High School Summer Internship

High school students who are at least 16 years old may be eligible to apply for five-week summer internships hosted in GTRI labs. Interns work on projects in GTRI laboratories and the Warner Robins field office with the goal of providing students with real-world experiences in science and engineering research. GTRI researchers mentor students by working with them on projects to engage them in first-hand STEM experience, with the goals of helping bridge the gap in Georgia’s STEM workforce by creating awareness of STEM career opportunities.

Internship projects focus on topics ranging from piezoelectric systems to rapid prototyping, from robots and drones to the physics of radar emissions. Students may build educational kiosks that provide educational information on night vision or help build piezoelectric tiles to create energy for the NASA visitors center. 

In select cases, teachers from local school systems work alongside students and GTRI researchers to develop a finished research project, as well as a curriculum that will incorporate those learning concepts back their the classrooms.

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Student interns have the opportunity to learn more about working in a STEM field by attending a workplace orientation, participating in lab tours in throughout Georgia Tech, attending trainings on topics such as soldering and circuit board design, and interacting on a regular basis with GTRI researchers as well as Georgia Tech graduate or undergraduate students.

Interns and their teams present the results of their work in an end of the summer final presentation, attended by GTRI leadership, mentors, and special guests. 

2021 Pre-Application

The pre-application period for the 2021 STEM@GTRI High School Summer Internship Program has ended. If you are interested in being notified when the 2022 pre-application opens, enter your contact information at this link.  

The purpose of the Student Profile and Pre-application is to match high school students with a GTRI employment opportunity. Once students complete the pre-application, their information will be visible to GTRI faculty/staff who have internship opportunities. If the GTRI faculty/staff member believes a student might be a match, he/she will contact the student by email and/or phone for an interview. It is not unusual for multiple applicants to interview for a single position. As a result, interviews can take several weeks, and completion of the pre-application is not a guarantee of employment.

Prospective Intern Requirements for 2021

To be eligible for the STEM@GTRI summer internship program, students must

  • Complete the pre-application by Sunday, January 17, 2021.
  • Show proof of citizenship or permanent residency as it applies (GTRI does not sponsor H1B visas).
  • Be a Georgia resident attending a high school or home school in Georgia.
  • Be at least 16 years old by May 31, 2021.
  • Be in the high school graduating class of 2021, 2022, or 2023.
  • Have reliable transportation to assigned work location (housing is not provided).
  • Be able to work from June 14, 2021, through July 23, 2021, during regular business hours.
  • Be available to attend an all-day STEM@GTRI orientation on June 14, 2021.
  • Be available to attend and participate in an all-day final presentation on July 23, 2021.
  • Be available to work 24-30 hours/week for five weeks.
  • Comply with the GT policy regarding nepotism.
  • Attend any lab/job-specific safety training (if needed).
  • Not work on weekends or after hours (work is only permitted Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Co-Directors of GTRI's K12 Internship and Work-based Programs: Therese Boston and Erick Maxwell at stem.gtri@lists.gatech.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Info

What are the start and end dates for the program?
Students must be able to work from June 14, 2021, through July 23, 2021. Students will not be allowed to work from July 5, 2021, through July 9, 2021, which contains an Institute holiday.

How long does the internship last? How many hours do I work per week?
This is a five-week internship program where students must be available to work 24-30 hours a week. Work is only permitted Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

How many positions do you have open for the internship program?
On average, we place 45-55 students each year. For summer 2020, we had over 400 applicants and placed 58 high school students.

Is this a paid internship?
Yes, this is a paid internship program.

Is housing provided?
STEM@GTRI does not provide housing for summer interns.

Eligibility

What are the requirements?
To be eligible for the STEM@GTRI summer internship program, students must:

  • Complete the pre-application by Sunday, January 17, 2021.
  • Show proof of citizenship or permanent residency as it applies (GTRI does not sponsor H1B visas).
  • Be a Georgia resident attending a high school or home school in Georgia.
  • Be at least 16 years old by May 31, 2021.
  • Be in the high school graduating class of 2021, 2022, or 2023.
  • Have reliable transportation to assigned work location (housing is not provided).
  • Be able to work from June 14, 2021, through July 23, 2021, during regular business hours.
  • Be available to attend an all-day STEM@GTRI orientation on June 14, 2021.
  • Be available to attend and participate in an all-day final presentation on July 23, 2021.
  • Be available to work 24-30 hours/week for five weeks.
  • Comply with the GT policy regarding nepotism.
  • Attend any lab/job-specific safety training (if needed).
  • Not work on weekends or after hours (work is only permitted Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

I graduated from high school May 2020. Am I eligible to participate?
No. Students must be in the high school graduating class of 2021, 2022, or 2023.

My 16th birthday occurs after the May 31, 2021 date. Should I apply?
No. Students must be 16 years old by the start of the internship program.

I reside outside the state of Georgia. Can I apply?
No. Georgia-based STEM@GTRI positions conduct research using funding from the State of Georgia and by contract are required to be Georgia residents who attend high school in Georgia. Therefore, all GTRI summer interns are required to be Georgia residents who attend a high school or home school in Georgia.

I will be visiting Georgia in the summer of 2021 and will live with a relative. Am I eligible to participate?
No, students must be a Georgia resident who attends a school in Georgia or is homeschooled in the state.

Pre-application

Is there a deadline for the submission of the pre-application?
The deadline to complete the pre-application is January 17, 2021.

Will I need to submit a resume?
Yes, a resume in PDF format will be required for upload in the pre-application.

After Applying

How soon can I expect to hear if I am NOT selected?
If you are not selected for an interview, or if you interview and are not selected for employment, you will know by April 23, 2021. If you have applied, please allow us time to complete the matching process before inquiring about the status before April 23, 2021.

How will I be notified if I am selected?
If you are selected by GTRI faculty/staff and he/she gives you a preliminary informal offer of employment – via email or over the phone – your name and contact information will be sent to the GTRI Talent Management Division (TMD) as well as STEM@GTRI.

What is the selection process?
The purpose of the student profile and pre-application is to match high school students with a GTRI employment opportunity. Once students complete the pre-application, their information will be visible to GTRI faculty/staff who have internship opportunities. If the GTRI faculty/staff member believes a student might be a match, he/she will contact the student by email and/or phone for an interview. It is not unusual for multiple applicants to interview for a single position. As a result, interviews can take several weeks, and completion of the pre-application is not a guarantee of employment.

Once the GTRI faculty/staff member has completed all the interviews that he/she wants to conduct, they will select the best student for the position and contact the student to extend a preliminary informal job offer. The preliminary informal offers may be extended verbally or through email. A preliminary informal job offer is not a guarantee of employment.

If you are selected by a GTRI faculty/staff member and he/she gives you a preliminary informal offer of employment – via email or over the phone – your name and contact information will be sent to the GTRI Talent Management Division (TMD) as well as STEM@GTRI. Both TMD/GTHR and STEM@GTRI will reach out to you for you to complete different requirements in the process.

STEM@GTRI Process. STEM@GTRI will email a link entitled "Full Compliance Application." In that application, you and your guardian will be asked to complete several documents to ensure you meet the safety, liability, and youth compliance requirements of the Institute.

TMD/GTHR Process. TMD will engage Georgia Tech Human Resources (GTHR) to send the student a link to complete a multi-document full employment application. Students will have to upload a resume for this part of the process as well. After you complete the full employment application and your application is accepted and approved, you will receive an official employment offer. Upon acceptance of the offer, you will be required to complete a background screening process. After the background screening is complete, you will receive a link via email to complete electronic onboarding documents. You will then be asked to appear in person on campus to complete an I-9 verification. After I-9 verification, you will be asked to visit GTRI-RS for badge issue. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship per NISPOM guidelines 2-208 or proof of residency (green card) to be issued a GTRI badge. Other steps following I-9 verification include the generation of your Georgia Tech email, the setup of your accounts for time-keeping, the creation of your GTRI email alias, and the setup of your GTRI-lab accounts.

Other Opportunities

If I’m not selected, are there other opportunities offered by STEM@GTRI, GTRI, or Georgia Tech?
Please visit the STEM@GTRI or CEISMC website for updates or consider applying again next year if you are eligible.