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What do cutting edge research, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and unparalleled access to professional scientists and engineers have in common? The AEOP High School Apprenticeship. Spend your summer in a university research lab or in one of the U.S. Army Research Laboratories and Centers through this unique apprenticeship opportunity. You will experience firsthand the innovation and research that is driving the future of our country. Do something meaningful this summer to prepare you for competitive college admissions and the next step in your STEM journey. Submit your application today for a chance to participate in the AEOP Apprenticeship Program. The impacts of this transformative experience will last a lifetime.

AEOP Apprenticeship Benefits

  • Stand out from your peers by making the most of your summer. The experience of an AEOP apprenticeship looks good to college admissions officers.
  • Be in the room where it happens. Apply classroom knowledge and feed your curiosity by immersing yourself in the research world. Not only will you be exposed to high-tech equipment and cutting edge techniques, but you will learn the sounds, smells, and the pace of the lab. Learn the culture of STEM.
  • Mentorship is the special sauce. There is so much to learn from the people in the lab. As an AEOP Apprentice you will receive formal mentorship from a professional scientist or engineer. In addition to this, there will be multiple opportunities for you to learn from the STEM practitioners, of varying levels of experience, around you. Receive guidance and coaching and start building a network that will make all the difference in your STEM journey.
  • Research that matters. U.S. Army-sponsored research addresses the Nation’s biggest challenges. An AEOP apprenticeship provides the opportunity to be part of the long history of discovery and innovation for the benefit of our country.
  • Ongoing support. Connect with a community of like-minded peers, other AEOP apprentices from throughout the country in virtual office hours with Near Peer Mentors. Near Peer Mentors are just a few steps ahead of you. They provide “real talk” and answer apprentice’s most pressing questions. Take advantage of the AEOP’s ongoing webinar series that highlights hot STEM careers, research areas, and additional opportunities with the AEOP. Or, attend a workshop to build college-readiness and professional skills.
  • Earn a stipend. Not only is participation in the AEOP free, all AEOP apprentices receive an educational stipend in recognition of their work.

Information for Applicants

  • In collaboration with universities and U.S. Army Research Laboratories and Centers, the AEOP is proud to offer summer apprenticeships for high school students throughout the country.
  • Apprenticeships take place onsite unless otherwise noted. (In the case of location closures due to COVID-19 restrictions, apprenticeships may be offered remotely or cancelled depending on individual location circumstances.)
  • AEOP High School Apprenticeships are designed for commuters. Transportation, meals, and housing are not provided. It is important to keep this in mind when selecting locations in the application.
  • Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, complete the AEOP High School Apprenticeships application, and submit recommendations (if required) by the due date in order to be considered for an apprenticeship.
  • Locations may require that applicants meet specific age or grade in school requirements (not negotiable). Prerequisite coursework may also be required.
  • In the effort to ensure equitable access to STEM education, some sites target participants from underrepresented or military connected families.
  • Please review the application FAQ for application tips and answers to frequently asked questions. We strongly recommend that you write the essay and gather materials (transcript, etc.) before starting the application.
  • There is no application fee and participation in AEOP Apprenticeships is free.
  • All apprentices earn an educational stipend in recognition of their participation. The stipend amount varies by apprenticeship location and program duration. If selected for the apprenticeship, information about the stipend will be provided in the award letter.
  • A step-by-step process for the High School Apprenticeship application can be found here.

Most Summer 2023 High School Apprenticeship applications are now closed. A few sites are still open, listed in the map below. Apply here

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AEOP High School Info Sessions

There are no upcoming High School Apprenticeship info sessions.


All participants must be current high school students who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents. Additional eligibility requirements vary by location.

In alignment with the federal government, AEOP supports diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM and is interested in broadening participation from underserved populations. To support this effort, some (but not all) AEOP High School Apprenticeships have been specifically designed for participants from underserved groups. (AEOP Undergraduate Apprenticeships are open to participants from all backgrounds. Candidates from underserved groups are encouraged to apply.) The information provided by applicant, will be used both to statistically understand AEOP’s reach and to determine if you meet AEOP’s broad definition of underserved. Later in this form, you will be asked for more detailed demographics. The information you provide will be treated as confidential and submission is voluntary.

