Laboratory Learning Program


  • Update: all research opportunities are now CLOSED.   
  • Only accepted students were notified by email. Students who were not selected were not contacted individually by email. 
  • Wishing you a great research summer!

Summer Internships for High School Students

The Laboratory Learning Program is a full-time, free research experience in the sciences or engineering for high school students. Students are included in ongoing research programs where they are closely supervised by Princeton faculty and research staff. The participation dates are customized according to the schedules of the research personnel and the specifics of the project. Internships typically span 5-6 weeks during regular 'office hours' over the summer (no evening or weekend activities). Each research opportunity has its own schedule. 

The Laboratory Learning Program is not a summer camp. The Laboratory Learning Program does not include housing, transportation, social activities or entertainment. LLP students are not eligible to lease or sublease Princeton University housing.


  • Sixteen years old or more by June 15, 2023. No exceptions.
  • Enrolled in high school. Graduates who have not yet turned 18 by June 15, 2023 may apply.  
  • US citizens, legal permanent residents, or international students currently in the United States attending a US high school. 
  • Once accepted, parental consent forms, evidence of health insurance, and a high school nomination form are required before attending the program.
  • All participants must strictly adhere to Princeton University COVID-19 policies, which may include vaccination, face coverings, and testing or other requirements. No exceptions.
  • Safety training is required prior to beginning laboratory work.
  • Two-page research summary report is due at the conclusion of the program.


Research Opportunities

Applications - read all instructions carefully




  • The application period is open from February 15 to March 15, 2023. 
  • Mail-in applications must be postmarked between February 15 and March 15, 2023.
  • One application accepted per student; no supplemental materials accepted.
  • All applications will be reviewed at the end of the application period, and not on a rolling basis. 
  • Acceptances will be communicated on a rolling basis between late March and April 30, 2023 once decisions have been made for a particular research opportunity.
  • Projects will be marked as closed on this site, once the accepted students are notified by email. Students who are not selected will not be contacted individually by email. Please DO NOT CONTACT the Office of the Dean for Research to check on the status of an application.
  • Due to the volume of interest in this program, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries by email or phone.
  • Parental consent forms, evidence of health insurance, and a high school nomination form are not required at the time of application but will be requested once the student has been offered a place in the program.



Faculty only: hosting a high school student

Faculty and labs planning to host a student should begin the process by submitting a research opportunity by January 6, 2023. Please contact [email protected] for the submission form. 

Contact info for mail in application

Office of the Dean for Research
5 New South
Princeton, NJ 08544
[email protected]

Due to the volume of interest in this program, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. Projects will be marked as closed on this site once accepted students have been notified by email. 

[Photo credit:  LLP students Pranav Kalinadhabhotla and Gabrielle Bailey presenting their research poster at the Department of Chemistry's “Pancakes & Posters” Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session, held on August 8, 2019. Photo by Kirsten M. Arentzen]