Student Internships & Externships


MIDWEST is offering opportunities for high school, college, undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who have a strong interest in pursuing degrees in science, engineering and technology (STEM) fields, to participate in INTERNSHIPS in college or university laboratories.

Opportunities are also available for college and university students to participate in EXTERNSHIPS within STEM-related industry settings or government agencies.

MIDWEST will identify, screen and place qualified students in these supervised experiences with scientists/researchers, and will help to provide support and necessary accommodations.

Length of internship/externship will be determined on an individual basis.

Applicants have the option to also request grant money to support their internship/externship experience.

Who Can Apply

The MIDWEST Internships and Externships are intended for Midwest high school, college, and university undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who demonstrate a strong interest in entering and/or majoring in STEM disciplines, and who are planning or considering STEM careers.

Participation Requirements

Students who are offered a MIDWEST Internship or Externship must agree to:

  • provide MIDWEST with a written report of their internship work (and research results, if applicable) within two months of the completion of the internship/externship experience.

  • share their experience (and research results, if applicable) at the MIDWEST annual conference and participate in MIDWEST project evaluation activities.

Evaluation Criteria

Student Internship and Externship applications, and grant applications for financial support of these experiences will be evaluated according to the following criteria :

  • Academic performance and potential ;
  • Potential to contribute to STEM ;
  • Quality of application, letters of recommendations and resume.


Application Requirements

Please contact MIDWEST if you would like assistance in completing any portion of your application.

  1. Application Form

    Download and complete one of the following application forms:
    • Microsoft Word format
    • Plain text
    • PDF format [Requires Adobe Reader -- Download the latest version of Adobe Reader]

      The application must include a parent or guardian signature if you are under 18 years of age.

  2. Two letters of Recommendation

    Submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, faculty member, or someone who has worked with you closely.

  3. Resume

    Submit an up-to-date copy of your resume.

Apply by e-mail by completing the application form and sending it and your resume as e-mail attachments to Amy Fruchtman at .

In addition, please have the two letters of recommendation sent directly by the letter writers to Amy Fruchtman via postal mail, fax, or email attachment.

Amy Fruchtman, MS
MIDWEST Project Manager
University of Wisconsin-Madison
338 Goodnight Hall
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Fax: (608) 262-6466;

Deadline for Applications

MIDWEST is currently accepting applications for Internships and Externships. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.



If you have questions, please or call (608) 262-6467 or toll free at 1-866-857-4358
For TTY please use Relay System, dial 711.


Page last updated 6/21/2006