• The Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) Summer Internship Program for High School Students is open now until January 31st! This program provides current high school sophomores and juniors with the opportunity to participate in basic science or clinical research projects with the goal of stimulating interest in biomedical research as a potential career. Application is open to high school students interested in learning about biomedical research who are currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school (ie. not “rising sophomores or graduating seniors”). Students also must be 16 years of age on the start date of the internship.


    During the 6-week program, 240-hour program (holidays included) each student will have the opportunity to work on their own research project under the guidance of an investigator and their staff at MWRI or Magee-Womens Hospital. In addition, students will attend informal Lunch & Learn sessions, during which investigators will discuss biomedical science as a career from their personal perspectives and journeys in the field. At the end of the program, students will present their research findings via a PowerPoint presentation to other summer interns, MWRI faculty and staff, and other invitees at the annual High School Internship Presentation Day. 


    Students are eligible to receive a stipend of $1,800 for participating in this program if their household qualifies for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for Pennsylvania. The eligibility guidelines are based strictly on household income and can be found at 

    https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/2013Once selected to participate in the program, students will be asked to declare your eligibility status and to provide proof of your eligibility.


    Application for the program opens December 1, 2023, and will be accepted through January 31, 2024. All documents must be provided by the deadline in order for the application to be considered by the review committee.  


    Click Here to visit our website for more information and materials for the application


    Application Process:

    The application process consists of three parts: an online form, an application packet that must be submitted via email to the Program coordinator, and reference letters that must be submitted by the reference provider directly to the program coordinator.


    Application Check List:

    • Online Form containing Application Information and Demographic Information for NIH Reporting.
    • Two Letters of Recommendation—preferably from science teacher(s)  are to be emailed directly by the referees to the MWRI High School Program Coordinator at MWRIHighSchoolInternships@mwri.magee.eduStudents are to not see or send recommendation letters
    • Application Packet is to be a single PDF file saved as LastName_FirstName. This must be submitted via email to MWRIHighSchoolInternships@mwri.magee.edu. The following materials must be included in the Application Packet for it to be considered complete:
      • Cover letter including work history (if applicable)
      • A one-page personal statement.
        • We are looking for a compelling personal statement that conveys something distinctive about you or your life story and why you are interested in biomedical research and participation in the research program. Please also indicate if you have a preference for basic science or clinical research, or preference for any particular area(s) of research performed at MWRI.
      • High school transcript
      • Applicant’s and Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature Page

    The internship will begin on June 17, 2024. Online Application/Demographic Form, Application Packet and Letters of recommendation must be completed and provided by the deadline to be considered by the review committee. As in previous years, we anticipate the 2024 program to be highly competitive, and less than 8 percent of the students who apply are chosen. (We typically receive over 130 applications.)

    If you have any additional questions, please contact the program coordinator via MWRIHighSchoolInternships@mwri.magee.edu