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Stanford Earth Young Investigators

High school internships: Be a young investigator

At the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, high school students spend the summer working in research laboratories. Students are supervised directly by graduate students, post docs and lab managers. This program enables graduate students to serve as supervisors, prepares high school students for college and helps strengthen the connections between Stanford and local high schools. Since 2004, over 250 high school students have worked in our research labs and learned about the process of science first hand. We offer several different options, with different areas of focus and time commitments. Regularly we have talks, lab tours, and field trips as a group that have been turned into our remote education program during the pandemic. This is a time that interns get to learn about the broad field of Earth and environmental sciences. Young Investigators is not a camp and organized social activities are limited.

Watch the slide show of interns in action - lab work, group fun and presentations!

Research options

In 2021, we are offering limited opportunities for high school students because on-campus programming is limited. In typical years, we offer four different areas of focus and time commitments. High school applicants may apply to more than one option and must indicate what they want to be considered for.

How to Apply

The high school internship program is an annual program. The application is released by February 1 and is due March 15.  View and prepare your application questions/essays. Late applications are not considered; there are always more qualified students than placements. Make sure you read  about the optionsHere are some tips for you before you start your application.

by February 1: Application Available

March 15: Applications Due

March 25: Letter of Recommendation Due

About May 1: Acceptance letters sent out

Young Investigators are expected to work during regular working hours during the week. Interns must live and go to high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please check Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

All programs in 2021 will be conducted remotely on Zoom.

Young Investigators FAQ's

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