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Summer High School Intern Program Selection Process

After Submission:

After submission, each application will be reviewed for completeness; Only complete applications will be considered further.  Complete applications will be sorted by research interest(s) and reviewed by researchers within the appropriate NIST laboratory.  Applications will be considered by only one laboratory.  

At any time between February 14 and April 8, students may be contacted for a phone or in-person interview or students may receive an offer of a position.  While we encourage students to investigate what type of research is currently going on at NIST, students are NOT required NOR encouraged to contact potential mentors.  Students should be aware that actively soliciting more than two offers from different mentors will result in disqualification from the program.  All students will receive information regarding the final status of their application by April 8.

After Acceptance of Offer:

Students will be notified by a NIST representative of their acceptance to SHIP, as well as the name and contact information of their NIST research mentor and their project. All students will be notified by April 8.

After acceptance into the program, you will be contacted by a NIST representative to complete the following forms:

Student Volunteer Agreement

AND if you are a NIST Gaithersburg SHIP student under 18 years of age:

Maryland Work Permit (use only the one from this website)

NIST Boulder SHIP students do not need to apply for a work permit

For the Maryland work permit, all students under the age of 18, regardless of state of residency, are required to fill out this form. Please follow the directions provided by the state of Maryland. For the employer section, this should be signed by your mentor at NIST.

Individual NIST laboratories may have additional forms that all must be filled out, but you will be informed of these by the NIST representative who contacts you.

You must complete the forms and return them to NIST no later than May 2. If you fail to submit your paperwork on time and complete, then there will not be sufficient time to process your paperwork prior to arrival, and you will not be able to do research during the summer. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the deadline.

Created May 21, 2010, Updated January 5, 2022