HIP – High School Involvement Partnership Mentoring Program

HIP Resources

HIP Brochure (PDF)


Should you have any questions about the HIP mentoring program, contact us at STEMEducation@NGC.com

For more information about Northrop Grumman STEM initiatives, visit NorthropGrumman.com/STEM

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Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions that range from undersea, to outer space and into cyberspace. Unmanned vehicles, cyber solutions, satellites, rockets, agile software-defined systems, radar systems to sustainment and modernization are just a few of our extraordinary capabilities and technologies Northrop Grumman is currently developing.

Program Overview

The High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) mentoring program was created to inspire and prepare high school students for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pathways to fill the future workforce need for diverse innovative leaders.

  • Exposing high school students to Northrop Grumman’s core capabilities, technology, missions and business priorities
  • Contributing to students’ development and enhancement of critical skills necessary for success in career, vocation and beyond
  • Providing a pipeline from high school through college to employment at Northrop Grumman

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HIP is comprised of two separate years of programming:

Junior Year (November- May):

  • Exploratory year focused on products, technologies, and workforce skills
  • Includes 10-12 one-hour virtual sessions.
  • Site specific activities at your local Northrop Grumman facility ~2-3 times per year

Senior Year (November– April):

  • Individual or group mentoring
  • Development of a hands-on project – schedule dependent on project

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can the program offer me?
    • Development of workforce skills
    • Mentoring by Northrop Grumman employees
    • Exposure to Northrop Grumman products and programs
    • Guidance and encouragement throughout the year to complete a senior year project
    • Opportunity for competitive high school and early college internships, as well as vocational programming
  • What are the qualifications to participate in HIP?
    • Interest in STEM, particularly engineering, physics, math, cyber, computer science, manufacturing
    • 3.0 or greater unweighted cumulative GPA
    • Attend a public high school in a Northrop Grumman community
    • U.S. citizen
  • What if my community or school is not participating in the HIP mentoring program?
    • We offer the program in select communities where our employees work and live with plans to grow and expand over the next few years. This page will be updated as additional schools are offered the opportunity to participate. Sites which are not participating in HIP will continue to work with school partners in their local community that meet our charitable giving guidelines.
  • What are virtual seminars?
    • Virtual seminars are on-line meetings designed to provide an introduction to Northrop Grumman, our core capabilities, products, programs, as well as skills to expand your development and STEM literacy. HIP participants are required to attend 10-12 sessions in year 1. Examples of subjects covered in the virtual sessions include: Manufacturing, Human Resources & Our Culture, Cyber Security, Pilot Talk, Meet the Interns, Systems Engineering and so much more.
  • Before applying, what should I think about and discuss with my parents/guardians
    • HIP is a commitment, so before you apply you should consider:
      • Confirm that your school/class is a participating HIP partner
      • Your current school schedule
      • During junior year, all virtual seminars are scheduled on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET
      • After school activities, sports or other jobs
      • The commute and your ability to provide your own transportation


How to Apply

The HIP mentoring program operates in select communities with designated partner schools. During the 2023-2024 school year, HIP will be offered at Northrop Grumman facilities in the following locations:


  • Huntsville — Bob Jones High School, Grissom High School, James Clemens High School, New Century Technology High School, Sparkman High School


  • Palmdale — Antelope Valley High School, Lancaster High School, Palmdale High School, The Palmdale Aerospace Academy, Pete Knight High School, SOAR High School
  • San Diego — Del Norte High School, El Camino High School, Hoover High School, Kearny High School, Mt. Carmel High School, Poway High School, Rancho Bernardo High School, San Diego High School, Westview High School
  • South Bay, Los Angeles — DaVinci –  Science and Communications Schools
  • Woodland Hills — Canoga Park High School


  • Colorado Springs — Harrison High School, Sierra High School


  • Melbourne — Bayside High School, Palm Bay High School
  • St Augustine — Nease High School, Pedro Mendez High School, St. Augustine High School


  • Rolling Meadows — Catalyst Maria High School, Dundee-Crown High School, Harlan Community Academy, Hoffman Estates High School, Lake Zurich High School, Rolling Meadows High School, Wheeling High School, William Fremd High School


  • Annapolis — Annapolis High School, Broadneck High School
  • Baltimore — Academy for College and Career Exploration, Baltimore City College, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Bard High School Early College, Ben Franklin High School, Digital Harbor, Edmondson Westside High School, Green Street Academy, Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, National Academy Foundation (NAF), Patterson High School, Western High School
  • Sykesville — Century High School, Liberty High School

North Dakota

  • Grand Sky — Central High School, Red River High School


  • Oklahoma City — Carl Albert High School, Del City High School, Midwest Senior High School, Southeast High School


  • Magna — Cyprus High School
  • Clearfield —  Northern Utah Academy of Math Engineering and Science
  • Promontory — Bear River High School, Box Elder High School
  • Roy — Ben Lomond High School, Ogden High School


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