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Many organizations and universities offer special opportunities for students considering careers in science, mathematics, technology, engineering, computing, or medicine.  These include scholarships and internships that provide real work experience in a field of interest.  The following list is not all inclusive, and if you know of others that should be included, please let us know!


Some scholarships are available from government agencies, others from corporations, non-profit organizations, professional societies, and universities.  The following is just a short list to show the diversity of opportunities available.  Be sure to check with prospective schools about scholarship options, and also companies and professional societies that are focused on the career field you are considering. Other scholarships can be searched on the College Board website.


  • NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.
  • National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholarships
    This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate level degree in science and engineering disciplines. Click here for a list of current S-STEM grants.
  • U.S. Department of Defense STEM Scholarships
    The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
  • Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education.


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Many large and small companies, government agencies, and non profit organizations offer internships to college students.  Some offer summer work opportunities for high school students too.  Within the field of engineering, these work experiences are considered vital to the education process and many schools have structured internships or coop programs built in to the curriculum.  Whatever path you choose, having an opportunity to work -- even for a little while -- in the field will help you determine if you like the work and if it is really the career path you wish to pursue.  In addition, often an internship will lead to a job offer post graduation.

  • Goddard Space Flight Center High School Internship Program The program engage students who will be high school juniors in the fall in 'real-time' applications of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a research-focused work world.
  • NASA Undergraduate Student Research Project
    USRP offers undergraduate students across the United States internships at NASA centers under the supervision of technical mentors. This prestigious program seeks rising sophomore, junior and senior students in the disciplines of engineering, math, computer science and life/physical sciences. Students may apply for a 10-week summer session or a 15-week spring or fall session.
  • Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative High School Research Internships
    The PTEI high school summer internship program gives junior and senior high school students a glimpse into the world of biomedical research, and a rich opportunity to explore careers in science, medicine and engineering.
  • Boston Private Industry Council Tech Apprentice Internships
    TechBoston offers advanced technology courses to equip Boston Public School students with high-tech skills essential for success in careers and post-secondary education. The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) works closely with TechBoston to place high school students in industry internships with area companies.
  • Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program
    SEAP is an eight week summer research opportunity at participating ONR laboratories for high school students who have completed at least grade 9, must be 16 years of age for most Laboratories, and a U.S. citizen. A graduating Senior is eligible to apply.
  • Microsoft Internships
    As an intern at Microsoft, you’ll have real responsibility, real work, and real opportunities to jumpstart your career.
  • Demana-Waits Scholarship for Future Teachers
    Texas Instruments awards the Demana-Waits Scholarship for Future Teachers to students who plan to pursue a teaching career in mathematics.




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