Federal Government Internships
National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) operates under the authority of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 271), which amends the Organic Act of March 3, 1901 (ch. 872), that created the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in 1901.
In 1988, Congress renamed NBS as NIST and expanded its activities and responsibilities.
NIST is a nonregulatory Federal agency within the Commerce Department.
Its mission is to promote measurement science, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life.