Samuels Family Latino and African American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP)

LA-HIP is a summer research training and college preparatory program for Latino and African-American rising senior high school students from public schools in Los Angeles County.

The overall goal is to provide students that have a genuine interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with the opportunity to learn hands-on laboratory-based research and to promote their careers to become future scientists or physician scientists.  


  • What do LA-HIP interns do in the laboratory?
  • College Preparatory Program
  • Our Interns
  • Philanthrapic Support
  • Apply to LA-HIP
  • LA-HIP Scholarship Resources

Summer interns learn the ropes of basic laboratory experimentation during the first 2 weeks that are affectionately dubbed ”Hell Week”. This introduction to sophisticated biomedical research methodologies prepares the interns for their five week research endeavor where they study how a fish heart repairs an injury, or how cancer cells spread by invading the surrounding tissue, or how bacteria escape the surveillance of the immune system in the brain or how the young brain establishes its complex neuronal circuitry. These research projects directly relate to childhood illnesses and interns get to do their own experiments that undergraduate students only can dream about. 

Applying to college is a daunting process for most of the interns and their parents, but LA-HIP is there for them. Extra help with SAT or writing a personal statement and professional college and financial aid counseling strengthen the intern’s college application. Visits to local private colleges with information sessions and campus tours provide students with a glimpse what they will encounter when in college. See where our alums go to college.

Our interns come from many different high schools in greater Los Angeles and are curious about careers in STEM. They want to work with their hands and explore the world of laboratory research. They are novice scientists at the beginning, but experienced young researchers when graduating from the program. If you are interested, please apply here.

The Samuels Family LA-HIP is named in honor of longtime hospital supporters and philanthropists, Lori and Theodore R. “Ted” Samuels who have provided philanthropic support for LA-HIP. Ted Samuels currently serves as our board Co-Chair and member of the Board of Trustees.

Over the past years, LA-HIP received strong support from different donors including the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation, the Rose Hills Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Achieving America Family Foundation among many others.  





Applications for LA-HIP 2015 will be accepted on October 13, 2014 to February 1, 2015. 

To apply students must be:

  • Current junior attending a public high school
  • Live in Los Angeles County
  • Have a genuine interest in STEM evidenced by course taken and extra curricular activities
  • Be an academically outstanding student
  • Be committed to your education and rigorous learning

Application Process:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit a current unofficial high school transcript. You may submit a PDF to or mail to:
    The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    4650 Sunset Blvd., MS #84 , Los Angeles, CA  90027
  • A recommendation should be submitted by your science teacher or academic counselor, who knows your work ethics and your career interest.
  • Online application, transcript and recommendation must be received no later than midnight Sunday February 1, 2015. (Because of the large number of applicants, late applications will not be considered.)

Letters of recommendation will be accepted from:

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Teacher
  • Counselor
  • School Administrator

Financial aid provided by colleges, universities and the Federal Government as well scholarships help pay for college education. However finding all these scholarship opportunities is challenging. We provide a few helpful links for students who look for financial support. Getting into a college or a university is one thing, paying for it is another. Want to know how much it cost? Click here.

College Scholarship

This website operates without login and password requirement. It’s a great resource for anyone who is looking for private and federal grants and support to pay for college.


The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges.

The Gates Millennium Scholars

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF provides American families with the financial and educational resources they need to achieve a college education.

Emil's Pottery College Scholarship Award

Each year, LA-HIP organizes a fundraising event to help build a college scholarship award for interns. Dr. Bogenmann donates pieces of ceramic art, which he creates in his own personal studio. Four interns are chosen each year based on their performance and accomplishments. The awards are presented at the Farwell Dinner at the end of each internship.

A database full of tools and scholarship information for colleges and schools.