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High school internships: Be a young investigator

At the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, 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 300 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 groupc. 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.

Limited summer 2022 internships will be offered for fully COVID-19 vaccinated students.

Research options

In 2022, we are offering limited opportunities for high school students because on-campus programming is limited. High school applicants may apply to more than one option and must indicate what they want to be considered for.

Learn more about this summer's options

How to Apply

The high school internship program is an annual program. Read the qualifications on the frequently asked question page. 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 options.  Here are some tips for you before you start your application.  Plans for 2022 will be updated by February 1.

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.

Stanford University is committed to ensuring its facilities, programs and services are accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. If you need a disability-related accommodation and/or accessibility information, please contact the Diversity & Access Office at or 650.725.0326. Requests should be made at least one week prior to the event/activity.

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"In the past couple of weeks, I was able to grow so much more as a scientist. I realized that constant failure was part of the whole scientific process, allowing one to grow and improve as a scientist."

~ Former Participant