High School Internship

Extherid’s High School Internship Program offers local students a university-level experience in biomedical research and the opportunity to work in science beyond the classroom in real-life applications. Interns are trained in laboratory skills and introduced to protocols and practices commonly used in biomedical research labs.

This internship can be used in coordination with a senior project and provides a strong foundation for students interested in a career in science and medicine. Many alumni of Extherid’s High School Internship Program have continued their scientific education at institutions such as Colgate College, Davidson College, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, Vassar College, and the University of Wyoming.

Applications are highly competitive and open every fall, with occasional opportunities for spring and summer semesters. For each application cycle, 1–2 students are selected.

Apply: Fall 2019 internship applications close Friday, September 13 at 11:59 PM MST.


  • High school junior or senior
  • Strong academic record in science
  • Interest in biology, medicine, biomedical science, and/or scientific research
  • Good communication and time management skills


  • 2-6 hours per week, preferably on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday (schedule will be determined on a personal basis). From September to December, with possible extension into the spring semester (January to June).
  • This is an unpaid internship.


  • Laboratory skills: With provided training, interns will develop and use skills commonly used in biomedical laboratories. Interns will provide assistance in experiments working with microbes and will utilize skills such as aseptic technique, pipetting, making dilutions, streaking/plating, and colony quantitation.
  • Laboratory maintenance: Interns will aid in projects managing the supplies, organization, documentation, and cleanliness of the laboratory space.

To apply, please send the following to info.US@perfectusbiomed.com:

  • Résumé
  • List of extracurricular commitments
  • Personal statement describing your interest in biomedical science (300 word limit).