Academic-Year Session Information


The ASPIRE academic-year session runs from September to May. Apply for the ASPIRE academic year session, here .

  • Students must begin the program no later than October 17.
  • Seniors must commit to spending a minimum of 5 hours per week doing internship work. For juniors, this hourly requirement can be more flexible on a case-by-case basis. All students may spend no more than 10 hours per week on ASPIRE work. Regardless of whether the student is on campus, tasking can only be completed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday–Friday on-site. Students are permitted to work until 10pm virtually on weekdays, provided they find time to meet with their mentor during standard business hours at least once per week. There are no additional evening or weekend ASPIRE hours.
  • Students will be given a break around the winter holidays, as well one floating week-long break in the fall, and another in the spring. Additional time off from the ASPIRE program is not permitted.
  • Students must submit an abstract before the session concludes and are highly encouraged to complete presentations.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to receive credit or formal recognition from their school for participation in the program.

Students applying to the academic-year session are strongly encouraged to review their extracurricular schedule and determine whether they have the appropriate time available to participate in the ASPIRE program. Students should remember to consider travel times to and from APL if they are interested in hybrid or in-person internship opportunities. Our expectation is that the ASPIRE program be the priority.

Session Timeline

April 12

Application period opens at 12:00 a.m.

June 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Application period ends at 11:59 p.m.

June 27

All recommendation forms are due.

June–July

ASPIRE applications are accepted or declined.

August–September

Mentors review applications, interview students, and extend an invitation to the program.

October 11, 12, and 13

Orientations are held for accepted students. Matching and placements continue through September.

October 11-17

ASPIRE students start program.