Internships for High School Students

Internships, especially paid ones, are a terrific way to gain experience. Although much of our focus at MNT-EC is on college students, we also strive to update our students and families about internships for high school students.  NOTE: See link below for the MNT-EC college–specific internships and more.

Summer Internships and Beyond

Deadlines for national-level internships, open to graduating high school seniors across the USA, are rapidly approaching, with some applications due as early as March (like this week!). While most deadlines are later in the spring, it’s crucial to review each opportunity carefully this week, as eligibility varies from nationwide to state or region-specific programs. Remember, even if an internship is location-specific, guidelines may allow applicants from other states, so examine the requirements closely.

Here are a few great internship opportunities for high school students:

  • During the 4-week High School Discovery Program at Microsoft, Discoverers will experience the Design phase of product development, gain foundational skills, mentorship, and community building. Open to rising first-year bachelor’s degree students (graduating high school seniors) living near Redmond, WA, or Atlanta, GA, it’s an opportunity to explore tech careers. Applications open in Redmond on March 5, 2024, and in Atlanta on March 19, 2024.
  • The Kaiser Permanente Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) offers high school and college students, especially those underserved, underrepresented, and low-income, internship opportunities in the healthcare field through the Community Benefit fund. Interns work in various departments over the summer at KP, learning and contributing to their mission of delivering high-quality, affordable healthcare. The program includes a High School Internship among its three unique offerings. Deadlines vary slightly by location, but roughly mid-March. 

We will update this page with additional high school-focused internship opportunities as we find them or our partners send them to us. Again, for college-oriented internships and scholarships, the March 4, 2024 edition of This Week in Small has more links and details about the MNT-EC Internship Connector: 03-04-2024 Nano News, Internships, Veteran Jobs.

You can also keep up with the various ways that MNT-EC strives to serve students and families in our email newsletters: Sign up here! You can also visit the Students & Families page.

Shout-out to one of our high school educator allies, New Jersey Teacher of the Year, Christine Girtain, for always sharing cool updates, news (the AEOP for High School Internships page came from her!), and projects for high school students. Christine is also the Director of Authentic Science Research at Toms River Regional Schools. 

Pasadena City College Student Janet Teng Awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

According to the 2022 Scholars Press Release, from an estimated pool of over 5,000 college sophomores and juniors, 1,242 natural science, engineering and mathematics students were nominated by 433 academic institutions to compete for the 2022 Goldwater scholarships. Of students who reported, 175 of the Scholars are men, 234 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their highest degree objective. Forty-five Scholars are mathematics and computer science majors, 308 are majoring in the natural sciences, and 64 are majoring in engineering. Many of the Scholars have published their research in leading professional journals and have presented their work at professional society conferences.

2022 Goldwater Scholars Announced

Janet Teng, Pasadena City College Student, is one of 417 college students from across the United States to be selected for this highly respected scholarship. 

My research project is based on work performed at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The project specifically probes surface chemical reactivity between iron metal and oxygen gas using the novel Operando Atom Probe Tomography analytical technique. This new approach to correlating the spatial signal with reaction time reveals the surface reaction kinetics and the crystal structure relationship of a material. Thus, mapping the progression of reactive gas penetration into metal surfaces to form metal oxides (i.e. corrosion) is made possible.

— Janet Teng, PCC Student and Undergraduate Researcher

Ms. Teng also expressed appreciation for all the support and guidance she received from her research mentors Dr. Jared Ashcroft, Dr. Tanya Faltens, Dr. Daniel Perea, Dr. Chiara Daraio, Dr. Sten Lambeets, Mr. Mark Wirth, and Dr. Yu-Chung Chang-Hou. Ms. Teng’s research and presentation is highlighted also in last fall’s Think Small post: 

You can also learn more about the Micro Nano Technology Collaborative Undergraduate Research Network (MNT-CURN) which offers a unique undergraduate research program for community college students.

Summer Internship Season is Kicking Off for 2022

UPDATE: Fall 2022 Internship for NEATEC-NIST PDF below:

Two Summer Internship Opportunities are in this post

NEATEC and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offer a summer 2022 internship in Semiconductor and Nanotechnology

This is an opportunity for college students and recent graduates to learn about semiconductor and nanotechnology manufacturing processes by working in one of the most advanced centers in the nation. The student will be personally tutored by scientists and engineers at the NIST. A weekly stipend of $650 for the duration of the internship (14 weeks) and allowance of $500 for travel expenses.

Starting Date: May 23, 2022

Duration: 14 weeks

Venue: Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) NanoFab, at NIST – Gaithersburg, MD

Deadline: March 25, 2022. Visit this simple application form:

NEATEC NIST Internship Application – Summer 2022

Or download this PDF Flyer from NEATAC / NIST.  

Caltech Aerospace Mentorship Program (AMP) 

Caltech is offering a 10-week intensive summer research program in Caltech’s Aerospace department. The Aerospace Mentorship Program (AMP) offers summer interns the opportunity to complete a research project in faculty labs and work alongside graduate student mentors. Interns attend weekly seminars and skill development sessions, tour faculty labs, and participate in various social and cultural activities around Pasadena, CA. Participants receive a stipend of $6,840, plus $2,300 for on-campus housing and travel supplement.

Date: mid-June to late August 2022

Duration: 10 weeks

Venue: Caltech – Pasadena, CA

Deadline: March 31, 2022. Follow these links to apply: 

Summer AMP is a sub-program of Caltech’s WAVE Fellowships program and is intended for community college students. Applications are due by March 31, 2022. Students can start the application process via the SURF/WAVE webpage, here.

More information can be found at: AMP Summer Program.

Some Recent project titles:

  • Trajectory following for autonomous underwater vehicles
  • High strain rate compressive behavior of 3D printed aluminum 6061 of varying porosity
  • Implementation of reaction wheels and balancing for spacecraft simulators