WISE is offered either after school in the fall and spring or as a daily four-week program in the summer. Each WISE student will explore a subject in laboratory, computer, or field settings which could include materials science, mechanical, electrical and computer, and biomedical engineering**. At the close of each program, WISE students present their research and experiences to fellow WISE students, their research labs, their families, and JHU community members. 

*For U.S. citizens or those with work authorization status.
**A list of Whiting School of Engineering departments can be found here.
Please note: WISE will not run in Fall 2023. The application for Spring 2024 or Summer 2024 is now open.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Students should have received As and Bs in all math and science courses 
  • Must be high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors 
  • Sophomores should have completed two years of high school-level math 
  • Must be enrolled in a Baltimore City public high school 
  • To be paid, student must be eligible to work in the U.S. Those who are not eligible to work in the U.S. may participate as unpaid interns. 
  • All students will be expected to follow JHU COVID-19 and flu vaccination guidelines for on-campus placements.

  • WISE students will need access to a computer. If a student does not have a computer JHU will provide a laptop for the duration of the program. 
  • Most of our internship placements are in-person assignments. Hybrid or fully remote internships may be considered for Computer Science placements, if agreeable to the student and mentor. If hybrid or remote, students must have access to stable wi-fi.

  • WISE students must be available three hours each day, typically from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., two days a week (fall/spring program) for 15 weeks or five hours each weekday, typically from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for four weeks in the summer. Alternate schedules will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Fall program runs from early November to late February. (Note: WISE is on pause Fall 2023.) 
  • Spring program runs from late February to late May. 
  • Summer program runs from early July to early August  
  • NEW to 2024 WISE Students: Each WISE semester kicks off with a mandatory on-campus orientation and campus/admissions session tour. Additional WISE program components include: networking sessions to expand connections with undergrad and graduate students at JHU, peer led lab tours, and additional special events after school – such as attendance at Design Day – on campus.

  • If selected, WISE students must provide their own transportation to and from JHU’s Homewood campus (3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218). Alternatively, some students may be placed at the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus (biomedical labs). Lab location will be discussed during the placement process. If you have questions or concerns about transportation, contact [email protected] for guidance. 
  • Requests for transportation support may be considered.

All of the following components must be completed by the applicable submission deadline: 

  • Application form 
  • Essay questions (which must meet the minimum 200-word count) 
  • Teacher or guidance counselor recommendation (if possible, obtain recommendations from teachers in STEM fields) 
  • Transcript (latest report card or progress report) to be submitted by high school

See the application deadlines below: 

  • For Spring 2024 – apply by Sunday, January 7, 2024 (11:59 p.m.) 
  • For Summer 2024 – apply by Sunday, April 7, 2024 (11:59 p.m.)

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How to Apply

WISE is accepting applications for Spring 2024 and Summer 2024.

Information for JHU Faculty and Potential Mentors

Faculty, researchers, and graduate students interested in being a WISE mentor should contact [email protected] with the subject line: “Interest in WISE Mentoring.” 

Faculty interested in including WISE in their NSF grant application’s Broader Impacts statement and budget should contact Alisha Sparks at [email protected].


My mentor and I developed a great relationship, and she guided me through all my challenges over the weeks.

WISE Fall 2018 student Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

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Get in Touch

Alexis Daniels

Baltimore OST Program Manager
2701 N. Charles Street, Fifth Floor
Baltimore, MD 21218