Engineering Internships for High School Students

Instructor: Marissa Baranauskas
It's never too early to begin searching for an engineering internship, as many employers prefer applicants with practical experience in the field. Learn more about organizations that provide internship opportunities for high school students interested in engineering.

High School Engineering Internships

Internships can provide valuable practical experience for high school students and also introduce them to possible career options. For more information on selecting and preparing for a career, including the role of internships in this process, check out this course on How to Find a Career Path.

You can also get help with the internship application process, which can be competitive even for high school students, since many programs offer only limited spots. This How to Get an Internship course can help make sure you are prepared to apply and ready to maximize your internship experience.

BlueStamp Engineering

BlueStamp Engineering is a summer internship camp that is run and directed by experienced professionals in a variety of engineering fields. The camp is available in five sites across the country: Denver, Houston, New York City, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. This six-week program helps high school students build projects ranging from robots to water filtration systems and gain advice from guest speakers in the engineering profession. High school students receive valuable takeaways from the camp. In addition to turning their deign into a working model, they create a webpage describing their project and leave with a complete documentation of their design process. There are no admissions prerequisites, and financial aid opportunities are available.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA also offers an internship program to high school students who are considering a career in engineering. Several internships in a variety of engineering disciplines, including aerospace engineering, are offered during four different sessions ranging in length from 8 to 16 or more weeks at campuses in Maryland, Virginia, New York, Texas, Florida, and West Virginia, among others. The program is designed to engage students in research and real-world task completion alongside NASA employees. Students work on projects in conjunction with current NASA missions. Internships are open to 10th-12th graders, and students interested in applying must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH is another well-known scientific institution that offers a summer internship experience to high school students. Its eight-week Summer Internship Program (SIP) in biomedical research could benefit students who have an interest in biomedical engineering. High school students work alongside leading biomedical scientists, and they can apply to work with researchers whose focus area is in biomedical engineering. This experience allows students to learn how biological research can be used to develop new medical technologies, such as diagnostic and rehabilitative equipment.

The NIH internship program is available at the main Bethesda, Maryland campus as well as in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Montana, Arizona, and Michigan. High school students are eligible to receive a monthly stipend for the duration of the camp. The amount varies by year, but in 2016, high school students received $1,790 per month. Applicants must be over 15 to be eligible for this program.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

ASEE's eight-week Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) offers around 300 research positions each year to high school students interested in working with the Department of the Navy (DoN). This internship program introduces students to engineering careers in the armed forces and allows them to explore the work of marine and naval engineers as well as professionals in the aerospace, electrical and biomedical engineering fields, to name a few. This program also provides a stipend of around $3,000 for new students and around $4,000 for returning students. The minimum age for these positions is 15, though most lab settings require applicants to be 16 or older.

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