Summer Research Internship

Are you a senior in high school or nontraditional student preparing to go to college?

Are you first-generation?

Answer yes if neither of your custodial parents graduated with a 4-year degree, even if your parents have some college or your siblings have gone to college.

Or, are you

a member of another group who is under-represented in STEM? STEM needs more women, more people of color, and more diversity!

And, are you

planning to major in a science, technology, computer science, engineering, or math field?

Then you are in the right place!

The First2 Network is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for current high school seniors who are first-generation college students or other underrepresented students who are majoring in STEM and getting ready to start their first year of college next fall. We are seeking rising freshmen who will be enrolled in a West Virginia community college, or a 4-year college in the fall of 2022, to join a program designed to support rural, first generation students majoring in STEM fields.

You will become part of a STEM research community that includes scientists, and engineers, graduate students, upper level undergrads and beginning students like you who want to enhance your success in STEM during college. You will also join us in building a better environment for future STEM students, and to be an advocate and to be an advocate and leader in your hometown by encouraging future STEM students in your community.

Summer Research Interns receive $600. Travel, room and board are provided for residential immersive experiences. This internship is approximately 2 weeks long.

By participating in the First2 Summer Research program, students join the ranks of First2 Scholars, an illustrious group of underrepresented students selected for investment and advancement in STEM. Becoming a First2 Scholar is an honor and an academic achievement that will help build students’ experiences and professional and academic resumes.

You will also be offered the opportunity to:

  • Join a campus club
  • Participate in academic year leadership programs that are designed to help you succeed.  This may include online meetings providing you a forum for discussion, problem solving and skill development
  • Become a STEM ambassador by visiting your hometown community, legislators and/or your school administration
  • Join academic year research programs to begin or continue STEM research activities
  • Participate in professional meetings and conferences