The STEM Internship program is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and social justice oriented program for Philadelphia high school students who have been impacted by community violence. Through a variety of educational programs, interns explore the impact of violence upon themselves and their communities while improving their understanding of science, technology, and medicine.
During the program, students will work closely with College staff and experts from a variety of fields related to forensic science, healthcare, and community action. Through hands-on activities, students are trained using the same tools and methods these professionals use in their respective fields. Students gain an understanding of social justice while learning about careers in STEM in a safe, engaging environment. They also develop the tools necessary to prepare for their futures and address issues that directly affect their communities. Students will also receive a stipend upon successful completion of the program.
The STEM Internship is made possible through a generous contribution from the GSK Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective.
The program focuses on the following themes:
• The criminal impact of violence, exploring forensic investigation, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system.
• The physiological impact of violence, exploring physical trauma, recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy.
• The psychological impact of violence, exploring psychological trauma, mental health, stress, and healthy coping mechanisms.
• The community impact of violence, exploring policy and the political, social, cultural, economic, and racial dynamics of violence.
• The diverse careers available in STEM fields, prioritizing professionals who demographically reflect the community (such as BIPOC, women, and members of the LGBTQ communities).
• Civic activism and social justice, exploring the political process (elections, voting rights) and developing tools for social change and civic activism.
• Academic and career counseling, preparing students for college applications, financial aid, student loans, personal statements, workplace professionalism, and résumés.
The program consists of two parts. The first is a multi-week summer internship that takes place through the month of July. The second part is an after-school program that takes place once a week through the school year.
During the program, students work closely with College staff and experts from a variety of fields related to forensic science, healthcare, and community action. Through hands-on activities students are trained using the same tools and methods these professionals use in their respective fields. Students gain an understanding of social justice while learning about careers in STEM in a safe, engaging environment. They also develop the tools necessary to prepare for their futures and address issues that directly affect their communities.
Eligibility and Enrollment:
Students interested in enrolling in the STEM Internship program MUST meet the following requirements:
- Be currently enrolled in a Philadelphia high school (public or charter school).
- Be a rising junior or senior (entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2021).
- Have an interest in topics in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
- Be prepared to provide a work permit (information on how to obtain one can be found here).
How to Apply
We are not currently accepting applications for the STEM internship program.
Interested students must submit an application form form accompanied by the following items:
- Permission from a parent/guardian/adult supporter.
- Contact information of a teacher who is willing to serve as a reference.
- A brief personal statement, either as a short essay (maximum 500 words) or an audio/video recording (maximum 5 minutes).
- Applicants will also take part in an interview with Center for Education staff.
Please Note: There are no costs to enroll or be enrolled in the STEM Internship program. If you have any questions, contact Sarah Lumbo, Youth and Health Programs Coordinator, or consult our FAQ.
Health and Safety Notice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:
As an organization committed to advancing the cause of public health, we take the health and safety of our students seriously. Our summer 2021 program will meet virtually via Zoom. Depending on local, state, and federal health recommendations, the 2021-22 school year program will be held virtually via Zoom, in person at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street), or through a combination of online and in-person programs. The Center for Education will make all necessary precautions to provide adequate social distancing for any in-person activities. If classes can meet in person, SEPTA keycards to and from any in-person events will be supplied by The Center for Education.
We are not currently accepting applications for the STEM Internship program. Please check back for updates.