The Pediatrics Internship Program at Stanford is a 6-week internship focused on learning about science, medicine, and research careers that is open to high school rising juniors and seniors who live in Northern California. Our goal is to show students the exciting world of science, research, and medicine!

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Program Description

The Pediatrics Internship Program at Stanford (PIPS) is a 6-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to learn about science, medicine, and research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.

Students will spend 30 hours per week in the program (20-25 hours on a research project, 5 hours in workshops). Workshops will include sessions on professional development, networking, research practices, and college applications.

For summer 2022, the program will be offered in-person, with the option of some remote work, pending Stanford University approval.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  1. Currently be rising juniors or seniors.
  2. Be 16 years old or older by the start of the program.
  3. Be living in the U.S. and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a green card.
  4. Live in Northern California, ideally no more than a 1-hour commute from the Stanford campus.
  5. We strongly encourage applications from students from first generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented backgrounds.
  6. Have access to a computer and internet access for the duration of the internship.
  7. Be available to start the program on June 20, 2022.   

Program Details

Program dates: June 20 to July 29, 2022

Weekly Time Commitment: 30 hours per week

Students will be paired with a faculty member and their research team to complete a hands-on project. Students will also participate in weekly curriculum sessions, as a cohort to learn about careers in science, research, and medicine, meet Stanford medical students and graduate students, and attend college preparation workshops.

Program Cost: There is no cost for students to participate in this program. Admitted students who can demonstrate financial need are eligible for a $3,000 stipend for participating in this program. More details on the documentation needed are outlined in the application.

Application Process

Summer 2022 Admissions: Applications for the summer 2022 program will open from January 26 - March 13, 2022.

This program is open to rising juniors with an interest in science, research, and/or medicine. We encourage applications from students from low-income and/or underrepresented backgrounds in Northern California.

Program Application

Application Deadline

Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 11:59pm PST


Admissions decisions will be released by late April 2022. When your admissions decision is ready, you will receive an email notification.

Application Steps

1. Review the components of the application and prepare all materials needed.
2. Prepare the following attachments for the application:

  • Academic Records
    • We require an unofficial transcript for each school or academic program you have taken courses at while in high school.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    • We require 1 letter of recommendation to be included with your application. This letter should be from a science or math teacher. In the application, you will enter your recommender's contact information and they will be prompted to submit the letter.
  • Income Verification
    • If the student is also applying for a stipend, please upload 1 of the following as income verification:
      • first two pages of parent/guardians' most recent 1040 or 1099 tax return
      • Social Security benefits letter
      •  unemployment benefits letter
      • proof of eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch

3. Submit your application and materials by the deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Stanford's Land Acknowledgment

Stanford sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land is of great importance to the Ohlone people, and has been since time immemorial. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples.

A video of Native students Jade Araujo, ’24, and Ryan Duncan, ’24, delivering Stanford’s land acknowledgment can be downloaded and used by members of the Stanford community.