For these specific sites, applicants must meet at least two of the criteria list below:

  • Alaskan Native or Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic, and/or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • Identify as female and am pursuing research in physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering.
  • Have or previously had a disability (physical or mental impairment, medical condition, or learning disability)
  • The primary language in their home is not English.
  • They are a first-generation college student. (None of their parents or legal guardians graduated from college)
  • At least one of their parents or legal guardians or my spouse is an active member or veteran of the U.S. military, National Guard or Reserves
  • Their school is a Title I school (can be found
  • They qualify for free or reduced-price lunch in school.
  • Their school is located in an urban or rural area.

Important Dates

January 12, 2023 - March 5, 2023
Summer 2023 High School Apprenticeship Application Open

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Sites still open
Indiana University – Bloomington
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of Pennsylvania
Washington State University
White Sands, NM - DEVCOM Data Analysis Center

Summer 2023
High School Apprenticeships (specific dates determined by location)

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All 2023 Summer High School Apprenticeship applications are open. Apply here.

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    Program Locations

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    Pine Bluff, AR
    Site: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
    Areas Of Interest: Biology
    Description: Project 1: Study scientific databases to identify biochemical molecules associated with growth of breast cancer. Project 2: Study the BimoleculaR photosensItizers for solar enerGy HarvesTing (BRIGHT) by understanding the role of perovskite cosensitization and its interfacial interaction with wide bandgap semiconductors.
    Eligibility: High School (9-12 Grade or within 60 months of completing high school degree, not enrolled in undergrad program) and accepting applicants that are considered underserved, see application for more details.

    White Sands, NM
    Site: U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Data Analysis Center
    Description: Student shall research and document known specific Cyber attacks and research vulnerabilities on the following technologies: Cybersecurity, Cyber-physical systems, programing, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep learning, neural networks, Industrial control systems, autonomous systems, cellular networks, wireless communications, communication protocols, network analysis. Student shall ensure this research and documentation involves reading public knowledge databases and community discussion groups related to these types of technologies. Student shall utilize the research and documentation to encode the information in a format for use to develop a demonstration. Students shall provide a final report describing the procedures to execute and mitigate these attacks in a cohesive way.
    Eligibility: High School (9-12 Grade or within 60 months of completing high school degree, not enrolled in undergrad program). See application for more details.

    Philadelphia, PA
    Site: University of Pennsylvania
    Areas Of Interest: Robotics
    Description: Apprentices will work in a collaborative engineering research environment in the field of robotics
    Eligibility: High School (9-12 Grade or within 60 months of completing high school degree, not enrolled in undergrad program) and accepting applicants that are considered underserved, see application for more details.

    Pullman, WA
    Site: Washington State University
    Areas of Interest: Computer Science
    Description: Investigate integral parts of real-world software vulnerability mining and validation, including automatically identify vulnerability-fixing commits in open-source software repositories and retrieve the real-world vulnerabilities from the resulting programs. See application for more details.

    Bloomington, Indiana
    Site: Indiana University – Bloomington
    Description: Training in Emergent Properties of Virus-like Particles–Engineered virus-like particles have emergent properties. For instance, the mechanical strength and light emission characteristics of virus-like particles are the result of multiple virus structural components working together, coherently. A two-months long projects relating to emergence in virus-like particles is proposed for the AEOP apprenticeship this summer. The project is to illustrate the phase transition to a coherent state which spontaneously arises in an ensemble of weakly-coupled mechanical oscillators supported by a common scaffold. A high-school student will setup and perform an experiment using mechanical metronomes connected by a surface acoustic wave. Because the physical formalism may be similar to that of recently discovered super-radiance in virus-like particles, and because we hypothesize that phonons are central to the super-radiant phase transition, the work will provide excellent educational opportunities, worth disseminating broadly. The results will be published in an educational journal. See application for more details.

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