Take time to read this entire page carefully. The final checklist will be:
- Prepare resume.
- Prepare cover letter.
- Upload both with the form below.
- Get a recommendation letter from a teacher or mentor.
2019 After a very successful internship program in 2019 we have expanded to 10 students over a 4 week period for the next year.
2020 Applications for 2020 are now open and will close at the end of February. The period for the summer 2020 internship is tentatively set for the four week period of July 13 to August 7. We will confirm this soon.
Preparing your resume
We now ask you to upload your cover letter and resume. These should be prepared with free/open-source software tools. Do this with care because the way you write and typeset your letter and resume will give our mentors indications of how well you use software tools. Feel free to ask us for further guidance on this. Your cover letter should be specific to the Institute and should outline your goals from the internship, and will be key in getting you paired with a mentor.
Your cover letter should also cover two other matters: (a) if you are in 11th or 12th grade you need to mention that you are also submitting an application to Los Alamos National Laboratory; (b) if you do not satisfy some requirements (such as Python programming on the GNU/Linux operating system) you need to outline your detailed plan to make that up right away, for example by taking the Serious Programming workshop.
These are written in LaTeX using style sheets that Rowan Nadon has helped us develop. The LaTeX source of this sample resume available for you to adapt. Note that if building this on a debian/ubuntu distribution you might need to install the latex extra packages with an instruction like
sudo apt install texlive-latex-extra
Once you have adapted the cover and resume you can convert the LaTeX markup to a PDF file with:
pdflatex MyName_Cover.tex pdflatex MyName_Resume.tex
Note: learning LaTeX is an important skill which your mentor will expect you to have, but it can take some getting used to. If you need help please contact us right away. You can write to email@example.com or call Mark Galassi at 505-629-0759 at any time. We will be very happy to hear from you and to help you.
Upload your resume
This form allows you to upload pdf files for your cover letter and resume.
You should get a teacher or mentor who knows your work to write you a letter. If you cannot find a teacher available to do so please contact us at internship and we can arrange to interview you ourselves.
You should send your teacher an email with two parts. The first part is a personal note from you which might look something like this:
Dear <Ms/Mr> Teacher Name,
I have applied for an internship with the Institute for
Computing in Research this summer. Their information is at
Could you please write a recommendation letter for me and email
it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The second part contains our instructions on how they should prepare the letter.
The Institute requests the following information:
The Institute for Computing in Research would like this information from
you as a mentor or teacher:
* Recommender's email address.
* Recommender's phone number.
* A brief description of the student's strengths. The institute
is interested in students who (a) have a good work ethic,
(b) are reliable, and (c) have shown the ability to work on
their own. We are much more interested in those qualities than
in what prestigious past opportunities they might have had, so
please touch on your observation of these characteristics in the