4 weeks$2,400December4/1Rising 10th, 11th, 12th
Student Science Training Program (University of Florida)STEMGainesville, FLSummer OnlyYes7 weeks$4,800AvailableRolling (February)Rising 12th, 16 years old
The Clark Scholars Program (Texas Tech University)STEMLubbock, TXSummer OnlyYes7 weeksFree/Stipend1/102/10Rising 11th, 12th
The Summer Science ProgramSTEMMultipleSummer OnlyYes6 weeks$7,15012/152/28Rising 12th
UCSB Research Mentorship ProgramSTEMSanta Barbara, CASummer OnlyYes6 weeks~$4,500-$10,50012/15RollingRising 11th, 12th
UCSB Summer Research AcademiesSTEMSanta Barbara, CASummer OnlyYes4 weeks$2,100-$7,8991/15RollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
UMass Medical School - Neuroscience/Mental Health InternshipNeuroscienceAmherst, MASummer OnlyNo2 weeksFreeSpring5/13All high school students
UMass Summer Programs - Forensic ChemistryChemistryAmherst, MASummer OnlyYes2 weeks~$3,100AvailableRollingRising 10th, 11th, 12th
University of California, San Francisco - HS Intern ProgramBiomedicalSan Francisco, CASummer OnlyNo8 weeksFree/StipendNov. (nomination)FebruaryRising senior in SF public school
University of Chicago - Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS)BiologyChicago, ILSummer OnlyYes4 week$12,200Fall1/22Current 10th, 11th
University of Kansas (Edwards Campus)- Research Apprentice ProgramBiologyKansas City, KansasAll YearNoSemesterFreeVariesVariesCurrent 11th, 12th
University of Minnesota Lillehei Heart Institute Research ScholarsPre-HealthMinneapolis, MNSummer OnlyNo9 weeksFree/Stipend12/152/15Rising 11th, 12th
University of Rochester - Summer Research ProgramPhysicsRochester, NYSummer OnlyNo8 weeksFree/StipendFebruaryMId-MarchRising 12th, Upstate NY resident
University of Washington GenOM Project -Programs for HS StudentsSTEMSeattle, WASummer OnlyNo8 weeksFree/StipendJanuaryTBDRising 12th
UPenn GRASP Lab - High School InternshipsRoboticsPhiladelphia, PASummer OnlyNo6 weeksFree/StipendAvailable3/1Rising 12th
Virginia Tech Fralin Life Sciences Institute - Research Experience for HSSTEMBlacksburg, VAAll YearNoSemesterFreeVariesVaires11th, 12th
Waksman Student Scholars ProgramBiologyNew Brunswick, NJAll YearNo1 yearFreeThrough SchoolThrough SchoolHigh School biology students
Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern ProgramBiomedicineFrederick, MDAll YearNo1 yearFree/Stipend10/13/31MD/WV 16 years old
Yale School of Medicine - Discovery to Cure HS Internship ProgramBiomedicineNew Haven, CTSummer OnlyNo8 weeksFreeAvailable3/1Rising 12th, CT students
Yale University Social Robotics Lab - High School InternsRoboticsNew Haven, CTSummer OnlyNo6 weeksFreeFebruary3/3111th, 12th
OrthoCarolina Student Shadowing ProgramHealthcareCharlotte, NCAll YearNo1 weekFreeAvailableMultipleAge 16 or older
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