GAIN RELEVANT INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE – Although other experiences, such as volunteering and traditional part-time jobs, help you develop important soft skills that you can take to any job, internships show you what it takes to succeed in the industry you’re interested in. STEM internships in particular will often allow you to focus on developing your logical and analytical thinking skills, solve problems, and acquire skills such as research, data analysis, or coding.
CONNECT WITH PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR FIELD – Many of the internships below pair you with a mentor, who not only guide you through some of the tasks you may be unfamiliar with, but they can share their educational and professional journey with you. You can ask them about what to do in your high school years to prepare for success in college and in your anticipated career.
STRENGTHEN YOUR RESUME – Internships count as a form of work experience, and they might catch the eye of future employers or college admissions counselors. Not only that, but the life experiences you have during an internship could provide you with rich material for an engaging admissions essay.
FIVE SUMMER STEM INTERNSHIP IDEAS
1. INTRODUCTORY COLLEGE LEVEL EXPERIENCE IN MICROBIOLOGY (iCLEM)
While not as traditional of an internship, this is an 8-week paid summer intensive that is designed for economically disadvantaged high school juniors and seniors. It is held at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and in it students will gain skills in advanced scientific topics like microbiology, biochemistry, and biofuels as they work on a research project alongside JBEI researchers and undergrads. This opportunity is open to sophomores and juniors living in Alameda, Contra Costa, or San Francisco counties in California, have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and passed Algebra 1 and Biology. The application will be open starting January 24 and is due by March 21
2.) NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)
Becoming a NASA Intern is a highly competitive process, where you’ll have the chance to work on cutting-edge research and receive mentorship from current NASA employees. Internships can be completed during the Fall, Spring, or Summer, and spaces for high school students are limited to select centers. To qualify, you need to be at least 16 years old and have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or an unweighted 3.0 GPA). You can apply here, and you’ll need to make sure you have a strong letter of recommendation.
3.) SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SEAP)
This paid engineering internship targets high school students interested in conducting research over the summer. You’ll be working for eight weeks at a participating Department of Navy laboratory. To be eligible, you need to be at least a sophomore and 16 years old at the time of application. You can apply online here starting August 19.
4.) NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
Get an inside look at healthcare research with an internship at the National Cancer Institute. As a scientific intern, you’ll develop the foundational skills needed to complete biomedical research and have a designated mentor who can share their educational and professional experiences with you. To be eligible, you need to be a junior in high school at the time of application and be at least 17 years old by the start of the program in June. You also need to have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 and the Hepatitis B vaccines. Start your application by creating an NCI account and then filling out the internship application when it becomes available in October.
5.) SPARK SUMMER INTERNSHIP PRGRAM
Spark is an organization that provides STEM enrichment opportunities to students in Seattle, Washington, and among those programs are internships with several partner companies. Their partner companies focus on computer science, with opportunities to work on software, mobile app development, and web programming. The exact requirements vary depending on the partner organization, but there is one common application. The application deadline is April 14, and you can apply online for up to three organizations.
Lauren this is by no means an exhaustive list of STEM internships! If you do your own research, you may find that local engineering firms, research facilities, or science museums have internships where you can gain invaluable experience and maybe earn a little cash.
Hope this was Helpful Lauren