Application for the KEYS Research Internship
Applications for the 2018 KEYS program are now closed.
- Online Application Form
The application is completed online. You will need to create an account and confirm the account through your email. Once your account is created you will be able to begin the application. You can save and return to the application, so you do not need to complete it in one sitting. The online application can be found here.
- Letter of Interest
You will be required to upload a letter of interest to your application before you submit it. Instructions for writing the letter can be found here. A PowerPoint Presentation of the Instructions can be found here.
- Official Transcript
You or your school must mail or drop off an official academic transcript. Your transcript must arrive sealed to us. Your mailed transcript must be postmarked by December 3, 2017. You can mail the transcript to:
KEYS Research Internship Program
1657 E. Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
- Two (2) Academic or Professional Recommendation
One of your recommendations MUST be from a current or previous science teacher that knows you well. The other recommendation can be from another teacher, counselor, club advisor, coach, etc. You will provide their official emails in the application form and we will contact them for the recommendations.
- Signed Applicant and Parent/Guardian
You and your parents/legal guardians must sign and upload the forms to your online application. The forms can be found in the online application.
The application process consists of three phases:
The review committee anonymously reads every applicant’s letter of interest. You are scored in your mechanics, ability to follow directions, and (most importantly) in your passion for science and desire to do research. The top half scores move to the second phase.
The entire application packet is reviewed. You are given a score based on your recommendations, grades, and other considerations. The top 60 scores are then invited to interview.
In the interview applicants discuss their qualifications and interests in research. Each interviewee is given a score. The top 48 scores are invited to participate in the KEYS Research Internship.
If you have questions about the application process please contact us at 520-626-8192.
Use this Application Checklist to help you keep track of all the required documents! Save it, print it, and use it for your own records (The checklist is a pdf file, Microsoft Word works best to open the file).
The online application can be found here.
Visit our FAQs page to find answers to common concerns.