The Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering (ASE) program connects motivated high school students with mentors in pre-professional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) internships. Internships are eight-week, full-time summer positions, designed by mentors themselves. These internships take place throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, including Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Vancouver and Bend. Mentor organizations include universities, hospitals and research institutions and private companies. The application process is competitive, with more than 400 applicants each year for approximately 70 positions. ASE internships attract rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from throughout the Northwest. Roughly 40% of students are from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences. ASE interns have been listed on published research, helped to design and test commercial products and spent countless hours in the field and in the lab.