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Summer GEMS Near-Peer Mentor

Internship Responsibilities

With support from the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) hosts the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program. WRAIR GEMS invites middle and high school students to work with college-age mentors in a professional laboratory environment. During 10 one-week sessions, students participate in a hands-on learning experience and gain exposure to the diversity of STEM fields and careers.

The mission of GEMS is:

  • To increase interest, engagement, and performance in STEM for student participants.
  • To support undergraduates and recent graduates in a STEM education internship.
  • To bring experiential learning and mentorship to middle and high school students from underrepresented populations in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

WRAIR GEMS is seeking STEM undergraduates to participate in our 2020 summer program as “near-peer mentors.” Mentors will be placed in either the biomedical sciences program (WRAIR, Silver Spring, MD) or the engineering program (location TBD). We provide competitive monthly stipends commensurate with education and experience.

As a near-peer mentor, you will:

  • Serve as a lab instructor, subject matter expert, role model for academic success, curriculum developer, and lab safety officer.
  • Design, facilitate, and evaluate original STEM modules, which draw from topics in your area(s) of interest.
  • Collaborate with a team of fellow near-peer mentors to implement additional modules throughout the summer.
  • Prepare and submit formally written lesson plan(s) for all implemented modules.
  • Prepare a poster to present at an in-house symposium for peers, guests, and WRAIR scientists.

Skill Set Required

The ideal near-peer mentor is/has:

  • Currently majoring in, and passionate about a STEM field.
  • Interested in teaching, mentoring, and communicating science to the community.
  • Previous experience in a research laboratory (preferred).
  • Previous experience as a teaching assistant, mentor, and/or volunteer (preferred).
  • Positive attitude, willingness to work in a fast-paced environment, and a sense of humor.
  • Flexible and able to work well within a team.


  • Available 1 June through 14 August 2020 (dates negotiable to accommodate school schedules).
  • United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Able to complete military background checks (Public Trust security clearance and a Child-Youth Services security clearance).
  • Able to arrange housing and transportation for the duration of the internship.

Preferred Areas of Study/Major(s)


Internship Location

Silver Spring, MD


Semester: Summer (Jun - Aug)
Year: 2020
Hours per week: 20 or more hours
Workdays: M-F
Pay: Yes, based on education level stipend
Authorization Requirements: U.S. Citizen/U.S. National, Permanent U.S. Resident

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Required Documentation: Resume, References, Other - Transcript
Application Instructions

Register and apply online at and select “apply” (near-peer mentor applications close 28 February 2020).

  • Select “Near-Peer Mentor” under the “registration type” drop-down menu
  • Registration requires the following, in addition to basic information about you:
    • Current resume
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Completion of brief essay questions
    • Contact information for TWO (2) references (Note: we will be contacting them within 1-2 weeks following confirmation of your application submission; we do NOT need a formal letter from them but will instead have a short questionnaire for them to complete)

Additional Information

The primary contact listed below is available to discuss any inquiries regarding the application or to provide guidance during the application process.

Holly K. M. Brown, Ph.D.  |  | (301) 319-9986

We will begin reviewing application materials beginning December 2019. Applications will officially close 28 February 2020 and positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

Interviews will be held at the WRAIR, located at 503 Robert Grant Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone interviews and ‘open house’ events will be scheduled to accommodate non-local applicants.

Additional Information:






503 Robert Grant Ave
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

About Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is the largest and most diverse biomedical research laboratory in the Department of Defense. Our main facility, the Daniel K. Inouye building, is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Other laboratory and clinical facilities carry out research in Asia, Africa, and Europe through cooperative partnerships with host governments and militaries through the US State Department. Our greatest resources are the dedicated scientists, technicians, and support personnel who make up the core of the WRAIR today.