The Pediatrics Internship Program @Stanford is a 5-week internship focused on science and medicine 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!

Program Description

The Pediatrics Internship Program @ Stanford (PIPS) is a 5-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 20 hours per week in the program (15 hours on a research project, 5 hours in workshops). Workshops will include sessions on professional development, networking, research practices, and college applications.

For summer 2021, the program will be offered virtually.

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.
  5. Have access to a computer and internet access for the duration of the internship.
  6. Be available to start the program on June 29, 2021.   

Program Details

Program dates: June 28 to July 30, 2021

Weekly Time Commitment: 20 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 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 $1,000 stipend for participating in this program. More details on the documentation needed are outlined in the application.

Application Process

Summer 2021 Admissions: Applications are CLOSED for the summer 2021 program.

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, April 25, 2021 at 11:59pm


Admissions decisions will be released by mid May 2021. When your admissions decision is ready, you will receive an email notification.

Application Steps

1. Review the components of the application (click here to view) and prepare all materials needed.
2. Review the attachment checklist and gather the following items:

  • 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 can be from a teacher at your school, guidance counselor, coach, community leader. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the letter of recommendation and include it with the application.
  • 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.

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