High School Research Internship

Translational Research for High School Students

Omkar Borikar (Right), 2019 High School Research Intern

The Summer Internship Program for High Schoolers allows high school students to receive training in a translational research lab and gain skills as they work on a project. They are invited to present at the poster retreat alongside their undergraduate counterparts. Additionally, the High School Research Internship has a career and professional development curriculum that provides tools on college selection, scholarship applications and scientific writing. Many high school interns re-apply as undergraduates to diversify their training in other laboratories.

Application Requirements


All high school students interested in research must complete this application. This internship is unpaid, and highly competitive, only accepting 4-6 applicants per summer. (Note that the Caring Teen Volunteer Program no longer accepts applications for young researchers). In order to be considered for the High School Research Internship, applicants must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before June 2021.
  • Display interest in translational research.
  • Have a competitive course load in the sciences.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
  • Complete the application in MERLIN.  Select the following:
       Learner Type: Research Summer Intern
       Intern Subtype: High School Research Intern (checkmark)
  • If accepted, commit to the full 10-week internship and complete all supplemental paperwork.
  • Note: High School students are only eligible for this research opportunity. Non-research opportunities are offered Caring Teens Volunteer Program. See information below.

Once you have reviewed these requirements, you may review the application instructions and APPLY HERE for the High School Research Internship.




Caring Teens Volunteer Program for High School Students


The Caring Teens Volunteer program is a volunteer opportunity for high school students to serve at Houston Methodist during the summer. A full description for the Caring Teen Volunteer Program, as well as their application, can be found at their site. Please note that the Caring Teens Volunteer Program is for non-research volunteers only.