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.
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.
|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 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