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There are a number of student research opportunities available at government agencies, other colleges and universities, nonprofits, and corporations. Many of these opportunities offer stipends and/or funds for room and board. Acceptance to these programs is competitive and requires application and letters of recommendation.
This page will be updated for 2014-2015 programs as information becomes available. Most summer programs will again be offered again in 2015: please use the 2014 information as a general guide until the new information is posted. Most of the programs listed below begin accepting applications in early to mid-November, but a few have an earlier application window. Generally the application period will close in January or February, depending on the individual program you are interested in. Please visit the individual sites for eligibility and application requirements.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. A Google search with the keywords “undergraduate summer research” will bring up these and many other opportunities.
This is a 10-week experience involving research in the areas of engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, and social sciences. A $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses is offered. U.S. citizenship is required. The program is administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. For more information, visit their website.
REU Sites are listed by research discipline and geographic area (state). Students must contact the individual sites for application information and materials. Individual sites may have specific eligibility requirements. Most of these opportunities offer stipends and allowances for travel or housing. A variety of academic disciplines are represented. Use this link to search for REU sites: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.
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. Awards 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. Applications for most opportunities will be available by November 2014.
Search for NASA internships in engineering, science, and mathematics at NASA Centers and research support facilities. For more information, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/
The National Security Agency Director’s Summer Program (DSP) seeks to reach the nation’s most outstanding mathematics majors to put their problem-solving skills to the test in mathematics, cryptology, and communications technology. Applications are accepted from September 1 – October 15 of each year. For more information, go to: http://www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students/index.shtml
The National Institutes of Standards and Technology offer a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering. For more information, go to: http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 DOE National Laboratories. Students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects related to ongoing programs. For more information go to: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/.
Science.gov searches over 45 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results. The Internship and Fellowship Opportunities in Science section is intended for use by students, teachers, and professors who are looking for internships or fellowships in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). http://www.science.gov/internships/undergrad.html
The U.S. Department of State offers six different internships, fellowships and paid programs to help students get a jump start on their careers while still undergraduates. Most of the programs offer pay and access to medical benefits. http://careers.state.gov/intern/which-program-is-right-for-you
The Summer Intern Program provides bright undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at the Federal Reserve Bank. Through project-oriented assignments and professional development activities, interns receive a solid overview of the business of the Bank while contributing to their designated Fed departments.Most interns join from late May to mid June when summer break begins and normally work 40 hours per week. Typically, internships last for 10 consecutive weeks in the summer. Some interns may continue to work part-time if the department prefers to retain them during the year.
Applicants must have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in economics, business, finance, math, marketing, information technology or a field of study relevant to the business of the Bank. Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills are essential. http://www.philadelphiafed.org/careers/internships/
A variety of hands-on training programs are offered for undergraduate or graduate students, and for health professionals who are in training. All offer a unique experience in one of the many exciting public health fields. http://www.cdc.gov/fellowships/StudentInternships.html
The Summer Honors College Program introduces undergraduate students pursuing degrees in such areas as accounting, economics, finance, human resource management and information technology/information security, among others, to the regulation of the securities markets and the work of the Commission. Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the summer at the Commission's Washington, D.C. headquarters or in one of its 11 regional offices nationwide. http://www.sec.gov/jobs/jobs_students.shtml
The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at CIC universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. For more information and complete program details, go to http://www.cic.net/students/srop/introduction
Amgen Scholars is an undergraduate summer research program in science and biotechnology providing hundreds of students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on research experience at one of ten host universities in the U.S. Each host university has its own application process. You can apply to participate in as many universities as you are interested in. The application at each host university requires, at a minimum, the submission of an official transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a personal statement or essay. The application deadline is early February. http://www.amgenscholars.com
The association maintains a list of summer undergraduate research programs in medicine and medical research at member intuitions with links to the individual programs. https://www.aamc.org/members/great/61052/great_summerlinks.html
The CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) is a formal, competitive internship designed to provide undergraduate students with theoretical knowledge, practical training in academic research, and critical exposure to pediatric-focused career trajectories under the direct mentorship of CHOP faculty. Full-time immersion in a lab or research group allows interns to experience science and discovery first hand. http://www.research.chop.edu/programs/crissp/
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers University are pleased to invite applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in molecular and developmental neurobiology. College students, or students who attend schools with limited research opportunities. http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/departments_institutes/neuroscience/grad_pgm/summer_prog/
The SUIP provides an intense research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences. Approximately 30 college students from across the U.S. participate each year; most are rising juniors and seniors, but occasionally a rising sophomore is admitted. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend state-of-the-art research seminars, receive career counseling from program faculty and administrators, and attend The Leadership Alliance National Symposium. The program seeks to encourage and prepare talented students to pursue careers in scholarly research. http://www.med.upenn.edu/bgs/applicants_suip.shtml
The Sackler Institute in coordination with the M.D./Ph.D. Program and the Office of Diversity Affairs offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program for qualified sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing M.D., M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. degrees and a career in research.
