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Steel Intern Scholarships

Please complete the scholarship application to be considered for Steel Intern Scholarship – PAID Summer internship followed by a US$7,500 one-year scholarship. 

Applications for 2025-2026 will be accepted now through 14 October 2024.

►Scholarship Application
►Internship FAQs

Please read all information below before submitting the application.

1. Steel Intern Scholarship – PAID Summer internship followed by a US$7,500 one-year scholarship. 

These awards are preceded by a required PAID summer internship at a North American steel producing or steel-related company.

  • Up to 50 one-year awards.

  • Premier Intern Scholarship – The top-scoring applicant of all received will be awarded the Premier Scholarship, a one-year scholarship of US$12,000 with a paid summer internship (summer preceding the scholarship). Note: The maximum number of recipients from Non-High Income Countries (NHIC) shall not exceed 15% of the total number of intern scholarships awarded. and the scholarship value for applicants awarded from NHIC shall be set at 60% of the full amount ($4,500).

  • Applicant must commit to a paid summer internship at a North American steel-related company and must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico, and may need to relocate for the internship period. Note: Upon selection, AIST will assist in internship placement; however, applicants are encouraged to seek information from steel companies at career/job events and may, at any time, accept an internship or co-op at a steel producing company or industry supplier. If an internship is self-placed by the recipient, the internship will need to be pre-approved. Please contact AIST for approval prior to accepting a self-placed internship. Acceptance of an internship at a company not specifically related to steel manufacturing will automatically disqualify the applicant.

  • The recipient may be disqualified if he/she rescinds an accepted offer of internship from within the program.

  • Applicant must receive a satisfactory performance review from the internship company, and maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA, to remain eligible for this scholarship funding.

Qualifying Criteria for Scholarships

  • Students studying engineering or engineering technology disciplines, in addition to computer science, data science, environmental/sustainability science, and safety or industrial safety program

  • Applications will be accepted from university sophomore and junior applicants, and university seniors planning to attend their first year of graduate school.

  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate (minimum of 12 credits) or graduate program (minimum of 8 credits) at an accredited North American university. An applicant working full-time does not qualify.

  • Applicant should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Application, essay and recommendation letter should express a strong interest in the iron and steel industry.

  • ​Applicant must be a citizen of an USMCA country (USA, Canada, Mexico) 

  • Applicant must be willing and able to relocate for the summer internship.

  • While not required, student membership to AIST through the Material Advantage Student Program, will enhance the application.


  • The following documents must be submitted with the application in PDF, unprotected, format:

  1. A current résumé with work experience and any extracurricular activities, noting any leadership positions, including AIST student membership through the Material Advantage Student Program.

  2. An essay, not to exceed two pages in length, citing professional goals, explaining why the student is interested in a career in the steel industry, and discussing how your skills could be applied to enhance the industry.

  3. A minimum of one letter is required, with a maximum of five letters being accepted. The letter(s) should be written by a professional familiar with the student’s work and/or interests. Letters written by a representative of a steel-related company and/or a discipline-related professor will be given more weight in the scoring process. To obtain the highest score, applicants should submit a letter from both a representative of a steel-related company and a discipline-related professor.

  4. A current academic transcript or other documentation of academic standing and performance from a university. Official or Unofficial transcripts are accepted and must include the university and applicant name.

  5. All application documents must be in English.

  • Applications will be evaluated and scored as follows:  Steel Industry Interest-30%; Grades-20%; Recommendation Letters-30%; Extra-Curricular Activities-20%

Application Submittal

  • Completed applications, including all required documents, should be submitted electronically by 14 October.

  • Scholarship recipients will be announced in December.

  • Questions about the scholarships and/or application process should be directed to Lori Wharrey at +1.724.814.3044.

Past Steel Intern Scholarship Recipients


►Steel Intern Scholarship Past Recipients
►Steel Premier Scholarship Past Recipients
►Don B. Daily Safety Steel Intern Scholarship Past Recipients

►AIST Ronald E. Lincoln Memorial Scholarship
►AIST Willy Korf Memorial Scholarship
►AIST William E. Schwabe Memorial Scholarship
►AIST Benjamin F. Fairless Scholarship (AIME)
►AIST David H. Samson Scholarship
►AIST Smith Graduate Scholarship (AIME)


►Engineering Scholarship ($3,000)
►Engineering Scholarship ($1,500)
►AIST National Merit Scholarship (discontinued in 2006)