The goal of the Rio Grande Valley Summer Science Internship (RGVSSI) is to expose high school students to university-level research, thus encouraging an increase in the number of students who graduate college with science degrees, particularly Hispanics/Latinos from the RGV.
This year, we have internship positions with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Brownsville (UTHealth), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville and Edinburg campuses (UTRGV) and Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU).
Selected students will be matched with a mentor and project based on their interests indicated in the application.
As part of the program, students work for 6 weeks with their mentor and are required to complete 20 hours of science related work per week. The program culminates with each student presenting his/her work to faculty, friends, family, and the community at large in a formal, in-person setting. $500 stipend for students who successfully complete the program.
Students must provide their own transportation to the internship placement sites and receive a stipend upon completion of the 120 required hours.
Our application process is quick and easy! Before you apply, please be sure to have your 350-word essay completed so that you do not have to start and stop the application. If you do, you may lose your information and may need to restart the application. By having your essay ready, you can simply copy and paste the text of your essay into the application!
Essay: Students are required to complete a 350-word essay as part of their online application. Your essay should include the following:
Why are you applying to the program?
Why do you think you would be a good candidate for this program?
List your future goals and how this program will help your goals.
DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2023 YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MONDAY, JUNE 5TH IF YOU WERE SELECTED FOR THE RGVSSI 2023
NOTE FOR STUDENTS: You will see a confirmation screen when you submit a reference form. Please feel free to email email@example.com or call (956)755-0600 to confirm your form was successfully submitted.
You will need one (1) recommendation form completed as part of this application. After you submit your application, please make sure to direct your teacher or counselor to this site complete and submit the recommendation form on your behalf.
For teachers/counselors only!
The reference form is to be completed on behalf of the applicant (student) by a teacher/counselor who has worked with the student.
NOTE TO TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS: You will see a confirmation screen when you submit a reference form. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (956)755-0600 to confirm your form was successfully submitted. Please consider printing this confirmation screen for your records in case you need to contact us about a reference form.