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 INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

"We never understand a thing so well, and make it our own, as when we have discovered it for ourselves."

–Descartes

  • Encompassing a range of disciplines and curricula our online research internships provide students with the unique opportunity to work jointly with a world-leading expert in their field. On your internship you will advance the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen discipline, and coauthor an original research paper in collaboration with other student colleagues and under the guidance of your expert mentor. 

  • Deepen your understanding of your subject while acquiring practical research skills and hands-on experience into what it is like to undertake advanced study in your chosen discipline. Become a published author when you submit your completed research paper to our open-access academic journal, World Scholars Review, or another scholarly publication.

  • World Scholars Academy internship programs are an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate your unique talents, substantiate your commitment to excellence, and individuate yourself from peers so you can stand out when applying to top universities.

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WORLD BUSINESS

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World Scholars Academy business internships for ages 15-18 investigate current issues in various fields of commerce including; finance & investment, economics, entrepreneurship, and marketing. On the internship you will work with fellow World Scholars to research and coauthor a pioneering academic paper on your topic with the close support of your mentor, a world-leading expert in the field. 

 

During your internship you will learn specialist research techniques, survey the extant literature of the discipline, and conduct original research on your topic. You will contribute your own ideas to the project's successful completion, and will develop technical skills and practical know-how to excel in the discipline. Your final paper will be reviewed by your mentor and submitted to either our open-access academic journal, World Scholars Review, or another scholarly business publication.

 

Internships take place on either Saturday or Sunday over four weeks, allowing you to participate in an internship during your normal school year or simultaneously with a World Scholars Academy academic summer course. Interns should expect to spend a minimum of three hours outside of their live contact time each week to complete their research project. World Scholars Academy business internships include:

  • Maximum class size six (6) students

  • Individualized feedback and academic guidance

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Co-authored research paper submitted for publication

  • Entry into the WSR Best Review Award competition

Please note that places on World Scholars Academy business internship programs are extremely limited and currently listed research topics may not recur. Upcoming business internship opportunities are listed below.

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Ecosystem services such as pollination, pest control, nutrient cycling, water purification, food provision, and flood control are essential for sustaining human existence and well-being. However, many of these services are not commonly provided by the private market as a result of intrinsic challenges to market efficiency such as strategic free-riding, lack of information, and high transaction costs. As a result, the natural environment is not properly  maintained or funded, and where ecosystem service provision is remunerated, it is almost exclusively via external sources such as government grants or charitable donation.

Nevertheless, the emerging field of private provision of ecosystem services represents an opportunity to tap new funding sources for improved environmental conservation. This internship will examine the theory of the private provision of public goods and research existing empirical studies of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). This research will determine the practical feasibility of achieving fully private PES, and which forms of intervention can maximize conservation outcomes.

During this month-long Internship you will conduct original research on the private provision of ecosystem services. Collaborating with your fellow interns, you will learn how the application of economic principles can provide novel solutions to environmental problems, and with your mentor's guidance you will co-author an academic research paper on this topic for publication. No previous knowledge of economics or environmental science is required to participate.

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 11am-2pm PT | 2pm-5pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: December 16th, December 23rd, December 23rd, January 6th

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

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Economic welfare is defined as the net benefits to all consumers and producers created through market exchange. However, economists now proxy economic welfare with measures of total spending such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross National Product (GNP), which are conceptually and compositionally distinct constructs. In fact the ‘Father’ of GDP accounting, Simon Kuznets who devised it’s formulation in the 1930s is quoted as stating that, “The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measure of [GDP]." Yet paradoxically, this is exactly the way in which GDP is used today across popular and academic circles alike.

Can controversies over the use of ‘Keynesian’ government spending programs to smooth the business cycle be resolved with a more holistic understanding of what GDP in fact ‘is’. Is it the case, as economist Charles Goodhart famously stated that, “Any measure [like GDP] which becomes a target, loses it’s usefulness as a measure”? Under what circumstances is GDP actually an appropriate measure of economic phenomena, where does it in fact break down in its present use, and finally, how could we in practice construct a superior measure of economic welfare to benchmark performance?

During this month-long Internship you will conduct original research on the formulation and measurement of economic welfare as proxied by GDP. Collaborating with your fellow interns, you will investigate and more deeply understand this fundamental economic concept, and with your mentor's guidance you will co-author an academic research paper on this topic for publication. No previous knowledge of economics or statistics is required to participate.

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 4pm-7pm PT | 7pm-10pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, January 27th

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

"We judge well the thing we know."

–Aristotle

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WORLD MEDICINE

INTERNSHIPS

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World Scholars Academy medicine internships for ages 15-18 explore cutting-edge issues in healthcare including; nutrition, the mind-body connection, epidemiology, and neurochemistry. On the internship you will work with fellow World Scholars to research and coauthor a state-of-the-art medical paper on your topic with the close support of your mentor, a world-leading medical expert. 

