1. What are the dates for the summer 2017 program? 2. How many hours a week do the science interns work? 3. I’m under 18, do I need to obtain working papers to apply? 4. Do you provide room and board or meal plans for apprentices? 5. What if the student is not from one of the target groups, can he/she still apply? 6. How competitive is the application process? 7. Is the program open to non-U.S. citizens and/or international students? 8. I want to apply to MSAP, but my family has planned a summer vacation. Can I still apply? 9. Do you know of any other STEM internship opportunities for high school and college students?
- The summer 2017 MSAP session will start on Monday, June 26 and end on Friday, August 11.
- MSAP interns work full time or 35 hours per week. Students cannot work more than 35 hours per week.
- No. Working papers are only necessary after students have been admitted into the program. Working papers are not required to apply, and there is no need to obtain working papers before entering the program.
- No. Monell is unable to provide housing or meals to the participating students. However, it is imperative that we know that all apprentices have a safe and secure place to live for the duration of the program. We encourage students who cannot easily commute each day to find a relative or family friend with whom they can stay for the seven weeks of the program. A letter from the student’s host, verifying that the student has a safe place to stay, will be required upon acceptance into the program.
What if the student is not from one of the target groups (i.e., female, ethnic and racial minorities, and/or economically disadvantaged)? Can he/she still apply?
- Yes. A student of any gender, racial, or ethnic group can apply, but our admissions process will take into consideration whether the applicant is from an under-represented group. The admissions committee gives strong preference to students within the target groups since the MSAP mission is to promote diversity in the sciences.
- MSAP is highly competitive. On average, we received approximately 200 applications, and we generally enroll between 18 to 24 students. So, about 10% or less of applicants are accepted. Typically, approximately 20-30% of accepted students (5 students) are returning students who have attended MSAP in the past.
- Yes, but you must have legal working status in the U.S. that allows you to be paid an hourly wage.
- No. All students admitted to the program must commit to attend the full seven weeks. Vacations are not permitted. Students who are unwilling or unable to miss a family vacation during the internship period are discouraged from applying. Unexpected absences for sickness are allowed, however they do require a doctor’s note. Any absences longer than 2 days must be approved by the MSAP Executive Committee and/or documented by a medical professional. No exceptions.
- Yes! In addition to MSAP, these are some excellent resources for students seeking to enhance their STEM education:
- Science Outreach Initiative- Penn Arts & Sciences
- Philly STEM Programs – A list of STEM Out of School programs
- STEMcityPHL – Building Philadelphia from roots to STEM
- The Connectory – Spark your child’s curiosity
- Tech Savvy – An annual STEM conference for girls
- AAUW Philadelphia – American Association of University Women