Internship Tool Kit
What is an internship?
An internship is a work experience that is related to a student’s major or career goal. Internships can be paid or unpaid. They can be held during the academic year or over summer.
Why seek for internships?
An internship can give you many great opportunities. It will allow you to develop new skills. Build professional connections, gain valuable experience and prepare you for the future.
Can I get an internship if I have no experience?
Yes, employers are seeking for individuals that they can mentor and teach. They understand that everyone will be looking for their first internship at some point, they want to see that you are enthusiastic and passionate. Skills gained through academic experiences, extracurricular activities are highly valued by employers.
When should I begin to apply for internships?
Applying for internships can become a long process. You want to begin to search for internships a year before you are available to intern. There will be multiple items that you will need to put together such as applications, resumes, cover letter, personal statements or request letters of recommendation. It is important that you give yourself sufficient time to complete all required documents.
If you are interested in a summer internship, it is likely that you will need to begin the application process in the fall.
Internship Search Strategies
Plan and organize your search. Keep a running list of the internships that you have applied to. Save all internship materials you have submitted.
- Review internship qualifications
- Be aware of deadlines and submit all required documents by that date
- Be prepared to dedicate time to the process
- Begin early. Give yourself plenty of time to gather and complete all required components of the application
- Type or print in black or blue ink
- Answer all questions in their entirety
- Provide a professional email address. If you do not have one create a new one. It is often helpful to have one email for scholarship applications.
- Provide most current contact information
- Ensure that you proof read all information you are submitting on the application
- Review application and make sure each portion is complete
- Be persistent
Resume: A well-written resume will help you get the right internship and bad will eliminate you from the running. Study the job/internship announcement, you want to tailor your resume to fit what
- Lay out Tips
- 12 point font
- ½ margins
- Use bullets
- Bold heading
- List mort important information towards the top
- chronological order
- include dates
- neat and organized
- proofread for grammatical errors and spelling
- keep verb tenses consistent
Things to include in your resume
- Personal information: Name, email(use a professional email address) , phone number
- Objective: example: To obtain an internship at Diablo Canyon Power Plant.
- Education : List your current college and degree objective
- Projects/Research: Include class projects that you have participated in. Make sure to detail lab equipment and tools used. Include information about the tie of project and if you worked in a group, individually or with an instructor.
- Course work: your course work will add to your knowledge in the field. You will put to play various skills. Make sure to list skills you have developed through your course work Ex: working in labs, research, experiments, etc.
- Activities/ memberships: (clubs, professional affiliations, volunteer work)
- Skills(ex: Laboratory skills, tool skills, equipment skills, programming skills)
- References (optional)
- be sure to revise, edit, and update your resume before sending it out
- Use same heading and font as your resume
- Customize it for each position that you apply to
- Provide examples of your strengths and skills
- Showcase your past experiences
- Tell them who you are (major, goals, school you attend)
- Tell them why you are the best fit for the internship
- Keep it short and be specific
- Don’t repeat your resume
- Send it as a PDF
- Have a closing paragraph
- Practice .Practice. Practice
- Practice in front of a mirror
- Go through a mock interview
- Prepare practice questions and practice answering them
- Familiarize yourself with the company’s goals/mission and the position you are interviewing for
- Know what is on your resume and be able to expand on it
- Follow-up after the interview by sending a thank you email
Helpful Internship Articles
Administration Summer Internships- Santa Clara Valley Water District
Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resource system which includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 1.8 million residents. This is a paid internship for undergraduates and graduate students during the period of June to August.
AIM Photonics - UCSB
The AIM Photonics Research Apprenticeship for Community College Undergraduates is an 8-week summer research program designed to provide the technical and professional training required for community college students to transition into careers within the photonics industry.
APS/IMD Research Internships for Underrepresented Minority Students- Almaden, San Jose
The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for under-represented minority undergraduates. The goal is to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at an IBM research location and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor.
Aquarium of the Pacific Internships-Aquarium of the Pacific
Internships at the Aquarium of the Pacific are structured for college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in ensuring our oceans are vital and healthy for generations to come. Our internships are typically offered in the fall, spring and summer and we accept applications year round. All applicants should be organized, self-motivated, and have excellent people skills. All internship positions are on a voluntary basis only; do not offer paid intern positions.
UC Berkeley Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science Summer Research Experience
Transfer-to-Excellence Research Experiences for Undergraduates (TTE REU), a competitive merit-based program, seeks to inspire California community college students through research at UC Berkeley so that they will ultimately transfer and complete their Bachelor’s degree in science and engineering. The TTE REU program is a residential program providing nine-weeks of hands-on research experiences in the laboratories of UC Berkeley professors. This program is jointly funded by an NSF Site award and the Center for E3S.
