Guide to STEM High School Internships in Massachusetts

Student working at a technical internship

Internships are not just for college students anymore. High school internships allow students to explore their areas of interests, build skills, get prepared for college, and gain real-world work experience in a professional environment.

If you are interested in pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) internship in high school, the next step is to figure out how to find one that is a good fit. I recommend using a mix of personal contacts, targeted web searches, and internship specific websites to explore and find opportunities.

Student working at a technical internship

We are fortunate to have access to a variety of established STEM internship programs for high school students in Massachusetts, most of which are offered during the summer. The following list includes many of the well-known programs. It’s not meant to be exhaustive, though, so if you have an interest or a geographical preference that isn’t represented here, use the other resources suggested on this page to research other internships.

SponsorProgramLocationFocusTime Frame
BioBuilderHigh School Apprentice ChallengeCambridgeLaboratory trainingSchool year
BiogenCommunity Lab- Summer ProgramCambridgeDrug development & biotech laboratory techniquesSummer
Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)Tech ApprenticeBoston areaInformation Technology (IT)Summer
Boston UniversityGROW (Greater Boston Area Research Opportunities for Young Women)BostonBiotech and researchSummer
Boston UniversityResearch Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE)BostonHands-on research in science and engineeringSummer
Brigham and Women’s HospitalBWH Summer Internship Program, Student Success Jobs Program & Project TEACHBostonHealth, science and medicalSummer or school year
Broad InstituteBroad Summer Scholars ProgramCambridgeCutting-edge science researchSummer
Center for Excellence in EducationResearch Science InstituteCambridgeScience and engineeringSummer
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center CUREBoston Cancer researchSummer and school year
The Forsyth InstituteStudent Scholars Summer Internship ProgramCambridgeLab techniques and scientific researchSummer
The Jackson LaboratorySummer Student ProgramBar Harbor, Maine & Farmington, CTGenetics and genomic researchSummer
Massachusetts General HospitalMGH Youth Scholars ProgramBostonResearch, medicine and healthcareSummer and school year
Massachusetts Life Sciences CenterHigh School Apprentice ChallengeMALife sciences internships and lab trainingSummer and school year
Museum of ScienceInternshipsBostonScience and educationSummer and school year
National Institutes of Health (NIH)High School SIPFraminghamBiomedical researchSummer
New England AquariumSummer Teen InternshipsBostonMarine and climate scienceSummer
Northeastern UniversityYoung Scholars Program (YSP)BostonEngineeringSummer
Smith CollegeSummer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP)NorthhamptonHands-on research in the life and physical sciences and engineering Summer
UMass Medical SchoolHigh School Health Career Program (HSHCP)WorcesterBiomedical research, biotechnology and health professionsSummer
Woods Hole Science AquariumHigh School Summer Intern ProgramWoods HoleMarine animals and environments, aquarium operations, and marine scienceSummer


Additionally, the following organizations can assist high school students in finding STEM internships at companies and organizations:

The Education Cooperative (TEC) Internship Program: High school junior and senior students in Boston Metrowest apply for unpaid internships in science, technology, and engineering.

Internship Connection: This company will establish internships for high school students in fields such as computing, engineering, and science.

InternBoston: This company will develop and provide unpaid, customized summer internships in computer science, engineering, and science for high school juniors and seniors in greater Boston.

Summer Discovery: This organization offers an all-inclusive summer internship experience. In addition to hands-on, career-focused learning opportunities, students live in and explore Boston.

It’s not too early to start thinking about an internship. With many terrific STEM high school internship programs here in Massachusetts and a variety of online sources to find specific internships, you have many options to discover and explore opportunities.

Editor’s Note: List has been updated for 2019.

Image Source: IPAS institute for photonics & advancing sensing

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