high school interns

​​​​​​​Early High School Internships
At MITRE, we empower our students to discover, create, and lead in the science, engineering, technology, and mathematics fields. As part of our student programs, we are offering paid summer 2022 internships in these areas, which are open to current 9th and 10th grade students.*

As a high school student researcher at MITRE, you will join our multigenerational team of mentors and experts, who are motivated to help you realize your maximum potential.

*NOTE: To qualify for these Early High School summer internships, student applicants must be current 9th and 10th graders in high school. Also, at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 academic year, qualified students must be rising 10th and 11th graders and also be at least the state minimum working age of 14 years old before commencing work in June 2022. If you fall outside this grade level and age range, please do not apply for the positions described here, but instead consider applying to one of the other high school or undergraduate level positions.

Join Us at Locations Across the Country.

Summer 2022 Early High School Opportunities are offered at multiple MITRE locations across the U.S. and focus on different technical areas at each location.​​​​​​​

Please check back in January 2022 for program application details and dates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to participate in the Internship full-time and for the entire summer?
Yes, the early high school internship is a full time (40 hours/week) paid position, and students must attend for the duration of the program at their selected location. Other activities, such as summer school or additional work, can be planned for after 5 p.m.

Does MITRE provide transportation?
No. MITRE does not provide transportation for these positions. (MITRE's McLean Campus is located near the Silver Metro Line supported by a Metro/MITRE Interoffice Shuttle; MITRE's Bedford Campus is accessible via a dedicated shuttle from Alewife T Station).

What are the start and end dates of the internship?
Use the location links above to check the duration for each program.

Is there a GPA requirement?
Yes, the minimum cumulative GPA requirement is a 3.0 or higher.

How are students assigned to the different placements available?
Students are assigned to technical tasks and expert adult mentors based upon the students' technical area of expertise and interests listed in their resume. Placements also can be influenced by students' interviews.

What are the expected core hours of work?
MITRE's regular hours of work are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, students can talk to their direct supervisor about flexible work arrangements based on their commute. 
For all work locations, students who wish to participate must be available to work during the entire span of the program (8 weeks at most locations), with only a few days off. Hours of work will be Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day. No days off are permitted during the first and last weeks of each respective location's program.

I am not a freshman or sophmore high school student for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Can I still apply?
This early high school program is only available to current 9th and 10th grade high school students. (In June 2022, before commencing work in June 2022, students must be rising 10th or 11th graders and meet the state's minimum working age requirement of 14 years of age or older. 
However, if you are in a higher grade or in college, we invite you to apply to any of our other MITRE high school level or undergraduate intern positions. For more details on our other opporutnities, visit our Student Programs page.

What technical areas are available in this program?
Technical areas are decided at each MITRE location. All technical areas are not available at every location.

When can I expect to hear whether I am being considered for the program?
If you have not received an update about your candidacy, you are still under consideration. MITRE plans to have all internship decisions made by April 2022. If you are not selected to move forward in the process, you will be notified within 2 weeks of this date.

​​​​​​​What if I don't receive an Internship offer?
If you are not accepted into the program this summer, continue to learn and enhance your skills and abilities, and we encourage you to apply again next year.

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