Biological Illustration Internship
The California Academy of Sciences announces an internship in biological illustration. The internship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students interested in developing illustration techniques related to biological specimens. The intern will work with one or more Academy scientists to develop illustrations that may be used in scientific publications. The internship is integrated with the activities of the Summer Systematics Institute (SSI), and the successful applicant will be encouraged to participate in all SSI activities with fellow interns, including lectures, seminars, presentations, and social activities.
Biophysical Society Summer Course in Biophysics- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This 11-week scholarship program hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, introduces undergraduate minority students, disadvantaged students and students with disabilities to the field of biophysics. The program includes lectures, seminars, lab work, team-building activities and field trips. The Summer Research Program is designed to reflect a graduate-level research program. Student who are US citizens or permanent residents and who have a strong quantitative background in basic or applied sciences are encourage to apply.
BIOS Research Experiences for Undergraduates -
The Bermuda Institute of Oceanic Sciences is looking for students willing to conduct independent projects under faculty and staff supervision. Areas of study include marine organisms, Reefs, Chemistry of the Bermuda area and effects of global warming. Students will be housed at the BIOS campus and include Travel expenses, room, board and a stipend.
Birch Aquarium Internship- UC San Diego
Help visitors from around the world discover the wonders of the ocean. Inspire conservation and showcase the groundbreaking research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, all while gaining valuable experience in your chosen field. Both established programs and individual opportunities are available.
Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program- Sackler School
BDBS offers a ten week, mentored research experience for students interested in pursuing future PhD or MD/PhD studies. Trainees also attend scientific seminars and workshops on academic and career guidance, participate in organized social activities, and have free time to explore the Boston area. Trainees receive a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses within the US, and are provided with on-campus housing.
Paid internships & executive mentorship for exceptional undergraduate women and gender-minority students in aerospace.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Internship- Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff and help us educate thousands of visitors each year about the marine environment of Southern California. Most intern and staff positions at the Aquarium are part-time. The Aquarium is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
California Conservation Corps. (Public Works Internship)- California Conservation Corps
Internships are available to select corps members who demonstrate excellent work habits. Interns must be recommended by their supervisor and approved by the sponsoring agency. State agencies such as California State Parks, the Department of Fish and Games, and CalTrans often use CCC interns to assist with park maintenance work and other public works and natural resource conservation tasks. Interns get offered specialized training and develop closer working relationships with potential future employers.
California Department of Parks and Recreation- Student Assistants
Student assistants may also earn credit toward graduation. During the school year and summer months, openings exist in the Sacramento headquarters and most of our district offices and facilities. Special opportunities also exist for students in the engineering and architectural sciences and for those in second-year legal programs. Assisting in our engineering divisions or legal office, they can gain experience and contacts as they work closely with experts in their fields
California Waterfowl Association Internships- California Waterfowl Association
California Waterfowl Association offers internships, scholarships, fellowships, and employment. There are three different Intern Titles: Environmental Education Assistant, Junior Duck Stamp Intern, and Summer Sprig Internship. CWA Interns educate children and young adults about the waterfowl, wetlands, and conservation.
Cancer Research Training Program (UCRTP)- UCLA
The Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program (UCRTP) is a 12-week summer internship. It is designed for 10 outstanding minority and underrepresented graduate students who are contemplating a career in biomedical-related sciences and working with underserved communities. An individualized program is developed for each undergraduate participant, who will work with a faculty Principal Investigator or his/her associates.
CDC Summer Fellowship -Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment. Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. Students Receive Stipends for their work
Islands Volunteer- Channel Islands National Park (California)
Channel Islands National Park has many volunteer opportunities including staffing the information desk at the visitor center, interpretive naturalist, scientific data entry, historic research, trail maintenance, vegetation restoration, and more. Although the park can never repay its volunteers for their valuable contributions, they do their best to make your time happy and fulfilling.
CHCI Congressional Internship Program
During CHCI’s paid summer and semester internships, promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service.
Clean Water Action Internship- Clean Water Action
Clean Water Action has 4 different internships for students which are Marine Debris and Zero Waste Internship, Michigan Energy Program, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis- Rural Video Intern. It offers talented undergraduates, graduates, and beginning professionals hands-on work experience and specialized training in the fields of toxics and waste reduction, climate change and water conservation, marketing and communications, and non-profit development and fundraising.
CLIMB-UP Program- University at Buffalo
The CLIMB-UP Summer Research Program will match you with participating faculty mentor whose interests are complementary to your own. You will work on your own research project and get hands-on experience during the 10-week program. The summer will culminate with you and your peers presenting your work at the Summer Research Day with students from other UB summer research programs.
