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aeop High school internships at wvsu


Applications are now open for summer 2024!

The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) High School Internships at West Virginia State University Program aims to provide an all-encompassing research experience for high school students of underrepresented minorities who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This is a full-time 9-week program (including 1 vacation week) set to start on June 3rd and end on July 26th

The selected interns will:

  • Receive a stipend,
  • Gain research experience in a field of your interest,
  • Participate in professional development sessions, and
  • Have the opportunity to participate in regional and national conferences with paid travel expenses.

The current research areas with available faculty mentors are:

  • Genetics
  • Plant Breeding
  • Biotechnology
  • Population Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Mycology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Intern Eligibility:

To be eligible for the AEOP Internships program, candidates must be:
  • Enrolled in high school (rising 9th-12th graders).
  • U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.
  • Meet AEOP’s definition of underserved (see below).

AEOP Definition of Underserved:

AEOP’s goal is to broaden participation of underserved populations in STEM and have diverse participation in AEOP’s programs to reflect the nation’s demographics. Participants in AEOP High School Internships must self-identify with two or more of the following:
  • attends a rural, urban, Title I, or frontier/tribal school
  • is a female and pursuing research in physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering
  • is as a racial/ethnic minority in STEM (Alaska Native, Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander)
  • is low-income (eligible for free- and reduced- lunch in school, FARMS)
  • speaks English as a second language (ELL)
  • will be a first generation college student
  • has or previously had a disability (physical or mental impairment, medical condition, or learning disability)
  • is a military-affiliated child (dependents of members of the active-duty Armed Forces, National Guard, Reserves, or a Veteran) or attends a military connected school (where a minimum of 15% of the student population is military-connected) 

Expectations of the AEOP High School Internship Program at WVSU:

  1. Complete the online onboarding AEOP Registration and orientation;
  2. Complete required training to perform research at WVSU;
  3. Responsibly participate in a research project;
  4. Participate in the Lunch and Learn sessions;
  5. Write a midterm progress report and a final research abstract;
  6. Present a research project at the culminating Summer Symposium event on July 26th;
  7. Complete a post-internship survey and apply to participate in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS, 


Our Team

Dr. Micheal
Dr. Micheal Fultz
Associate Provost / Professor of Chemistry
(304) 766-3106
Grazi Preterotto
Graduate Coordinator
(304) 720-4434
West Virginia State University is an equal opportunity affirmative action institution. No person shall be denied admission to educational programs, activities or employment on the basis of any legally protected status, or be subjected to prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Application Form for Summer 2024

Application deadline: May 15th, 2024

If you have any questions, reach out to

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