Stanford Compression Forum Internship

Early research exposure, transcending traditional boundaries for high school & CC students.

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8 Weeks, Full Time
  • For the third time, we will be admitting community college (CC) students of age 21 and under at the time of application (early CC students). High school students and CC students will be placed in project groups among their respective peers. In other words, in daily activities, high school students will interact with other high school students and CC students will interact with other CC students, with the exception of program-wide activities such as orientation and final presentations.
  • Decisions will be emailed out in mid-April.

The Stanford Compression Forum is offering its annual summer internship program for the Summer of 2023. We are looking for passionate high school and early CC students interested in pursuing fun research projects over the summer.

This internship is intended to provide early exposure to research transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students will be grouped into multifaceted projects that will benefit from their existing interests and strengths while exposing them to new areas. Projects will be mentored by students, faculty, and staff of the Stanford Compression Forum and its affiliated organizations. Themes will span and combine the science of information and communication, engineering, the arts, linguistics, psychology, biology, neuroscience, computer science, technology, philosophy, and design, among other areas.

Program Goals:

  • Provide high school and CC students early exposure to cutting-edge research in an academic environment
  • Introduce students to the diversity of research topics pursued in engineering
  • Emphasize the inseparability of the humanities and the human element from research in STEM


(all requirements must be met to apply)

  • Must be currently a high school junior or senior in the 2021-2022 school year (i.e. 11th or 12th grade at the time of application) OR a full-time CC student (within the first three years of CC)
  • If you are a high school junior or senior, you must be at least 14 by June 13. If you are a full-time CC student, you must be between the ages of 17-21 (inclusive) by June 13.

No exceptions can be made for any eligibility requirements (e.g. if you are currently a high school sophomore, you are not eligible to apply).


The internship program for Summer 2023 will be 8 weeks long. Students are expected to attend the entire duration of the internship.

  • Start date: Monday, June 13, 2023
  • End date: Friday, August 5, 2023

Financial Assistance

Although this internship is unpaid, if spending the time needed to participate in this program would pose a financial burden, please let us know in your application.

We’d love to be able to admit all applicants. But that is not realistic. If you’re not admitted, it’s because we failed to integrate you into the few projects we were able to create with our group of mentors.

Past Projects:

Video presentations and online journal (2021)

Video presentations and online journal (2020)

Video presentations and our online journal (2019)

Humans are awesome (2018)

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Stanford Compression Forum Internship

Early research exposure, transcending traditional boundaries for high school & CC students.

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