Coastal Science (John D. Isaacs Marine Undergraduate Research Assistant Program)-
Sea Grant California
The John D. Isaacs Undergraduate Research Assistant Program provides undergraduate students interested in marine science with high-quality summer research experiences while also assisting current California Sea Grant- supported investigators to further their marine research projects. California Sea Grant seeks to provide talented undergraduate students with an opportunity to work closely with established marine scientists, develop their research skills, and better define their career goals in marine science.
Computational Sensing + Robotics Program- John Hopkins
The REU program in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics (CSMR) is an intensive, ten-week program of laboratory research and instruction, beginning end of May 2014. Participants will contribute to specific research projects pursued by faculty and researchers at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR). Each student will be a part of a collegial research team, including a faculty project supervisor and a graduate student mentor, and will work on a challenging research project.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Internship Opportunities
Discovery Hall Programs frequently offers internship opportunities for students to assist and learn through their marine science-based field trip classes and summer camp programs. These include academic year or summer internships for high school students, and internships of varying lengths for college undergraduate and graduate students.
DIMACS/DIMATIA/Rutgers Math/CCICADA Research Experience for Undergraduates- Charles University in Prague
Students work at Rutgers University for 8 weeks, under the direct supervision of faculty mentors. A small number of REU participants are selected to participate in an extension of the research experience. These students will travel to DIMATIA, at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and will participate in the Midsummer Combinatorial Workshop as well as additional REU program activities.
DHS Education Programs Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS.
DHS HS- STEM Summer Internship Program- US Department of Homeland Security
The US Department of Homeland Security sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (HS-STEM). The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.
Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Programs-Various Locations across US
The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE's mission and Operations. Disciplines include Engineering, physical sciences, environmental sciences, IT, physics, math and statistics. Application period October 15th through Jan 15th. Benefits include stipends and travel expenses.
East Bay Internships- East Bay Regional Park
Please visit the Job Opportunities page to apply and for more information. The East Bay Regional Park District employs approximately two-dozen interns each year in a variety of internship projects in most of the nine different District divisions. Each project has a 375-hour maximum; may be 37.5 hours per week for 10 weeks; 30 hours per week for 12.5 weeks; or other schedule variation to meet project and student needs.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Internship - Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Program
Becoming and intern you will have the opportunity to experience spectacular parklands such as Alcatraz, Crissy Field, and more. They have internship positions in the fields of interpretation, restoration and monitoring, youth programs, volunteer management, projects and planning, business management, media and design, and much more!
Harvard Forest Summer Research Program- Harvest Forest
The Harvest Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effect of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species.
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Internship-National Marine Sanctuary
The sanctuary encourages students to get involved and gain valuable experience through internships. Over the years, many students have completed internship projects for the sanctuary and many have also continued on to work in the field of marine conservation. Students gain an understanding of the level of management and coordination that is required to successfully conduct a large-scale public outreach project and have the opportunity to take part in a variety of other sanctuary projects during whale season.
Heal the Bay Internships- Heal the Bay
Internships provide valuable experience working for an environmental nonprofit. Lasting from weeks to several months, internships require at least 8-10 hours/week. Interns are assigned to projects working with experienced HtB staff. Internships are unpaid.
Hidden Villa (Animal Husbandry, Environmental Education, Agriculture, Public Programs
and Development)-Hidden Villa
Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. At Hidden Villa internships last for a full year there are varied start dates to each, depending on the seasonality of the farm and departments. There are four main internship categories that interns can apply for which are Agriculture, Development, Public Programs, Environmental Education, and Youth Development Internship.
Interactive Biomaterials REU- Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
Students have the opportunity to do research in any of the following areas: Understanding bacteria-material interactions by surface engineering; Functionalization of biomimetic interfaces via engineered proteins; Control of Natural Polymers for Drug Delivery; 2D and 3D Active Cell Culture and more. Must be an undergraduate student majoring in the following disciplines: Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Or Physics with an interest in Biomaterials Science.
Interdisciplinary REU- Research Experiences for Undergraduates- University of Michigan
Student participants will be engaged in an intensive ten-week period of hands-on experimental training and independent investigation in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, computational chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology and plant biology. The research projects featured in this program all involve studies of the structure and function of proteins. Students will participate in weekly enrichment seminars. Check out the participant benefits!
Internship for Students- NASA
he internships take place wherever NASA research and planning is taking place. Internships can last eight weeks or as long as a school year.
John Hopkins Summer Internship Program- John Hopkins
Undergraduate summer internships at BTI, Cornell University and the USDA provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience and explore if a scientific career is right for you. Currently they offer positions to outstanding students interested in Plant Genome Research, Bioinformatics and Bioenergy Education.
