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High School Internships

The O'Connell Lab is committed to enhancing science education in our local community by hosting high school student interns. Internships are designed to teach students how to conduct original research projects that extend their scientific knowledge and technical skills. Students are trained and supervised by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow in the lab  while working on their own research project, including experimental design, experimentation, data analysis, and research presentations (written and oral). 

We host interns through the RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) summer internship program, a Stanford initiative promoting STEM fields to high school students from low-income families, students that will be the first in their family to attend college or are from an underrepresented group in science. Applications for this program are due in February.

Please note: we only accept RISE interns. We really put a lot of effort into mentoring and training and cannot effectively mentor all the high school students that request positions. Because of this, we have chosen to focus on creating professional development opportunities for students that are from underrepresented groups in STEM and/or are first generation college students. We also do not offer unpaid internships as this reinforces socioeconomic divides in STEM fields.

Past Interns & Projects:

2018

Lizbeth Rios-Camacho (Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA) - Pair bonding in Ranitomeya imitator

Helen Nguyen (Andrew P. Hill High School, San Jose, CA) - Pair bonding in Ranitomeya imitator

2017

Eden Abebe (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Ant genetics and chemistry

Gwen Ellis (Masconomet Regional High School, Topsfield, MA) - Tadpole aggression

Mary Erb (Masconomet Regional High School, Topsfield, MA) - Toxin uptake in Dendrobates tinctorius

Olivia Nieves (Masconomet Regional High School, Topsfield, MA) - Alkaloids in ants

Randi Patrillo (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Tadpole aggression

2015-2016

Narinka Guichette (Science Club for Girls, Cambridge, MA) - Parental interactions and tadpole brains

Tessa Lewis (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Paternal care in poison frogs

May Tamanna (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Evolution of toxin-binding proteins in poison frogs

Summer 2015

Bijan Rosen (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Mite alkaloids

2014-2015

Puja Dutta (Science Club for Girls, Cambridge, MA) - Predator avoidance of frog toxins

Rebecca Hickey (Science Club for Girls, Cambridge, MA) - Predator avoidance of frog toxins

Nisha Kabir (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Contribution of mites to alkaloid profiles in poison frogs

Prapti Koirala (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Paternal care in poison frogs

Summer 2014

Bella Carriker (Lakeside School, Seattle, WA) - Computational modeling of color pigmentation in frogs

Kevin Eappen (Weston High School, Weston, MA) - Parental care in Oophaga pumilio

2013-2014

Chloe Marsanne (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Development of pigmentation in Phyllobates frogs

Rio Nelson-Marx (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Molecular evolution of opsins in neotropical frogs

2012-2013

Alexis Bonilla-Garcia (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Paternal care behavior in Dendrobates tinctorius

Jonah Simon (Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Cambridge, MA) - Ion channel resistance to defensive chemicals in Phyllobates frogs