Office of science outreach stanford university

Unpaid Internships for High School Students

Many students are interested in holding an unpaid internship within a Stanford science or engineering laboratory. The Office of Science Outreach is not able to help individual students identify a host lab or project, but you will find some tips in the document to the left.

Students must be at least 16 years old to hold an internship within a research lab, due to the university’s liability policies. Stanford cannot arrange on-campus housing for unpaid interns.

The Department of Labor uses six criteria to determine whether a student working in a lab is an intern or a university employee. To be classified as an internship:

  1. Training is similar to that which would be given at a school;
  2. Training is for the benefit of the trainee/intern;
  3. Intern does not displace regular employees;
  4. Intern works under close observation;
  5. Stanford derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion, the department/lab’s operations may actually be impeded;
  6. Interns are not entitled to a job at the completion of the training/internship period.

Faculty interested in hosting interns informally will find a resource to help them here. (2nd bullet)

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