High School Summer Internship

** The 2022 pre-application is closed. **

Georgia 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.

2022 Pre-Application

The purpose of the student profile and pre-application is to match high school students with a GTRI job opportunity. Once a student completes and submits the pre-application, the information will be visible to GTRI faculty/staff who have internship opportunities. Once the GTRI faculty/staff member identifies a student as a potential intern, 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. Completion of the pre-application is not a guarantee of employment.

Prospective Intern Requirements for 2022

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

  • Complete and submit the pre-application prior to Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 11:59pm.
  • 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 April 1, 2022.
  • Be in the high school graduating class of 2022, 2023, or 2024.
  • Have reliable transportation to assigned work location (housing is not provided).
  • Work from June 13, 2022, through July 22, 2022, during regular business hours of 8am – 5pm. Note: Students are not permitted to work on weekends or after hours.
  • Attend an all-day STEM@GTRI orientation on June 13, 2022.
  • Attend and participate in an all-day final presentation on July 22, 2022.
  • Be available to work 24 hours/week for five weeks (more than 24-hr/wk will not be approved).
  • Attend any lab/job-specific safety training (if it applies to their activity/location), i.e., wet-lab training.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Info

What are the start and end dates for the program?
Interns must be able to work from June 3, 2022, through July 22, 2022. Students will not be allowed to work from July 4, 2022, through July 8, 2022, 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. Interns must be available to work 24 hours a week during the approved work hours: Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm.

Can I work more than 24 hours a week?
No, students are only approved to work 24 hours a week.

How many intern positions do you have open for the 2022 summer internship program?
On average, we place 50-60 students each year. For summer 2021, we had over 350 applicants and placed 63 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 and submit the pre-application prior to Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 11:59pm.
  • 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 April 1, 2022.
  • Be in the high school graduating class of 2022, 2023, or 2024.
  • Have reliable transportation to assigned work location (housing is not provided).
  • Work from June 13, 2022, through July 22, 2022, during regular business hours of 8am – 5pm. Note: Students are not permitted to work on weekends or after hours.
  • Attend an all-day STEM@GTRI orientation on June 13, 2022.
  • Attend and participate in an all-day final presentation on July 22, 2022.
  • Be available to work 24 hours/week for five weeks (more than 24-hr/wk will not be approved).
  • Attend any lab/job-specific safety training (if it applies to their activity/location), i.e., wet-lab training.

I graduated from high school May 2021. Am I eligible to participate?
No. Students must be in the high school graduating class of 2022, 2023, or 2024.

My 16th birthday occurs after the April 1, 2022 date. Should I apply?
No. Students must turn 16 years old on or before April 1, 2022.

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 2022 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 Georgia.

Pre-application

Is there a deadline for the submission of the pre-application?
The deadline to complete the pre-application is prior to January 18, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

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

After Applying

When will I 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 be informed by March 18, 2022.

When will I be notified if I am selected?
If you are selected, you will be informed by March 18, 2022.

What is the selection process?
The selection process is a multistep process, involving reviews of the pre-application, interviews with the GTRI mentor, and then completion of final application.

The purpose of the student profile and pre-application is to match high school students with a GTRI job opportunity. Once a student completes and submits the pre-application, the information will be visible to GTRI faculty/staff who have internship opportunities. Once the GTRI faculty/staff member identifies a student as a potential intern, 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. 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 for an internship. 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 offered an internship position  and accept the preliminary informal offer of employment, a formal offer of employment will be made through the Georgia Tech Tech Temp Hiring Process. At this time, your name and contact information will be sent to the GTRI Talent Management Division (TMD) as well as STEM@GTRI. Both TMD/Georgia Tech Human Resources (GTHR) and STEM@GTRI will contact you to complete different requirements in the process.

There are nine (9) different GT/GTRI departments and offices involved in the GT hiring process and most will communicate with you through e-mail. It is critical that you are timely in your response to all e-mails you receive from GT/GTRI. As such, employment offers (both informal and formal) are conditional. Offers are based on you successfully completing all the requirements of the hiring process in a timely manner.

 You will be required to do the following for consummating GT/GTRI employment:

  1. Complete the STEM@GTRI Program pre-application
  2. Accept the informal offer of employment (sent via e-mail from TMD/GTHR)
  3. Complete STEM@GTRI compliance paperwork and training (GT-Youth Programs/-EHS Dept)
  4. Complete a GTHR job app from a vacancy announcement (sent after you accept the informal offer)
  5. Send TMD your decision to accept or reject the "formal" employment offer (sent after completing job app)
  6. Submit e-forms for a background check (you will receive an e-mail from Accurate after accepting the formal offer)
  7. Complete GT Hiring Package (paperwork e-mailed to you following successful background check)
  8. Schedule/Complete an I-9 interview with GTHR (initiated after hiring package is processed)
  9. Schedule/Complete a Research Security Dept (RSD) citizenship verification and badge issue
  10. Schedule/Complete GTRI lab-level laptop pick-up
  11. Complete STEM@GTRI orientation and training (occurs on June 13, 2022)
  12. Complete time-card training by the GTRI Accounting Dept

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.