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High School Internship FAQ

Q: Who is eligible to apply to the program? 

A: Only seniors who are able to meet the minimum required hours will be considered.  You MUST in senior year of high school (12th grade) during (semester) or prior to (summer) the start date of the internship.  If you are not a graduating senior (summer internship) or a graduating senior (summer and semester long internship), your application will NOT be considered. 

Q: If accepted, am I volunteering for the internship? 

A: School year (semester long) interns are not paid and must arrange their time at PPPL with their school to receive credit as well as a reasonable schedule.  Summer interns will be paid a stipend.

Q: How will my references be contacted? Do they need to submit a paper copy of their letter of recommendation? 

A: The application form will ask for the names and contact information of two references. Upon storing (saving) or submitting your application, these reference will be automatically contacted via email and asked to submit a letter of reference on your behalf immediately after you save or submit your application. The email will include all information on how to electronically submit the letters of reference - no paper copy is needed. This email will come from sgreco@pppl.gov or ppplapps@Princeton.EDU with the subject “Recommendation Request for the PPPL internship program” immediately after you save your application for the first time. Once you have saved your application, this and all ** fields cannot be altered.  The deadline for submitting letters of recommendation is one week later than the application deadline.  This is to allow recommenders some time to submit a letter, even if the applicant submits his or her application at the last moment before the deadline.  Please do not wait for your recommendation letters to be submitted to submit your application. 

Q: My recommender didn't receive the email request. What should I do?

A: It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm the recommender has received the emailed request and to make them aware of the deadline. Often messages are sent to a junk mail folder because they are generated by our system. Please ask your recommender to check their junk mail filter. If the recommender cannot upload the letter for any reason, please ask that they email the letter directly to sgreco@pppl.gov.

*Do NOT have additional letters sent on your behalf. Only the two letters submitted electronically with your application will be considered.

Q: Can I submit an unofficial transcript with my application?

A: Yes, the transcript uploaded with your application may be an unofficial one.

Q: My school does not allow me to upload a transcript online. What should I do?

A: If your school does not allow you to upload a transcript online, please upload a place-holder document in the transcript field which states, “My school does not authorize the distribution of electronic transcripts. You will receive a copy of my official transcript via mail." You may have an official transcript sent to us at: 

Shannon Greco
Science Education Department
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
P.O. Box 451
Princeton, NJ 08543

It will be added to your application file. Please note **Paper copies of transcripts, official or unofficial, may NOT be faxed to us. They MUST be mailed.** 

Q: My references have changed since I first saved the application. Can I change my reference?

A: If you need to change your references, contact Shannon Greco at sgreco@pppl.gov with your name, application ID, and the name and email address of your new reference, as well as the name of the reference that this person will replace.

Q: My reference says that he/she has not received the email requesting a letter. Can it be resent?

A: Yes. If you need to have a request email resent, contact Shannon Greco at sgreco@pppl.gov with your name, application ID, and the name and email address of the reference who needs to have another email sent to them.

Q: When will the acceptances for the program be sent out?

A:  Internship offers are made on a rolling basis. All applicants, whether accepted or not, will be notified within 2 months of the application deadline.

If you would like to make any changes to your application once it is submitted, or have any further inquiries, please contact Shannon Greco at sgreco@pppl.gov. Do NOT submit a duplicate application. 

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