Land Conservancy Internship- Palos Verdes Peninsula
The Conservancy offers college and university juniors, seniors, and graduate students the opportunity to work with staff as interns. They offer unpaid positions in the Conservation, Education, and Administration departments. The program runs on a semester basis and the Conservancy is willing to coordinate with the student's academic institution for course credit.
Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program (LERCIP) Glenn Research
(LERCIP) is a Center-unique ten week paid summer college internship experience at the NASA Glenn Research Facility. Internships are in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as well as the non-STEM professional business career majors that provide support to NASA’s mission. LERCIP provides opportunities to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students. LERCIP interns are involved in mission-related projects under the guidance of a GRC mentor and subject matter expert who engages them in exciting work with exposure to state-of-the-art technology.
LSAMP Undergraduate Summer Research Program- National Science Foundation
LSAMP is looking for underrepresented STEM students to enhance academic experience and opportunities. CSU LSAMP is a summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interested through weekly luncheons.
Marine Advanced Technology Education- MATE Center
Each year approximately fifteen students are selected as marine technician interns aboard sea-going research vessels that are part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and the United States Coast Guard and the Ocean Exploration Trust. Most internships last for 2-12 weeks and occur all over the country and all over the world: Florida, California, Hawaii, Alaska, Samoa, Europe, etc. All intern travel to and from the ship is covered by the MATE Center, and the intern lives and eats aboard the vessel for the duration of most internships.
Marine Discovery Internship- Seymour Marine Discovery Internship Center Santa Cruz
Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz is in search of dynamic college students and college graduates with basic knowledge of marine science, biology, or environmental studies to work with their education staff. Interns can provide an educational programming for K-12 students, leading tours, assisting with various projects, and much more.
Marine Physical Laboratory Summer Internship Program- UCSD
The Marine Physical Laboratory at the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking inquisitive and motivated undergraduate students with an exceptional aptitude for quantitative science with majors in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology. This ten-week summer internship program offers qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world while earning a modest salary. In addition to their research, students will attend weekly seminars given by members of our faculty and scientific staff.
Marine Science Internships in Oregon- Oregon State University
Oregon State University is proud to announce the availability of paid research internships for 20 students during each summer. The Research Experience for Undergraduates program runs from June 16th to August 22nd, 2014 at both the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport and at the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences in Corvallis. Out of state travel, on-site housing at OSU or HMSC and a weekly stipend ($565) are provided. They welcome applications from students with interests in any of these areas: biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors.
Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute- Arizona State University
This intensive eight-week summer research experience for undergraduates in Tempe, Arizona prepares promising young scientists interested in working at the interface of mathematics, statistics and the natural and behavioral sciences for the rigors of graduate studies. MTBI is a research experience for undergraduates (REU); it is not an internship, nor will students earn college credit for participation.
MBARI Summer Internship Program- Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's summer internship program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to come to MBARI for a period of 10 weeks in 2014 (June 9–August 15) to work on a specific project under MBARI staff supervision. The focus of the MBARI internship is on the intern's professional development—learning research techniques and improving communication and collaboration skills. Each intern will have an MBARI mentor who will supervise a specific project. Interns will also serve as peer-mentors to other interns.
MIT Summer Research Program- MIT
The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT. Today, this program seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT's campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation.
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program
For more than 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
Molecular and Quantitative and Computational Biology Summer Undergraduate Research
Each summer, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Department of Molecular Biology, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, the Genentech Foundation and the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research provide intensive laboratory research experiences to a select group of undergraduates chosen from a nationwide pool. Each student joins a world-class research group—headed by a Faculty member and carries out an original research project. Participants are immersed in a culture of close collaboration with other undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, and thereby experience first-hand what it is like to be a scientist.
National Marine Sanctuary Internship- Channel Islands
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary may have periodic project-based internships available based on organization needs working directly with Sanctuary staff to manage the marine resources found within CINMS through education, outreach, research and resource protection programs. Any opportunities would be volunteer positions without compensation and are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants would be responsible for paying individual expenses associated with relocation, travel, and room and board. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary does not provide assistance with housing or transportation.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Internship Program supports a mission priority of NNSA to strengthen key science, technology, and engineering capabilities and enhance its career and leadership pipeline. This program also directly aligns to the Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) mission to create and foster a sustainable STEM-pipeline that prepares a diverse workforce of world class talent through strategic partnerships between MSIs and the DOE/NNSA Enterprise.
National Park Service Pathways Programs
The Pathways Internship Program offers current students enrolled in high school, college, trade school or other qualifying educational institutions paid opportunities to work with the National Park Service and explore careers while completing their education.
You can find current NPS student position job announcements on USAJOBS
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates- Cornell University
Students will work on individual research projects with Cornell faculty and research staff on a wide range of topics in planetary science, astronomical instrumentation, astrophysics, general relativity and cosmology. Students interested in computer science and engineering are also encouraged to apply. View the list of research projects. In addition to conducting individual research projects, students will also participate in a series of group activities including lectures, round tables and workshops.
NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Integrative Biology- UC Berkley
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.
NSF Laser-matter Interactions at the Atomic and Nanoscales- Kansas State
As a student in our program, you will be paired with a faculty research mentor. Furthermore, on average about 2-3 hours per week will be spent in a classroom setting, where faculty members will describe the physics behind your own project and your peers' projects as well. In addition to your research mentor, Dr. Larry Weaver will be available to assist you in learning about your research as you get more involved. You will develop a web page on your project, and give regular updates on your research to your fellow student researchers. Your project will culminate in an oral or poster presentation summarizing your research project, and in the creation of a web page summarizing your experiences.
Undergraduate Research at the Nano-Bio Interface-Nanotech (Check back 2017)
The Undergraduate Research at The Nano-Bio Interface program at Penn's NBIC is an REU that combines a rich research experience in nanobiotechnology with structured professional development focused on cross cultural issues. The focus of the research is molecular,
Opto-electronic function of biomolecules, and single molecule probes. Faculties from two universities collaborate to provide a rich research experience for undergraduate students. Our strategy is to constitute a student body that is 50% Hispanic and 50% non-Hispanic so that role playing, communications, ethics, etc. can be developed around a specific cultural example.
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars
NCAS gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career.
NASA Internship Program at Glenn
NIP is a center unique college internship program conducted at the NASA Glenn Research Center. The program provides a 10-week paid summer and 16-week fall and spring internship opportunity for students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); and non-STEM majors that lend support to the NASA mission. Students spend their tenure learning and working at the NASA Glenn Research Center facilities under the guidance of a mentor while engaging in authentic NASA-related, mission-based R&D and career-related activities. The educational component allows students to attend and participate in a variety of planned activities such as Conference Day, Career Showcase and a Student Poster Session. The program provides hands-on experiences that challenge, inspire, and promote practical application, complementing and expanding upon students’ theoretical education.
NASA Spring, Summer and Fall Internships Opportunities for the 2019 NASA Internship program are open to U.S. citizens and are administered through the NASA Internship Application Management System (NIAMS) at https://intern.nasa.gov. Opportunities include the spring, summer and fall sessions. Spring 2019 student applications are open through October 5, 2018. The spring session dates are January 14 to May 3, 2019. Spring and fall are 16-week sessions and summer is a 10-week session.
NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.
NOAA- Hollings Scholarship
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to: increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.
Northwestern University Undergraduate Research Program
REU Summer program provides students with a glimpse into the life of a scientific researcher as well as opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned scientists. Participants engage in full-time research on a nanotechnology-related topic. They attend regular group meetings, which give them opportunities to share their progress and gain a broad overview on a wide array of scientific projects. Additional activities include tours of facilities and laboratories, special lectures, field trips, technical writing workshops, a public speaking seminar, and a summer picnic.
Student Trips and Courses- The Oceanic Society
The Oceanic Society, offers a wide variety of conservation-based research opportunities for students - at both the high school and university level. Each Oceanic Society expedition allows students the opportunity to participate in long-term scientific studies by emphasizing project-based learning and the hands-on development of research knowledge and skills. Objectives include: expanding classroom education in the sciences to include first-hand field experience meshed with practical applications; assist with actual data collection; expanding appreciation for wildlife and the environment; and helping to create a supportive environment for students to work as a team in a cooperative manner with each other and Oceanic Society marine biologists.
Orange County Coastkeeper Internship- Orange County Coastkeeper
The Coastkeeper volunteer internship is extensive and fulfilling where volunteers get to learn and grow more than a typical internship opportunity. A Coastkeeper intern will gain experience that will further your education or career search, and provide a high profile reference for resumes and job applications. As such, the expectations and responsibilities for interns are similar to those found in a standard job setting. The minimum commitment for an official internship is 100 hours. All positions are unpaid, and we encourage student applicants to receive school credit for their hours.
Pacific Grove Museum Volunteer- Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is always looking for dedicated interns. Internships require a minimum of an 8 hour per week commitment. We offer hands-on positions working in our Education, Collections, Exhibitions, Development, and Marketing Departments. If you do not see an internship that fits the list on the website, contact the Museum, as some opportunities are not listed on the website.
Parks Conservancy Internship- Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Internships are offered in restoration ecology, inventory and monitoring, education and outreach, trail work, and more. Work sites vary throughout Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo County. Interns earn a weekly stipend, receive personalized training, and gain marketable work experience. Internships are competitive and generally one year positions. Long-term volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Commitment and training levels vary by position and ongoing training opportunities are provided.
