NIST Postdoctoral Research Associateships Program
The NIST Postdoctoral Research Associateships Program supports a nationwide competitive postdoctoral program administered in cooperation with the National Academy of Science (NAS)/National Research Council (NRC). The NRC, through its Associateship Programs office, conducts a national competition on NIST's behalf to recommend outstanding scientists and engineers at the postdoctoral level for a two-year excepted term appointment at NIST.
Other Postdoctoral Opportunities
General Programs with Connections to Education Programs
NIST Student Tours
Guide to NIST's STEM Education Activities
IAAO/AA is a point of contact for dispersing information regarding NIST's education programs, although not all of these are directly administered by IAAO.
The NIST GMSE fellowship program provides doctoral-level graduate students with opportunities and financial assistance to obtain laboratory experience within the NIST laboratories in the Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines related to NIST mission-research. The program is administered through the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC).
The NIST SURF program is an 11-week fellowship program that provides undergraduate students the opportunity for hands-on experience in the science and engineering research areas at NIST. It is open to undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in physics, materials science, engineering, computer science, chemistry, applied mathematics or related areas. The program offers fellowships in all of NIST's Laboratories, and at both the main Gaithersburg campus and the Boulder campus.
Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)
PREP provides valuable laboratory experience and financial assistance to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. Fellowships are awarded to assure continued growth and progress of science and engineering in the U.S.
Other NIST-Sponsored or Hosted Programs
Summer High School Intern Program (SHIP)
The NIST SHIP is an eight-week summer program for high school students. Students selected for this competitive volunteer program participate in cutting–edge research at NIST, and work closely with NIST staff scientists on a specific research problem. SHIP is aimed at students who will have finished their junior or senior year of high school by the start of the program. During their tenure at the NIST Gaithersburg and NIST Boulder campuses, the SHIP students are unpaid volunteers, but receive student service learning hours (for those enrolled in Montgomery County, MD, public schools). This program is open only to U.S. citizens.
The NIST SVP is for students to gain exposure to fields such as physical science, mathematics, engineering, computer science, and administration. Participants must be enrolled at least half-time in school, and a formal agreement is signed between student, school, and NIST. The position is non-paid.
NIST employs students and recent graduates of all ages and backgrounds through the Pathways Program. The Pathways Program offers clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and to provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service.
The Pathways Program consists of three components: the Internship Program, the Recent Graduate Program and the Presidential Management Fellow Program. For more information about each of these programs, please click on one of the links below.