Summer Link

A partnership with the University of Chicago that places qualified U-High students in summer internships

  • Students can apply for the Computer Science program here.
  • Students can apply for the Science program here.

Through Summer Link, Lab’s unique partnership with the University of Chicago, qualified U-High students have the opportunity to apply for paid summer internships. Currently half of the almost two dozen internships are with University of Chicago biological, physical, and computer science labs and the other half are through the UChicago Booth School of Business, Law School, University Press, or non-University businesses connected to Lab by way of Laboratory Schools or University alumni.

Through Summer Link, students get a glimpse of real-world activities and have hands-on experiences not normally available to high school students. Here are just some of the labs, professors, and businesses that participated in recent years:

  • Chemistry Professor and Director, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Ka Yee C. Lee
  • The Computation Institute, a joint initiative between UChicago and Argonne National Laboratory
  • Hyde Park Bank
  • Morningstar
  • The University of Chicago Press
  • Law School Senior Lecturer and US Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner and Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Law and Economics William Landes
  • Professor Yuping Lu, Department of Chemistry
  • William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics (and Freakanomics author) Steven D. Levitt
  • Janet D. Rowley, M.D., the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, and Department of Human Genetics and Jianjun Chen, assistant professor of medicine

Because the list of participating labs and businesses changes every year the application process requires student to apply to the program in general and then Lab faculty work to make sure that the jobs and the student are a good fit.

The science application process requires students to submit an essay explaining why they are interested in particular areas of the discipline. Science grades play a part in the selection process. For the non-science internships students submit a letter explaining why they would like to participate and what they might gain from the program. The Summer Link program is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, who have priority. The full-time internships last for about seven weeks and students receive a stipend for their work (which generally works out to a little more than minimum wage.)

The History of Summer Link

Summer Link began as an informal program run by U-High science teacher Murray Hozinsky, who helped students find summer jobs in the University’s research labs. After Mr. Hozinsky retired and Sharon Housinger, AB’92, SM’96, joined Lab in 1996, she took over the informal program and started the formal Summer Link Science Research Program the following year. UChicago professors (who are also Lab parents) formed a board to review student applications and make connections with labs across the sciences.

In 2010, Lab faculty Christopher Janus and Andrea Martonffy expanded the program to include internships at the Chicago Booth School of Business and other opportunities. They, too, work with University faculty members who are also Lab parents to help identify opportunities and to match students and internships.