During the summer, KGI offers a limited number of unpaid internship opportunities to exceptionally motivated and academically strong high school students to gain hands-on research experience, and learn about the pursuit of a science or engineering-related college education and professional career. This internship program runs in parallel with our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. Students have the option to express interest in the SURE tracks (see below) when applying. 

High school students work under the supervision of a KGI faculty mentor, initially shadow undergraduate students and other researchers at KGI, and are then able to engage in a small, well-defined research project matched to their skills and knowledge. High school students further are able to participate in SURE program activities such as seminars and workshops.

  • The number of positions is limited, depending on the availability of faculty mentors plus approval by the Dean
  • Students have to be age 16 or older at the time of program start to qualify for this program

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2023 Dates: June 20 – July 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT

What is it like to be a high school intern at KGI?

  • Jhaline Mast worked as an intern during the summer of 2017. She did such a great job that she stayed on during the school year to continue working on her project. Read more about Jhaline.

  • Deboki Chakravarti and Samena Lutfaeli from the Vivian Webb School worked as interns at KGI during the summer of 2006 as part of the FIBR outreach program. Under the mentorship of Professor Alpan Raval, these two students learned the Python programming language and used Python to perform basic computations on biological network data. Deboki and Samena continued to work on the project in 2007 by implementing novel methods to extract topologically modular structures within biological networks.

  • Asmita Kumar, a former student at Claremont High School, worked as an intern at KGI during the summer of 2005 in the research group of Professor Angelika Niemz. Her main project involved fabricating nanoporous template structures on silicon wafers, and depositing DNA-functionalized gold nanospheres into the surface nanopores through self-assembly. She presented the results of her research project in the form of a poster at the 2005 Southern California Conference of Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) at UC Irvine.

Application Procedures and Requirements

  • Application Deadline

    March 30

    Application Review

    The Admissions Committee is made up of faculty and senior administrators who will thoroughly and conscientiously review each application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Application Requirements

    An online application form is required that contains questions about your personal and educational background. Additional requirements can be submitted along with your online application or separately:

    • Personal Statement
    • Resume
    • One letter of recommendation (optional)
    • Transcripts
  • There is a $20 application fee.

    If you are in need of an application fee waiver, please contact admissions@kgi.edu.

    Students participating in the in-person program sessions are financially responsible for their transportation, housing, and food throughout the program.