Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Summer High School Intern Program

The Summer High School Intern Program (SHIP) is a NIST-wide summer intern program for students who will have finished their junior or senior year of high school by the start of the program and are interested in scientific research only. All other high school applicants who do not want a summer research position should go to NIST Student Employment Programs for information on other NIST Programs. Students selected for this competitive volunteer program will participate in cutting-edge research at NIST, and will work closely with NIST staff scientists and engineers on a specific research problem.

Previous research topics can be found here.

During their tenure at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD, the students will not be paid, and are expected to provide their own housing and transportation. The program requires a commitment for a contiguous 8-week period (nominal hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM). This program is open only to United States citizens.

The following links will provide more information about SHIP:

Internal Use Only for NIST Staff (i.e., you must be a NIST employee with computer access to the NIST internal website): Paperwork Submission for SHIP Hiring

Program Dates:

SHIP is now accepting applications for the summer of 2020!  To apply, please submit your application at  Search “Summer High School Intern Program” to find the announcement.  (The USAJobs control number is 552999600, to verify you have the correct announcement.)  Applications are due February 1, 2020.


The on-line application, including letters of recommendation, is accepting applications only between December 1 and February 1. 

Gaithersburg, MD:  The 8-week program is tentatively scheduled to start on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The SHIP poster sessions (which all students are required to attend and participate in) will be held Tuesday through Thursday, August 4-6, 2020.

Boulder, CO:  The 8-week program is tentatively scheduled to run from Monday, June 8 to Friday, July 31, 2020. The SHIP poster session (which all students are required to attend and participate in) will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, July 29-30, 2020.

If you have any additional questions, please write to (Gaithersburg, MD) OR (Boulder, CO).


Created May 17, 2010, Updated January 10, 2020