FAQ

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If you do not see your query about the Monell Science Apprenticeship Program, please send an email to studentprogram@monell.org.

What are the dates for the summer 2021 program?

Dates for the 2021 program will be Monday, June 14 through Friday, August 6, 2021.

How many hours a week do the science apprentices work?

If MSAP is in-person, MSAP apprentices work full time or 35 hours per week. Students cannot work more than 35 hours per week.

If MSAP is unable to be held in-person, we will reduce the hours per week.

Are there any location requirements?

Applicants need to be from the greater Philadelphia area, including Camden, NJ.

I’m under 18, do I need to obtain working papers to apply?

No. Working papers are only necessary after students have been admitted into the program. Working papers are not required to apply, and there is no need to obtain working papers before entering the program.

I’ve been accepted into the program and now I need working papers because I’m a minor. Can I get working papers from my hometown?

Working papers must be obtained from the School District of Philadelphia.

Do you provide room and board or meal plans for apprentices?

No. Monell is unable to provide housing or meals to the participating students. However, it is imperative that we know that all apprentices have a safe and secure place to live for the duration of the program. We encourage students who cannot easily commute each day to find a relative or family friend with whom they can stay for the seven weeks of the program. A letter from the student’s host, verifying that the student has a safe place to stay, will be required upon acceptance into the program.

What if the student is not from one of the target groups (i.e., female, ethnic and racial minorities, and/or economically disadvantaged)? Can he/she still apply?

Yes. A student of any gender, racial, or ethnic group can apply, but our admissions process will take into consideration whether the applicant is from an under-represented group. The admissions committee gives strong preference to students within the target groups since the MSAP mission is to promote diversity in the sciences.

How competitive is the application process?

MSAP is highly competitive. On average, we received approximately 200 applications, and we generally enroll between 18 to 24 students. So, about 10% or less of applicants are accepted. Typically, approximately 20-30% of accepted students (5 students) are returning students who have attended MSAP in the past.

Is the program open to non-U.S. citizens and/or international students?

Yes, but you must have legal working status in the U.S. that allows you to be paid an hourly wage.

I want to apply to MSAP, but my family has planned a summer vacation. Can I still apply?

No. All students admitted to the program must commit to attend the full seven weeks. Vacations are not permitted. Students who are unwilling or unable to miss a family vacation during the internship period are discouraged from applying. Unexpected absences for sickness are allowed, however they do require a doctor’s note. Any absences longer than 2 days must be approved by the MSAP Executive Committee and/or documented by a medical professional. No exceptions.

Do you know of any other STEM internship opportunities for high school and college students?

Yes! In addition to MSAP, these are some excellent resources for students seeking to enhance their STEM education: