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Editor's note: This was originally posted on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's website.

High school students in Anderson and Roane counties are invited to apply for a new summer internship program at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

The Next Generation STEM Internship Program provides opportunities for rising juniors and seniors attending high schools in Anderson and Roane counties to participate in STEM or STEM-related projects with scientists and engineers at ORNL. The eight-week internship begins on June 11 and selected participants receive a stipend of $400 per week for 40 hours of participation. 

To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident, be a rising junior or senior in good standing at their high school in Anderson or Roane counties, be at least 16 years of age as of the date the internship begins, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, provide proof of health insurance coverage, and provide letters of recommendation from both a current teacher and principal.

Applications, including recommendations, must be submitted electronically by May 21, 2018. For more information or to apply, visit

NEXTGENS is a pilot program for 2018 administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. ORNL and ORISE have a long history of collaborating and developing high-quality research programs aimed at the early engagement of students to enrich their high school math and science experience.

“We hope to expand the program in the future and give eligible high school students within a 14-county radius of ORNL the ability to apply for a competitive summer internship at the lab,” said Leigha Humphries, ORNL Protocol and Community Relations Manager.

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the DOE's Office of Science. ORISE is managed by ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, for DOE’s Office of Science.

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