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine- UC Davis
The Hugh Edmondson Summer Research Internship Program provides a unique research opportunity for motivated college students who have demonstrated a strong interest in research in the health sciences. The internship program offers research opportunities under the supervision and mentorship of pathology faculty in various pathology laboratories located at the UC Davis campus or at the medical center/health sciences campus in Sacramento. In addition to research activities, the program offers weekly lectures and problem-based-learning exercises that promote investigative and critical thinking.
Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The POE program provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research. A primary goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research, either as a laboratory-based scientist or a physician scientist. Thus, qualified students with an interest in cancer research are particularly encouraged to apply.
This 9-week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Summer Research Program for undergraduates. Students will work with faculty and graduate students on a variety of cutting-edge research projects in Physics and Astronomy. The program also aims to provide all-round professional development through weekly activities, and a strong cohort experience through shared housing and social activities.
Covid-19 Note: In summer 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we ran our REU program remotely. As of December 2020, we hope that COVID-19 vaccinations will have progressed sufficiently to hold an in-person program in Summer 2021. The final decision of whether summer 2021 REU will be an in-person or remote program will depend on public health guidance, and we expect to have a clearer picture by the time first-round offers are made in late February.
Physics Department Solar Physics/ Astronomy and Space Physics REU Program- Montana State University
Their program gives participants an opportunity to develop skills for contemporary research under the guidance of internationally known physicists. These REU experiences help students make informed decisions about graduate school and careers in academia or research. Most projects involve analysis of data from space missions such as Yohkoh, SOHO, TRACE, RHESSI, Hinode, and SDO and ground-based observatories. The Data Analysis projects are suitable for most undergraduates at the sophomore or junior level.
Physics and Astronomy Program- UCLA
UCLA's Physics and Astronomy Department offers a research experience program in Physics and Astronomy where undergraduate students work closely with a faculty mentor and their research group on an individual project. All interested students are invited to apply for this 10-week summer program from June 22 - August 29, 2014. Program participants gain direct experience by working in ongoing experimental or theoretical research programs in plasma and beam physics, solid state physics, biophysics, astrophysics, and high-energy physics. All students attend weekly seminars on current research in physics in addition to machine shop and Physics GRE workshops. The experience culminates with the writing of a report and presentation of findings at a closing Symposium.
During the summer REU students are immersed in the University of Chicago research culture. They receive safety and ethics training as well as a number of enrichment opportunities to interact with graduate students/ faculty members and explore the city of Chicago. REU students attend seminars several mornings a week given by faculty and graduate students from across the Materials Center and Physics. Guided tours of the nearby National Laboratories further broaden students' exposure to state-of-the art materials research. Each student also has the opportunity to present a seminar on their summer research during the last two weeks of the program, and prepares a written report.
Waves in Physics- REU - Washington State Univ. Our goal is to provide a 10-week research experience to undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds. These students will work on their own research project together with a faculty mentor in physics and astronomy and a team of graduate students and postdocs within a research group. Available projects span four major themes described below connected by the common concept of waves. The REU program synergizes with other interdisciplinary STEM summer research programs across the Washington State University (WSU) campus in Pullman Washington to enable unique social activities and professional development opportunities. The end of the internship culminates in a poster presentation at the WSU Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium in early August.
In addition to a $6000 stipend, student travel and housing are covered as well as a paid 1-day trip to tour the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) to hear from scientists there about their experiences in research and professional career opportunities.
PIPELINES - UCSB The Problem-based Initiatives for Powerful Engagement and Learning In Naval Engineering and Science (PIPELINES) program is an exciting opportunity for science and engineering undergraduates to participate in an 8-week immersive experience, where teams of students compete in finding the most innovative and effective design solutions to real-world Naval engineering and science design projects. Both community college and UCSB undergraduates are invited to apply. Interns attend weekly meetings, special seminars, and sharpen their problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills through a course on Applied Creativity and Innovation. Military Veterans Strongly encouraged to apply.
REEF Marine Conservation Internship- REEF
REEF's Marine Conservation Internship provides an in-depth look into REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project and Invasive Lionfish Program. Geared towards college-age individuals, the internship provides an array of diverse experiences including scientific diving, outreach and education, data collection and management, non-profit operations, and public speaking. During the four-month long internship, you will have many opportunities to dive and volunteer with partner organizations in the Florida Keys and South Florida.
REU Program in Physics and Astronomy-LSU
They Host a REU program in Physics & Astronomy. The 10-week program introduces students to the nature of research-oriented careers in physics & astronomy, and fosters development of research-related skills and knowledge. Participants are matched with faculty mentors based on student interests. Weekly seminars, field trips and workshops provide students with additional skills development, professional development topics such as ethics and patents/intellectual property, and an introduction to common research resources. Many events occur in conjunction with concurrent LSU summer undergraduate science programs in space science, computational science, and biomedical sciences.
