LEAH STEM Exploration Internship Summer 2022

About The LEAH Project:

The LEAH Project’s mission is to promote the power of youth, especially BIPOC youth, to diversify the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Through paid STEM internships, dynamic college and career readiness programming, and meaningful youth leadership opportunities, LEAH cultivates the confidence of youth and equips them with the skills and connections they need to thrive.

Internship Summary

The STEM Exploration internship is a paid internship and will run out of Lab Central, a biology/life sciences laboratory and office space in Cambridge.

If you are curious about about STEM and are interested in exploring STEM opportunities this is for you! No prior STEM classes or experiences needed!

Key Components:

  • Hands-on lab experience facilitated by MassBioEd science teachers
  • Meet scientists and entrepreneurs who work in companies housed at LabCentral (job shadowing, mock interviews, career exploration)
  • College and Career readiness programming led by LEAH staff (college tours, application/financial aid guidance, leadership workshops)

LEAH Youth Leaders will be paid via stipend for their time in programming and can earn up to $2,200, dependent on attendance and participation throughout the summer.

Additional Benefits:

  • All participants who successfully complete the summer program and are engaged with staff during the school year will be eligible to receive a paid second year internship opportunity in the summer of 2023.
  • Access to a Mentor who works in STEM – someone who will be able to assist with your curiosity and support you throughout your high school journey. LEAH Youth Leaders are expected to meet with their Mentor on a monthly basis for 1 hour, starting Fall of 2022 – Summer 2023.
  • Students who are enrolled in BPS (Boston Public Schools) are encouraged to continue through the school year in our STEM Teaching Internship. Youth will have access to STEM career exploration opportunities, post-secondary support, leadership opportunities and SEL support. School year internships are 6-8 hours a week and youth can earn approximately $2,500 based on their participation and attendance.

Time Commitments

  • Must be available to attend all programming starting July 5th – August 5th 2022. Programming will run 30 hours a week, Monday – Friday.
  • Commit to attending five STEM based events during the 2022 – 2023 school year.

LEAH Youth Leaders Eligibility

  • Youth must live and/or attend school in Boston, Cambridge, Everett, Chelsea or Revere.
  • Youth must be rising high school Juniors or Seniors
  • Must be 16 by July 1st, 2022
  • Interested in learning more about life sciences
  • Must show proof of vaccination (two doses of Pfizer and a booster shot)
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and Person of Color) youth encouraged to apply
  • Once accepted, youth must obtain a work permit before programming starts

Application Requirements

This application will take approximately 45 – 60 minutes to complete. It includes short answer questions ( a minimum or 150 words each). You are able to save your application progress and continue at a later time if needed.

  • You will need to upload your resume
  • You are able to save your application progress and continue where you left off
  • Application is due Sunday, May 1st at 8:00PM Eastern Standard Time

If you require assistance with this application or have any questions, please email Paul Gregg at pgregg@hria.org.