STEM High School Internship Applications

Applications for summer 2019 are closed.


Applications for summer 2020 will open on March 1 and are due March 31, 2020.


Eligibility Requirements

The ideal candidate:


- Is a rising senior, i.e. will have completed 11th grade and NOT have graduated from high school by the beginning of the internship.


- Must identify with 2 of the following 3 eligibility requirements to apply:


A. I belong to a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the STEM fields (including but not limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands)


B. I or my family qualifies for federal disadvantaged assistance, free or reduced-price school meals and/or other state or federal assistance


C. I identify with a social, cultural or rural/inner-city educational environment that could inhibit me from pursuing a STEM career


- Is responsible, motivated, reliable and able to work independently and as part of a team


- Is available for the entire duration of the internship from Monday, July 8 to Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.


If there are any questions or concerns regarding these eligibility requirements, please contact the Science Education Department at


How to Apply

Applications for summer 2019 are closed.


Applications for summer 2020 will open on March 1 and are due March 31, 2020.


To apply, complete the online application form at and submit the following:


- Your contact information, including high school and school district


- Cover letter addressing all of the following topics:

1) Why do you want to participate in this internship at Seattle Children’s Research Institute?

2) What are your college goals?

3) Tell us about your desire and motivation to pursue a career in the STEM fields.


- One Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other professional, explaining why they think you would be a good fit for this internship, plus their contact information.


Please contact the Science Education Department at if you have any questions.


Helpful Tips

This is a competitive application process. There are a limited number of spots available. Therefore, it is very important that you communicate clearly and tell us why you want to participate in this internship. Here are some tips that may help with your application.


Cover Letter! Focus on your college and career goals. Show us that you’re excited about STEM! Tell us what interests you about Seattle Children’s Research Institute. But you don’t have to be an expert in biology or chemistry – we’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started! Also, remember that we work at a research facility, and you’ll be spending a lot of time working on research projects to find new cures and treatments.


Formatting! Be sure to use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Also, it’s a good idea to start your cover letter with “Dear application committee,” or “Dear Science Education Department,” and end your letter with “Sincerely, [your name]”.


Recommendations! Ask your teacher or counselor early on for a recommendation letter. They will need a few weeks to prepare a good recommendation for you. Also, ask them to give you an electronic copy so that you can upload it on the online application.


More questions? Feel free to contact us at