*CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* for 2019 STEP UP Internships.  Interviews and placements are made on a rolling basis. Apply early to maximize opportunities!  Click here for the printable flyer in PDF format: 2019 STEM Internship Flyer  Complete an application online here.


Since 2013, the Worcester County Department of Economic Development has provided a STEM summer enrichment continuum for students ages 12-24.  Our STEM Summer Programs connect Worcester County STEM businesses with the future workforce and provide opportunities for classroom studies to be applied to real life tasks.

The continuum consists of four components:

  • Reach for the Stars I STEM Camp for NEW campers (2018/2019 grades 6-8)  Applications are accepted February 1- March 31, 2019
  • NEW!  Reach for the Stars II STEM Camp for RETURNING campers or first time campers in grade 8 (2018/2019 grades 7-8)
  • Worcester STEM Leadership Cohort (2018/2019 grades 9-11)  Applications are accepted February 1-March 31, 2019
  • STEP UP STEM Internship Program (2018/2019 grade 12, college, and graduate students)  Applications are accepted December 15, 2018 - March 31, 2019


STEP UP STEM Internship Program

Schedules vary depending on employers.  100 total hours between June 1 and July 25.

Eligibility: Worcester County residents currently in grade 12 and college and graduate students who maintain residency in Worcester County (including those who reside out-of-county or out-of-state at college during the academic year) 

The STEP UP Internship Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in a career field related to STEM.  2019 STEP UP internships will include placements in local agencies and businesses in the fields of medicine, software development, information technology, engineering, environmental science, and digital media production.  STEP UP STEM Interns participate in paid professional development sessions throughout the internship experience teaching valuable career readiness skills.

Each intern will be paid for 100 total hours at $11/hour.

APPLY ONLINE HERE from December 15 - March 31!

Full time internships in partnership with STEP UP are available at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Northrop Grumman, but additional applications must also be completed.  NASA interns must apply by February 28 using the NASA OSSI portal at  Applicants for Northrop Grumman internships need to be engineering students who have completed at least two years of college.  Applications can be completed at  Please email a copy of your resume to to express interest, in addition to completing the WCED STEP UP STEM Internship Application linked here.


    Application Process: Applications for all four components of the program can be completed online (links below) through March 31.  Application for internships began on December 15, 2018.  Applications for camp and the leadership cohort will open on February 1.  Supporting documents are requested, including transcripts, an online statement, and online recommendations.  Transcripts should be mailed to:   Worcester County Economic Development, ATTN: Fawn Mete, Program Manager, 100 Pearl Street Ste B, Snow Hill, MD 21863. Internship applicants are encouraged to email a resume to in addition to completing the application.  Interviews for internship applicants will be scheduled on a rolling basis as applications are received, so early application is encouraged.  Interviews for STEM Leadership Cohort applicants will be scheduled for April. Applicants will be notified of status no later than May 1, 2019.

    Application Deadline:  March 31, 2019

    NASA Internship Application Deadline:  February 28, 2019

    Contact: Fawn Mete, Program Manager