Resources for Students
Prepare for your STEM future today.
Remember, STEM skills are applied in almost every career in the new economy, including skilled trades, advanced manufacturing, medicine, and computer science.
Students, your high school guidance counselor or your college career office will also have helpful information.
Visit these websites to get started on your STEM career path:
Professional Organizations offer guidance, too. Check these out:
Apprentice and training programs offer value experiences that place you in the job marketing quickly and well-prepared.
These occupations have apprenticeships in New York State:
These companies sponsor apprenticeship here:
There is general information about Registered Apprenticeships in New York State here:
Please note that apprenticeships in the construction trades are available through a union training program. Apprenticeships in manufacturing (and other sectors) is gained through employment with a company that sponsors apprenticeship (the company chooses the trainer, such as a community college).
Learn more here:
Internships & Volunteering
Internships and Learning Opportunities for Students
UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences:
This summer Institute is for high school students interested in exploring the career of Pharmacy. It is four days, not residential. You can find the details and application information here:
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute:
This is an opportunity to study evolution and bioinformatics. Students conduct real experiments in real university laboratories and present their research at the end of the program
Exploring Veterinary Science Program:
This program is for students who are interested in a career in veterinary medicine and veterinary technology. The program includes hands-on activities, field trips and classes. It meets twice in a month during the school year.
D’Youville College Health Careers Opportunity Program:
This is a 6-week summer enrichment program for high school students who have completed their junior year. Students will have the opportunity to learn about health and behavioral health professions. The program offers college preparation, health career exploration and field trips.
Exploring Engineering and Technology Program:
This program is open to students who are interested in learning more about careers in the technology and engineering fields. Students work with professionals including: engineers, researchers, computer engineers, civil engineers etc. They also visit research labs and engineering firms. The Engineering & Technology Career Exploring program is affordable with participation fees ranging from $15 to $25 per year.
Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP):
This is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors. It offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college because of its international connections. Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university faculty members and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.
Telluride Association Summer Programs are free.
The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester:
UR holds this annual summer research program for high school students who have just completed their junior year. The eight-week program provides an exceptional opportunity for highly motivated students to experience scientific research in a realistic environment. Students who are accepted into the program are assigned to a research project and supervised by a staff scientist at the Laboratory. These projects form an integral part of the research program of the Laboratory and are related to the Laboratory’s 60-beam OMEGA laser, one of the world’s most powerful fusion lasers, and the OMEGA EP laser, completed in 2008. (Paid)
For more information:
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science College of Science- Rochester Institute of Technology: This unique program offers a limited number of highly qualified juniors the opportunity to work side-by-side with world class scientists on a variety of imaging-related research projects. These unpaid internships give students the chance to get valuable hands-on experience in a real laboratory setting as contributing members of a research team. The internship program also provides an opportunity for interaction with other students from surrounding school districts who have similar interests and ambitions. Professional development activities, team building exercises, and at least one field trip are additional benefits. Participation in this program is free, and upon successful completion of research students are provided a certificate of completion as well as letters of recommendation.
Plant Genome Internship:
High school summer students spend six to eight weeks working on plant molecular biology projects in one of twenty participating research laboratories. Once each week there are organized group activities, including faculty lectures, discussion sessions, and tours of Cornell research facilities. At the end of the summer, all of the interns present their results in the form of a poster at a summer student symposium. For participation in the program, interns will receive a modest stipend. The program does not provide on-campus housing. Therefore, participating students must live within driving distance of Cornell University.
Buffalo Zoo Internships:
In cooperation with area colleges, universities and work-study programs, the Zoo offers students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the non-traditional setting of a working zoo. Student interns help to formulate objectives for their placement period that provide a personal, professional and academic challenge and supply needed services for the Zoo.
At this time the Buffalo Zoo DOES NOT allow volunteers to work with our animals. This policy benefits the safety and well being of our animals. If you are interested in getting up close with some of our animals please see our outreach programs in the education section.
For more information, call (716)837-3900 extension 132
The full-time Marine Mammal Care internship is designed for college students and recent college grads to gain experience with California sea lions and harbor seals. Internships are also available for students Interested in Fish, Turtles, and Endangered Penguins. The Aquarium of Niagara’s full time Marine Mammal Care internship is designed for college students and recent graduates California sea lions and harbor seals. Interns will work closely with animal training staff and.
Must be currently enrolled in college or have recently graduated with a major in, animal science, Biology, Zoology, psychology, or related field.
Have a serious interest in a career in marine mammal training.
Able to work on a team, as well as function individually with little supervision.
Must be able to afford housing and transportation.
Able to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds, work on un-even and slippery surfaces, withstand temperatures of hot and cold, and sit/stand for long periods of time when necessary.
Must be able to demonstrate a proficiency in public speaking and guest interaction
Must be a competent swimmer and comfortable with cold, deep water (SCUBA certification is a plus but not necessary)
If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume to
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Internship:
The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is looking for high school and college student interns to help coordinate the Youth Fishing Derby, staff the Visitors’ Center and assist the design and delivery of educational materials and programs. Dates for the internship are between March 14 – August 14, 2016. For information and application, see:
Volunteering at a Hospital
Kaleida Health Summer Student Volunteer Program: This program provides the opportunity to receive a first-hand view of health related careers while serving your community. You must be at least 15 years old and completed freshman year. The program takes place between July and August. You have four options for being a volunteer: Buffalo General Medical Center, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
Must be at least 15 years old
Completed freshman year of high school
Working papers, which can be obtained at your high school office
Application with signed parental consent form
Volunteer Availability Form
Mandatory orientation at the site where you will volunteer (dates to be determined)
Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact: Fr. Richard Augustyn
Phone: (716) 859-2603, Fax: (716) 859-1625
DeGraff Memorial Hospital
445 Tremont Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Contact: MaryBeth Kupiec
Phone: (716) 690-2088, Fax: (716) 690-2187
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
1540 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Contact: Kathy D. Gorski
Phone: (716) 568-3820, Fax: (716) 568-3832
John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital
818 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact: Martha L. Hickey
Volunteering at the Buffalo Museum of Science
Opportunities include planning annual fundraisers, creating databases, working on exhibits, and archiving materials in our research library.
