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High School Semester-Long Internship

Internship opportunities during the school year are available for highly motivated high school students at PPPL! 

The spring internship application is open September 1 through November 30.

The fall internship application is open February 1 through April 30. - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 20, 11:59PM!

High School Semester Internship Application

PPPL's Science Education department offers a limited number of internship positions for outstanding high school seniors throughout the school year. Each term, which lasts about 16-weeks, offers students the chance to work on a project with a member of our research or engineering staff. The exact dates of the internship depend on the individual participant's school schedule.

To be eligible for the semester-long internships, students must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age AND a graduating senior in high school when internship begins
  • Arrange with their school a schedule that provides sufficient release time
  • Earn academic credit from their school for their participation
  • School administrator or Guidance Counselor must provide an email confirming academic credits to: sgreco@pppl.gov before accepted student begins internship
  • Work at PPPL during regular business hours for at least 8 hours/week in periods of at least 4 hours per day** SATURDAY/SUNDAY and AFTER-HOURS WORK IS NOT ALLOWED
  • United States citizens or permanent resident alien at the time of applying
  • Obtain transportation to and from the laboratory (The High School Internship is a commuter program. Housing is NOT provided. Reimbursement for mileage to/from the lab is NOT provided)

It is strongly recommended that:

  • Students have some experience relevant to an experimental or computational project in plasma physics
  • Students have a strong interest in plasma physics, fusion energy, etc.
  • Students have taken some or all of the following classes: physics, chemistry, advanced math, engineering, etc.
  • Students have some experience with coding/computer languages.


**Note: Internships during the school year require students to have early release from school or a complete day off. We cannot accommodate students who are only available after regular school hours. Regular business hours are Mon.-Fri., 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Link to Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further inquiries, please contact Shannon Greco at: sgreco@pppl.gov

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