 

During your internship you will learn specialist research techniques, survey the extant literature of the discipline, and conduct original research on your topic. You will contribute your own ideas to the project's successful completion, and will build technical skills and practical know-how to excel in the medical field. Your final paper will be reviewed by your mentor and submitted to either our open-access academic journal, World Scholars Review, or another scholarly medical publication.

 

Internships take place on either Saturday or Sunday over four weeks, allowing you to participate in an internship during your normal school year or simultaneously with a World Scholars Academy academic summer course. Interns should expect to spend several additional hours outside of their live contact time each week to complete their research project. World Scholars Academy medical internships include:

  • Maximum class size six (6) students

  • Individualized feedback and academic guidance

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Co-authored research paper submitted for publication

  • Entry into the WSR Best Review Award competition

Please note that places on World Scholars Academy medicine internship programs are extremely limited and currently listed research topics may not recur. Upcoming medical internship opportunities are listed below.

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The term ‘cancer’ covers more than 100 different diseases, but to what extent can these diseases be considered variations on a theme? All cancer types share a set of common characteristics, such as excessive growth and the ability to spread to new parts of the body, but the driving forces behind these characteristics differ from tumor to tumor, and patient to patient. All cancer therapies seek to restrict tumor growth, but what works against one tumor does not always work against another.  As we learn more about what drives each tumor type, we are better able to tailor treatment plans to individual patients, but identifying the patient’s tumor type in this way requires time and money. Should we invest in developing this kind of precision medicine, or should we instead look for a therapy that works against all cancers, if such an option exists?

 

During this month-long internship, you will review what is currently known about the factors driving cancer development and the extent of our ability to fight them. Collaborating with your fellow interns, you will critically assess this information to offer new insight into the probability of a magic bullet treatment against all cancer types vs the importance of patient-specific therapies.  In addition, with your mentor’s guidance, you will co-author an academic research paper on this topic for publication. No previous knowledge of medical science is required to participate. 

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 11am-2pm PT | 2pm-5pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: November 4th, November 11th, November 18th, November 25th

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

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Despite many advances in chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery, cancer remains a

devastating disease that still claims millions of lives each year. Gene therapy is reshaping the

landscape of modern medicine, including cancer treatment. More and more gene therapy

cancer treatments are entering clinical trials and being approved for use each year.

During this internship you will:

  • Delve into the realm of CAR-T therapy, a groundbreaking technique that harnesses the power of a patient's own blood cells, specifically engineered to fight their unique cancer.

  • Discover the astonishing potential of oncolytic viruses, meticulously designed to infect and destroy cancer cells.
     

  • Explore how viruses are used as packaging systems and used to deliver replacements of malfunctioning genes within cancer.

 

You will research how these cutting-edge technologies work and explore their practical

applications. You will also question how gene therapy compares to mainstream treatments.

What benefits does it offer? What are the associated risks?

 

During this month-long Internship you will conduct original research on gene therapy

technologies and how they can be deployed in the fight against cancer. Collaborating with

your fellow interns, you will investigate and more deeply understand these treatments, and

with your mentor's guidance you will co-author an academic research paper on this topic for publication. No previous knowledge of genetics or medicine is required to participate.

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 11am-2pm PT | 2pm-5pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, January 27th

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

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"Knowledge cannot go beyond one's experience."

–John Locke

WORLD LAW

INTERNSHIPS

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World Scholars Academy law internships for ages 15-18 examine contemporary issues in various domains of the law including; jurisprudence, political economy, antitrust law, and government censorship. On the internship you will work with fellow World Scholars to research and coauthor a cutting-edge academic paper on your topic with the close support of your mentor, a world-leading legal expert.

 

During your internship you will learn specialist research techniques, survey the extant literature of the discipline, and conduct original research on your topic. You will contribute your own ideas to the project's successful completion, and will build technical skills and practical know-how on how to research cases and excel as a lawyer. Your final paper will be reviewed by your mentor and submitted to either our open-access academic journal, World Scholars Review, or another scholarly legal publication.

 

Internships take place on either Saturday or Sunday over four weeks, allowing you to participate in an internship during your normal school year or simultaneously with a World Scholars Academy academic summer course. Interns should expect to spend several additional hours outside of their live contact time each week to complete their research project. World Scholars Academy law internships include:

  • Maximum class size six (6) students

  • Individualized feedback and academic guidance

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Co-authored research paper submitted for publication

  • Entry into the WSR Best Review Award competition

Please note that places on World Scholars Academy law internship programs are extremely limited and currently listed research topics may not recur. Upcoming law internship opportunities are listed below.

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Recent years have seen the rise of various political movements demanding independence for their territories. The most prominent examples being in Catalonia (Spain), Scotland (the United Kingdom), and Quebec (Canada). These secession demands are framed under the right to self-determination, that is, the right of a people to decide on their collective future. This situation has raised the legal question: if the majority of the population in a territory want independence from their state, should they be entitled to hold a referendum on the issue and secede? On this internship, you will conduct research to explore the varied positions within the secession debate.

