Research/Educational Enrichment Programs
Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program
Eligibility: Must be high school upperclassman, undergraduate, or graduate student
Deadline: Varies by location, most applications close by early March
A highly immersive STEM internship for upper high school students, undergraduates, and grad students. Interns are able to gain hands on experience with advanced lab equipment alongside AFRL scientists and engineers, and are able to collaborate on research projects.
Biogen Community Lab Summer Program
Eligibility: Students must currently be in high school to apply
Deadline: Application now closed, will reopen January 2021
Summer program where participants are able to experience hands on learning and meet with real scientists of a biotech company. Students will be focusing on modifying DNA and study fluorescent proteins, learning DNA-specific laboratory techniques while doing so.
Broad Summer Scholars Program
Eligibility: You must be a Boston area resident and a rising senior in high school who has had a minimum B average in math and science courses.
Application Deadline: January 25 *Application now closed, will reopen late fall 2020*
A six week commuter program where motivated Boston high school students are paired with Broad institute scientists to conduct cutting edge research in several branches of biotechnology. Students are also exposed to lectures and college fairs, and are able to explore several STEM careers and present their research to the public. Program is completely free to students, and those who are in financial need may qualify to earn $11/hr compensation.
Eligibility: Must be a high school junior or senior, and must be at least 17 years old by program start date
Application Deadline: February 10 *Application now closed, will reopen early winter
A residential 7 week program for high school juniors and seniors. Students are able to choose from several research disciplines to study in a hands on environment. Upon program completion, students are able to earn a $750 stipend.
Draper Apollo High School Summer Internship
Eligibility: rising 11-12th graders (must be at least 16 at the start of internship)
Deadline: March 2 *Application now closed, will reopen February 2021*
A highly selective paid internship where high school students are able to get hands on experience in various STEM fields through mentorship from real scientists to create and finalize a research project by the end of the summer. Teams work in groups of 3-4 to collaborate on a project with real world applications.
Eligibility: Must be a rising high school senior living within a 30 mile radius of Boston. You must also have taken or be currently taking at least one AP course (if this is not offered at your school, you may indicate this in your application).
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020 *Application now closed, will reopen February 2021*
A summer program hosted by Boston University where rising high school females are exposed to cutting edge research in a collaborative environment. Students also receive a mentor, with whom they discuss their progress and goals. All participants must also present their research at the end of the program. Students may receive a $1500 stipend upon successful completion.
High School Apprenticeship Challenge
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Eligibility: Students must be 16 years old by July 1st
Paid summer internship where students work in life science firms around Boston, gaining hands on training and experience in a laboratory setting.
High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy
Eligibility: Must be a rising high school junior or senior; taken a biology or chemistry and math course and passed with a C or higher; have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Deadline: February 15 *Application now closed, will reopen early 2021*
A six week residential science program for rising high school juniors and seniors hosted by Howard University. Students attend classes including biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science, along with interning at assigned hospital sites.
High School Student Summer Research Fellowship
Eligibility: Must be at least 16 years old, and have completes biology, chemistry, and Algebra 1
Deadline: Teacher recommendations due January 7; complete applications due February 4 *Applications closed, will reopen mid fall 2020*
A 7 week commuter program where students are able to receive experience in hands on research with advanced laboratory experience. Students are assigned to science mentors, provided with lunches, and receive a stipend.
MITES *Will not be offered on campus 2020*
Eligibility: Must be a rising senior in high school
Application Deadline: February 5 *Application closed, will reopen mid fall 2020*
A rigorous academic residential program for rising high school seniors - mainly of a low socioeconomic status - based on MIT’s campus. Students are able to take one math, life science, physics, and humanities course throughout the summer. Placement in each course is determined my diagnostics tests.
Eligibility: Must be a rising senior
Deadline: Application now closed, will reopen in November
A six month online stem program for rising high school seniors hosted by MIT. During the summer, students take two online courses and complete projects, with support from an MIT undergraduate. Students then attend a conference at MIT where they present their projects, and then have online resources to webinars or Q&A’s with MIT professionals during the school year.
(MS)2: Mathematics and Science for Minority Students
Eligibility: 9th grade students who are minorities
Deadline: December 15 *Applicatin now closed, will reopen in mid fall*
A three-year intensive summer residential education program to encourage diversity in the STEM fields. Participants are exposed to three science, three math, and one English course, along with college preparation and fun afternoon activities. Scholars are accepted into welcoming STEM-passionate communities, and are taught to be independent and self-confident.
Research Science Institute
Eligibility: High school juniors
Deadline: January 15 *Application now closed, will reopen mid fall*
An international residential summer research program for high school students hosted at MIT. Students experience an entire research cycle, as they must execute and present detailed individual research projects with support from mentors.
