High School Programs

High school students considering pursuing STEM (science, technology, math or engineering) majors in college have a unique opportunity for hands-on research under the guidance of undergraduates, graduate students and/or faculty. 

UNM Engineering coordinates research experiences for high school students as part of the School's participation in National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers (ERCs), which bring academia and industry together to conduct research and educate students.

Energy and UNITE Summer Academy and The Summer Transportation Institute

The UNM Engineering Student Success Center (ESS) with the support of the U.S. Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP) is sponsoring the Energy/UNITE Summer Academy Program for high school students. The summer program will take place at the University of New Mexico main campus in Albuquerque and is free of charge to participants. The program is designed to encourage students with an interest in STEM related topics prepare to pursue college-level studies and careers in engineering and STEM related career fields.

Who: High school students
When: June 11-July 6, 2018 (UNITE) / June 11-29, 2018 (Energy Academy)

For more information, go to https://ess.unm.edu/programs/ess-summer-programs/index.html

Research Learning Experiences Program

High School StudentsWho: 9-12 graders
When: Internships are available for the academic year and for 8-weeks in the summer
Pay: Volunteer and paid positions are available

The School of Engineering offers a limited number of mentored research laboratory positions to high school students.  Students work on important engineering problems under the guidance of undergraduates, graduate students and/or faculty.  They participate in group meetings and are invited to attend engineering seminars.

Most, but not all, of the internships are on south campus at the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM),MAP. A few will be located on the main UNM campus.

A short presentation and/or report are required at the end of the program.  

High School StudentThere are two types of internships:

  1. Academic Year.  If your school offers credit for internships during the academic year, you are invited to apply for these unpaid positions.
  2. Summer.  Most summer internships are paid positions, with hourly rates set by the University’s Summer Youth Hire Program. This program runs from May through August.  However, the professor for whom you work will set your actual work dates and number of hours per week.  Not all summer internships are full time. Most internships are not paid.

Selection criteria:

1) Student must be at least 16 years old at the time of hiring and be able to get a work permit from a school counselor at time of hiring. 
2) For paid positions, student must be a citizen of the United States or be authorized to work in the U.S. 
3) Student must have a reliable way to get to UNM.
4) Student must be committed to complete the entire program (8 weeks in the summer or one semester during the school year).

For Summer 2018 internships, we will accept applications between March 1 and  March 31, 2018.

1. Online application: http://goo.gl/forms/VWEiuzrSCK

2. Please have 1-2 teachers fill out a recommendation form and email it to esscareers@unm.edu with the subject line: HS recommendation_YOUR LAST NAME.

3. Have your school scan and email a copy of your transcipts to esscareers@unm.edu, with the subject line: HS transcripts_YOUR LAST NAME. Your school may also give you a hard copy, which you may scan and send to us at esscareers@unm.edu, with the subject line: HS transcripts_YOUR LAST NAME.

If you are unable to send any of these documents electronically, you may send hardcopies to the following address:

High School Summer Research Learning Experience
MSC 01-1145, Room 2101
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Contact Information

For more information on UNM Engineering Outreach Programs, contact Stefi Weisburd, Outreach Manager, at weisburd@unm.edu.

Phone: (505) 272-7971 or ( 505) 277-8402.