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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Position Number: 5250855
  • Location: Worcester, MA
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

High School Apprentice


Pre-Collegiate Outreach - JM

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs is seeking to hire high school students who are looking for a summer opportunity focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This position provides an opportunity to expose students to academic research. The responsibilities of the High School Apprentice will include participating in orientation, weekly apprenticeship meetings, and completing projects assigned by the lab manager/professor. Lab work and work schedule is determined by lab manager/professor.


At least 16 years old at the time the internship begins.

  • Enrolled in or have recently graduated from a school that meets at least one of the following descriptions:

    o Vocational technical high school as determined by Chapter 74 of the General Laws of Massachusetts or a comprehensive public high school with a life sciences Chapter 74 program.

    o Public high school (including charter) located in one of the following "Gateway Cities" as determined by Section 3A of Chapter 23A of the General Laws of Massachusetts: Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, and Westfield, and Worcester.

    o Public high school (including charter) with a student population of at least 25 percent classified as "low income" by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    o Enrolled in the METCO Program, a grant program funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts intended to expand educational opportunities, increase diversity, and reduce racial isolation, by permitting students residing in certain cities to attend public schools in other communities that have agreed to participate.

    United States of America (Non-Exempt)

    WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. It seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity, collaboration, inclusion, problem solving, innovation, high performance, and change making. It is committed to maintaining a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination.

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    About WPI
    WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

    Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
    WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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