What are the eligibility requirements?

Please visit the Overview page.

GPA - I am a U.S. citizen attending a high school outside of the Northern Virginia area, am I eligible to apply?

Yes. There are wo ways for you to participate in the SYE. Either you can come to the sessions held in Northern VA or you can participate in our online cohort. This group will participate in Zoom sessions. (For members outside of NOVA only) You may also participate in our quarterly trips.

How will I know if my package is complete?

You can check the status of your application, including uploaded materials, in your online application. You will also be able to check whether we have received your letters of recommendation. You may e-mail if you have any questions.

How do I officially submit my online application?

The application will close on May 1, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. Your application will be automatically submitted at that time. If you want to submit it earlier, please e-mail the SYE Program staff at and advise them that you are ready to submit your application.

When will I know if I am accepted in the program?

The SYE will select finalists by mid-May. Applicants will be given 10 days to accept or decline the offer.

What happens if my recommender tells me that he/she did not receive the email notification to submit my letter of recommendation?

Applicants should check their applications to make sure they added their recommenders' correct email addresses. If they did, an email invitation should have been sent to the recommender. However, based on the security settings of the recommender's email, automated notifications may get sent to "Junk Mailboxes" or "Spam Folders". Recommenders must log into the system using the email address that was provided. If recommenders are unable to find the notification, please contact the SYE staff at

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The MES Program consists of a 10 - week paid summer internship at one of several participating Department of Energy sites.

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