Take time to read this entire page carefully. The final checklist will be:
- Read our post on what makes for a good application.
- Prepare resume.
- Prepare cover letter.
- Upload both with the form below.
- Get a recommendation letter from a teacher or mentor.
- Demonstrate some work done on non-school projects.
Summer 2023: We have opened applications for 2023.
Internship work dates are July 10 to August 4, 2023. As we wait to start, please come take our programming courses, and drop in for mini-courses, at https://sites.google.com/view/serious-programming/ (or https://sites.google.com/view/serious-programming/pdx for Portland).
Preparing your resume
We now ask you to upload your cover letter and resume. These should be typeset in LaTeX and 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. If you have various far-flung interests, you should mention them.
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 a serious application to Los Alamos National Laboratory or other local opportunities in your city; (b) if you do not satisfy some requirements (such as Python programming on the GNU/Linux operating system) you need to present a detailed plan to make that up right away, for example by taking the Serious Programming workshop. In virtually all cases we will tell you to take the next “Serious Programming” workshop.
Soft Skills are very important for any job and any work with a mentor. You should consider the development of soft skills to be a key portion of what you do to prepare for your internship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 https://computinginresearch.org/ Could you please write a recommendation letter for me and email it to email@example.com
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 generous with their time with their peers, (c) are reliable, and (d) 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 student. Thank you