Government sponsored internships and training programs are competitive, and oh so exciting! What makes these training experiences so rewarding is that students actually get to work in STEM fields of interest – in other words, be a real scientist or engineer while also helping the nation, the planet, and the universe! There are many opportunities from many Federal agencies that it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out what program is available and best for you. Afterall, there are NASA internships where you can contribute to a real NASA mission! Does the intelligence world sound intriguing – learn more about the high school and college programs at the National Security Agency (NSA)! NSA offers training opportunities and workforce reskilling in a variety of ways to foster cybersecurity, engineering, and other STEM fields, such as the National Cryptologic School, scholarship and fellowship programs, and more. Speaking of cybersecurity, how about being a Cyber Intern at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and help build a more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future! There are fellowships that provide opportunities for developing independent research at a Federal agency, such as the NASA Fellowship Activity. Research opportunities abound at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where there are six labs investigating the physical and engineering sciences and each offers high school interns a unique experience. NIST also has more advanced training opportunities. With so much to choose from, how do you know where to start? Well, right here … at the NITRD STEM Portal!

This STEM Portal provides programs targeted to all levels of experience so there is something for everyone interested in technology careers and advanced training. It gives in one location a searchable database of opportunities at Federal agencies for internships, scholarships, and other training programs. Each listing includes the description, link, and contact information for the program. The search filters provide flexibility to target the opportunities that fit your interest. For example, the pull-down menu for Education Level Eligibility has opportunities for community college students, undergraduates and graduates, postdoctoral fellows, early career researchers, K-12 Educators, and even K-12 students!

NITRD developed this portal to cultivate STEM engagement and training. Increasing the availability of STEM opportunities is a priority in the Biden-Harris Administration. Computational literacy is critical for America to maintain leadership in science and technology! NITRD and our participating agencies are prioritizing STEM education at all levels, as we champion a diverse, inclusive, and well-trained workforce capable of future innovation. This portal provides the entry into an exciting and dynamic career. So take a leap of faith and investigate the programs because there is something for everyone interested in technology careers and training. Don’t forget to check back as the portal will be updated with new programs, including the upcoming reskilling and training opportunities!