The INSPIRE high school summer program was created to give students from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in the geosciences hands-on experience learning from scientists in the field. Over the course of two weeks, students will get the chance to perform field work & data collection, earn service credit, and visit Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Following the two week summer program, our INSPIRE team of scientists is dedicated to giving participating students long-term mentorship and support throughout their scientific and academic careers. Interns who complete the entirety of the INSPIRE Internship receive a $500 stipend after completion of the program.

Dates/Times of the INSPIRE Internship:
The INSPIRE Geosciences Summer Internship will occur from 8:30am-3pm at The New York City College of Technology (300 Jay St., Brooklyn, NY 11201) for each of the dates listed below.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
July 15th July 16th July 17th July 18th
July 22nd July 23rd July 24th July 25th

CREST Symposium: August 8th from 10am- 3pm at The New York City College of Technology.

** Accepted high school interns must commit to attending the entirety of the program, including the CREST Symposium**

We strongly encourage students from the following backgrounds to apply:
Underrepresented in geosciences - defined as being African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native American
Underserved - defined as coming from low socioeconomic means, may be indicated by qualification for free/reduced lunch
First Generation College Students - Students who would be the first member of their family to attend college


Eligibility: Must be a public high school student living in the five boroughs of New York City. Must be entering 10-12th grade in Fall 2024. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Deadlines: Student application due Thursday April 25th at 11:59pm
Teacher recommendations due Wednesday May 1st by 11:59pm
Questions? Email inspiregeoscience@gmail.com

Please check our website for more information: https://inspire-geoscience.org/high-schoolers

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* 1. Are you a citizen/permanent resident of the United States? We unfortunately cannot accept applications from students who are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Contact Information
Please enter your full name as it appears on a legal or government issued document.

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* 2. Pronouns:

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* 3. First Name:

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* 4. Preferred Name: (Optional, unless otherwise indicated this will be the name printed on your program name tag and completion certificates.)

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* 5. Last Name:

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* 6. Email Address: Please provide an email address that is checked on a weekly basis. DO NOT USE School Emails. School Emails ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE as these may filter messages from outside email extensions.

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* 7. Confirm Email Address:

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* 8. Address:

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* 9. Phone Number:

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* 10. Parent/Guardian Full Name:

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* 11. Parent/Guardian Email Address:

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* 12. Parent/Guardian Phone Number:

Biographical Information
The INSPIRE Admissions team is committed to equal treatment and opportunity for its students and maintaining an environment that is free of bias, prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. To the extent this form requests or requires information about an applicant’s demographic characteristics, this information is used by the INSPIRE team to assess recruitment and interest in our programs and is not used to unlawfully discriminate in the admission to any program. An applicant is only required to complete any item marked as required.

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* 13. High School Name:

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* 14. High School Address:

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* 15. Grade Entering in September 2024:

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* 16. What is your race or ethnicity? (Optional) Please check one or more of the following groups in which you consider yourself to be a member:

Written Response Questions:
Our written response questions are designed to give us a sense of who our applicants are as individuals. These questions allow the applicant the opportunity to explain to the admissions team the distinct qualities, creativity, and commitment they can bring to INSPIRE. Please share and discuss how your past experiences have contributed to your personal and academic growth. We are not looking for perfect answers, just honest feedback. Be yourself!

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* 17. Why are you interested in the INSPIRE program? What skills and experiences do you hope to gain from participating in the Summer INSPIRE Internship? (150-200 words)

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* 18. What geoscience subject or field of study are you most interested in right now? Why? (100-150 words)

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* 19. Please tell us more about yourself. Some questions to consider: What are your passions? What do you enjoy doing in your free time? What makes you unique? Feel free to be creative with this response. (100-150 words)

Teacher Letter of Recommendation
We require that all applicants ask one science or math teacher to submit one letter of recommendation as part of the student's application. Teacher Recommendations are due by Wednesday May 1st at 11:59pm. Please provide the contact information of the teacher who will provide your letter of recommendation below:

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* 20. Teacher Name

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* 21. Teacher email:

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* 22. Confirm Teacher email:

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* 23. By submitting this application I confirm that I can commit to the entirety of the program if admitted:

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