Neurology High School Scholars Project

Are you a high school sophomore, junior or senior who is looking for an exciting opportunity this summer? The Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will run its annual Neurology High School Scholars Program beginning this July!

The High School Scholars Program offers the opportunity for three high school students to complete a five-week paid internship ($1,000 stipend). The internship involves working closely with a neurologist on a basic science or clinical research project, and shadowing physicians in clinic. Works hours will be determined between the student and mentor based on project need. At the end of the five weeks, students will be expected to prepare a poster presentation outlining their project results.

The application is now open, and will close on February 14th, 2020.

Eligibility and Expectations

Selected students will be required to pass non-traditional personnel clearances (including but not limited to criminal and background checks and immunization requirements). There may be research and other training requirements, depending on the student project. Eligible students will be required to attend the program at CHOP's Main Campus during scheduled work hours.

Students must be sophomores, juniors or seniors, and must be 16 years of age at the start of the internship (Orientation – July 9th, 2020).

Students from Philadelphia and the surrounding counties are eligible. Students from Southern New Jersey who have the means to travel to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on a potentially daily bases are eligible.

Students are expected to dress for the program in business casual attire. For men, this entails a button down shirt or polo shirt, khaki pants or slacks, and dress shoes or non-casual closed toed shoes (no sneakers. A tie is not required). For women, this entails a blouse and slacks or a dress, and dress shoes or non-casual closed toed shoes (no sneakers. Heels are not required).

Students are required to attend orientation on July 9th, 2020. Failure to attend orientation will result in dismissal from the program. Students are required to be available for scheduled work days during the five week internship. If the student has other obligations during this time, they are required to get approval for time off prior to accepting the internship position.


Our application is now online. You can access our new online application here.

The application involves filling out a questionnaire, completing two essays, and submitting two letters of recommendation. Please note that our old paper applications will not be accepted.

Please be aware that applications are considered on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Due to the high volume of applicants, it is beneficial to submit your application as soon as possible.

Please read each question in the application carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application session will close on February 14th, 2020.

Letters of Recommendation

Each applicant must submit two letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors with their application. One letter must be from a science teacher or mentor. The letters must be on school letterhead, and bear an original or electronic signature. Unsigned letters will not be accepted.


The application will be available online through February 14th, 2020.

Top applicants will be invited for interviews by the end of March, 2020.

Winners will be announced by Monday, April 13th, 2020.

Orientation for the internship is scheduled for Thursday, July 9th, 2020. The internship runs from Monday, July 13th to Friday, August 14th, 2020. The students will present the results of their research at a poster session on Thursday, August 20th, 2020. Families and friends are encouraged to attend.

Our annual “Ask a Neurologist Day” will take place on the first day of the internship, July 13th. This is open to all applicants to the program, and involves a half day of neurology lectures, followed by a trip to the Franklin. More details to come.

Contact information

For questions about the program, please contact Ashley Rees-Jones,

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