Simmons Summer Research Program
Eligibility: Must be rising high school senior
Deadline: January 22 *Application now closed, will reopen late fall*
A residential science research program for rising high school seniors hosted by Stony Brook University. Participants are able to work in groups on a summer research project with mentorship from Stony Brook faculty, receive workshops, and earn a $1,000 stipend at the end of their fellowship.
SSP Jackson Laboratory
Eligibility: Must currently be in 11th or 12th grade in high school, or a freshman, sophomore, or senior in college to apply.
Deadline: February 2 *Application now closed, will reopen early winter*
Highly selective 10-week residential program, where high school students and college undergraduates are able to use state of the art lab equipment and the help of an experienced mentor to develop genetics and genomics research. Program takes place in Connecticut and Maine, and students are able to earn a $5,250 stipend upon completion.
Women's Technology Program
Eligibility: Must be a female rising senior in high school
Application Deadline: January 15 *Application now closed, will reopen late fall*
A four week residential program hosted on MIT’s campus for rising 12th grade girls. Participants are able to choose between two engineering disciplines: mechanical engineering or electrical engineering and computer sciences. Students must complete rigorous coursework, and learn from a hands-on, teamwork-based approach. Program is free to students whose parents have an annual income of less than $120,000.
Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI)
Eligibility: Must be a graduating high school senior with plans to enroll as a full time student at a 4 year college or university
Deadline: February 28 *Application now closed, will reopen early winter*
Free residential or commuter program for graduating high school seniors interested in a career within computer science. Students will be able to experience an intensive, interactive program at several offices around the country, as they immerse themselves in coding, software engineering, and various other technical skills. CSSI contains three separate programs tailored to applicants.
EMPath (Emotion Machine Pathway) Summer Internship
Deadline: Application now closed, will reopen late fall
Eligibility: Must be a highschool - college graduate student
Students interested in computing and machine learning will be able to take part in Affectiva’s mission to create AI software that can analyze facial and vocal expressions. Affectiva’s goal is to have robots comprehend complex human emotions, and react to these emotions.
Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program
Eligibility: Must be rising 11th and 12th grade girls
Application deadline: February 15th *Application now closed, will reopen early winter*
A free 7 week computer science program for rising 11th and 12th grade girls (so you must apply in 10th or 11th grade). Throughout these 7 weeks, students learn introductory to advanced computer science, are exposed to tech jobs through visits to tech companies and connections with female engineers, and participate in workshops. Each week of the program introduces students to a new computer science discipline, and students must design a final project using the material they learned.
LLCipher *MIT programs will not be offered on campus summer 2020*
Eligibility: Must be high school student
Deadline: May 24 *Will not be offered summer 2020*
A one week program introducing students to cryptography. Participants learn how to build a secure encryption scheme, and learn many mathematic principles relating to abstract algebra and number theory.
Square Tech’s Summer Teen Program
Eligibility: Must be 14-19 years old at program’s start date
Application Deadline: Not specified, email to apply
Paid internship program where students aged 14-19 are able to learn about computer science. Throughout the internship’s 7 weeks, participants focus on game design, Makey Makey software, PC hardware, and customer service training.
Deadline: Not specified
Eligibility: Must be a Boston area high school student
A biostatistics and computing program for high school students from underrepresented backgrounds. Participants are taught statistical programming, receive college and career counseling, and receive direct mentoring from Harvard Biostatistics PhD students.
2020 Summer Child Health Research Internship
Eligibility: Must be rising senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
Deadline: February 1 *Application now closed, will reopen January 2021*
A research program offering students experience in the child healthcare field. At the end of the program, students are expected to give a presentation and written summary of their research.
Brigham and Women’s Youth Summer Program
Eligibility: Must be a Boston resident who is at least 16 years old by July 1st
Application Deadline: May 1st
Internship for high school students to gain experience in the health field. Students are able to learn new skills and work habits by shadowing and helping real physicians at Brigham and Women’s hospital.
Dana Farber CURE Program
Eligibility: 10th grade - undergrad (You must be at least 16 years old to apply)
Application deadline: February 1 *Application now closed, will reopen early winter 2020*
A summer internship for high school and college students where participants are immersed in cancer research at local cancer research institutions. Students learn from cancer research experts and attend scientific seminars, as well as perform hands on research for a project they have to develop and present by the end of the summer. All students receive a stipend by the end of the 8 weeks for their efforts.
High School Health Careers Program
Eligibility: Must currently be a sophomore or junior in highschool living in Massachusetts.
Application Deadline: March 15 *Application now closed, will reopen February 2021*
A free four week residential program based at UMass Boston for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Participants are exposed to several careers in biomedical research through enrichment courses and an internship that allows them to interact with real physicians. By the end of the summer, participants must present their research projects to the public, and receive evaluations from their instructors. Students receive a stipend upon program completion.
