Summer 2021 Early High School R&D Internships

MITRE Interns

At MITRE, we empower our students to discover, create, and lead in the science, engineering, technology, and mathematics fields. As part of our student programs, we are offering paid summer 2021 internships in these areas, which are open to current 9th and 10th grade students.*

As a high school student researcher at MITRE, you will join our multigenerational team of mentors and experts, who are motivated to help you realize your maximum potential.

*NOTE: To qualify for these Early High School summer internships, student applicants must be current 9th and 10th graders in high school. Also, at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 academic year, qualified students must be rising 10th and 11th graders and also be at least the state minimum working age of 14 years old before commencing work in June 2021. If you fall outside this grade level and age range, please do not apply for the positions described here, but instead consider applying to one of the other high school or undergraduate level positions advertised on our Student Programs page.

Join Us at Locations Across the Country

Summer 2021 Early High School opportunities are offered at multiple MITRE locations across the U.S. and focus on different technical areas at each location.

The window for Summer 2021 applications is currently closed.

  • For students who submitted their online application by the Monday, February 15, deadline to the Emerging Technologies Student Program, your application will be considered alongside all the other applicants. The requisition closed on that Monday evening, and we are no longer accepting further applications.
  • If you submitted your application by the February 15 deadline, you can expect to hear back on final decisions no later than Friday, April 16, 2021. Please see our FAQs below for answers to general questions regarding the Summer 2021 Early High School R&D Internships.



  • +Do I have to participate in the internship full-time and for the entire summer?
    Yes, the early high school internship is a full time (40 hours/week) paid position, and students must attend for the duration of the program at their selected location. Other activities, such as summer school or additional work, can be planned for after 5 pm.
  • +Does MITRE provide transportation?
    No. MITRE does not provide transportation for these positions. (MITRE's McLean Campus is located near the Silver Metro Line supported by a Metro/MITRE Interoffice Shuttle; MITRE's Bedford Campus is accessible via dedicated shuttle from Alewife T Station.)
  • +What are the start and end dates of the internship?
    Use the location links above to check the duration for each program.
  • +Is there a GPA requirement?
    Yes, the minimum cumulative GPA requirement is a 3.0 or higher.
  • +How are students assigned to the different placements available?
    Students are assigned to technical tasks and expert adult mentors based upon the students’ technical area of expertise and interests listed in their resume. Placements also can be influenced by students’ interviews.
  • +What are the expected core hours of work?

    MITRE's regular hours of work are from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm. However, students can talk to their direct supervisor about flexible work arrangements based on their commute.

    For all work locations, students who wish to participate must be available to work during the entire span of the program (8 weeks at most locations), with only a few days off. Hours of work will be Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day. No days off are permitted during the first and last weeks of each respective location’s program.

  • +I am not a freshman or sophomore high school student for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Can I still apply?

    This early high school program is only available to current 9th and 10th grade high school students. (In June 2021, before commencing work in June 2021, students must be rising 10th and 11th graders and meet the state’s minimum working age requirement of 14 years of age or older).

    However, if you are in a higher grade or in college, we invite you to apply to any of our other MITRE high school level or undergraduate intern positions. For more details on other opportunities, visit our Student Programs: Student Programs: Summer 2021 Student Development page.

  • +What technical areas are available in this program?
    Technical areas are decided at each MITRE on location. All technical areas are not available at every location. Use the MITRE location links above for more information.
  • +When can I expect to hear whether I am being considered for the program?
    If you have not received an update about your candidacy, you are still under consideration. MITRE plans to have all its internship opportunities will be filled by April 16. If you are not selected to move forward in the process, you will be notified within 2 weeks of this date.
  • +What if I don’t receive an internship offer?
    If you are not accepted into the program this summer, continue to learn and enhance your skills and abilities, and we encourage you to apply again next year.