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

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Internship opportunities for northern New Mexico high school seniors

The High School Internship Program (HS) 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.

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. Note: Students who fail to upload all of the required documents will not be considered. For step-by-step instructions, visit How to Apply and read the Student opportunities If you have problems with the online application, visit Application Process Issues for assistance.
  • 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.

iRecruitment instructions

There are two sets of application instructions.

  1. If neither you nor your parent/guardian have ever worked at the Lab, use these application instructions (pdf).
  2. If you or your parent/guardian currently work at the Lab or have ever worked at the Lab, use these application instructions (pdf)

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 (pdf) 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. Student completes paperwork specified by the mentor for the hiring package.
  2. Mentor submits a hiring package to Human Resources (HR) for approval.
  3. Upon approval, an official offer letter is emailed to the student.
  4. 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.
Recruitment Calendar

2018-2019 Recruitment Calendar

Santa Fe Prep January 17 12:40 PM
Española Valley High School January 18 10:00 AM
Desert Academy January 19 2:00 PM
Los Alamos High School January 24 11:15 AM
Pojoaque Valley High School January 31 12:15 PM
Capital High School February 1 9:00 AM
Santa Fe High School February 1 11:40 AM
Post High School Internship

Post high school internship appointments are for a maximum of three months during the summer following high school graduation. Students in this category have yet to be accepted into an undergraduate program.

Note: students taking a gap year are not eligible for this category. At the end of the three-month extension, the student must provide documentation of admittance into an undergraduate degree program or they will be subject to termination.