Hard to believe, but now is the time to start searching for internship opportunities. Summer will be here before you know it. If you have a teen interested in medicine and STEM, the Samuels Family Latino and African-American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP) accepts up to 16 interns to participate in their program at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Applicants must currently be juniors attending a public high school in the Los Angeles Area. The online application for the 2016 program opened on October 5, 2015 and closes at midnight on Sunday, January 31, 2016. There’s still time! The summer program will start on Monday June 20th and end with the Science Symposium on August 8, 2016. For the application and instructions click here.
Interns will be selected by a group of experts based on their academic strength, extracurricular activities in STEM, quality of essay writing and the recommendations submitted by a teacher/counselor. Some students will be invited to interview in person following the initial review of applications. A LA-HIP orientation for accepted students and their families will be held in early April 2016 where they will learn about program guidelines and expectations and the on-boarding process.
The summer program starts on Monday June 20th with a 2-week laboratory course affectionately known as “Hell Weeks” wherein interns will learn to perform many of the fundamental biomedical research methodologies and get to know each other and the LA-HIP staff. Interns then spend the next 5 weeks doing research relevant to a particular pediatric illness under the personal supervision of a scientist in a laboratory in the Saban Research Institute. Interns may work in laboratory that studies how bacteria invade into cells, or how tumor cells can escape the surveillance by the immune system or how nerve cells set up the complex neuronal circuitry or how an organ such as the lung or the heart repairs following an injury. The intern’s hands-on experiments are part of the overall research project of the laboratory and thus they make new scientific discoveries advancing the project. Interns learn how to keep record of their experiments in a laboratory notebook and present their scientific accomplishments at the Science Symposium at the end of the summer.
The Samuels Family LA-HIP also helps its interns to prepare for college. They take 24 hours of SAT prep classes by The Princeton Review and regularly evaluate their progress by taking proctored SAT assessment tests. Many of the past interns were the first in their families to go to college and therefore interns and their families must participate in individualized college and financial counseling to ensure that they understand the complex processes underlying college application. LA-HIP also takes its interns to local liberal arts colleges where they participate in information sessions and campus tours to get a glimpse what they will encounter when in college. Furthermore, interns getting prepared for college through mini-workshops and exercises in college readiness (time management, goal setting, self advocacy, note taking etc.).
The Samuels Family LA-HIP covers the cost for students to use public transportation to participate in the program. In addition, the program also provides free meals and a stipend of $1,500 handed out in three portions.
Applicants should be curious how the living world works and have a genuine interest in STEM and/or medicine and a desire to explore hands-on laboratory experimentation. They must be academically strong in science and math classes and have a great desire to advance their education through an enthusiasm for learning. They must be dedicated to the training program and demonstrate professionalism while working in The Saban Research Institute.