High School Summer Internship Program in Research

Program Coordinator: Mrs. Janet Hahalyak Weckerle

High School Summer Internship Program Coordinator
Magee-Womens Research Institute
204 Craft Avenue, B408
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The High School Summer Internship Program provides current high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to participate in basic or clinical research projects with the goal of promoting interest in biomedical research as a potential career. This is a highly competitive program based on academic criteria and less than 10 percent of the students who apply are chosen.

Since its inception in 1995, more than 193 high school students have successfully completed the program. Students hail from both local public and private schools. Several participants have presented their research findings at science fairs, and a number of students have published their manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Students attend weekly scientific seminars to enhance their knowledge of the different aspects of research, particularly that relating to women’s and infants’ health. In addition, they attend informal lunch meetings where junior and senior investigators discuss biomedical science as a career. At the end of the program, the students present their work to the other participants as well as to Magee-Womens Research Institute faculty and their associates.

Students work with investigators for a 4-week period (40 hours a week). The start and end dates of the program are flexible and are coordinated between the investigator and the student. Students are paid minimum wage. A work permit may be needed. Please inquire about the process before the end of the school year.

Out of State/Town Applicants
Out of state students and Pennsylvania students not in driving distance should include information of their intended living arrangements. Our program does not provide housing or other residential assistance. Acceptable living arrangements include: staying with relatives in the area or the student and a parent making living arrangements in the area. If accepted a work permit needs to be obtained from Pennsylvania prior to the student’s start date.

To apply for a summer intern position with the Magee-Womens Research Institute High School Internship Program, please submit the following items:

• The application form (Completed by the student.)
• A personal statement of approximately one page discussing your background, career interests and expectations for a summer research experience, completed by the student. This is a major factor in the selection process.
• A total of two letters of recommendation, preferably from science teacher(s) and/or guidance counselor(s). The recommendation forms or letters of recommendation are both acceptable, although letters are preferable. Letters of recommendation should be submitted via e-mail to MWRHighSchoolInternships@mwri.magee.edu with the student's name in the subject line.
• A copy of the student’s transcripts, sent in by the recommending teacher. Transcripts can be sent to MWRHighSchoolInternships@mwri.magee.edu with the student’s name in the subject line.

The application deadline is Monday, March 30, 2015.

MWRI High School Acceptance Criteria

  • A compelling personal statement is key. We are looking for a personal statement that conveys something special, unique, distinctive, and/or impressive about you or your life story, and why you are interested in biomedical research and participation in the research program.
  • The student does not need previous lab experience.
  • We typically focus on selecting applications from students in their junior year. Our previous experience has found that the summer after of the junior year is an ideal time to provide students with exposure to biomedical research. They have had adequate background in math and science, and are likely seeking experiences to help in decisions regarding interests for college.
  • It would be beneficial if the student has viewed our website to see the type of research activity taking place here. We try to match their research interests with an appropriate mentor.
  • References chosen should provide letters with academic and personal details including outside activities if possible.