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    Summer Internships and Other Opportunities

    Why Are Internships Important?
    Internships in college are much more than resume-boosters; they can also serve as opportunities for students to try out different career paths before committing. Do your research now as a high-school student to better prepare yourself for great internship opportunities!

    UW Summer STEP Program

    Students Exploring Pharmacy (STEP) is a customized program designed to inspire Seattle-area high school students as they explore pharmacy as a career option. Students engage in hands-on activities that provide an introduction to pharmacy practice and perspective on the numerous ways a pharmacist contributes to improving people’s health—in ways that go far beyond dispensing medications.

    STEP students learn from the best. World-renowned UW School of Pharmacy faculty experts lead these classes. The UW School of Pharmacy is ranked in the top 10 nationally and internationally and has pioneered leading-edge pharmacy practices.

    Application Deadline: April 6, 2018

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - Summer High School Internship Program

    High school students are welcome to apply for an 8 week, paid summer research internship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Hutchinson Center has an international reputation for its pioneering research in biological sciences, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cancer prevention, epidemiology, and biostatistics. Selected interns will spend 1 full week in training.  This includes hands-on training in laboratory safety techniques and skills in our Training Labs, designated safe labs for minors. Interns will then be paired and matched to a host mentor who will supervise them over the remaining 7 weeks on specific projects or activities in the host lab. The internship culminates with a reflection presentation during the final week.

    Google Computer Science Summer Institute

    Google is invested in increasing the enrollment and retention of Computer Science students, particularly those who are historically underrepresented in the field.  The study of Computer Science can be challenging and fun, and Google wants to inspire these students – the innovators of the future – to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.

    Institute for Systems Biology High School Intern Program

    One of the key objectives of ISB involves transferring knowledge gained through research to the community for the benefit of society.  The Baliga Lab meets and surpasses that objective through an education program in which high school interns help develop hands on instructional modules for students to use as part of their science curriculum.  Each January, the Baliga Lab posts a job opportunity on their careers website, enabling high school juniors to apply for a competitive, paid summer internship.  This internship is much different than typically found in research labs.  Systems biology allows students to work with many specialists, directly involving the students in a variety of projects, using many types of technology and techniques.  Students gain valuable microbiology, engineering, and computational experience. Due to the unique nature of this curriculum building and laboratory experience, students are highly engaged in creative problem solving as well as both independent and group learning.  The internships are focused on bringing these key opportunities to students who typically would not have access to a professional work environment and a state-of-the-art research lab.

    Microsoft High School Intern Program

    Do you want to work on cutting-edge technology that will make a real difference in people's lives all over the world?  Do you want an inside look into high-tech professions that will inspire you as you make plans for college? Get a head start on building a good resume and GET PAID!  This paid internship program is 8-10 weeks in the summer for local Puget Sound high school students. The program provides challenging and achievable projects that will encourage approximately 20 high school juniors and seniors to pursue their interests in the field of technology.

    Museum of Flight Apprentice Program

    The Museum Apprentice Program provides high school students with an absolutely free, unique and exciting volunteer opportunity.  MAP is a year-round volunteer program specifically designed for high school students. During this program, students work on projects related to the museum field, museum education, oral histories, living history, documentary making, and public service. Students take part in an eight hour training course.  Please check your schedule before you apply to make sure you can meet this requirement as well as attend the regular MAP meetings every Thursday evening.  Students learn about exhibit design, practice presentation and teaching techniques, and delve into aviation and space related topics.

    Museum of Flight Washington Aerospace Scholars

    Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is a two-part program for high school juniors focused on topics related to the history and future exploration of space by NASA and topics in Earth and Space Science. Phase One is a five-month distance learning course designed in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington, which provides students the opportunity to earn five college credits. Phase Two is a six-day residency experience based at The Museum of Flight in Seattle in which students plan a human mission to Mars.

