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High School Student Apprenticeship Program

Student Programs

The Student Apprenticeship Program is a summer enrichment opportunity available to high school students who demonstrate a personal and academic interest in receiving an interactive, hands-on science and engineering experience. The program is sponsored by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), United States Military Academy (USMA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is hosted in colleges and universities in the participants�local community. Participants consist of high school students and university STEM Faculty. Students receive valuable mentoring and professional development in a creative learning environment.

Program Objectives

  • Expose students from underserved communities to science and research experiences not readily available in high school
  • Encourage underrepresented students to consider college and pursue STEM disciplines
  • Employ scientific research principals and skills to foster discovery and creativity in students through hands-on learning
  • Motivate students toward a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Provide participants with mentorship from a STEM faculty mentor for professional and academic development purposes

Eligibility Requirements
Participants must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, enrolled in a high school, and maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and underrepresented minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

Program Specifics
The apprenticeship is a 4-6 week non-residential summer program hosted on a college or university campus in the participants�local community. The dates and the duration of the apprenticeship are determined by the mentor and the student. Participants are awarded a stipend of $250 per week up to a total of $1,500.

Travel and Per Diem
Participants are not eligible for travel or per diem benefits.

Applicants list STEM area interest and college/university location preferences in the application. ARL partners with the colleges/universities to host the students on their campus. Faculty (Potential Mentors) from the college/university reviews the applicants�package and makes the final decision on acceptance. The faculty mentor develops a research plan and project based on the applicants STEM interest.

Past Host Institutions

  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Morehouse College
  • Norfolk State University
  • Texas Southern University
  • University of Houston

The application submission is open October 1st �Jan 1st of each calendar year. Applicants�packets must include:

  • Personal and academic information
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 2 Personal Essays

Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian initial the permissions statement to apply to the program. Parental/Legal guardian initials are also requested on a voluntary evaluation declaimer to allow the student to participate in program evaluations.

Award Notification
All applicants receive electronic award notification letters in late March or early April. Accepted Applicants receive an award package and have 7 days to accept or decline the award. Accepted applicants notification letter includes host college/university and mentor contact information. The applicant is required to contact the mentor to discuss project details, apprenticeship start date and duration, and other programmatic details.

Program Submission Requirements
Students are required to complete a final evaluation report and research poster based on the research experience. The final evaluation report collects data to measure if program expectations were met, quality of the student experience, and program effectiveness. The research poster is designed to be a professional developmental project to improve the students�technical writing skills and knowledge of technical processes. Students are required to consult with their faculty mentor to assist in completing these tasks. The host college/university may have additional program requirements.

Patrice D. Benson, Ph.D.
OSD/USMA Outreach Special Program Coordinator
ARL Outreach Office
Phone: 301.394.3665


Last Update / Reviewed: August 16, 2015