Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

High School Internship Program

Gain work experience while receiving exposure to a variety of career fields.

  • Program Coordinator
  • Cassandra L. Casperson
  • Student Programs Office
  • (505) 667-4866
  • Email

Internship Opportunities for Northern New Mexico High School Seniors

The High School Internship Program provides qualified northern New Mexico high school seniors the opportunity to develop skills and gain work experience, while receiving exposure to a variety of career fields.

Program Details

Eligibility Requirements

Students who wish to participate in the High School Internship Program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age at the time the internship begins
  2. Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Attend a high school located in northern New Mexico
  4. Pass a pre-employment drug test

How to Apply

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, students must do the following to apply:

  • Students must complete the online iRecruitment application and upload a cover letter, resume, and current unofficial transcript.
  • The cover letter should describe key aspects of the applicant’s background and include two or three academic areas of interest.
  • The application and required documents must be submitted by 11:59PM on the specified deadline.


There are two separate application periods, one for the summer season and one for the fall/spring season. NOTE: If you are not selected for a summer internship and you want to be considered for the fall/spring season, you will need to reapply.

Summer High School Internship Program

  • 2018 SUMMER INTERNSHIP DEADLINE: April 9th at 11:59PM
  • The application period for the summer program runs from January 1st to April 9th, 2018.
  • Students must apply during the spring semester of their junior year to be considered for this program. Students with senior standing cannot apply for this program.
  • Students who are selected for the summer program will intern the summer after completing their junior year and before beginning their senior year of high school.

  Fall/Spring High School Internship Program

  • 2018-2019 FALL/SPRING INTERNSHIP DEADLINE: November 12th at 11:59 PM
  • The application period for the fall/spring program runs from August 1st-November 12th, 2018.
  • Students must have senior standing to apply to this program.
  • Students who are selected for the fall/spring program can intern during the fall/spring academic year for a maximum of 20 hours a week.

Selection Process

Mentors select interns by searching the resume database in iRecruitment. We recommend you explore the Lab's website and locate projects/programs/research that interests you and aligns with your educational goals. You may contact individuals listed on these webpages and inquire about potential student internships and inform them of your interests. You may also review the Student Symposium Abstracts Book to identify prospective mentors. Many students are selected for internships after networking with Lab employees.

NOTE: Internship positions are competitive and the decision to hire students rests entirely with the mentor. Once a mentor has narrowed their search, they will contact the student directly to conduct a phone or in-person interview.

Hiring Process

When a student is selected for an internship position:

  1. The student will complete paperwork specified by the mentor for the hiring package.
  2. The mentor will submit a hiring package to Human Resources (HR) for approval.
  3. Upon approval, an official offer letter is emailed to the student.
  4. The student reviews and accepts the offer, and returns the signed offer letter to HR within two weeks of receiving the letter.
  5. Once the signed offer letter is returned to HR, the student schedules a drug test. When a negative test result is obtained, HR will confirm a start date and the student will be scheduled for new hire orientation. NOTE: Students should not report to their worksite until they have gone through the hiring and orientation process.

2018-2019 Recruitment Visit Schedule


Santa Fe Prep

January 17th @ 12:40PM


Espanola Valley High School

January 18th @ 10AM


Desert Academy

January 19th @ 2:00PM


McCurdy Charter School

January 22nd @ 2:20PM


Los Alamos High School

January 24th@ 11:15AM


Mesa Vista Middle & High School

January 25th @ 12:40PM


St. Michael's High School

January 30th @ 11:45AM


Santa Fe Indian School

January 30th @ 2PM


Pojoaque Valley High School

January 31st @ 12:15PM


Capital High School

February 1st @ 9AM


Santa Fe High School

February 1st @ 11:40 AM

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