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ACS Project SEED Program

Project SEED is a paid summer internship program for high school students.  Each year, 350+ students across the United States participate in chemistry-related research projects with scientists in various fields and industries.

Since 1968, Project SEED (Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged) has brought in more than 11,000 high school students to participate in research at academic, industry, and government labs across the United States and U.S. territories.  For 8 to 10 weeks during the summer, SEED students work in real laboratories, with real scientists serving as their mentors.  Students learn about careers in chemistry and receive mentoring in college preparation and professional development.

Project SEED Mission: 

To ensure that students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds have opportunities to experience the challenges and rewards of chemically-related sciences

COVID-19 Update: After much consideration, the American Chemical Society has decided to cancel all Project SEED research for Summer 2020.  In place of the traditional research model, ACS will curate and host a four-week virtual summer camp. The application deadline is now extended to May 15. Students that have already applied will be contacted via email to opt-in to the new model.

This website will update over the next several weeks as more details are released.  Please be sure to refresh your browser and/or delete cookies so that you see the most recent updates to the website.

Find your local Project SEED host institution and program coordinator using our locator map.


The 2020 Student Application deadline is now May 15th.  Apply now, for our virtual Project SEED summer camp.


Support students participating in valuable summer research experiences, and help them reach their true potential.

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50 Years of Project SEED by the Numbers  

50 years serving students

350+ participating institutions

11,000 students

40 U.S. states and territories

Join the ACS Project SEED community

Are you interested in ensuring the future of this program? It takes both students and donors to make it happen! Consider applying if you are an eligible student. If you would like to donate to the ACS Project SEED Program, please find more information below.


For more information

Phone: 1-800-227-5558 (ext. 4380)
Fax: 202-872-4361  |  Email:

ACS Project SEED Program
1155 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036