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Student Employment Opportunities

Student Employment Opportunities in Applied and Computational Mathematics

A variety of internship positions are available within the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division (ACMD) of the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO. The number of positions varies each year based on programmatic and budget constraints.

Summer High School Internship Program

NIST has a program for volunteer high school interns called the Summer High School Intern Program (SHIP). It provides opportunities for high school students interested in scientific research. SHIP is aimed at students who will have finished their junior or senior year of high school by the start of the program. SHIP students are unpaid volunteers and must be U.S. citizens.

The ITL SHIP program has the following requirements beyond the general NIST requirements:

  • The ITL program requires a commitment by the student for a contiguous 8-week period (normal hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM).
  • The student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or greater.
  • The student should have a working knowledge of C++ or JAVA.

For further information on the SHIP program, including how to apply, see the SHIP home page.

Those interested in opportunities for volunteer positions during the school year should contact

Dr. Ronald Boisvert
Applied and Computational Sciences Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8910
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910
e-mail: boisvert [at] (boisvert[at]nist[dot]gov)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

The Applied and Computational Mathematics Division (ACMD) in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at NIST selects students for the SURF program in cooperation with the National Sciences Foundation. This program allows students to spend 10 to 12 weeks at NIST, working directly with ACMD staff members, to participate in research related to mathematical modeling, visualization, algorithms, and high performance computing. This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. It also provides a stipend. The application consists of two parts. The student's university must submit a grant proposal that provides details about its academic program and nominating one (or more students). The students themselves must provide a copy of their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent or personal statement. For the significant dates for submission of these and related documents see the NIST SURF website. This web site provides all of the necessary information required for application. The main contact person in ACMD is

Dr. Isabel Beichl
Applied and Computational Mathematics Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8910
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910
e-mail: isabel.beichl [at] (isabel[dot]beichl[at]nist[dot]gov)

Internship Program

NIST employs students in a variety of temporary positions. This program is available for both undergraduate and graduate students. The students in this program typically work full-time schedules during the summer and other school vacation periods. In some cases, students attending local colleges and universities may have the opportunity to work part-time while attending school. The duties of the position are related to the student's academic or career goals. Applicants must be US citizens.

Availability of positions varies from year-to-year depending upon programmatic needs and budget constraints.

Information on how to apply can be found here


PREP Program

The Professional Experience Program (PREP) provides internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the NIST Boulder Laboratories. For details on this program, see

Created September 27, 2010, Updated November 25, 2019