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High School Summer Internship


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The PTEI high school summer internship program gives junior and senior high school students a glimpse into the world of biomedical research, and a rich opportunity to explore careers in science, medicine and engineering.

Great News from a Former Intern!

Michael Booker, a 2011 high school intern, was recently interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and credited the PTEI High School Internship Program as a driver for his future career path. When asked, where would you like your career path to go after college, his reply was, “After college and after grad school, I would like to go into stem cell research. It has always been an interest of mine after I interned at Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative. I hope to one day have my own lab, The Booker Lab, where we test procedures from the lab bench to the bedside. That would be truly a joy and very satisfying.” Read more…

go to Pittsburgh Tribune Review,
July 17, 2012


PTEI will not be accepting applications for 2013 Summer High School Internships.


The PTEI high school summer internship program gives junior and senior high school students a glimpse into the world of biomedical research, and a rich opportunity to explore careers in science, medicine and engineering.

Two or more students are selected each year for the 5-week program. During this time they tour laboratories, meet with and interview faculty (based on areas of interest), conduct independent library research (with assistance from a program coordinator), and prepare a final essay on what they’ve learned. These essays are featured at the final program of the Undergraduate Summer Internship Program.

Importantly, with the PTEI program coordinator the student also explores opportunities for future science-based education and careers.

Finally, the high school student interns participate in the Middle School Tissue Engineering Summer Camp program as counselors/leaders, where they receive additional instruction in how to conduct specific hands-on research activities, and share their impressions and findings from their internship experience.