Teens receive distinguished science internships

by Carolina King

Nine Ouray County teens from Ouray and Ridgway schools have been awarded science internships by the Pinhead Institute for the summer of 2018.
The Pinhead Institute is based in Telluride. The non-profit, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute, provides high-level science learning in rural Colorado and globally. One major way they do this is through their internship program.
Internships are offered each year to juniors and seniors throughout the region. Candidates apply to be selected into the extremely competitive process each fall. Then, chosen applicants proceed to the next phase: meeting with staff to discuss interests and volunteering three hours for the institute while being evaluated on character and work ethic. Next, there is a rigorous interview process before a panel.
Finally, once awarded, the interns are placed into positions in a vast array of scientific fields in big name universities and museums all over the U.S. and its territories.
While the six to eight week internships are unpaid, scholarship funding is available for travel and living expenses, and the students receive valuable exposure and opportunities in...

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