    Pacific Science Center Teen Volunteer Opportunities

    The Pacific Science Center is seeking responsible teen volunteers ages 14–18 to provide valuable assistance and mentoring of campers during the summer.  Teen volunteers receive training, build their professional resume, meet high school service requirements and gain the rewarding experience of working with children and contributing to their community.  This experience will be especially valuable for teens who are interested in careers in science, technology or education.  As an added benefit, teen volunteers receive free passes to exhibits, IMAX films and laser shows.  Teens must be able to commit to at least two weeks during the summer.

    Port of Seattle - Paid High School Internships

    Interested in public-service?  Are you currently a student looking for professional experience to advance yourself in the job market?  The Port of Seattle offers a diverse field of opportunities for students of every level to pursue career advancement in their respective field of study.  The internship program is designed to provide qualified candidates with an opportunity to excel in their field of study and perform real work to jumpstart their careers.  In return, the port gains a fresh perspective from the next generation of community leaders.  The port offers internships for high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students in various fields of study including but not limited to: Accounting, Auditing, Construction Management, Engineering, Environmental, Finance & Budget, Human Resources, Marketing, and Planning.

    Stanford University Mathematics Camp

    SUMaC is designed for current high school tenth and eleventh graders (students who will be in eleventh or twelfth grade in Fall 2016) who have exceptional interest and ability in mathematics.  SUMaC is for those who seek to be challenged in mathematics and those who would enjoy four weeks of intensive, in-depth, mathematical pursuits.  SUMaC provides an environment that fosters social and intellectual development centered on the study and enjoyment of mathematics.  Financial Aid is available.

    UW College of Engineering Mathematics Academy

    Math Academy is an intensive, four-week residential session held on the Seattle UW Campus in summer. Students engage in coursework created by UW math faculty and designed to develop the skills necessary to meet the high standards of college-level math and engineering.  Students also have enrichment opportunities to explore the range of career opportunities available to engineers through lab tours, research projects, site visits and networking events.  The Mathematics Academy accepts current juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who will complete pre-calculus by the end of their junior year.  The Math Academy program is FREE for student participants.

    UW Materials Science Summer Day Camp

    ASM Materials Camp allows high school students to experience the exciting field of material science in a hands on way. Students have access to high-tech equipment and professional mentors to help them tackle real problems facing the field today. Hands on Material Science Look at how materials perform by bending, stretching, and crushing them until they break. See how different materials are made and how they are formed into the things we use every day. Working with "Materials Mentors" Materials Mentors are practicing engineers from local companies. Small groups of four to five students will team up with a Mentor and work on projects at the UW Materials Science & Engineering department and at the research facilities of the Mentor's company.

    UW Summer Institute for Mathematics

    The program includes six intensive two-week courses taught by university professors on topics that change from year to year. In the past, students have studied methods of argument, combinatorics, hyperbolic geometry, game theory, group theory, coding theory, and much more.  In addition, there are twelve guest lectures on a wide variety of subjects and in many different formats, allowing students to glimpse even more mathematical areas as well as participate in hands-on mathematical activities.  When not in class, students work on problems in groups or individually, have mathematical discussions with the Teaching Assistant Counselors, and participate in social events, sports, and weekly Saturday outings.  They develop many new interests and close friendships, the end of the program coming way too soon.  The cost of room, board, participation in all program activities, and a travel allowance for admitted participants is covered by the generous funding of anonymous donors.

    Washington State House of Representatives Page Program

    Since 1891, young people from across the state have come to Olympia to serve as pages for the Washington State House of Representatives.  Paging presents students with a unique educational opportunity to participate in the legislative process.  Selection as a page is a great honor.  Page duties are varied.  They range from ceremonial tasks such as presenting the flags to operational chores like distributing amendments during legislative sessions.  Each job is vital to the efficient operation of the Legislature.  As the week-long experience draws to a close and pages return to their schools and communities, it is hoped that pages will share their experiences and observations with others in an effort to contribute to a more universal understanding of the legislative process.  Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached their 17th birthday.

    Washington State Senate Page Program

    The Washington State Legislature has one of the finest page programs in the country.  Hundreds of students throughout Washington State have an opportunity each year to take part in the legislative process and observe the Legislature and other branches of state government in action.  The page is a helping hand during legislative sessions, which run from January through March or April.  Pages perform many tasks that allow senators and staff to focus on legislative duties.  Pages spend two hours each day in page school learning about the legislative process.  Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached their 17th birthday.

    Engineering Summer Academy at Penn

    The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) welcomes highly motivated and talented students to explore Engineering at the college level.  The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies. Work with leading faculty while earning college credit, live on Penn’s historic campus, and connect with new friends from around the world.

    Applications Due 02/24/2017

    Caminos al Futuro

    Caminos al Futuro is a fully-funded summer scholarship program that engages high-achieving juniors (rising seniors) from U.S. high schools in a residential academic leadership development program at the George Washington University. This program is part of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute sponsored by GW alumnus Gilbert Cisneros and his wife, Jacki.

    This program seeks to cultivate leadership potential and scholarship in rising seniors who desire to shape issues impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities. Caminos al Futuro scholars will get a chance to examine the political, economic and social transformations impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities nationwide by:

    • Conducting research, ­­­­­­content, and media analyses
    • Engaging in collaborative projects
    • Engaging with leaders who help Hispanic and Latinx communities in the United States
    • Attending site visits and performing community service

    Applications Due 03/01/2017

    ​The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

    Princeton welcome 35-40 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country. The program will enter its sixteenth summer in 2017. It will take place from August 4 to August 14.

    Applications Due 02/24/2017

    DO-IT Scholars

    DO-IT Scholars prepares Washington State high school students with disabilities for success in college and careers. Scholars attend Summer Study sessions, held during two consecutive summers at the University of Washington campus. This allows students to experience college life and work on self advocacy skills. Throughout the school year, Scholars connect with program staff, DO-IT Mentors, and each other using email and e-lists. They also meet in-person at DO-IT events, complete individual and group projects, and receive valuable information and support for the transition to college. 

    Applications Due 01/30/2017

    Vermont Summer Academy

    Vermont Summer Academy at Green Mountain College (GMC) is an academic camp for high schoolers looking for a pre-college experience.  Our co-ed academic program for rising 8th through 12th-grade students from around the globe. Located in Poultney, Vermont, GMC provides a wonderful backdrop to students looking for an amazing summer of transformative academic and personal growth. There is nothing like experiencing the academic environment at Green Mountain College.

    UW Nursing Camp

    Each summer, thanks to generous gifts that support the program, about two dozen high school sophomores and juniors — predominantly from low-income or underrepresented backgrounds — attend the School of Nursing’s Nurse Camp free of charge. More than a hands-on exploration of nursing careers, the program changes students’ lives. UW Nurse Camp is a program that has direct impact in mentoring, supporting and recruiting minority and underrepresented students to the UW as campers and eventually as UW students and as future professional nurses.

    Applications are due 04/14/2017

    Seattle Children's Nurse Camp

    Every year we offer local high school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to participate in our Nurse Camp at Seattle Children’s. During this three-day camp, students will gain insights into the world of pediatric nursing by participating in clinical observation sessions. In these sessions, students will shadow nurses in a clinical environment and observe as they provide patient care and interact with patients and families (students will not provide patient care). Students will also work through interactive hands-on skills labs to learn and practice various nursing skills on models. In addition student will have the opportunity to engage with an educational panel to ask questions and discuss nursing as a viable career path.

    Applications are due 04/14/2017

    UW Summer STEP Program

    The Ecology Youth Corps (EYC) is Washington State's largest youth employment program. These teens provide an important service to their community while earning wages. They gain valuable job skills, teamwork experience, and safety awareness and receive environmental education as well.

    Applications are due 04/11/2017