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High School Internship FAQ

Q: Who is eligible to apply to the program? 

A: Only graduating seniors will be considered for the summer internship program.  If you are NOT currently a student in 12th grade, your application will not be considered.  The school-year internship does consider 11th grade students, but only those that can meet the minimum weekly hours time requirement.

Q: If accepted, am I volunteering for the internship? 

A: No.  Summer interns are paid on an hourly basis and expected to work 40 hours per week.  School year interns are not paid but must receive credit from their school.

Q: How will my references be contacted? Do they need to submit a paper copy of their letter of recommendation? 

A: The application form will ask for the names and contact information of two references. These reference will be automatically contacted via email and asked to submit a letter of reference on your behalf immediately after you save or submit your application. The email will include all information on how to electronically submit the letters of reference - no paper copy is needed. This email will come from dortiz@pppl.gov with the subject “Recommendation Request for the PPPL Summer Internship Program” immediately after you save your application for the first time. Once you have saved your application, this and all ** fields cannot be altered.

*Do NOT have additional letters sent on your behalf. Only the two letters submitted electronically with your application will be considered.

Q: Can I submit an unofficial transcript with my application?

A: Yes, the transcript uploaded with your application may be an unofficial one.

Q: My school does not allow me to upload a transcript online. What should I do?

A: If your school does not allow you to upload a transcript online, please upload a place-holder document in the transcript field which states “My school does not authorize the distribution of electronic transcripts. You will receive a copy of my official transcript via mail.” You may have an official transcript sent to us at: 

Deedee Ortiz
Science Education Department
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
P.O. Box 451
Princeton, NJ 08543

and it will be added to your application file. Please note **Paper copies of transcripts, official or unofficial may NOT be faxed to us. They MUST be mailed.** 

Q: My references have changed since I first saved the application. Can I change who I will get my letter of reference from?

A: If you need to change your references, contact Deedee Ortiz at dortiz@pppl.gov with your name, application ID, and the name and email address of your new reference, as well as the name of the reference that this person will replace.

Q: My reference says that he/she has not received the email requesting a letter. Can it be resent?

A: Yes. If you need to have a request email resent, contact Deedee Ortiz at dortiz@pppl.gov with your name, application ID, and the name and email address of the reference who needs to have another email sent to them.

Q: When will the acceptances for the program be sent out?

A: Internship offers for the summer program are made in April. Internship offers for the semester-long program are made on a rolling basis. Students should allow two weeks from the date their application is complete (student selects “final submit” and both letters of reference have been submitted) for a response. 

 If you would like to make any changes to your application once it is submitted, or have any further inquiries, please contact Deedee Ortiz at dortiz@pppl.gov. Do NOT submit a duplicate application. 

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