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 10-15 interns.

Further program information

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  • 2022-2023 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 Procedure

Before you apply, please have all your requirements ready. Once you submit the application you will no longer have access and will not be able to upload any missing requirements.
  • Online application – Application Walkthrough Video Guide
  • Application questionnaire
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (Due date is application close date).
    • (Once you submit your application you will receive an email request with a reference link to provide reference contact information. Once you provide the info, we will email a link to your reference to upload the letter of recommendation. Please note the reference link will only be sent out during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. After hours applicants will receive their reference link when business resumes.)
    • Reference 1: Science Teacher – Contact Information
    • Reference 2: Math Teacher – Contact Information

Internship Details

  • Application Period: November 13, 2023 – February 5, 2024
  • Program Dates: June 17, 2024 – July 26, 2024
  • Acceptance Date: TBD
  • Salary: $17.20 per hour


  • Oral presentation

Key Dates

Application Period
November 13, 2023 – February 5, 2024

Program Dates
June 17, 2024 – July 26, 2024

Offer Date


Acceptance Date


Application is Closed

To be considered for the internship you must upload all Requirements under the Internship Documentation section before you submit the application.

Contact Information