The Out4STEM program is a summer and after-school internship that aims to provide Philadelphia’s LGBTQIA youth with healthcare and STEM-oriented instruction, mentorship, academic support, and college/career preparation in an inclusive, safe space. Drawing on the resources of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and The Mütter Museum, the program aims to promote resilience, peer support networks, and diverse educational experiences. Students in the program are currently developing an LGBTQIA tour of the Mütter Museum to share with the broader community.
Out4STEM started as a collaborative program between The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Educational Justice Coalition, and the University of Pennsylvania’s LGBTPM+. It has since grown into an after-school program hosted at the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians. It is currently organized by Victor Gomes (he/him), a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania who studies how children learn language.
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Established in 2017, the Out4STEM Internship Program seeks to address the unique challenges facing LGBTQIA youth while providing a safe environment to learn about careers in science and medicine. It focuses on the following areas:
- Introduce students to careers related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and healthcare/medicine.
- Acquire practical job skills in a healthcare field.
- Cultivate relationships between like-minded, motivated Philadelphia LGBTQIA students.
- Develop a greater understanding of the body’s physiological response to stress.
- Facilitate stress relieving techniques.
- Address the impact of bullying and discrimination and develop responses.
- Learn to communicate, heal, and build a community
The program consists of after-school sessions once a week and summer sessions on select days in July. With the exception of off-site field trips, all activities will be held at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street). Transit tokens to and from all events will be supplied to the Fellows by the Center for Education. Students will also be paid a stipend upon successful completion of the program
Eligibility and Enrollment
In order to be eligible for the Out4STEM Internship Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Currently enrolled in a school within the Philadelphia School District, including public, private, parochial, or charter schools.
- Possess an interest in healthcare, medicine, or STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math)
All interested candidates must submit the following materials:
- A completed application
- Student’s full contact information
- Name and contact information for a Parent/Guardian
- Name and contact information for one Reference
- A personal statement in the form of a brief essay or the URL of an audio or video response to a prompt.
If applicable, interested candidates must also obtain a Pennsylvania state work permit (more information on obtaining one can be found here).
Note: There are no costs to enroll or be enrolled in the Out4STEM Internship Program.
We are NOT currently accepting applications for the Out4STEM program. Please check back for enrollment updates.