Students may work with faculty in the disciplines of biochemistry, biomedical imaging, cellular and molecular biology, developmental genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular oncology, molecular pharmacology, neuroscience and physiology, parasitology, structural biology, forensic pathology, computational biology and virology. Students are matched with an investigator of their choice or placed in a laboratory working in an area of their interest.
Undergraduate researchers are given their own project, which they present at a poster session at the end of the summer. They are expected to perform on a graduate student level. http://sackler.med.nyu.edu/surp/
The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds that have completed one or more years of college. The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/graduateprograms/sip.cfm
Undergraduate research opportunities & internships: http://www.apa.org/education/undergrad/research-opps.aspx
Internships available for undergraduate chemistry students: http://www.getexperience.dreamhosters.com/
List of websites with internship and co-op opportunities for undergraduates: http://www.ams.org/programs/students/undergrad/emp-internships
List of summer research opportunities: http://www.umbc.edu/undergrad_ed/research/opportunities/summer.html
Academy of Natural Sciences http://www.ansp.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Volunteers have been integral to the success of the Academy for 200 years. Dedicated volunteers assist visitors throughout the museum's exhibit spaces and provide critical support behind the scenes in research departments and offices.Research Assistant Positions may be available
Coatesville Veterans Administration http://www.coatesville.va.gov/giving/index.asp
Help provide comfort and care to America’s veterans. Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the Medical Center and help make patients' stay more enjoyable. Volunteers can perform a number of services, and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments.
Franklin Institute https://www.fi.edu/join-our-team-0
The success of many of our programs depends directly on the efforts of our volunteers. Every year, hundreds of people participate in volunteer program. Volunteer positions: do demonstrations in exhibits, work in administrative offices, assist with library and curatorial work, meet and greet visitors and answer questions. Volunteers may work a half day or full day shift but should be willing to commit to an average of four hours per week (may be arranged for twice a month) for at least six months.
Longwood Gardens http://longwoodgardens.org/volunteering/opportunities
Volunteer positions include: Guest Information, Interpretative Docents (Conservatory, Pipes & Organs Galley, Historic East Gardens, Indoor Children’s Garden Volunteers, Membership Ambassadors, Horticulture Assistants (Indoor and Outdoor) Indoor Horticulture Assistants, Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Practices Teams, Compost Tea Team, Tree Patrol Team, Continuing Education, Library Assistants, Phenology. Volunteer-Managed Teams: Longwood Gardens believes in empowering volunteers to develop and manage a variety of projects. These teams are guided by Longwood staff, but the teams plan and accomplish projects with a great deal of independence. Some examples of these teams are: Garden Highlights, Facilities Maintenance Team, Meadow Wildflower Team, Bluebird Team, Natural Lands Stewardship Team, Birding Team, and Christmas Teams.
Volunteer Docents in the Mütter Museum act as tour guides and teach classes to school groups on topics related to the Museum. The Mütter Museum also invites area college students to intern with its staff and unique collections. Museum interns assist in the creation of new exhibits and the management of collection records. The Mütter Museum accepts intern applications for the Fall, Spring and Summer on a semester basis. The Museum accepts college students looking to undertake an internship to fulfill college credit. The Museum is currently conducting an inventory of the collection and seeks students interested in museum collections management with previous experience in collections, inventory and a familiarity with computer databases. Additionally, the Museum is seeking volunteers or interns that are comfortable with Apple operating systems and the Adobe Suite for an ongoing scanning/ digitization initiative.
Penn Museum http://www.penn.museum/volunteer-about.html
Since its beginnings in the late 1880s, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for many of its projects and much of its development. Today, more than 250 volunteers participate regularly, making important contributions to the public and research areas of the Museum. Some volunteers come in daily, and many have served for 20, 25, and even 30 years! For most volunteer positions the only requirement is an interest in archaeology, anthropology, and world cultures, a love of learning, and a willingness to make a regular commitment. Applicants with special skills and training may be assigned to areas that require specific knowledge and work experience.
Philadelphia Art Museum http://www.philamuseum.org/information/48-159-50.html
The Museum Studies Internship Program is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity that exposes interns to the inner workings of a major metropolitan museum, promoting an awareness of careers in the field through experiences not available in most academic settings. The Museum selects a diverse group of talented undergraduate and graduate students from a highly competitive, international pool of candidates. The program runs Monday through Friday, for nine weeks. The Internship is made up of two parts: Interns work for three and one-half days per week in a Museum department; one and one-half days a week they participate in a Museum Studies course.
Women’s Therapy Center, Philadelphia, PA http://www.womenstherapycenter.org/vol.php
WOMEN'S THERAPY CENTER SEEKS A VOLUNTEER -- Commitment is ongoing, not just summer. Women's Therapy Center is a community-based nonprofit providing high-quality, low cost psychotherapy services to adult women, particularly those who are under and uninsured. We work from a feminist perspective and have a wide range of therapists with expertise including gestalt therapy, EMDR, mindfulness meditation, CBT, among others. We are looking for a smart, technologically-savvy volunteer to help with social media and other administrative projects.