Program Description

The TARGET Program is a highly competitive, paid, 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 hands-on 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.

Further program information

Questions? View our  TARGET FAQ link


  • 2019-2020 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

Internship Details

  • Application Period:
  • Program Dates: June 28 – August 6, 2021
  • Acceptance Date: April 2021
  • Salary: $12.50


  • Oral presentation

Key Dates

Program Dates
June 28 – August 6, 2021

*The internship will be either virtual or in-person. Will be decided closed to the internship start date.



Ready to apply?

Fill out the online application, and be prepared to present any other application requirements.

Contact Information