High School Engineering Summer Internship


The Draper High School Engineering Summer Internship is accepting applications from area high school students interested in participating in a six-week, paid summer research internship for rising juniors and seniors. The internship provides an opportunity for students to work with mentor scientists and administrators toward the execution of a research project, while obtaining professional experience in support of academic preparation for a career in engineering or related science.

Although the program focuses on laboratory work, interns have the opportunity to attend Draper scientific seminars and presentations. Students will tour a number of different labs with the organization over the summer. To complete the internship, each student will present the results of his/her research project to members of their engineering group, fellow students and other invited guests from within Draper.

Three projects have been selected for the student internships. Teams of three to four students will be assigned to each project and work on the assigned project for the duration of the internship under the supervision of a Draper engineer.



Project A:  A Guided Airdrop system for troop resupply utilizing an autonomous guided parachute will soon be upgraded to allow parachutes to communicate with each other during flight. This provides an opportunity for students to develop guidance algorithms to incorporate the locations of neighboring parachutes into their own flight paths, such as but not limited to a single leader to multiple followers strategy or multiple leaders with the goal of landing closer together. This makes for an easier time collecting supplies on the ground from multiple drops and is preferable in some cases. Programming experience in any language is desired.

Project B:  Students will be developing a working prototype of origami and kirigami structures that enable specific, tunable structural characteristics as well as motion degrees of freedom. This will be in collaboration with work conducted by the Naval Academy interns. Students will be working with not only Draper staff, but with Harvard professors as well. Geometry and Algebra II are required. Trigonometry/Pre-calculus coursework and experience with any online design tool are preferred.

Project C:  Draper is looking for “out of the box” approaches in developing network security models for an emerging network protocol. Students will create innovative network designs for threat models within an environment that will be determined within the group utilizing an open source network simulation tool. It will be an interactive process where the students will build upon findings and evolve approaches based upon what they learn. Familiarity with networking protocols, e.g. TCP/IP, is not necessary.

Please select and rank in order your preference of Projects in the form below.


U.S. Citizenship or green card required for the summer internship.


The program takes place for six consecutive weeks, beginning Monday, July 10 through Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Students must be able to commit to that entire time period to participate in the internship. During these weeks, students will work Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which includes an unpaid lunch hour each day. Interns will be paid  $10.75 per hour.



  • Students must be 16 years of age by the start of the internship.
  • Student must be entering their junior or senior year of high school.
  • Students must live within commuting distance of Draper’s Cambridge, MA  facility.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or green card holders.



  1. Online application form.
  2. Official high school transcript.
  3. One letter of recommendation from an instructor in a relevant science/engineering course.
    Please have instructor send recommendation to hs_program@draper.com. Please have instructor include recommendation and student name in subject field (i.e., Recommendation - John Doe).

DEADLINE: Completed applications due April 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Please note that Draper cannot accept hand-delivered application materials.



Application period:  March 14 - April 10, 2017 (closes 5:00p.m.)

Phone/Skype interview:  April 11 - 18

Selection: week of April 19

Notification: week of April 24 - May 5

Internship Dates: July 10 - August 18 


If you have any questions, please send email to hs_program@draper.com


High School Internship Form

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Part 1 - Personal Information







Part 2 - Short Answer Questions

Briefly describe any of your past or present extracurricular activities, especially those related to science and / or technology, and related disciplines.

Please list any honors, awards or special recognitions you have received.

List any community or national organizations to which you belong.

Briefly describe any special interests you may have.

Please describe yourself as a student, your interest in science and / or engineering, and why you should be considered for participation in this research internship.


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Please select your preference for projects starting with first. If you have no preference, please select "No Preference".