Program Description

The TARGET Program is a highly competitive six-week summer internship opportunity for Illinois high school sophomores and juniors who have a strong interest and demonstrated an aptitude for physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. The program’s design combines both work and experiential learning.

TARGET encourages high school students to undertake college study and pursue careers in STEM disciplines. Increasing the number of minorities (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Alaska Native/American Indian) and women in science, engineering, and computer science is a program priority.

Annually, the TARGET Program cohort is approximately 15-25 interns.

Please find the 2021 program calendar here and the virtual lectures (updated weekly) here

Further program information

Questions? Visit our TARGET FAQs


  • 2020-2021 high school sophomores and juniors (at time of application, the student must be a Sophomore or Junior).
  • Illinois high school enrollment
  • 3.0 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Application Requirements

  • Online application and Questionnaire
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (due Feb. 4th)
    • Reference 1: Science Teacher – Contact Information
    • Reference 2: Math Teacher – Contact Information

Internship Details

  • Application Period: December 14, 2020 – February 1, 2021
  • Program Dates: June 28 – August 5, 2021
  • Acceptance Date: Interns that received an email from TARGET Committee: Program updates for the TARGET Summer Institute will be announced by the May 31st.


  • Oral presentation

Key Dates

Application Period
Dec 14, 2020 – Feb 1, 2021

Program Dates
June 28 – August 5 2021

Acceptance Date
Program updates for the TARGET Summer Institute will be announced by the May 31st.

Application is Closed

Be prepared to complete the online application, questionnaire and upload transcript and provide two references contact information. All requirements must be met in order to be considered for the internship.

Contact Information