Steel Intern Scholarships

$7,500–$12,000Award Amount
40Number of Awards
10/3/2023Submission Deadline

The Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation gives annual awards of $7,500 and $12,000 to 40 talented and dedicated undergraduate and graduate students. The award aims to encourage students to pursue a career in the iron and steel industry. Applicants are expected to have a commitment to a paid summer internship at a North American steel-producing company or steel-related company during the summer.

The scholarship is open to citizens of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico who are currently enrolled in a four-year program at an accredited North American university. It is open to students majoring in engineering, engineering technology, computer science, data science, safety, or industrial hygiene with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The application process includes an online application that requires you to submit your résumé, university transcript, an essay on why you are interested in pursuing a career in the steel industry, your career goals, and how your skills could contribute to the industry. Applicants are also required to send at least one recommendation letter from a professional familiar with the student’s interest or work. Winners will receive a $7,500 scholarship, with top-scoring applicants being awarded the $12,000 Premier Intern Scholarship.

Key Information of Steel Intern Scholarships

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Award Amount


Number of Awards


Steel Intern Scholarships Timeline

August 2023

Applications open

Applications open around July. Visit the website to apply.

October 3, 2023

Applications deadline

The submission deadline is in mid-September.

December, 2023

Winners Announced

Winners will be announced in December for the academic year.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Undergraduate – Postgraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2.5
  • Geographic Eligibility: Canada, Mexico, United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Recommendation letters

How to ace the Steel Intern Scholarships


Get a stellar recommendation

You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. The letters can be from a professional or academia. The letters should talk about your commitment and interest in the steel industry and must be submitted by the author to


Review your personal essay before submission

Your essay should focus on explaining your professional goals and showing how your skills would be useful to the industry. Ensure your essay does not exceed two pages and has no grammatical or spelling errors.


Avoid being disqualified

Although you can find your own internship, to avoid being disqualified, the AIST foundation has to approve the company, do not accept an internship offer outside the industry, or reject an accepted offer of internship from within the program.


Prepare your resume

Before applying, make time to properly prepare your resume and highlight your experiences and skills you believe would be of use. Also show what extracurricular and leadership activities you are involved in.

How the Steel Intern Scholarships is Judged

Applicants are judged based on: interest in the steel industry — 35%, recommendation letters — 30%, grades — 20%, and extracurricular activities — 15%.

Why We Love the Steel Intern Scholarships


Paid Internship

In addition to the $7,500 or $12,000 scholarship, AIST Foundation Steel Intern Scholars will receive a paid internship at a North American steel company. Staff of the AIST Foundation helps match the scholarship recipients with a company that suits their needs and location preferences.


Learning opportunity

Interns are not just asked to get coffee. The opportunity gives them a chance to experience first-hand what the steel industry has to offer, work with mentors, and actively contribute to the plant's operational success.


Premier intern scholarship

The top-scoring applicant will be awarded the Premier Scholarship, a one-year US$12,000 scholarship.

5 Facts About the AIST Steel Intern Scholarship


AIST Foundation awards more than $750,000 annually

Through its various scholarship programs, the AIST's foundation offers scholarships in four main categories, some of which include opportunities for internships.


Member Chapter Scholarships

The AIST has 21 Local Member Chapters which account for more than 43 scholarships issued on an annual basis to qualified individuals within their local areas, awarding between $500–$20,000 in scholarships.


AIST Foundation

The AIST Foundation aims to ensure the iron and steel industry will have qualified engineers and scientists in the future. To achieve this, the foundation funds scholarships, internships, training programs, events, and contests for students.


Faculty grants and programs

The AIST foundation also offers grants and awards to faculty members and professors that are focused on the iron and steel industry.


Association for Iron & Steel Technology

Founded in 2004, the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the international iron and steel industry.

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