Work Experience

Work experience combines classroom instruction with paid, part-time student employment. Students work a minimum of 3 hours per week and meet with a Work Experience coordinator on scheduled dates, usually once a week.

Students in their junior and senior years of high school may enroll. Students may find employment on their own or request assistance from the coordinator (although employment cannot be guaranteed). Work Experience qualifies for Career Technical Education and/or Elective credits towards the graduation requirements.

Businesses participating in the work experience program must establish an employer-employee relationship with students and comply with labor laws and regulations concerning Workers' Compensation Insurance, Social Security, and income taxes.

Exploratory Experience

Exploratory Experience is an unpaid, off-campus course that offers students at any grade level the opportunity to explore specific career interests through direct observation and hands-on experience.   Students work/volunteer/intern (unpaid) a minimum of 3 hours per week and meet with a Work Experience coordinator on scheduled dates, usually once a week.

Professionals or individuals with established expertise mentor students in the workplace. Students also meet regularly with the Work Experience coordinator for related instruction.

Placement is limited to opportunities that are developed through PAUSD and excludes community organizations such as clubs, private lessons, and non-career focused service. Students may enroll for the Exploratory Experience course after they have met with the school coordinator and a suitable post is located. Class time is arranged by the coordinator. Exploratory Experience qualifies for Career Technical Education and/or Elective credits towards the graduation requirement. 

Hours worked interning/volunteering can also be applied towards the Presidential Service Award.  

Work Experience Program at Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

The Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Solar and Astrophysics Center has been collaborating for over 30 years with our district to provide a Science Work Experience Program in a research environment. 

Eligible students will have:

  • GPA of 3.5+
  • Strong PSAT/SAT Math Scores or ACT Scores
  • Written Letter of Recommendation by a recent math, science, computer science or business teacher
  • Students must be in their junior year when they apply
  • Be an American citizen or a permanent resident
    • Have a SIGNED Social Security card or SIGNED Permanent Resident Card that will be required if student receives the internship

The selection process for students starting work with Lockheed in June, will begin in March.  Details of particular positions available will not be known until June.  The link to the application is at the end of this page.

Interested students must submit online:

  • The Application
  • Copy of PSAT/SAT or ACT scores
  • Resume
  • Teacher Letter of recommendation
  • An unofficial school transcript

Submit the above items online by March 4, 2019 at 3PM.

All materials must be submitted online.  No late applications will be accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

Read the Complete Description, if you have questions contact Ms. McDermott by email:  

Internship Description and Expectations:

The Solar and Astrophysics department of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center’s lab encourages creativity in an informal and relaxed environment; however, students are expected to establish and maintain a professional working attitude.  Each student will be considered a co-worker where responsibilities and concern for the projects are shared even though it is understood that the student’s background is limited.  Students must be self-motivated, dependable, and reliable.  Students will be given an opportunity to learn what practicing science is, this internship is a learning experience.  If selected, the student will be a valued member of the learning community at Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Corporation has three important ethical values: “Do what’s right”, “Respect others”, and “Perform with excellence”.  

Questions and open communication are encouraged. It is understood that students will require and be given, training and support to complete tasks. 

During the school year, the part-time work must be done between the end of a student’s school day and 6:00 pm when the lab closes.  Work is best done in blocks of three or four hours each.  This may require a student to adjust his/her schedule so that the last period of the day is free.  The lab is closed on weekends, some national holidays and for a winter recess.  Students are expected to work during school holiday periods when Lockheed Martin is working. 

Lockheed students will be required to attend the Work Experience class that meets on Tuesday during the school year.

The work takes place at the Lockheed buildings on Porter Drive in Palo Alto, midway between Gunn and Paly high schools.  This is a paid internship position.  Participation in the program requires a minimum of 8 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours of full-time work weekly during the summer, from 8:30-5:15 with a 45-minute lunch break.  Students are expected to work the summer preceding and following their senior year of high school. 

During both the school year and the summer, time off for vacation or other business may be permitted with notification to and with approval from the immediate supervisor. 

Students applying for this internship should be aware that they are making a major, long-term commitment.  Lockheed knows that schoolwork takes top priority, but they expect that extracurricular activities will not interfere with work at the lab.

Application Deadline:  March 4, 2019 NO LATER THAN 3:00 PM submitted online.  Don’t wait until the last minute, we will not accept late applications.

Time line:

Applications due by 3 PM on March 4, 2019.  Interviews for the initial selected applicants will be held in April.  Date to be decided.  Not all applicants will be interviewed.  This is a highly selective application process.  All applicants will be notified of their application status by May.   

Once submitted, applications will not be returned to students.  All information will be kept confidential.  Letters of recommendation will remain confidential and not shared with students.

Lockheed Solar and Astrophysics Lab

Work Experience Education Application

This application can only be submitted electronically.  Please have your responses ready when you begin to fill out the electronic form.  You will not be able to resume the application once you begin filling it out online, you must complete it in one sitting.  This form is available to you so that you can compose your responses before beginning the electronic application form.  You will also need to upload your unofficial transcript, resume, and test scores to the application form.  So be ready before you begin the application.

You will be asked the following:


Name of Applicant: __________________________________________________________

                                                      Last                                                                First                                             Middle

Are you a U.S. Citizen?  _______

If not, are you a Permanent Resident? _______ (You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply)

Address: _________________________________________________________________

Zip Code: ______________  Home (parent) phone #:  ____________________________ Your Cell phone #: _______________________________

Email Address: ___________________________________________

Gender: ____________          Age: ____________                Present Grade Level: _____________(Must be a Junior)

Counselor/Advisor: ________________________

School: __________________________________

Days and Times you can work during the school year: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Are you willing to adapt your school schedule? _______________________________________

Your PSAT/SAT or ACT test scores: _______________________________________Please be specific, what test/subject and date taken; you will need to provide proof of scores with the application

Please respond to the following questions:

Why do you wish to be employed at Lockheed Martin?

How do you approach and solve problems?

What work/hobby/volunteer experience have you had?

What are your educational and career goals?

In what extra-curricular activities are you involved?  (Note: The student positions at Lockheed Martin require that work duties come before extra-curricular activities, including after-school sports, robotics, theater, etc.)

Please list specific math, science, and computer science classes that you have taken as a high school student. 

How did you learn about this program at Lockheed Martin?

What type of internship position would you be most interested in?

Data Analysis                           IT                 AI              Business/Finance                    Image Processing

All information on this application will be kept strictly confidential. Applications will not be returned to students.

 We will be accepting applications until – March 4, 2019 at 3 PM. 

Lockheed Martin Application

Teacher Letter of Recommendation: