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: Once again, 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. Check out the chart below for more details on each and use the location-specific links to apply.

Location/Application Page

Technical Areas

Application Deadline

Internship Dates

Bedford, MA R101540

Artificial Intelligence/Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Electrical Engineering, GPS & Space System, Health Information Technology, Robotics, Software Engineering

February 15

June 28 – August 20

Colorado Springs, CO R101537

Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Deep Learning, and Satellite Operations/Space Situational Awareness

February 15

June 7 – July 30

Huntsville, AL R101536

Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning, Computer Network Defense, Cybersecurity, Threat Hunting, Defensive Cyber Operations, Operating Systems, Data Analytics, Virtualization, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

February 15

June 7 – July 30

McLean, VA R101468

AI-Machine Learning, AI-Computer Vision, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Data Analytics, Remote Sensing, GPS & Space Systems, Health Sciences/Biotechnology, Advanced Electronics, Nanotechnology

February 15

June 21 – August 13

San Diego, CA R101538

Artificial Intelligence/Deep Learning, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, Cybersecurity, Computer Vision, Data Analytics, Radio Communications

February 15

June 21 – August 12

Tampa R101497

Software Engineering, Web Design, Web Development

February 15

June 7 – July 30

Interested in Experiencing Summer at MITRE? 

Here is the process:

  1. Use the links above to choose the MITRE location to which you would like to apply.
  2. To apply for a position, a student must submit a resume. Certain items are required on the resume. Please click here to obtain a downloadable list of the items required on all applicant resumes and an example resume that includes all the items and is prepared in a simple format that is easy for reviewers to consider and should be easy for applicants to use.
  3. Submit your resume and application to the location you prefer. Applications do not transfer between locations, so double-check to be sure you have selected the correct location before submitting!

Application deadlines may vary based on location. Use the links in the location table above to check the deadlines for each early high school internship. Registration will close at 11:59 pm EST on each respective location's specified deadline. After you have filled out the online forms and uploaded your resume, BE SURE TO CLICK THE SUBMIT BUTTON before the submission deadline. If you do not, your application will not be complete and will NOT be considered. Applications and documents submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Student Availability: Students who wish to participate must be available to work for the full span of the summer program listed for the location of interest (usually 8 weeks), with only a few discretionary days off. No days off are permitted during the first and last weeks of each respective location’s program. Use the location table above to view the dates of each program by location.


  • At the conclusion of the 2020-2021 academic year, before commencing work in June 2021, qualified students must be rising 10th and 11th graders and be at least the state minimum working age of 14 years old.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens.
  • Student staff hired in summer 2021 Early High School internships will be subject to all coronavirus safety protocols applicable to MITRE employees and in place on the start date of employment. This may include, but is not limited to, testing for COVID-19, health-related acknowledgments, and/or COVID-19 vaccinations.


  • +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.