Outreach specialists provide guidance before applications open for AEOP apprenticeships and fellowships

Open enrollment is slated after the New Year for high school through postdoctoral individuals interested in joining the Army Educational Outreach Program’s apprenticeships and fellowships. The program is funded by the Department of Defense and administered by the K-12 University Center at Rochester Institute of Technology.

To apply, applicants must provide documents including recommendations, a resume, transcript and more. It varies, however, based on level of education and program. More information about eligibility and requirements can be found on this link: Apprenticeships and Fellowships

“Having those mentors really made a difference for me, and that’s the kind of advocate and resource I hope to be for those I’m working with,” outreach specialist Kierra McInnis said. “I think the best part is seeing growth in the students and I guess I like to see them excited about the program as the weeks go on.”

That’s one of the many reasons she and colleague Miranda Salsbery have been providing guidance and tips for potential applicants, to help prepare them for enrollment. A Q&A has also been established, which provides answers to frequently asked questions. Join the mailing list to get more information: Mailing List

With an extensive background in outreach and research, Dr. Salsbery created a list of “tips for choosing who should write your letter of recommendation” to accompany the application.

  1. Pick someone who knows you! If you have to introduce yourself in the same conversation that you are asking for a letter, they are not the right person.
  2. Ideally, if choosing a professor, pick one who knows you both inside and outside the classroom. You’ve attended office hours, review sessions, etc., as well as been an active participant in class.
  3. Supervisors who can speak to your work ethic are a good choice, even if not in a STEM field.
  4. If you have done some kind of lab work or research, that supervisor is a great option because they can speak directly about your STEM work experience.
  5. Do not ask close friends or family members, even if you have worked or taken a class under them. Find someone who can provide an honest and unbiased opinion.
  6. Whoever you choose, give them time. Ask them well in advance of needing a letter. Be sure to give them information about what you’re applying for, as well, so they can tailor the letter accordingly.

AEOP's apprenticeships and fellowships provides students from across the country with paid STEM opportunities at U.S. Army-sponsored facilities, so participants can get hands-on innovation and research experience that affects the country, while complementing the things they're most passionate about in science, technology, engineering and math. There is no commitment to join the military, however, helps bolster the DOD’s civilian workforce.


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