Summer High School Internship Program

The Summer High School Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for rising seniors in the New England area to experience and explore STEM careers before committing to an area of study in college.
Chloe Kindangen assessed the environmental impact of operating drones like the one seen here, on wildlife.
Chloe Kindangen assessed the environmental impact of operating drones like the one seen here, on wildlife.

The Summer High School Internship Program at MIT Lincoln Laboratory provides a unique opportunity for rising seniors who live and attend high school in the New England area to experience and explore STEM careers before committing to an area of study in college.  During the summer, local high school interns are paired with Laboratory staff mentors to complete projects, solve problems, and learn and apply crucial technical and interpersonal skills in a hands-on, professional environment.  Local high school interns will also have access to many of the Laboratory’s technical and professional resources.  This opportunity is a paid learning experience. 

Applications are now closed. Applications for the 2025 program will open in February.
 
Program Dates:
  • Commences on Wednesday, July 10, 2024
  • Concludes on Friday, August 15, 2024
Eligibility Requirements:
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Local high school rising senior
  • Sixteen (16) years of age before start date
  • Interest in pursuing a STEM-focused degree
  • Onsite work arrangement only - Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Local high school students with access to reliable transportation
  • Available for six (6) consecutive weeks
  • Laboratory workers' offspring are ineligible for the program
  • Complete and submit program application by student deadline Friday, March 22, 2024
  • If selected, successfully complete Commercial Background Investigation
  • If selected, complete application for a Department of Defense security clearance (will not be processed until interns are 18 years old).
Scope of the Program:
  • The program is motivated by the desire of our employees to encourage New England–area high school rising seniors’ interest and participation in engineering and science.
  • Mentors who have a passion for STEM and enjoy working with student employees, will be paired with local high school interns.
  • High school interns will be encouraged to present project work at the conclusion of their employment. 

How to Apply

Applications are now closed for the 2024 program.
  • To complete your online application, you must upload your supporting materials (transcripts, copy of test scores, and essays).
  • Your recommender (math or science teachers) will receive an invitation to fill out the recommendation form.

Important dates for the Summer High School Internship Program:

March 22, 2024 10:00 PM EST Application deadline. Applications must be submitted online by 10:00 PM EST or earlier.
Mid-May 2024 Admission decisions sent via email.
July 10, 2024 Start date.
August 15, 2024 Last day of program.

 


Questions?

Please contact us at MITLL-HS-Internship-Info and refer to the Summer High School Internship Program.