Poway High School
15500 Espola Road
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 748-0245


Internships will be managed through the Career Technical Education (CTE), Poway High School counseling, and Engineering Academy Coordinator.  CTE currently offers several internships with Northrop Grumman.  Students completing this internship or any internship with Poway Unified School District in conjunction with enrollment in the PUSD internship program will receive high school credit on their transcript.  Students are responsibile for finding their own internships and they must be completed on their own.

Poway Unified "Excellence in Education:" Northrop Grumman High School Internship

Senior Internship:

Purpose: The purpose of the internship is for students to have the experience working in industry and the opportunity to work directly with professional adults as part of their team. This rich experience is required as part of the Poway High School Engineering Academy.  It is a capstone experience in the academy for students to be successful in the workforce and to help them pursue their engineering career.

Student Responsibility: It is the responsibility of student to find their own internship’s.

Timeframe: They can start their internship during the summer between their junior and senior or during their senior year. It is highly encouraged to complete your internship during the summer so that it does not interfere with school. Internships must be completed by April during the student's senior year.

  • Summer:  June to August
  • Senior School Year:  August to April

Type: Engineering Academy Internships will be Engineering-based careers including:

  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Manufacturing
  • Bio-Tech

Office work such as secretarial or administrative assistance work is not engineering.

Paid or Non-Paid: Internships can be paying or non-paying.

School Credit: There is a possibility of earning school credit:  non-paying. This is not necessary unless desired. Please reach out to Mr. Dohm if interested for the point of conduct.


  • Seniors only
  • Commitment to accept the student as an intern
  • Agreement to intern for at least 60 hours, no more than 4 hours per day
  • 2.0 GPA or higher in all Engineering Academy courses

To begin the process: Please provide the Engineering Academy Coordinator (Mr. Dohm) a company letter on company letterhead declaring that you are in fact interning as described below. Turn the letter into the Engineering Academy Coordinator by June, before school is out.

  • Company commitment to accept the student as an intern
  • Agreement to have the student intern for at least 60 hours, nor more than 4 hours per day
  • Name of intern mentor or supervisor
  • Company name and address he will be interning at and contact person
    • Company:
    • Contact Name:
    • Contact Title:
    • Contact Phone Number:
    • Contact Email:
  • Time frame he will be interning (date to date)
  • What engineering based and related tasks the intern will be doing (must be engineering based or related)

Internship: Show up during the times agreed upon by the company mentor. Follow the lead and guidelines set forth by the company mentor. Complete all tasks and meet all benchmark dates set forth by the mentor. Always be on time and complete tasks or deliverables by the due dates.

When completed: Please provide a letter of completion on official company letterhead from the company that you have met the following requirements:

  • The name of the student that has interned
  • The engineering based or related work the intern performed
  • The time frame he/she interned (date to date)
  • The total hours that the student has completed and how many per day (should be at least 60 hours, nor more than 4 hours per day)
  • Name of intern mentor or supervisor
  • Company name and address he will be interning at and contact person
    • Company:
    • Contact Name:
    • Contact Title:
    • Contact Phone Number:
    • Contact Email:

Northrop Grumman High School Internship Program (HIP): General information about the internship opportunity:

  • The purpose of the HIP Program: Provide high school students with real life work experience in a corporate environment. Also, expose high school students to new and different career fields.
  • Benefits: Explore new and different STEM-related career fields. Improve resume. Potential opportunities for summer jobs, post high school paid internships, and/or a $300 scholarship for continued education.

NOTE: In order for the Northrop Grumman Internship to qualify for the Engineering Academy you must complete both the Junior and Senior year of the Internship effective Fall 2010.

The program:

  • Begins Spring Term (early February until late May)
  • The 2019 HIP Program dates are: 2/2019 – 5/2019 (official dates will be email to you all)
  • Earn 10 Elective Credits
  • Unpaid internship
  • 17 weeks; ten hours a week (schedule must be the same each week)
  • (HIP Hours 1:00-3:30p.m.)
  • Attendance reporting and evaluation will be completed during the program


  • High School Senior
  • GPA 3.0 or greater (proof of transcript and attendance records are required)
  • Courses or extra-curricular involvement in one (or more) of the following: CyberPatriot, Robotics Club, Project Lead the Way coursework, Computer Science coursework, AP Math or
  • AP Science courses.
  • A complete application

In person group interview (December)
(Optional/Supplemental Items): Resume & Cover Letter, Personal Statement, and Letter of Recommendation)

(Our district Studio 701 Internship class, created an episode spotlighting the HIP Internship at https://youtu.be/yZKkUzjnQ10)

For more information contact:

Ms. Karly Wardwell
Intervention/CTE Counselor
Poway High School
15500 Esploa Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
(858) 748-0245 ext. 5124

Click here to see the letter written about Ethan Champion from Palomar Technoologies in regards to his Summer internship in 2019

Palomar High School Internship Program (HSIP):

  • The purpose of the Palomar HSIP is to provide high school students with interests in the technical/STEM fields with real-life experience while exposing them to potential fields of career interest.
  • The benefits the student receives includes:
    • Ability to understand the workings of a company in the technical industry
    • Learn more about potential fields of interest for college/university studies
    • Work with experienced professionals who can mentor and guide students in university or career questions

The Program:

  • Summer paid internship in the areas of
    • Software engineering
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Electrical engineering
  • Part or fulltime positions available
  • Number of positions are limited to one per internship
  • Dates are determined between intern and Palomar mentor but generally can run from May – August, depending on the student’s class schedule

Overall Criteria:

  • High school senior (between junior and senior year is acceptable)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Courses or extra-curricular activities related to the desired internship (Robotics Club, AP math or science classes, computer programming)

Software Engineering Internships:

  • Qualifying candidate will have at least basic knowledge of C/C++ and lots of enthusiasm. 
  • A comfort level with machinery is a must in order to observe and possibly assist Applications Engineers in running Assembly Test Procedures. 
  • Tasks will include small bug fixes and potentially software testing. 
  • 16 – 40 hours per week (depending on age)

All-Around Engineering Internships: This internship will focus on learning the entire engineering cycle of Palomar equipment from design of equipment, through the actual manufacture and use of it in operations for creating packaging for semiconductor chips. It will rotate through our design engineering department, manufacturing engineering department and work in our Innovation Center where you will assemble actual computer chip packages for customers.

  • Qualifying candidate will have an understanding of mechanical design for equipment.
  • A comfort level with assembly and operation of large mechanical/electrical machinery.
  • Interest in learning how computer/semiconductor chips are assembled.
  • Tasks will include:
    •  Assembly/disassembly of prototype equipment, supporting engineers with equipment tests, etc.
    • All tasks under Manufacturing Engineering internships
    • Working in Palomar Innovation Center with Palomar die bonders to assembly computer chip packages.
  • 16 – 40 hours per week (depending on age)

Manufacturing Engineering Internships:

  • Qualifying candidate will have an understanding of mechanical design for equipment.
  • A comfort level with assembly and operation of large mechanical/electrical machinery.
  • Tasks will include:
    • Review manufacturing documentation for clarity, standardization, and accuracy.
    • Conduct time studies and propose improvements to the overall process and material flow of the work cell using lean principles.
    • Optimize Manufacturing Floor to maximize productivity and efficiencies through Lean Implementation and 5S Systems.
    • 16 – 40 hours per week (depending on age)

How to Apply:

Interested students should send an email expressing which internship they are interested in, along with a resume (if you have one) explaining why you are interested in the internship to:

For more information contact:

Amy Russo
HR Director
Palomar Technologies