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March 20, 2018

MSU St. Andrews to offer summer internships for high school students

Michigan State University St. Andrews, the MSU science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, learning facility in Midland, recently announced the application process for summer research internships is now open.

This will be the third consecutive year for the program, which began as an opportunity for high school juniors to be mentored by MSU scientists on potentially publishable research projects in chemical and material sciences. After accepting 12 students in 2016, the program grew to serve 28 in 2017 and included the addition of a computer science and programming component.

Among the 2017 cohort, two MSU St. Andrews interns became national finalists in the Siemens Competition in math, science and technology. 

In 2018, prior projects will be repeated and a new writing program is being added to the offerings. MSU St. Andrews supports the national effort to broaden STEM to STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The writing internship is designed to expand and enhance written communication skills. This program will complement the existing STEM summer research internship program by integrating a focus on the arts.

The computer science and coding projects will also evolve to leverage Python coding for game development, artificial intelligence or robotics-related applications.

The program will run for eight weeks, from June 25 through Aug. 17, will be 40 hours per week and is a paid internship at $11 per hour.

Current high school juniors are eligible. Students must be able to commute daily to MSU St. Andrews and to commit to missing no more than one week of the program due to other obligations. Students are welcome to apply for either or both programs. Accepted students will be notified by mid-May.

Details about the projects within each program, printable flyers and links to the applications can be found here.

For more information, please contact Melanie Kauffman at (517) 432-4499 or by email.

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