Summer 2021 Student Development

3 Focus Tracks, 3 Phases, 1 Incredible Summer

Each summer, in addition to a meaningful work experience, our 500+ new and returning interns have the opportunity to build new skills by participating in our premier Learning Track Program. Students will also attend technical talks, network with each other, participate in mentorship programs with MITRE staff, and make connections that last.

Join us! We're already reviewing applications for the 2021 Summer Internship Program. We have opportunities available for students ranging from early high school to graduate level. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Final decisions will be made by April 9, 2021. To learn more or apply directly to our internship program, please choose the link(s) below that align with your interests.

Check back in December for Health and Early High School internship opportunities.


  • +What are you looking for in a student?
    At MITRE, we seek out students with high academic achievement who demonstrate that they're curious, constant learners; show an interest in serving the public; and want to become deep and broad technical and subject matter experts.
  • +What majors are you interested in?
    We hire a lot of computer science-related majors and electrical and computer engineers. We love math and physics majors, too. We also have increasing needs for cybersecurity student experts and those with analytics and data science education and experience. We also value students with an interdisciplinary approach or experience. Additionally, our intern population consists of critical thinkers studying health, enterprise strategy, and business related majors. You can find those openings on our Jobs page.
  • +Do you hire only undergraduates? What about graduate or high school students?
    Most of our interns are rising college juniors or seniors, but we hire exceptional students even in high school. Many students join MITRE as they finish their freshman or sophomore year and work for MITRE for multiple years. And we hire about 15-20% graduate students; many of them help mentor our more junior students.
  • +Where are the internships located?
    We have opportunities across the U.S., but most internships are in Bedford, Mass., or McLean, Virginia. Many of our other offices hire several interns as well, including:
    • Colorado Springs, Colo.
    • San Diego, Calif.
    • Tampa, Fla.
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Baltimore, Md.

    View all of MITRE's locations.

  • +What are the dates of the program?
    Our internships last 8-10 weeks. You will work with your manager to identify a start date in late May or early June (high school students may start later) and one of four end dates in late July or early August.
  • +Do I need a clearance?
    Most internships don't require a clearance. But when you graduate, we want you to start your career with MITRE, and for a large majority of positions you would need a clearance. For that reason, we give preference to students who are clearable.
  • +Do you hire students who need sponsorship to work in the U.S.?
    Due to the nature of our work, MITRE does not hire students who will require sponsorship to work in the U.S. either now or in the future.
  • +When can I expect to hear whether I am being considered for the program?
    We are tentatively aiming to extend offers by early February. If you have not received an update about your candidacy, you are still under consideration. All of our internship opportunities will be filled by April 15. If you are not selected to move forward in the process, you will be notified within 4-6 weeks of expressing interest.
  • +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.
  • +Will I receive an offer of full-time employment from MITRE after my internship?
    Students scheduled to graduate within 6 to 10 months after their internship may receive an offer for full-time employment. MITRE converts almost 65% of our interns to full-time employees.