 

Public international law only recognizes a general right to self-determination for colonial territories. However, there is a lively scholarly debate on whether this right should be extended to non-colonial territories such as Catalonia, Scotland, Quebec, and others. Advocates of this position often invoke the democratic principle, asserting that national boundaries should be subject to change by democratic majorities. On the other hand, opponents invoke the principles of state sovereignty and territorial integrity, which they view as fundamental components for maintaining the stability of the international order.

During this month-long Internship you will conduct original research on secession law. Collaborating with your fellow interns, you will critically engage both with public international law and constitutional theory, and with your mentor's guidance you will co-author an academic research paper on this topic for publication. No previous knowledge of legal theory or international law is required to participate.

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 7am-10am PT | 10am-1pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: November 4th, November 11th, November 18th, December 2nd

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

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As of 2023 there are over 3 billion gamers worldwide, with some valuing the gaming and Esports market at over $197 billion. With such a wide reach the law can no longer ignore what has now become a central part of so many people’s lives, especially young people. Furthermore, as technology develops and gaming moves to a new era of more ‘immersive’ gaming, a lot more is at play, legally. Legal questions about the impact the gaming industry has had on current intellectual property laws and competition law, can no longer be avoided, and new protections of gamers’ personal data need to be put in place.

 

Scholars have noted how for the benefit of both the gaming industry and consumers, ‘improvements in gaming access and quality should be encouraged, not derailed’. Yet, some providers of video games can easily be described as dominant, in that they have (or are close to having) the ability to control both the new and old ways of gaming. This, gives rise to a tricky balance for competition lawyers and competition enforcement agencies to navigate and to the question of how much intervention is too much? Moreover, the way in which gamers’ data is collected and used has drastically changed as new ways of gaming are developed. This has led governments to introduce new laws and guidance to game developers to help ensure that gamers’ date is protected and that data protection laws are complied with, whilst allowing for user experience to be enhanced according to users’ needs. Of course, different governments have approached these concerns differently. Ultimately, there is much to learn from each approach in this area where technology, which changes at such a rapid pace, plays such a crucial part.

 

During this month-long Internship you will conduct original research on the law covering the gaming industry. Collaborating with your fellow interns, you will critically engage both with intellectual property law, competition law and the new field of law and technology, and with your mentor's guidance you will co-author an academic research paper on this topic for publication. No previous knowledge of law or legal theory is required to participate.

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 10am-1pm PT | 1pm-4pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, January 27th

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

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"To be is to do."

–Socrates

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WORLD ENGINEERING

INTERNSHIPS

World Scholars Academy engineering internships for ages 15-18 analyze the latest advances in engineering including; drone technology, artificial intelligence, frontiers in military weaponry, exotic materials, and nuclear power. On the internship you will work with fellow World Scholars to research and coauthor a topflight academic paper on your topic with the close support of your mentor, a world-leading expert in the field. 

 

During your internship you will learn specialist research techniques, survey the extant literature of the discipline, and conduct original research on your topic. You will contribute your own ideas to the project's successful completion, and will build technical skills and practical know-how to excel as an engineer. Your final paper will be reviewed by your mentor and submitted to either our open-access academic journal, World Scholars Review, or another scholarly engineering publication.

 

Internships take place on either Saturday or Sunday over four weeks, allowing you to participate in an internship during your normal school year or simultaneously with a World Scholars Academy academic summer course. Interns should expect to spend several additional hours outside of their live contact time each week to complete their research project. World Scholars Academy engineering internships include:

  • Maximum class size six (6) students

  • Individualized feedback and academic guidance

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Co-authored research paper submitted for publication

  • Entry into the WSR Best Review Award competition

Please note that places on World Scholars Academy engineering internship programs are extremely limited and currently listed research topics may not recur. Upcoming engineering internship opportunities are listed below.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a sophisticated tool in the data sciences to address complex human problems. Having surpassed human experts in trivial applications such as games of Chess and Go, AI now has ever expanding applications in advanced applied research and commerce including; algorithmic trading, self-driving vehicles, medical decision-making, and military strategy. However, what will the future hold for Artificial Intelligence? Which applications are indeed viable, which will remain hypothetical, and what unexpected areas might we in fact see AI successfully applied. Are the dystopian sci-fi portrayals of AI as eventually replacing humans justified, or will AI continue to expand mankind’s economic opportunities without supplanting the need for humans entirely?

During this month-long Internship you will be taught how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning work. Collaborating with your fellow interns you will then conduct original research on how AI is currently being applied to domains of commerce, and will examine its potential to replace human intelligence across other fields in the future. In addition, with your mentor's guidance you will co-author an academic research paper on this topic for publication. No previous knowledge of computer science is required to participate.

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Location: Online

Type: Academic Research Internship

Eligibility: Ages 15-18

Days: Saturdays from 7am-10am PT | 10am-1pm ET

Dates: Four weeks: January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, January 27th

Price: $1895

Requirements: Interns are expected to be present for all four sessions. However, if an intern is unable to attend a particular session they will receive an update on the project progress and will be assigned additional work to complete in order to make up for their absence. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of three hours per week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

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