Guide to STEM High School Internships in Massachusetts

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.

Sponsor Program Location Focus Time Frame
BioBuilder High School Apprentice Challenge Cambridge Laboratory training School year
Biogen Community Lab- Summer Program Cambridge Drug development & biotech laboratory techniques Summer
Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) Tech Apprentice Boston area Information Technology (IT) Summer
Boston University GROW (Greater Boston Area Research Opportunities for Young Women) Boston Biotech and research Summer
Boston University Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) Boston Hands-on research in science and engineering Summer
Brigham and Women’s Hospital BWH Summer Internship Program, Student Success Jobs Program & Project TEACH Boston Health, science and medical Summer or school year
Broad Institute Broad Summer Scholars Program Cambridge Cutting-edge science research Summer
Center for Excellence in Education Research Science Institute Cambridge Science and engineering Summer
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center  CURE Boston  Cancer research Summer and school year
The Forsyth Institute Student Scholars Summer Internship Program Cambridge Lab techniques and scientific research Summer
The Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program Bar Harbor, Maine & Farmington, CT Genetics and genomic research Summer
Massachusetts General Hospital MGH Youth Scholars Program Boston Research, medicine and healthcare Summer and school year
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center High School Apprentice Challenge MA Life sciences internships and lab training Summer and school year
Museum of Science Internships Boston Science and education Summer and school year
National Institutes of Health (NIH) High School SIP Framingham Biomedical research Summer
New England Aquarium Summer Teen Internships Boston Marine and climate science Summer
Northeastern University Young Scholars Program (YSP) Boston Engineering Summer
Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) Northhampton Hands-on research in the life and physical sciences and engineering  Summer
UMass Medical School High School Health Career Program (HSHCP) Worcester Biomedical research, biotechnology and health professions Summer
Woods Hole Science Aquarium High School Summer Intern Program Woods Hole Marine animals and environments, aquarium operations, and marine science Summer

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 ConnectionThis 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

2 thoughts on “Guide to STEM High School Internships in Massachusetts

  1. Lauren Seigal

    Hi, by any chance would you know how to apply to the MGH Youth Scholars program? The website just has information about what the program is but not any other info. Thanks!

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