Spend 18 days exploring engineering at the NSLC Engineering Intensive.

Do you have the desire to tackle problems through design? Do you enjoy learning how and why things work? At the National Student Leadership Conference Engineering Intensive, you’ll explore various fields in engineering and decide if engineering is the career for you!

During this 18-day program, you will learn from top engineering experts and meet with successful researchers and professors. Learning from their experiences, you will take away valuable lessons and insight that will help guide you as you pursue a career in engineering.

Program Highlights

Discover your specialty
Hear from professional engineers across multiple disciplines about their day-to-day projects and find the path that fits you best.

Architectural engineering project
Create a new home for a client, working through the design process from hand sketching to physical model.

Biomedical lab work
Discover how engineering and medicine intersect by creating a device to read EKGs.

Ethics in engineering
Difficult dilemmas will require you to make tough decisions surrounding the health and safety of products you develop.

Hands-on Simulations

At the NSLC you and your peers will engage in intensive, hands-on simulations and workshops. Through building an underwater robot and competing in a variety of design challenges and workshops, you will explore engineering and all that it has to offer. Through a research project and presentation, you will tackle issues facing professional engineers today.

Meet Engineering Professionals

While at the NSLC’s high school summer engineering intensive, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the fields of engineering.

Examples of past guest speakers include:

Dr. Ken Goldberg
Professor of Industrial Engineering, UC-Berkeley

Mrs. Tiffany Reardon
Admissions Officer, UC-Berkeley College of Engineering

Ms. Lina Scroggins
Program Manager, Corporate Engineering at Google, Inc.

Mr. Pallav Agrawal
Lead Data Scientist, Levi Strauss & Co

Mr. Terry Johnson
Associate Teaching Professor for Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

Mr. Bill Nott
Retired Mechanical Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC high school engineering intensive is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of engineering.

These trips may include:

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering | Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division | George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences | UMD/NIST Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research | Lockheed Martin | Stephen F. Udvar Hazy Center | The Smithsonian Institution | Baltimore Harbor

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Engineering Intensive program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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