Research Experience for Undergraduates Program- UC Davis Physics Department
The Department of Physics has hosted an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates site since 2004. During the 10-week program students live on campus while working alongside our faculty and graduate students on ongoing research projects. Students get a view of physics very different from typical coursework. Research Project- Students can choose from several of the physics subfields represented at UC Davis. Each student will have a personalized project, to conclude with a 15-minute presentation to the rest of the REU group.
Research Experience for Undergraduates Science and Technology of Materials-Princeton Institute
The REU program is principally focused on providing students with the opportunity to carry out research at the forefront of materials science and engineering. In addition, we provide a proactive educational program consisting of short courses and lectures, designed to introduce students to the grand challenges of materials research. Special seminars also examine the role of science and engineering in society. Lab visits to both Princeton labs and industrial labs in the area are arranged.
College Internships for National Parks Service- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Positions available to interns include: Botany, Carnivore Studies, Cultural Resources, Cultural Resources, EcoHelpers, Education, Fire Ecology, Geographic Information Systems, Graphic Design, Native Plant Nursery, Park Ranger, Restoration Ecology, Tree, Web Design, and Wildlife Biology Internships are available. Student internships are 3-4 months full time or 5-6 months part time. Internships are available for current students and recent graduates and offer a great opportunity to work in a federal agency.
Santa Barbara Nature Internship- Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has a part time Visitor Services position available at the Ty Warner Sea Center's admissions office and store. Our Visitor Services staff provides high quality and friendly service to visitors of the Sea Center, ensuring that they will have a pleasant experience. They are looking for candidates with the following qualifications: Friendly manner with excellent communication skills, Ability to multitask and process transactions quickly and effectively, Prior sales and customer service experience, Prior experience in handling cash and cash register equipment, including point of sale systems, Good computer skills, and Bi-lingual skills preferred.
San Dieguito River Park Internship/ Employment Opportunities- SDRP
Student Internship: Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited College or University and seeking to gain work experience in a field aligned with River Park needs and opportunities. Applicant is also eligible to receive a stipend, if available and upon the discretion of the Director, upon completion of project or agreed upon hours and as recognition for exemplary performance.
Sierra Club- San Francisco Bay Chapter
This is an outstanding opportunity for students interested in local grassroots environmental politics to gain references and resume experience in the environmental field. The Conservation Intern works closely with our Community Organizers to recruit and organize Sierra Club volunteers and activists to work on local environmental efforts. Some of our current campaigns include protecting critical habitat and open space, promoting clean renewable energy, and working directly in elections to pass environmental ballot measures and elect environmental leaders. The Sierra Club provides and important role in the environmental movement by getting our 38,000 local members directly involved in grassroots lobbying and elections.
Veterinary Science and Education Internship- The Marine Mammal Center
The Marine Mammal center helps with the rescue of stranded and abused marine mammals and focuses on their protection and safety. Positions include a Veterinary science internship and and Education internship. Check often for updates on when to apply
Summer Medical, Dental and Education Program-SMDEP
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry and Medical School at Houston together comprise one of 12 sites of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Approximately 80 college undergraduate students attend SMDEP at UTHealth each summer. The program provides six weeks of intense exposure to clinical dentistry and medicine, while providing science and career counseling for students considering health care careers.
Life/ Physical Sciences Program-The Rockefeller University
The Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research. College sophomores and juniors are eligible to spend 10 weeks during the summer in a Rockefeller University laboratory. The program begins in early June and ends in mid-August. Placement in laboratories is centralized through the Dean's Office. Students are matched with laboratories according to their stated research interests, and work on projects under the direct supervision of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and/or senior graduate students.
Science/ Biology Program- Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Their ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which begins on the first Monday in June, is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are interested in pursuing a career in bio medically related sciences. Applicants must have research experience. Students in the program have the opportunity to: obtain hands-on research experience in cutting-edge laboratories, interact with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, attend a weekly luncheon/seminar series of presentations by faculty, attend skills development workshops to hone presentation and interview skills, attend and present at works-in-progress sessions with the cohort of SURP students.
SOARS - SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful protégés are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years.
Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology- Pepperdine University
Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science, or biotechnology. They must have completed one year of biology by the summer and must be classified as an undergraduate student during that same term. Participants must be available full-time between May -July. The National Science Foundation Requires that all participants be United State citizens or a permanent resident of the US.
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience -CSUB School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering
Participation in a meaningful research experience early in one's undergraduate education has been shown to increase persistence in, and enthusiasm for, earning a STEM degree. The Chevron Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program will support freshmen and sophomore undergraduate students from both CSUB and community colleges to work alongside a faculty member on a summer science or engineering research project.
