The Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) was established for high school and undergraduate students with a passion for science and eagerness to gain practical science, technology, engineering, or math research experience. Students develop critical thinking skills, perform hypothesis driven experiments, and use cutting edge technology to answer pressing scientific questions.

ASSIP is a highly competitive program. We are searching for enthusiastic, creative students who are dedicated to performing hands-on research during the summer. Science, technology, engineering and math courses completed, GPA, volunteer/work experience, and personal statements will be considered when reviewing applicants. Interviews will be scheduled for highly qualified candidates.

Laboratory reagents and supplies are provided for the students' projects. However, this is a volunteer internship and no stipend is currently provided.

Applicants must be 16 years old as of the first day of the program each year. Students may participate in the program three times.

Laboratories are located at George Mason University's Science and Technology Campus (Manassas, VA) and Fairfax Campus. There are also select opportunities at Ceres Nanosciences (Manassas) and Virginia Tech Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. Students are responsible for their transportation. Although students may select their campus preference, flexibility will present a greater probability of acceptance. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

The program begins with orientation and required training on the first day. The internship concludes with a poster session and reception. Students accepted into the program are required to attend orientation and the concluding poster session.

Important Dates for the 2018 Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program:

Application Deadline: February 5, 2018 by 11:59pm 
Orientation, First Day: June 22, 2018
Poster Session, Reception, Final Day: August 10, 2018

Apply Online: Application Form

A letter of recommendation is not required and will not be accepted during the initial review process.