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STEM Summer Programs in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Area for K-8 Students


National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Seek ( Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) Program -The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) created SEEK to address the underrepresentation of African Americans students in STEM fields, to ensure the Black middle class and to help America remain competitive. The SEEK Program utilizes a hands-on design curriculum supplied by various Educational Curriculum companies and Cooperate Sponsors. Campers will work in teams, using their knowledge to solve problems and create products while discovering the underlying math and science principles involved in these processes. Each week, the campers will take on a new project, culminating with a presentation, design competition and physical competitions that all parents are encouraged to attend. SEEK 2023 application is now OPEN, deadline June 21, 2023!

STEM Summer Internship Information

NASA Internships and Fellowships at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD (2023) visit:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD (2023) Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research - application details pertinent to high school students

National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, MD (2023) Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research - application details pertinent to high school students

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, Bethesda, MD (2023) Summer Student Program, - application details pertinent to high school students "...for students sixteen years of age or older who are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university. Students who have been accepted into a college or university program may also apply"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD (2023) NIDDK Short-term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons STEP-UP - "for high school and undergraduate students..", application instructions - "Students are encouraged to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research"

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, MD (2023) Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences - application details pertinent to high school students

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (2023) High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP)

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, MD (2023) Research Training for Under-represented Populations in Science

US Department of Defense, Washington, DC (2023) Army Educational Outreach Programs - three programs for high school students: SEAP (Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program), HSAP (High School Apprenticeship Program), REAP (Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program) - various programs at many different locations

Agricultural Research Service (USDA)Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit, Ft. Detrick, MD (2022) - Student Internships and Appointments

American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD - co-op, application (2023) Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program - A Paid ($4,000) Summer Mentoring Program to Educate & Inspire High School Students about Fisheries Sciences and Management - "Students who are current juniors and seniors in high school are eligible for the Hutton Program.” The online application portal will be open until 11:59, February 14th, 2023. All application materials MUST be received before that date! Students applying for the program must be available for eight weeks over the summer.

National Cancer Institute Summer Internships:

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center: High school & Undergraduate-Summer Volunteer Program; Engaging the next generation of Cancer Researchers! Visit: 

NASA Internships and Fellowships at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD (2023) visit:

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP), The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) places high school students in Department of Navy (DoN) laboratories where they take part in real Naval research for eight weeks during the summer. SEAP gives academically talented sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in STEM the opportunity to learn about Naval research and technology while receiving first-class mentoring by top scientists and engineers. SEAP is a competitive program with around 300 placements in more than 30 laboratories around the country in which many participants go on to careers within the DoN. Interns are selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests. To be eligible, you need to be at least a sophomore and 16 years old at the time of application. You can apply online here starting August 1, 2023 for 2024. 

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Students interested in scientific research can receive an unparalleled experience with NIST. This 8-week unpaid internship allows high school students to gain the skills they need to find success in STEM careers. Since you need to provide your own transportation, it’s best if you live near either the Gaithersburg, MD facility or the Boulder, CO facility.

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