« back to programs

RISE Summer Internship Program

Local Region:

East Bay


Stanford, CA 94305
view map


No phone calls please



Contact Name:

Maiken Bruhis


Click here to visit official website

Intern / Lab Volunteer
Lecture / Seminar
This program is "hands on."
Fees / Stipend:
Summer Only
Jun 20 - Aug 8, 2018 ... check back for next year's date
7 weeks
The RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) Summer Internship Program for High School Students is sponsored by Stanford University. It’s an intensive 7-week summer program for students interested in science, engineering, math, computer science and psychology. Students spend 30 hours a week on the Stanford campus, working in an active research lab under the guidance of a mentor from the lab (typically a graduate student), and attending weekly group sessions that include field trips, presentations, hands-on science activities, and lab tours.

The program offers participants:
o An intense and rewarding educational experience: We offer a chance to “learn by doing” and work to broaden participants’ understanding of the research process and the careers available in science and technology by providing authentic experience working in an active research lab.
o Community activities: Once per week the entire group of interns gets together for activities that complement the work being done in the labs. These activities include field trips, lectures, hands-on science labs, and sessions on college admissions and financial aid.
o Stipend: Students earn a $2,500 stipend payable in two equal installments (half at the midpoint of the program, and half on the last day).
o Mentor: Every student is assigned a mentor who is a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, Stanford faculty member, or staff scientist. This mentor will supervise the student’s day-to-day work.
o Confidence & leadership skills: The program develops skills and boosts confidence to help students succeed in college and get launched into a STEM-related career.
o Friendship: Working with researchers and other students for seven weeks is a great way to get to know people and launch a professional network. Long-lasting friendships are fostered in this positive and caring environment.
Feb 16, 2017, 12:00 AM
check back for next year's date
Who is eligible for RISE? Students must meet ALL of these eligibility criteria (there are no exceptions!):  Have at least a 3.5 (weighted) GPA;  Have earned all As and Bs in science and math classes completed in high school;  Be 16 years old by June 20, 2018;  Be legally entitled to work in the U.S. (i.e., must have a Social Security Number);  Attend high school locally (within about a 30-mile radius of Stanford) and be able to commute to the Stanford campus on a daily basis;  Be a rising sophomore, junior or senior in summer 2018;  Have an interest in science, medicine, math, engineering, computer science, or psychology;  Have demonstrated intelligence, maturity and initiative. Students must meet at least TWO of these eligibility criteria:  From ethnic groups historically under-represented in science or engineering (Hispanic, African American or Pacific Islander);  From a low-income family;  Will be the first in their families (other than siblings) to go to a 4-year college.
Other Materials:
Most applicants will be nominated by their teacher or principal. Once your teacher or principal has informed RISE that you are being nominated, you will receive a link and password to the online application from RISE. If you meet the eligibility requirements above and wish to apply without being nominated first, send your first and last name, the name of your school and your email address to Maiken Bruhis (see below), confirming that you meet the Eligibility Criteria. In that case, application instructions will be sent to you beginning in early January. All applicants must complete the application including three short essays by February 16, 2018. In addition, applicants are responsible for getting a teacher, counselor or principal to complete an online Recommendation Form. Applicants will receive instructions for completing this task when they apply online.
Last updated Feb 2, 2018, 12:45 PM. Please check the official website link for the most accurate and current information to applying!