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High School Student Business Intern


This internship provides an opportunity for high school students interested in business careers to work during the academic year with a mentor in a specified business area. Students attend regular classes in their school for half a day and work up to four hours a day, five days each week at PNNL.  We also provide educational, leadership development activities involving laboratory demonstrations, field trips, communications and career awareness workshops. This program works in collaboration with your WBL program to provide elective credits.

Note: Due to PNNL policy, students under 18 years of age are not eligible to work in laboratory spaces and may be restricted from certain kinds of field work.

Job postings open: Early February
(Positions will be posted at as they become available. Be sure to check often. See the "How to Apply" tab for more details.  Read each job posting carefully for closing dates.)

Start/End Dates: August. - May

Student must:
  • be currently enrolled in a public or private school and interested in pursuing a career in Business or related field.
  • be in contact with your high school WBL Coordinator and enrolled in WBL required class.
  • be 16 years of age at the time the appointment begins.
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (from 9th grade to current standing).
  • be willing to work 3-4 hours every weekday, except PNNL holidays. Students involved in other activities that require a major time commitment should consider whether they will be able to fulfill the time requirements of an HS SBI appointment.
  • be a sophomore or junior at time of application.

See the Key Dates tab for current information about job postings. Once postings are open, a list of all high school internships will be available on the PNNL jobs website. Type High School in the search bar to find current openings. Read individual job postings for specific closing dates.


Include in one document:

  1. Cover Letter:
    1. Explain why you are applying.  Be specific.  Why do you want a research/summer internship opportunity?
    2. Convince the reader to look at your application.  The cover letter will be seen first; therefore, it must be very well-written, targeted and specific to the posting you are applying for.
  2. Resume:
    1. Educational Background and Academic Information, you may want to include advanced placement courses, a list of any computer programing and/or office skills.
    2. Include Personal References.
  3. Unofficial transcript:
    1. See your Counselor or Work Based Learning Coordinator for a copy of your transcript.
  4. Personal Statement: Describe who you are beyond your academic achievements and potential. Offer information in regards to what kind of activities, leadership or experiences you’ve had that contributed toward your interest in STEM?

NOTE: Bundle all documents into one PDF file for upload, the system will only accept one file. If you make a mistake, you will need to create a new profile and start the process over. If any of the components are missing and not uploaded in one-single PDF file, your application will be considered incomplete.

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