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Thank you for your help but as many of these programs require you to be 16, it will be difficult for me to do anything now and was hoping that you could suggest any programs that I could do form the age range of 14-16. Anywhere in NJ or the mid-Atlantic states in general is fine. Furthermore, I am close to universities such as Rutgers or NJIT but unfortunately was not able to find any internships and was hoping you could suggest some.?

Many programs medical medical-related research or science internships/programs require you to be 16, it will be difficult for me to do anything now, and was hoping that you could suggest any programs that I could do from the age range of 14-16. Anywhere in NJ or the mid-Atlantic states in general is fine. Furthermore, I am close to universities such as Rutgers or NJIT but unfortunately was not able to find any internships and was hoping you could suggest some.

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Julia’s Answer

Jumping into medical or scientific research as a youngster can be an enriching journey, and it's fantastic to see your enthusiasm for such ventures. While age limits may exist for many formal internships, there are plenty of avenues for young learners to immerse themselves in the world of science and research. Here are some exciting opportunities in the mid-Atlantic region, including New Jersey:

Science Clubs and Contests: Explore local science clubs, fairs, or contests. They offer great platforms to undertake mini research projects and network with mentors.

High School Science Research Initiatives: Some high schools run science research initiatives that let students dive into research projects under the guidance of a teacher or mentor.

Volunteer at Local Museums and Science Centers: Volunteering at local science museums or centers can be a fun and informative way to get a taste of science and interact with professionals in the field.

Online Courses and Tools: Make use of online courses and tools related to science and research. Websites like Coursera, edX, and Khan Academy offer a range of free and paid courses in various scientific disciplines.

Science Summer Camps: Keep an eye out for science-centric summer camps or programs for your age group. These camps often feature hands-on experiments and an introduction to scientific principles.

Connect with Professors: Get in touch with professors at nearby universities like Rutgers and NJIT. Even if formal internships for your age group are scarce, some professors may be willing to guide eager young students or include them in their research projects.

Library and Online Research: Kickstart your independent research by delving into scientific journals, books, and online articles. This self-study can help you build a solid knowledge base.

Join STEM Competitions: Participate in STEM contests like the Science Olympiad or take part in local or regional science and engineering contests.

Summer Enrichment Programs: Look into summer enrichment programs offered by universities or research institutions. Some of these programs are tailored for high school students and can provide a glimpse into research.

Science and Technology Organizations: Seek out local organizations committed to advancing science and technology education. They may host workshops, seminars, and events for young science aficionados.
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Tonya’s Answer

Wonderful on your interest in medicine, research, and science.
A few options in New Jersey (NJ) I located go into different directions and you will need to do some investigating with a trusted adult to help you.

First, I looked at community colleges which may offer programs for students your age. Bergen Community College has a kids and teens program. The website is below, and you can review the site and contact the school for more information.

Then, I remembered participating in activities with the 4-H club in my geographic location. The 4-H club has activities and volunteer programs that can include STEM activities. Rutgers has a NY 4-H program. The website is listed below.

Finally, I also prefer to look at one’s state organizations, as one of their purposes is to serve the community. In NJ, you have the Department of Health (DOH). There may be a department within the DOH that conducts programs for teens including those you have an interest.

In my search for kids science programs, I also located one program (not in NJ) called Explo program. The program is a part of Wellesley College in Wellesley Massachusetts. The website is listed below for your reference.

Please note, I have not worked for any of the programs listed or received any compensation. The programs were located by conducting an internet search based on your interest and my professional background and experience in potential locations of resources (e.g., colleges and state programs). I hope you find the information helpful


Resources:

Bergen Community College (2023).Kids and Teens
https://bergen.edu/ce/courses-programs/kids-and-teens/

Explo (2023)
https://explore.explo.org/2023-precollege-program?

Rutgers (2023) New Jersey 4-H
https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/

State of New Jersey Department of Health (2022) NJ Health Improving Health Through Leadership and Innovation. https://www.nj.gov/health/hr/internships/
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