Please consider volunteering in one of the following available categories:
Tifft Nature Preserve
If you are 16 years of age or older– contact: Betsy Vazquez at
Erie County Medical Center Volunteer Program:
If a high school student is interested in performing an internship, shadowing and/or observing in a medical field, he/she can contact the department first and check if the department is currently accepting students.
The Aquarium’s volunteer program has been developed to offer a level of involvement beyond that of the average visitor. It provides a valuable opportunity to learn more about the Aquarium and its animal collection. Volunteer activities provide access to the Aquarium’s on-going education, conservation, training and research programs. This program is designed to benefit both the volunteer and the Aquarium.
If interested in volunteering to assist our facility in maintaining and caring for the diverse collection of aquatic creatures which call our facility home, please download the application here, completely fill it out and mail it to us.
You may call us at: (716) 285-3575 or 1-800-500-4609 ext. 209
Buffalo Zoo ZooCrew:
ZooCrew is a group of volunteers who help with promotions, special events, and fundraisers (age 14 and over). Please download and complete the application and return to the Zoo. After we receive your application and you attend a brief orientation, we will add you to our mailing list. You will then receive our quarterly volunteer newsletter ZooCrew.
Scholarships for high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students in STEM are plentiful. Most of the scholarships listed here are annual opportunities.
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Distinguished Undergraduate Fellowship offers financial support to students who demonstrate an interest in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and who enhance the diversity of science. Students whose social, educational or economic background adds to the diversity of the biomedical workforce or who show a commitment to increasing educational access for underrepresented students are eligible. The Distinguished Undergraduate Fellowship provides up to $2000 toward tuition costs for one academic year. Learn more here.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers’ various scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate engineering or pre-engineering students pursuing an engineering or engineering technology degree in a course of study that traditionally has been a preparatory curriculum for the HVAC&R profession. To learn more, click here.
ASCO Numatics will award two, $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. Additionally, ASCO Numatics will make $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled. The scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, and automation professions, particularly as they relate to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. Scholarship recipients may be eligible for an ASCO Numatics internship.
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the legacy of Anita Borg and her efforts to encourage women to pursue careers in computer science and technology. Scholarship recipients will receive an academic scholarship as well as be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, CA. Learn more here.
The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the United States has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country’s place as the finest technological leader in the world. Learn more here.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is proud to offer fellowships to students in their undergraduate and graduate careers. The Aeronautics Scholarship Program (ASP) offers our nation’s research leaders of tomorrow exceptional funding. NASA Aeronautics scholarship awards for UNDERGRADUATES: Twenty (20) awards annually $15,000 awarded for each school year, to be used for tuition and other education related expenses $10,000 Summer internship at a NASA Research Center. Learn more here.
National Grid’s Engineering Pipeline Program offers high school and college students the chance to learn more about National Grid and the engineering profession as a whole through a structured six-year program. As a member of the Pipeline program, you will be given the opportunity to gain exposure to the engineering industry through instruction, in and out of the classroom; site visits; research and projects. To learn more, click here.
SUNY STEM Incentive Scholarships for tuition up to four years of study are available to NYS students in the top 10% of their high school class who are interested in attending any SUNY/CUNY school and enrolling in a program leading to a STEM occupation. Applications are available through August 15. Learn more by visiting here.
A database of nearly 300 national nursing scholarships.
Siemens recognizes the important role that medical laboratory scientists and technicians play in the delivery of quality patient care and offers scholarships that can help you reach your goals. Students in NAACLS accredited Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), and Medical Technologist (MT) programs. To learn more, click here.
SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico. To learn more, click here.
Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. has established a scholarship program to assist architecture and structural engineering students at participating colleges and universities in various communities in the United States. The Structural Engineering/Architecture Student Scholarship Program offers scholarships to support education and encourage the design and building of safer structures in our communities. Students must be enrolled as juniors (60 semester hours or equivalent) or seniors in full-time undergraduate study in architecture, structural engineering or construction management at one of the specified colleges or universities, the deadline is April.
Learn more here.
This scholarship was created to help provide educational opportunities for the future generation of scientists. Graduate students or undergraduate students must be enrolled in an accredited college in a Science field to qualify for this scholarship.
Learn more here.
Over $20 million in scholarships are available through colleges, universities, professional associations, and corporations that offer college scholarships to participants on FIRST teams. This is official recognition of the knowledge, technical, and life skills gained as a participant in a FIRST program. Learn more here.
Additional list of available scholarships from EssayOnTime: Scholarships for Women and Girls
STEM Reading for Kids
Who was Ada Lovelace? Are problems fun to solve? How can I build a really tall tower with plain boxes? These are the kinds of topics and stories that STEM-themed books tell. There is a grand selection of books in our public libraries, from biographies, to how-tos, to novels, with STEM as the central theme. Experts remind us that young readers identify with heroes in many ways, including reading about them, so a book may start a STEM career pathway, too.
Thanks to our friends at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library for sharing this list of quality STEM reading.
Colleen Kelly, an elementary school teacher and enrichment specialist in Orchard Park schools supplied this personally curated list.
Summer STEM Experiences
Student Learning Opportunities
Click on the name to visit each website.