STEM Internship Program

Students in the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship program practice taking vitals on a medical dummy at the Drexel University Physical Therapy Labs

The STEM internship program is a STEM and social-justice oriented program aimed at Philadelphia high school students who have been directly affected by violence and want to make a difference in their communities. Through a variety of educational programs, these students explore the impact of violence upon themselves and their communities, while improving their understanding of science, technology, and medicine.

The STEM Internship is made possible through a generous contribution from the GSK Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective.

The program focuses on the following themes:
The criminal impact of violence, exploring forensic investigation, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system.
The physiological impact of violence, exploring physical trauma, recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy.
The psychological impact of violence, exploring psychological trauma, mental health, stress, and healthy coping mechanisms.
The community impact of violence, exploring policy and the political, social, cultural, economic, and racial dynamics of violence.
The diverse careers available in STEM fields, prioritizing professionals who demographically reflect our students (such as BIPOC, women, and members of the LGBTQ communities).
Civic activism and social justice, exploring the political process (e.g. elections, voting rights) and developing tools for social change and civic activism.
Academic and career counseling, preparing students for college applications, financial aid, student loans, personal statements, workplace professionalism, and résumés.

Students gain an understanding of social justice while learning about careers in STEM in a safe, engaging environment. They also develop the tools necessary to prepare for their futures and address issues that directly affect their communities.

For more detailed information on past events and activities related to the STEM Internship program, see our Archive.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is involved in the program?
What have past interns accomplished during the program?
Who is eligible for the program?
How can a student apply?
When is enrollment?
How many students are accepted?
Are there any costs involved?
Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, what precautions will The College of Physicians take to ensure student safety?
How can I find more information about the program?

What is involved in the program?

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The program consists of two parts. The first is a multi-week summer internship that takes place through the month of July. The second part is an after-school program that takes place once a week through the school year. 

During the program, students work closely with College staff and experts from a variety of fields related to forensic science, healthcare, and community action.  Through hands-on activities students are trained using the same tools and methods these professionals use in their respective fields. Students gain an understanding of social justice while learning about careers in STEM in a safe, engaging environment. They also develop the tools necessary to prepare for their futures and address issues that directly affect their communities.

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What have past interns accomplished during the program?

Teva interns take part in activities with Tieshka Smith at her installation, Racism is a Sickness

Students work together with local artists to create works of video, audio, and traditional art that communicate their thoughts about violence and loss faced by individuals and communities. Past interns have also developed materials to inform their communities of issues directly affecting them, such as personal hygiene and sexual health.

For more detailed information on past events and activities related to the STEM Internship program, see our Archive.

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Who is eligible for the program?

Any rising junior or senior (will be in 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2021) currently enrolled at a school within the Philadelphia School District. Students from Philadelphia charter schools are also welcome to apply; however, students from private schools are NOT eligible to apply.

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How can a student apply?

Teva and Karabots students explore the Small Worlds Exhibit at the Wistar Institute

To enroll in the program, interested students can complete our online application. The application will include the following:

  • Permission from a parent/guardian/adult supporter.
  • Contact information of a teacher who is willing to serve as a reference.
  • A brief personal statement, either as a short essay (maximum 500 words) or an audio/video recording (maximum 5 minutes).
  • Applicants will also take part in an interview with Center for Education staff.

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When is enrollment?

We are currently accepting applications for the STEM Internship program. Interested applications can complete our online application. The deadline to submit a completed application is 11:59PM on FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021.

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How many students are accepted?

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Between 20 and 22 students will be accepted into the program.

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Are there any costs involved?

There are no costs to enroll or be enrolled in the program.

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Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, what precautions will The College of Physicians take to ensure student safety?

Health and Safety Notice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: As an organization committed to advancing the cause of public health, we take the health and safety of our students seriously. Depending on local, state, and federal health recommendations, the program will either be held virtually via Zoom, in person at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street), or through a combination of online and in-person programs. The Center for Education will make all necessary precautions to provide adequate social distancing for any in-person activities. If classes can meet in person, SEPTA keycards to and from any in-person events will be supplied by The Center for Education.

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How can I find out more information about the program?

For more information contact Sarah Lumbo, Youth and Health Programs Coordinator. For updates on the program and to learn more about the activities available to the students feel free to check our blog or follow the Center for Education on Instagram (@mutterEDU).

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