Mass General Hospital Junior Volunteer Program
Eligibility: Must be aged 16-17
Deadline: March 1st for summer program, August 1st for fall program
Teens ages 16-17 are able to work alongside hospital staff and have consistent contact with patients and families. Volunteers assist in escorting patients to their doctors appointments, or in being discharged from the hospital.
Michigan Health Sciences Pre-College Exposure Academy
Eligibility: Must be a rising 11th or 12 grade high school student with an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0
Application Deadline: March 8 *Application now closed, will reopen February 2021*
A free two week residential program hosted at the University of Michigan for rising 11th and 12th grade high school students. Participants take college prep workshops and courses necessary for the medical field, along with one on one mentoring to talk about the college process, and fun community events with fellow students.
Project Success at Harvard Medical
Eligibility: Must currently be a junior or senior in high school who is a Cambridge or Boston resident. Need at least a B- GPA, and must have taken chemistry, biology, and algebra.
Deadline: February 7 *Deadline now closed, will reopen January 2021*
A paid medical research internship for current 11-12th graders living in Boston or Cambridge. Participants are immersed in hands on research positions, seminars, visits to biotechnology firms, and writing and speaking skill development.
The Al and Trudy Agress Summer Health Corps
Eligibility: Must be 14-17 years old
Deadline: December 22 *Deadline is now closed, will reopen October 2020*
An immersive hands-on educational program hosted by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where participants are able to explore several health-related careers in a hospital setting.
Beth Israel Milton Junior Summer Volunteer Program
Eligibility: Must be high school junior
Deadline: March 31st *Now closed, will reopen February 2021*
Student volunteers are able to gain experience in a hospital setting by walking patients to destinations, delivering specimens, answering phones, and escorting therapy dogs, along with other duties.
Design Discovery Young Adult at Harvard (DDYA)
*Cancelled for summer 2020*
Eligibility: Must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in high school
Deadline: Rolling admissions starting in April, so apply early to ensure a spot!
A free immersive 4 week program at Harvard’s School of Architecture for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Participants are exposed to modeling, drawing, and representation techniques as well as problem solving skills necessary for the field of architectural design. DDYA is run by current Harvard graduate students, who teach participants through projects, discussions, and fast-paced design challenges.
LL Rise *Now virtual*
Eligibility: Must be completing junior year in high school, have completed or are currently completing physics and pre-calculus, and are a U.S. citizen.
Application Deadline: April 3rd *Now closed, will reopen January 2021*
A free two week residential program hosted at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory for rising high school seniors. Participants are taught to build small Doppler and range radar systems through hands on learning in a high-tech laboratory. Students from disadvantageous backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
Length: 7-10 weeks
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Program length for summer 2020:
June 29th - August 14th
An after-school and summer program where teens are paid to graph, model and design real projects for local non-profit organizations.
Eligibility: Must be 15-18 years old at the start of program
Application Deadline: March 15 *Application now closed, will reopen February 2021*
Paid summer internship program where teens living in the Greater Boston area gain experience in the environmental sciences through hands on research. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, teens work on Thompson Island to help with ongoing conservation efforts. Participants are able to perform data collection, practice trail maintenance and invasive species removal, participate in overnight camping expeditions, and interact with environmental scientists.
Hutton Junior Fisheries Program
Eligibility: Must be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior
Deadline: February 16 *Will reopen January 2021*
An internship in fisheries science and aquatic resource management for high school students. Participants are matched with a fisheries expert and gain hands on experience in the aquatic career.
Maria Mitchell High School Natural Science Internship
Eligibility: Must be at least 16 years old. Preference given to those with prior volunteering experience
Deadline: March 15 *Application now closed, will reopen February 2021*
High school interns are able to assist in the day to day operations of the Maria Mitchell aquarium and Science museum. Interns are able to gain experience with communication through speaking with museum visitors, maintaining facilities/equipment, and caring for animals.
NEAQ Summer Teen Internship
Eligibility: Must be 14-18 years old if you are a Cambridge resident, 15-18 otherwise
Application Deadline: March 21 *Application now closed, will reopen February 2021*
The New England Aquarium offers internships to teens in several different areas of work, including customer service, retail, or as a counselor/educator. Interns are able to receive training in marine science and time management, and are exposed to stewardship outings and and career workshops. Students living in Boston or Cambridge qualify for compensation through their city youth job programs.
Newton Community Farm High School Internship
Eligibility: Must be a high school student
Deadline: First come first serve
The Newton Community Farm offers two unpaid summer internships for high school students. In its education internship, interns educate students aged 3-13 on the natural world. Interns don’t have to have any prior experience, and must assist children in gardening, crafts, or games. In the farm’s Field Crew internship, interns gain experience on the newton farm by growing and cultivating produce. This internship is physically demanding, and interns experience growth in their leadership and responsibility skills.