5000 N Willamette Blvd
    Portland, OR 97203

    (503) 200-5858

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the ASE Program!  

Please review this guide carefully for useful tips and a successful application experience.

Click here to get started on your application

Please contact ASE Staff ONLY with questions.   DO NOT contact ASE mentors.

Application deadline: Friday, March 4th at midnight

If students have questions or experience technical difficulties during the application process, please contact us IMMEDIATELY by phone (503-200-5861) AND by email ase@saturdayacademy.org.

Parts of the ASE Application

1.    A high school transcript (official or unofficial).
2.    2 adult recommendations submitted via our online form.
3.    An online application completed by the student.
4.    $30 application fee paid on the online application (waived for students eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch or those that receive a hardship waiver).

Other Optional Steps

ASE Information Sessions: December – February 

Thinking about applying for ASE?  Come to an information session in your area.  We are continually adding new sessions on the website.

Cover Letter and Interview Skills Workshops: January – April

Each winter ASE conducts cover letter and interview skills workshops taught by local professionals.  These are FREE workshops available to all applicants and are valuable for learning how to write application cover letters and how to conduct interviews.

Steps to Applying

Check Eligibility

Students should check that they are eligible to apply to the ASE program AND have the time to commit to the ASE program before starting the application process.  Students can find eligibility and time requirements on the student information site.

Start Your Online Application

Students can start their online application anytime during the application period. It is important for students to start their online application BEFORE requesting transcripts and recommendations so that ASE staff can record their transcripts and recommendations as they are submitted.  ASE staff just needs basic contact information, including email, to start recording.

Read Position Descriptions

ASE will continue to post new internship descriptions online throughout the application period.  Students can start reading and narrowing down the internships they might want to apply for throughout the winter. Students are allowed to apply to up to 3 internships on their online application.  Please see the Position Description page for more information on selecting internships.

Track Application Materials

It is the student’s responsibility to track their online application, recommendations and transcript online on the tracking your application page throughout the application process.

Request a Transcript (Official or Unofficial)

Students may choose to wait to submit their transcript until fall grades are recorded. Transcripts must be postmarked by the application deadline.

How to Request a Transcript:
1.    Print and then fill out the top portion of our Transcript Handout.
2.    Request a transcript in person from the school registrar and give them the transcript handout.
3.    Ask if the school will mail the transcript OR ask them when you can pick it up once it is prepared.

Either students or school administrators can mail transcripts. The hard-copy high school transcript should be mailed to: Saturday Academy, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203.

FAQ: Do you accept home school transcripts?
Yes, but they must be formatted in the same way as a regular high school transcript.  It would be best to also include a brief cover letter with contact information in case the mentor would like to inquire further.

FAQ: Can I send my college transcript?
Yes, but it must be in addition to your high school transcript.  Your college transcript does not have to be official.

Request Adult Recommendations

Applicants must have two adults submit recommendations on their behalf via our online form as part of their final application. Please give the recommenders at least 2 weeks or more to complete the online recommendation form.

How to Request a Recommendation:
1.    Print and then fill out the top portion of our Adult Recommender Handout.
2.    Request a recommendation in person and if they agree to write a recommendation for you, give the adult the recommender handout.

FAQ: Who can submit a recommendation?
The recommender can be a teacher, counselor, coach or some other non-relative that knows your intellectual interest, academic ability and character.  We strongly suggest that at least one of your recommenders be a science, math or computer teacher.

FAQ: Can I ask for more than two recommendations?
Yes, many students request 4 recommendations just in case one of their recommenders doesn’t follow through on submitting the form by the deadline.  On your application we will ask you for the names of the recommenders that you plan to ask for a letter.  We will accept the first two recommendations received.

FAQ: How can I make sure they write a good recommendation?
The best way to ensure that your recommenders write good letters for your application is to give them plenty of time and prepare them well.  The savviest students give their recommenders a list of their goals for participating in this program, a list of their top skills they hope to bring to an internship and some examples of how they demonstrated those skills in the recommender’s presence in the past.

Complete Online Application

There are four main parts to the online application:
1.    Contact information and background information.
2.    Main Cover Letter
3.    Position-Specific Cover Letters (optional)
4.    $30 Application Fee (waived for students eligible for Free & Reduced Lunch)

FAQ: How should I choose my discipline interest levels?
You will be asked on the application to rank your interest levels in a given list of subjects.  We will use this information to place students into additional positions if we are in need of more applicants for specific positions after the final application deadline.  Therefore, please choose your interest levels thoughtfully as we will not include you in an additional position that is in one of your ‘low’ interest disciplines.

FAQ: How do I pick which internships I want to apply to?
Students are allowed to apply to up to 3 internships on their online application.  Please see the Position Description page for more information on selecting internships.

FAQ: What should I write in my main/position specific cover letters?
Please read the separate Cover Letter Writing Guide to find out what mentors are looking for in these letters.

Submit Online Application

Students should fully complete and press ‘submit’ on their online applications before Friday, March 4th at midnight.  To prevent glitches due to possible technical difficulties, it is advised that students DO NOT wait until the last minute to submit their applications.

IMPORTANT!! Students should receive a confirmation email after they submit their application.  Please keep this email as it is the only official document that proves students completed the application.

If you do not receive this confirmation email, check the tracking page on the website to see if your application went through. The status on your application will say “Confirmed.”
FAQ: What happens after I submit my full application?
Please see the selection process page for more information.

Congratulations on completing and submitting your ASE Program Internship application!