Would you like the chance to study freshwater mussels? Program applications for Android? Develop rooftop car racks?
If opportunities like these appeal to you, it’s time to learn more about the ASE Program.Libby Van Vleet, Program Director.
ASE typically offers about 150 internships each year. Mentor partners vary, but ususually fall under one of the following general disciplines: Biology, Health or Medical, Earth or Environmental Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. Starting in early November, ASE will update position descriptions as mentors submit them, but you can get a head start on 2016 by reviewing past position descriptions.
Program Time Requirements
Total Minimum Student Hours in ASE Program: 318 hours
The total of 318 hours only includes the internship hours and required ASE events listed below. Student “after hours” preparation will vary, as with any educational experience. Substantial reading is typically assigned by the mentor and Symposium preparation typically takes students several hours.
1. Orientation (early June)
Students are given a professional skills training to get them ready for their ASE internship experience.
2. Internship Experience: 296 hours usually scheduled between June and August.
Students contribute to one or more projects at the mentor’s organization throughout the course of the summer. Students must complete their 296 internship hours before August 31st. Internship hours are usually scheduled by the mentors for 8-5 Monday-Friday. We typically DO NOT allow students to be at their internships more than 9 hours per day so please schedule accordingly.
3. Midsummer Conference (Mid-July)
This conference includes: (a) career lectures and seminars led by scientists, engineers and other technical professionals; (b) hands-on workshops in various technical areas such as DNA electrophoresis, measuring air-pollution, and computer modeling; and (c) a workshop on making professional scientific presentations.
4. ASE Symposium (Late August)
Interns present their summer projects to each other and other guests. This conference includes: a) Each student gives a 15-minute oral presentation presided over by professional scientists or engineers; and b) each student prepares a scientific poster for a 1 hour scientific poster session. When students are not presenting their own projects, they are required to attend sessions where the experiences of other students are described. Students typically spend several hours preparing for the Symposium.
5. Other Internship Requirements:
Internship Evaluation with Teacher Monitor: ASE hires high school teachers during the summer that are liaisons between ASE staff and the students and mentors. Students must complete an evaluation of their experience with the teacher monitor twice during the summer.
Internship Summary and Thank You Letters: Interns must write a 500 word internship summary at the end of their internship summarizing their project and what they learned during the summer. This summary is often used by the student to develop their Symposium presentation. The student also must write formal thank-you letters to people who made their internship possible. The students are given training on writing thank-you letters as many of the letters go to high-level professionals in the academic, business, and governmental sectors.
Student Eligibility Requirements
1. Has not been an ASE intern before. A student may only have one ASE internship during their high school career. This is to ensure that more students are able to participate in the ASE program.
2. Rising 10th, 11th, or 12th graders (or equivalent).
3. Interested in pursuing a career in math and science, motivated to learn, and prepared to participate in a professional environment.
4. Live near our internship locations (usually in the Portland-Metro Area, the Dalles/Hood River Areas, the Bend Area, and the Albany/Corvallis/Eugene Areas) OR have adult family or friends that you can live with during the summer near our internship locations.
If you apply for positions that are greater than 50 miles from your home, ASE will ask for your transportation or housing plan by the end of May. It is up to the discretion of the program to accept a student’s housing plan.
5. Have reliable transportation to and from our internship locations (public transportation is fine).
ASE does not provide transportation or housing for students and does not allow students to live on their own.
6. Have proof of health insurance.
1. 296+ hours of pre-professional experience with a scientist, engineer or computer scientist
2. 2 conferences that build your science career knowledge and network
3. High school credit where applicable
4. All students receive a stipend of $1,000 paid in two or three increments during the summer
All fees are waived for students who qualify for reduced priced meals based on the Federal Free & Reduced Program OR for those who submit a hardship waiver on their application and then receive a waiver from the ASE Director.
A $25 application processing fee is due when a student fully submits their online application.
A $250 program fee is due in May once students are selected for an internship.
For over 25 years the ASE internship program has inspired students to become the next generation of scientists and engineers. In the end of the summer responses, typically 100% of our mentors would recommend our program to other colleagues interested in mentoring and 100% of our students would repeat their ASE experience if they got the chance.
ASE’s success couldn’t be possible without some quality checks throughout the process:
1. ASE staff screen position descriptions and speak with mentors during their sign-up process to make sure that the internships are high-quality opportunities for students.
2. Mentors agree to adhere to our mentor expectations guidelines when they sign up to participate in our program.
3. We conduct student and mentor orientations in the spring before the internships begin to give the mentors and students some of the skills they need to make the internships successful.
4. Our program hires teachers in Oregon and Washington to monitor the internships and act as a resource for students and mentors. These ‘Teacher Monitors’ conduct two formal site visits at the beginning and end of the internships and are available for questions throughout the summer.
5. ASE covers the mentors and students with liability insurance for their summer experience.
How to Apply
Join our mailing list to be notified when the 2016 process opens!
How Students are Selected
Please see our selection process page for more information on how students are selected.