About the LLRISE Program

The Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) program is a program hosted by MIT where students lead how to build radar systems. The program is a free two-week residential program for high school juniors. You are provided housing, which will be at an MIT dorm. However, you have to provide your own transportation to and from the MIT campus for the beginning and end of the program (airplane from your house, for example). The program is usually held in the end of July.


Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply, and you might have a better chance of getting it if you say you are underrepresented.  Participants build a range rover and Doppler. You get to work in a laboratory with engineers and scientists. You will be working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA. The official website of the LLRISE program is here. Also, here is a video about the LLRISE program!

Application materials for LLRISE

You’ll need a copy of your transcript, a copy of standardized test scores (optional), and you will need 2 recommendations (one from a math teacher and another from a science/engineering teacher). You will put the emails of your math and science/engineering teachers into their application portal so that they will receive an email to write your recommendation letter. There are also three short essays you’ll need to do for LLRISE.


You must be a U.S citizen, a rising high school senior, and passionate about math, science, and engineering. You must also have completed physics and precalc by the end of your junior year.

For more information, contact LLRISE@LL.mit.edu.

If you feel like LLRISE is not for you, you can view the master list of high school internships on the home page of horizonworldwide.org. You can also read my guide on how to find an internship in high school!

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