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STEM Research & Invention Internship

Robotics, IOT, & Engineering

Open to US & International Students | High School & College | In-Person at Falls Church, VA or Remote/Hybrid

Become the Next Generation of Inventors

This Internship at

Virginia Tech Thinkabit Lab offers an engaging environment—part lab, maker space, and learning classroom—to foster creativity, collaboration, and the critical skills necessary for the future technical workforce.

Source: Times of San Diego

What You'll Learn

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Pursue independent/small-team research projects aligned with personal and professional interests, receiving mentorship by the VT Research Faculty & Lab Director and guidance to publish in peer-reviewed journals and present research at competitions/symposiums.

Access and advance technology projects and a physical computing and maker-space lab for initiatives with:

  • Technical career exploration, Engineering design processes
  • Microelectronics, Arduino programming (C, C++), Micro:bit programming (Microsoft MakeCode, Python, Javascript), RoboCrafting (arts-integrated creative robotics), VEX Robotics
  • IoT (Internet of Things)/SmartCities, AI, 3D printing tools

Assist lab leaders in maintaining equipment, teaching, and implementing STEM education programs for students of all ages to senior citizens.

Invent an engineering creation and receive patent-application help in Virginia’s Invention Convention to bring your ideas to life with project-based learning.

Receive help and access resources from Graduate-level library.

& much more!

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High School, College, US, and International Students will be Accepted

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Flexible During the School Year & Breaks

Length: Flexible

Schedule: Flexible

Where: Remote or Hybrid, based in Falls Church, Virginia, USA

Our proprietary training program accelerates your success

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Learn industry, company, and role-specific knowledge and skills

Gain essential durable skills (communication, time management)

Get 1:1 mentorship and support throughout the internship


of students are confident in their ability to perform internship duties after the training

9.6 out of 10

satisfaction rating by students about their overall experience


of students are more comfortable with verbal, non-verbal, and written communication


Will I receive a Letter of Recommendation?

As long as you do well in your internship, your supervisor(s) are more than happy to provide recommendation letters. We provide ongoing mentorship to ensure your success.

How Do I Participate in this Program?

All students who want to be considered for any of Gateway's internships need to be a student in the Gateway Internship Program. Submit your application to the Gateway Internship Program, then schedule a 30-min interview with our team member to be considered. Once you become a Gateway student, you will participate in our career preparation training to be able to land the internship you desire. View more details here.

Are there any prerequisites?

No, you can come in with no STEM research or invention knowledge. As we designed this for students at any level, we will teach you from the beginning.

Am I guaranteed an internship placement?

No. Every student adheres to our application process, which includes the application form, student's resume, and interview. We provide optional training included in the program to help craft your application and improve your interview skills.

If the student is accepted to the internship program, the student will commit to the program by undergoing rigorous training to upskill for the internship.

How long is the Program?

The internship schedule is flexible. The pre-internship training takes about a full day of work to complete asynchronously and a live 1.5 hours training workshop with other interns.


Our program tuition starts at $2,500 USD, designed to make the internship experience as valuable as possible for students with limited professional experience, which includes:

  • A curriculum of career materials curated by industry experts
  • 1:1 sessions with a dedicated mentor to discover your career path, polish your resume, and improve your interview skills
  • Get personalized matches to interview with innovative organizations and companies
  • Pre-internship training for the industry, role, and company-specific knowledge and skills
  • Pre-internship 1.5 hours live cohort workshop in communications and time management
  • Ongoing 1:1 support & mentorship to answer questions and give guidance within a day
  • Offboarding guidance, which includes resume updates and thank you notes

What is Gateway?

Gateway is a platform offering educational internship programs, where students explore their career interests and build confidence to prepare for a successful future!

We partner with organizations and companies in high-demand and high-paying careers to provide real-time advice and hands-on learning.

Have More Questions?

Schedule a 15-min consultation with one of our experts!

HanhLinh Ho, Co-Founder & Mentor at Gateway

  • Award-winning community leader

  • An interviewer on the Georgetown MBA admissions team

  • American University, B.B.A., Management Information Systems and Services
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