Summer Systematics Institute
Participants will conduct research with their chosen advisor on a project relating to the discipline of the advisor and student. Participants also receive instruction while taking part in a museum-based curriculum that includes tours, lectures, and lab exercises on phylogenetic systematics, molecular techniques, biodiversity, evolutionary biology, global change, and other contemporary issues in the natural sciences. One-day field trips highlighting the local natural history include tidepooling and hiking. Participants are also invited to attend a scientific meeting (such as the annual meeting for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology) following their summer internship to present their findings in the form of a talk or poster.
Undergraduate Summer Research Grant Program- Texas A&M University College of Engineering
Work alongside faculty and graduate students at Texas A&M this summer as you play an important role in the research they are conducting. This unique opportunity will give you experience that will benefit you whether you decide to pursue a career in research or work in industry. The program culminates with a poster symposium where you'll present your findings.
SURF Program-Boston University
The SURF Program at Boston University is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. The SURF Program is open to non-BU students who are rising juniors or rising seniors, and wish to conduct research in the sciences, technology, or engineering. The program consists of ten weeks of full-time research in a Boston University lab, mentored by a BU faculty member.
SURF Program- Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The SURF Program is intended for students with a strong desire to pursue research careers at the Ph.D. level. The program is particularly interested in identifying and providing research
experience to talented underrepresented minority students. Preference is given to students completing their sophomore or junior years. However, other students who express persuasive
plans for research may be considered. Participation in the summer program is restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.
Transfer to Excellence UC Berkley Summer Internship Program- UC Berkley
The TTE Summer Research Program, organized by the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, in partnership with the Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, provides research experience for undergraduates (REU) who are enrolled in community colleges. Opportunities currently available are in the following technical areas: Energy Efficient Electronic Sciences, Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, and Bioengineering and Synthetic Biology.
Turtle Island Restoration Network Careers and Internships
Turtle Island is a leading advocate for the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. Our work is based on science, fueled by people who care, and effective at catalyzing long-lasting positive change that protects the likes of green sea turtles, whale sharks and coho salmon.
Tree People- Jobs and Internships
TreePeople staff works with interns to give them a leg-up in the environmental field and specialized training across our departments' specialties. Come join us and help green our city!
UCLA Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
Targeting educationally and financially disadvantaged community college students while accepting a number of 4-year college students, UCLA/DREW SHPEP will give students the opportunity to meet and work with other students whose interests in health professions parallel their own. Students will also have the opportunity to work with expert faculty and staff who are eager to mentor students and share knowledge in their individual fields.
UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Program
The program provides activities and multi-day workshops that engages students in hands-on, skill-building activities connecting them with ongoing research projects. The overall goal of the program is to give students early research experiences that will help them prepare and be competitive for internships in STEM and to encourage students to participate in post-graduate opportunities.
University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders
The University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (U-M FPHLP) is a 10-week residential summer program funded by the CDC. U-M FPHLP provides students with opportunities for growth, learning and awareness in the field of public health.
USRP NASA Mentorship Program- NASA
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites students who have been accepted for enrollment and currently enrolled students to apply for the USDA Internship Program. Student Trainees will gain valuable professional development experiences by taking advantage of career training, an individual mentor, shadowing experiences, professional webinars, and much more. Student Trainees work with esteemed scientists and senior professionals and receive on-the-job training that will create a career pathway for success. The USDA Internship Program consists of paid internship opportunities and may lead to conversion to a career-conditional appointment after graduation and completion of program requirements. The USDA Internship Program will expose students to Federal work experience and agricultural careers.
Internships- County of Orange
Internships with the County of Orange offer students and recent graduates an opportunity to partner with one of the premier employers in the region as they explore career options and apply their academic skills and knowledge to the workplace. They have over ten Internship categories that students can apply to.
Watershed Project Internship- The Watershed Project
The need for talented and passionate people who are dedicated to environmental careers has never been greater. At The Watershed Project they are proud of their track record training and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders. As an intern, you will contribute directly to meaningful and exciting projects, learn new skills, and gain valuable experience working for a well-respected and growing non-profit. Their program gives interns the maximum educational benefit by placing them in positions working under the guidance of their professional staff that fit their professional interests and skill sets.
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies- USC
This NSF-funded REU program will support eight highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to conduct independent but guided research that focuses on Coastal Ocean Systems and Sustainability during an intensive 8-week program at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA. The program will provide students with hands-on research experience, training in laboratory and field methodologies (including a 1-day research cruise), introductory lectures and special seminars in oceanography and marine science, academic and career advisement, group activities and field trips to explore different parts of the island and ecosystems.