Summer High School Intensive
in Next-Generation Engineering

Designed specifically for high school students on an ambitious STEM pathway, this is a unique seven-week opportunity to participate in hands-on engineering laboratory research focused on real-world problems at one of the top-ranked engineering schools in the nation. Close mentorship comes from USC Viterbi faculty and staff, graduate student researchers, plus visiting national scholars -- all enveloped within SHINE's cohort activities and network. See our research projects and culminating posters. Read about SHINE alumni who now attend USC Viterbi.

Fee Information:

Early Admittance Fee: $4,900 (deadline for all materials to be received is 1/31/19)
Regular Admittance Fee: $5,100 (deadline for all materials to be received is 3/4/19)
Application fee: $35

The fee covers:

  • 1-1  ​​mentoring in lab for 20 hours/week with a Ph.D. student mentor for seven weeks
  • Training in university-level research skills: scholarly literature searches, writing lab research reports, MATLAB training, science communication, taught by experienced staff with Ph.D.'s in their fields
  • College prep activities and admissions strategies
  • Friday lab visits and hands-on activities that cover a range of engineering research projects, taught by Ph.D. student researchers
  • Friday cohort lunches to build friendships and knowledge exchange
  • Myriad projects with undergraduate mentors and USC Viterbi staff
  • Lab safety training and lab materials
  • Poster session (with your poster retained on the USC Website)
  • Certificate from your research professor (can be used as a recommendation)
  • Scholarships are limited arranged in advance with funding partners, based on financial need and merit

Please note: SHINE is not a residential program and there is no housing available at USC for SHINE students. Out-of-town SHINE students must find their own housing.

For more specific information on fees and how to pay them, pleae visit our payments page.


Hear what they said about SHINE

Students' Lab Time



Each SHINE student works closely with a Ph.D. student mentor.


Students end their research experience by presenting to USC faculty, family and friends. Watch previous year's session here!



Weekly lunches provide another form of mentoring and fun.


We find time for fun too!

SHINE is not summer school; it's experiential learning, not passive absorption of facts.

Only a limited number of highly qualified applicants are accepted to SHINE each summer. This is a non-residential program, so students will commute rather than live on campus.

For students seeking an introduction to the range of college-level fields of engineering or a residential program, consider USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s 4-week summer school course - then, join us in SHINE next summer.

Read more details on the application process here. Read more about SHINE on the USC Viterbi news article.