The Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program is a year-long STEM and social-justice oriented program aimed at intellectually-curious Philadelphia high school students who have been directly affected by violence and want to make a difference in their communities. Through a variety of educational programs, these students explore the impact of violence upon themselves and their communities, while improving their understanding of science, technology, and medicine.
The program focuses on three distinct but interconnected areas:
- The contributing factors that lead to violence in our communities and schools.
- The forensic tools used by police to solve and investigate violent crimes.
- The deep sense of bereavement that affects those who have lost a loved one to violence.
The program consists of two parts. The first is a four-week summer internship that takes place through the month of July. During the summer, students meet four days a week (Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays) from 10 AM to 4 PM. The second part is an after-school program that takes place once a week through the school year.
During the Program, students work closely with College staff and experts from a variety of fields related to forensic science, healthcare, and community action. Through hands-on activities students are trained using the same tools and methods these professionals use in their respective fields. Students gain an understanding of social justice while learning about careers in STEM in a safe, engaging environment. They also develop the tools necessary to prepare for their futures and address issues that directly affect their communities.
Eligibility and Enrollment
Any rising 10-12th grader currently enrolled at a school in the Philadelphia School District (including charter schools) is welcome to apply. There are no costs to enroll or be enrolled in the program.
Interested students must submit a completed application form accompanied by the following items:
- An up-to-date résumé.
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor.
- A work permit (information on how to obtain one can be found here).
- A 1-2 page essay addressing how violence has affected their life or community.
Enrollment generally takes place in the Spring with the Center for Education and Public Initiatives accepting roughly 15 students. All students must obtain permission to participate in the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program from a parent or guardian.
With the exception of off-site field trips, all activities will be held at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street). Transit tokens to and from all events will be supplied to the Fellows by the Center for Education and Public Initiatives. Students will also be paid a stipend upon successful completion of the program.
We are not currently accepting applications at this time. Check back here for more information on enrollment.