Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of FAQs, select one from the list below to read more.

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    What is Discovery Internships?

    Discovery Internships is a 4 week customized summer internship program for high school students with locations in Boston, New York City, and London. The Musiker Family has directed award-winning, educational summer programs for high school students for 51 years. We are still a family-owned and operated organization featuring the most experienced and talented leadership in the pre-college field.

    Every summer, more high school students choose a Discovery program than any other program of its kind. This summer, explore your future with Discovery Internships.

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    What is the commuter program?

    Do you live in Boston, New York, or London? Permanent residents of these cities, and their surrounding areas, can participate in our internship programs as commuter students. Live at home and commute to your internship each day, Monday-Friday, for 4 weeks. Internship Coordinators are available to support you throughout your internship, and there is a mandatory commuter student orientation at the start of the program.

    In addition to your customized internship, participate one night per week in the Career Development Series. This series will help you make the most of your internship with sessions on communication skills, networking, and resume building.

    The commuter tuition includes guaranteed internship placement, support from your personal Internship Coordinator, the Career Development Series, 3 college credits, and a 30-day unlimited transportation pass.

    Commuter students do not have access to residence halls, dining facilities, or sports and recreation facilities associated with our residential program option. Evening and weekend activities are not available to commuter students.

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    Is financial aid or a scholarship available?

    Discovery Internships provides scholarship assistance to students and their families through many different channels. Primarily, we partner with mentoring organizations to offer scholarships.

    Additionally, we offer 2 Merit Scholarships for partial tuition in the amount of $2,000 each for students residing in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.6. The scholarship applications become available in January of each year for the upcoming summer, and are due by April 15. Please contact info@summerdiscovery.com after January 9th to request an application.

    As our individual scholarships are limited and only fund partial tuition, we encourage you to reach out to your school counselor and community for academic fundraising and scholarship opportunities. If needed, we can always provide paperwork detailing the academic value of our programs. We also suggest visiting Fund My Travel, an online fundraising website..

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    Who are the Discovery Internships Staff?

    The Musiker Family has directed highest quality educational summer programs for high school students for 50 years. Bob and Jimmy Musiker and our staff have vast experience working with and mentoring high school students. Our administrative staff on each campus have an average of 15 years experience working with us. They include:

    Director, Associate Director, Internship Coordinator, Programs and Activities Director, Health and Wellness Coordinator, Head Resident Counselor, Athletic Coordinator

    Most of our administrators are either full-time Discovery Internships employees or teachers, guidance counselors, or school administrators.

    Our Resident Counselors are teachers, graduate students, and college seniors that are at least 21 years old (25 years old for International Programs). Resident Counselors are great people to hang out with, talk to, learn from, help you with your classes, and get you involved in activities. Your Resident Counselor lives on your floor.

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    What is a typical weekday like?

    With the diversity of our programs, internships, activities, and recreation across our locations, every day at Discovery Internships is unique, but here is a preview of what you can expect on campus: 

    • 8.00am Roll out of bed and head to the dining hall where you can enjoy a bagel, eggs, fruit, and more on the way to your internship.
    • 9.00am Your internship times will vary, depending up on the internship placement.
    • 6.00pm Head back to the residence hall and catch up with friends or workout at the gym.
    • 7.00pm  Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at the dining hall. We really like the dessert bar. 
    • 8.00pm Movies. Comedy shows. Concerts. Major league sports. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends at Discovery Internships.

    • 11.00pm Order a pizza, watch a movie, or video games in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends.

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    Can I still have fun while participating in an internship?

    Yes!  In addition to learning about and participating in an internship in your industry of choice, Discovery Internships also offers daily evening activities and weekend excursions for you.  You will also have the opportunity to meet and live with students from all over the world.

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    What will I do on the weekends?

    Every weekend there's a ton of optional and scheduled activities, trips, and events. You will be informed of the options during the week by reading the daily bulletin and the activities board. An opportunity to create your individual schedule is offered, however, some activities are "all group" where the entire group is together.

    New York: There are trips to Coney Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, major league baseball games, Central Park, the city's best neighborhoods, and more. 

    Boston: There are trips to Six Flags New England Amusement Park, the Basketball Hall of Fame, Hampton Beach, Boston Red Sox games, movies, music festivals, shopping malls, and other local outings. 

    London: There are trips to Windsor Castle, Cambridge, Oxford, Ascot Racecourse, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and other local outings. 

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    Where will I live on campus?

    New York: You will live in the brand new 182 Broadway residence hall, on the border of Tribeca and the Financial District. 

    Boston: You will live on campus at Emerson College in the Piano Row Residence Hall, right on Boston Common. 

    London, England: You will live at the Stay Club Camden, a modern student residence in the center of London.

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    How are roommates selected? Can I room with a friend?

    You will submit a Personal Profile in the spring through the MyDiscovery portal. This profile helps us learn about your likes and dislikes, personality traits, interests and sleeping habits. As most students come alone, we use this information to match you with a roommate(s) with similar interests and age. Attending with a friend(s)? All roommate requests must be noted on your Personal Profile. Mutual roommate requests are honored, if possible. 

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    What safety procedures are in place on campus?

    Your health, safety, and security are our primary concern. Discovery Internships staff is on duty 24 hours a day. All visitors must check-in at the Discovery Internships office. Our ​Resident Counselors (RCs) are committed to the support and supervision of Discovery Internships students. They live on the floors in the residence halls/hotels with you. Most residence halls have electronically controlled key card access. Daily sign-ins and room checks are used for your safety. You are free to walk around campus and our ‘home area’ in small groups. If you have a question, RCs are on duty to help.

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    Are the athletic facilities open to Discovery Internships?

    New York City: You will have access to the 182 Broadway Fitness Center, along with other sports options.

    Boston: You will have access to the Emerson College Fitness Center, along with other sports options.

    London: You will have access to a local gym, along with other sports options. 

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    Is a laptop required for Discovery Internships participants?

    All students are required to bring a laptop to campus. Most rooms are wired for internet access. (There may be a small charge for hook-up).

     

     

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    May students receive mail and other packages?

    Absolutely. You will be able to receive mail and packages as long as your name and Discovery Internships are indicated on the mail or package.  Instructions for sending mail and other packages will be provided for you on the MyDiscovery portal in the spring.

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    How do I get to campus?

    Discovery Internships is pleased to offer assistance in facilitating transportation via, car, bus, train, or plane. All plane arrangements are made through Musiker Travel, our own travel agency, at the lowest available fares. We provide escorted transfers to and from specific airports for a fee each way. Staff meet all incoming flights at baggage claim (or outside customs for international flights), and assist with all departures. If you are being driven to campus, driving directions will be provided to you in the spring.

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    What happens if I don't feel well?

    We'll help you feel better. You, your family, and your doctor complete a Medical Form before you come to campus that informs us of any health related issues, allergies, and special food needs. Discovery Internships staff make all medical appointments, accompany you to medical facilities, obtain prescription medications, and notify parents after medical visits.

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    How will I recognize the Discovery Internships staff at the airport?

    Discovery Internships staff will be wearing blue Discovery Internships t-shirts and holding Discovery Internships signs.

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    How much spending money will I need?

    We suggest between $100-$150 a week for lunches, snacks, and souvenirs. Most Discovery Internships students bring a debit card. These can be used at cash machines on and around campus. We do not suggest bringing large amounts of cash to campus, as we do not have a safe to store it for you. We also suggest having a credit card for emergencies.

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    May I speak with past Discovery Internships participants?

    Yes you can. We can provide names and contact information of students who took part in a specific Discovery Internships program.

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    How do I apply to Discovery Internships?

    Admissions to Discovery Internships is made on a rolling basis and acceptance is based on merit. Prospective students are encouraged to submit their application materials early, as internships are selective and space is limited. 

    Step 1: Complete the Discovery Internships online application with $150 non-refundable application fee (not applicable towards tuition)

    Step 2: Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an email with the Recommendation Form to be completed by a Counselor, Advisor, or Dean.  Send your completed Recommendation and a copy of your Transcript (report card/grades) to the Discovery Internships office by fax, email, or mail. 

    Step 3: You will then be contacted by an Internship Coordinator to schedule a phone interview. Complete your phone interview to finish the application process. 

    Step 4: Discovery Internships will review your complete application and make an admissions decision based on your ability to demonstrate the maturity and motivation needed to conduct a professional internship at one of our host organizations.

    Step 5: If you are accepted, we will email your official acceptance and information on how to enroll. The online enrollment and program deposit is required in order to save your spot on the program.

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    What is the application deadline?

    Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as popular internship industries can fill up. Internships are competitive and spots are limited in some industries.  We recommend applying by March 15th for the best chance of being placed in your top career field preference, and even sooner if you have a specific request or would like to be consdered for some of our most prestigious internship placements. 

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    When will I know whether I've been accepted?

    Within 3 - 5 business days of your interview with an Internship Coordinator, you will typically be notified of your acceptance decision. We can accept you into the program prior to receiving your Recommendation and Transcript (report card/grades), however all admission decisions are conditional until we have received both of these application components.

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    Why do I need to submit a Recommendation and Transcript?

    The Recommendation Form and a current Transcript help us evaluate your potential to enter a professional work environment and also provide us with insight during the internship placement process.

     

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    What industries/internships are available?

    We offer internships in almost every professional industry. If you don't see an industry listed, request more information and tell us what you're interested in. The chances are good that we have an internship in your chosen industry even if it's not explicitly listed.

    Certain industries are more competitive than others, like sports, finance, or engineering, and may require early application, previous work experience, or both. We guarantee placement in one of your top three industry choices, but apply early for the best opportunities. Depending on the time of year your application is received, our available internships, and your specific skills, experience, and capabilities, we may be able to guarantee placement in a single industry.

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    What if I don't know what I want to do?

    You are not alone. Discovery Internships is a great opportunity to gain perspective on the range of professional opportunities available to you later in life. You will have a personal Internship Coordinator (IC) that will help you determine the best internship opportunities for your interests, skills, and goals. We will work with you during the application process to understand what kind of internship might be a good fit for you. Think of Discovery Internships as a way to test a career path. In the end, you may learn that the industry you explored is not the right one for you, and that information is every bit as valuable as an internship that confirms your career interests.

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    Why can’t you tell what my internship will be before I apply?

    We use your application to determine admission based on your demonstrated potential to work in a professional environment and also to understand your interests and strengths so we can make an appropriate internship match. At no point in the application or internship matching process can we guarantee you a specific internship. If accepted into Discovery Internships, you will receive a customized internship placement plan that will outline our placement objectives. Our list of available internships is always changing and the employers we work with may have very specific requirements for an intern that they will host. We will only notify you about your internship placement once it has been confirmed by an internship provider.

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    Will I have to interview for my internship?

    Discovery Internships conducts a phone interview with every applicant once we receive your Recommendation and Transcript.

    Most of our internship providers don't require interviews for high school students. However, some employers occasionally request a phone interview before confirming an intern.

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    Where will I intern?

    Interns work in companies of all sizes. Some are brand names you may recognize, but many are not. The most important aspect of your internship is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn more about an industry or profession. In our experience, smaller or lesser known companies often make the best internships, especially for high school students. 

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    When will I find out where I will be interning?

    Interns are typically notified of their internship placement within 8 weeks of enrollment into the program. However, there are some factors that may result in a different notification timetable, including time of year and industry preferences. Your internship placement is customized to your specific interests, skills, and goals. We don't simply "slot" you into a postition at a company that is looking for an intern - that would be a disservice to you and our partner companies.

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    If I don't like my internship placement, can I request a different company?

    No, we guarantee placement in one of your top industry choices, and we cannot place you at a specific company. If accepted into Discovery Internships, you will receive a customized internship placement plan that will outline our placement objectives based on your specific skills, interests, and goals in conjunction with other factors such as the date your application was received and the requirements of our partner firms. Your final internship placement will reflect the specifications outlined in your placement plan. Your final internship placement will be the best one available for you. We guarantee it.

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    What hours will I work?

    We try to place you in an internship with regular 9am-5pm business hours, with some variation. It is rare for interns to work more than 40 hours per week and under no circumstances will we place you at an internship where you are required to work more than 40 hours per week. However, some of our interns enjoy their internships so much that they stay at the office after the work day has concluded or work a few extra hours on a project from the residence hall. Some of our internships are only 30 hours per week. This is the minimum number of hours that we can guarantee you will have as an intern. 

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    How will I get to work?

    In each city, our housing is centrally located to minimize the amount of time you spend getting to you internship. Travel to and from your internship each day by public transportation. Receive a monthly public transportation pass as part of the program. Do a practice run of the route to your internship during orientation to make sure you are comfortable traveling to and from work.

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    What is the dress code for my internship?

    The dress code varies by industry and company. We will let you know the dress code for your company when we notify you of your internship placement.

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    What if I go to my internship and I don't like it? Can I switch to a different internship?

    In the unlikely event that you are not happy at your internship, we will work with you and your internship supervisor to understand what can be done differently to make the experience a more positive one for you. In our experience, an internship can be incredibly valuable even if, once at your internship, you discover that a particular career path is NOT for you. Learning basic skills like professionalism, workplace etiquette, and how to interact with colleagues will help prepare you for the future, no matter what career path you choose.

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    Can International Students choose any industry?

    Due to U.S. State Department government regulations we cannot accept International Students for internships in Medicine, Psychology, and Education in New York City and Boston. International students interested in these industries are encouraged to apply to our London program. 

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    What is the Summer Discovery Edge?

    Every Summer Discovery/Discovery Internships student receives the following amazing benefits, from our partners at Collegewise, the largest and most highly regarded college counseling service in the US.

    1. Free College Counseling Get advice on the college admissions process from a Collegewise admissions counselor during a complimentary 45 minute one-on-one consultation (a $300 value).
    2. Webinar Series Participate in this exclusive webinar series taught by former admissions officers. Gain insider information about the admissions process to highly selective colleges, writing college essays, applying to US universities (for international students), and more!
    3. On Campus Tips Meet one of the Collegewise experts in person, receive concrete hands-on information from their direct experience, and hear a presentation about the 5 myths of college admissions.