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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. 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.
  • Letters of recommendation are required for some apprenticeship locations. (A link will be provided after you submit your application.) If recommendations are not required for any locations that you have selected, DO NOT submit them. Extraneous recommendations will not be reviewed.
  • 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. Information on what is included in the application is included in the FAQ here.
  • 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.
  • Summer 2022 High School Apprenticeship applications will open in January 2022.


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

Important Dates

January 2022
Summer 2022 High School Apprenticeship Application Opens

Summer 2022
Summer 2022 High School Apprenticeships (specific dates determined by location)

Apply Here

The 2022 Summer High School Apprenticeship will open in January 2022.

Interested in This Program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call (585)475-7177. We'd love to hear from you!

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    Program Locations

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    Auburn University

    Huntsville, AL
    University of Alabama Huntsville

    Montgomery, AL
    Alabama State University
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    University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff

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    Kentfield, CA
    College of Marin

    Los Angeles, CA
    University of California – Los Angeles
    University of Southern California

    Playa Vista, CA
    US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – West

    Santa Barbara, CA
    University of California – Santa Barbara

    Fort Collins, CO
    Colorado State University

    New Haven, CT
    Yale University

    Newark, DE
    University of Delaware

    Miami, FL
    Florida International University

    Augusta, GA
    Augusta University

    Savannah, GA
    Savannah State University

    Ames, IA
    Iowa State University

    Chicago, IL
    US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – Central

    Bloomington, IN
    Indiana University – Bloomington

    Baton Rouge, LA
    Louisiana State University

    Ruston, LA
    Louisiana Tech University

    Boston, MA
    US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – Northeast

    Lowell, MA
    University of Massachusetts – Lowell

    Waltham, MA
    University of Southern California – Waltham

    Aberdeen Proving Ground (Edgewood), MD
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Chemical Biological Center
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – Aberdeen

    Adelphi, MD
    US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – Adelphi

    Baltimore, MD
    Johns Hopkins University
    Morgan State University

    Fort Detrick, MD
    United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

    Silver Spring, MD
    Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

    Holland, MI
    Hope College

    St. Louis, MO
    Washington University

    Hattiesburg, MS
    University of Southern Mississippi

    Vicksburg, MS
    U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC-MS)

    Charlotte, NC
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Fayetteville, NC
    Fayetteville State

    Camden, NJ

    Galloway Township, NJ
    Stockton University

    Newark, NJ
    New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Albuquerque, NM
    University of New Mexico

    White Sands, NM
    US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – White Sands

    Reno, NV
    University of Nevada – Reno

    New York, NY
    City University of New York
    Columbia University
    New York Institute of Technology
    New York University

    Stony Brook, NY
    State University of NY (SUNY) Stony Brook

    Philadelphia, PA
    University of Pennsylvania

    Rapid City, SD
    South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

    Austin, TX
    University of Texas – Austin
    US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – South

    Houston, TX
    Texas Southern University
    University of Houston

    Lubbock, TX
    Texas Tech University

    San Antonio, TX
    University of Texas – San Antonio
    University of the Incarnate Word

    Farmville, VA
    Longwood University

    Norfolk, VA
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    Burlington, VE
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    Washington, D.C.
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    Huntington, WV
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