Latino & African-American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP)
LA-HIP is a biomedical summer research and college preparatory program for Latino and African American senior high school students who live or attend school in South or East Los Angeles. The goal of the program is to train students in the art of biomedical research and promote their careers to become future scientists or academic physicians.
WHAT DO LA-HIP INTERNS DO IN THE LABORATORY?
Our interns work for seven weeks in biomedical research labs under the direction of scientists performing hands-on experiments relevant to childhood diseases, including cancer, bacterial or viral infection, cardiovascular diseases and many more. Students investigate how the fish heart regenerates after an injury, how cancer cells metastasize, how microscopic bugs invade and harm the brain of premature babies or figure out how the brain works. Everybody gets to do their own experiments that most undergraduate students only can dream about.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY PROGRAM
LA-HIP is also a college preparatory program and guides its interns through the complex college application process. Extra help with SAT and writing a personal statement as well as professional college and financial aid counseling strengthen the student’s college applications. See where they go to college.
WHO ARE THE INTERNS?
Our interns have an interest in science, human health and engineering. They tend to be curious. They want to figure out how things work and aren’t content to watch others doing the work.
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.
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