AISES Student Summer Work Experience Program

Sponsoring Organization:

The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)

Tel: (505) 765-1052
Fax: (505) 765-5608


Web Site:


The cost to departments/agencies participating in the AISES Summer Experience Program was $8,574, for FY-99, which includes salaries, benefits, round-trip travel expenses and AISES administration. While AISES arranges the housing for interns working in Washington, DC, but interns are responsible for their lodging costs. AISES helps American Indian students prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering, business and other academic areas.

Internship Period: The Summer Work Experience Program begins in early June and extends for a ten-week period into mid-August.

Application Deadline: While the deadline for departments/agencies participating in the Summer Work Experience Program is mid-April, AISES is willing to accommodate the needs of departments/agencies, if possible. The application deadline for students was March 31, for FY-99.

Geographic Availability:

AISES places interns in Washington, DC, and nationwide.

Selection Process: To be eligible for the Summer Work Experience Program, applicants must: have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; be enrolled and pursuing a degree in a college or university on a full-time basis; have at least sophomore class standing at the time the assignments begin; and be a U.S. citizen. Students must also submit a completed application form, letter of recommendation, endorsement by a faculty or staff at the students’ academic institution, copy of transcripts and a written essay indicating interest in a summer position. While both AISES and participating Federal departments an agencies evaluate the applicants, the departments and agencies make final selection decisions based on the above criteria. To facilitate the selection process, AISES screens and provides prospective departments and agencies with a list of qualified candidates for each position. After the department/agency has identified the skills and criteria needed for an intern, AISES forwards intern applications.

Orientation Session/Training: AISES hosts an orientation when interns arrive in Washington, DC. AISES encourages interns to participate in seminars offered by their respective departments/agencies. AISES also conducts evaluations at the end of the Summer Work Experience Program. As such, AISES asks departments and agencies to identify the strengths of and offer suggestions to improve the Program.

Other: Since students are employees of AISES, they do not count against agency hiring ceilings and do not require full-time equivalent (FTE) positions. AISES administers all payroll, time, attendance and other employment aspects associated with the Summer Work Experience Program. Interns are not paid overtime, do not accrue vacation and are ineligible for unemployment benefits.

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