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High School Semester-Long Internship / High School Summer Internship

ALERT: All Princeton University and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Internships will be remote for summer 2021!

PPPL internships for fall, spring or summer are available for highly motivated high school students! 

High School Semester Internship Application (during your senior academic year)

High School Summer Internship Application (the summer after you graduate)

Key dates:

October 1 – spring internship application 

**Please bear with us as we pilot a new application system. Please contact sgreco@pppl.gov with any issues. Please note that email notifications may come from globalps@princeton.edu and may go to your spam/junk folder.

November 30 – spring internship application closes (midnight)

February 1 – fall (for following academic year) internship application opens

April 30 – fall internship application closes (midnight)

November 22 – summer internship application opens

February 28 – summer internship application closes (midnight)

PPPL's Science Education department offers a limited number of internship positions for outstanding high school seniors throughout the school year and the summer after graduation. Each term, which lasts about 8 (summer) to 16 (semester) 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 participant's school schedule. The summer internship schedule is typically Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but occasionally, alternate arrangements can be made.

Attention parents/guardians: All communication regarding applications must be between the applicant and the administrators of the program. We cannot share application status or other information with anyone other than the applicant themselves.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be at least 16 years of age AND a graduating senior in high school when internship begins. This is for during the academic year of your senior year or the summer after you graduate. NOT the summer after your junior year.
  • be United States citizens or permanent resident alien at the time of application
  • 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)*

For academic year internships only, students must:

  • Arrange with their school a schedule that provides sufficient release time (if during the academic year)
  • 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

It is strongly recommended that students have:

  • some experience relevant to an experimental or computational project in plasma physics
  • a strong interest in plasma physics, fusion energy, etc.
  • taken some or all of the following classes: physics, chemistry, advanced math, engineering, etc.
  • 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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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