Summer High School Research Internship




The High School Summer Internship Program is part of the Undergraduate Research Internship Program allowing high school participants an opportunity to interact with college students and perform at a college-level academic setting.

The High School Internship Program is an internship that selects only a handful of interns with outstanding academic records and a proven interest in research and medicine. Along with the undergraduates, high school interns will receive training in a translational research lab and gain hands-on skills as they work on a project. Each summer project will depend on the mentor assigned to the student and their area of expertise. With access to Houston Methodist's renowned faculty, students have mentors who help guide them through their summer project and provide instruction on proper laboratory techniques required for the completion of the project. The summer culminates in a scientific poster symposium where interns showcase their summer research project to Houston Methodist's leading scientists, students, and staff.

Additionally, the High School Research Internship has a career and professional development curriculum, including scientific writing, providing useful tools when applying to college. Through participation in student events, such as the welcome reception, sporting events, seminars, and guest lectures, each intern can capitalize on the opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Internship Guidelines & Requirements


Houston Methodist will begin accepting applications for the 2024 Summer Internship Programs starting on December 1, 2023, and ending on February 2, 2024. The programs will begin on May 28, 2024, and end on August 2, 2024. The internship is held at the main Houston Methodist Hospital campus in the Texas Medical Center. All programs require a full-time commitment for the 10-week duration (May 28 – August 2, 2024). Daily attendance is required of each student for a full 8-hr workday, approximately 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., except for the July 4th holiday. Please review our comprehensive FAQ for more information.



  • High school students currently completing their junior or senior year may apply and be 16 years of age by the start of the program (May 28, 2024)


Application Requirements:

  • Completed MERLIN application
  • Two required essay questions, and one optional
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcript (Official or Unofficial)
  • Resume

Additional Information:

  • High school students are not eligible to receive a stipend for participation in the Summer Research Internship Program.

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Thank you for your interest in the Houston Methodist Summer Research Internship Program! We look forward to receiving your application.