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Engineering/Sciences Internships List

Bermuda Biological Station for Research Scholarships

Brief description: Students in marine biology, marine chemistry, and oceanography can apply for full or partial need-based scholarships to defray costs of participating in the BBSR three- and four-week summer courses. Course work varies; recent courses include Microbial Oceanography, Observing the Marine Environment, and Coral Reef Ecology. Costs include tuition and room and board ($1,450-4,200, depending on program). Students must also pay transportation costs and provide their own medical/accident insurance.

Eligibility: Students over the age of 19 whose academic training has prepared them for the courses being taught.

Location: Bermuda.

Stipend: None; but most students receive at least partial support to defray costs.

Deadline(s): March 15 to be considered for scholarships.

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Department of Energy SULI

Brief description: The Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships are held at any of several DOE facilities. Before applying, applicants look into the work of the DOE laboratories and seek a match for their own interests. The internship provides an extensive, mentored scientific research experience 16 weeks during the spring and fall terms and 10 weeks during the summer term.

Eligibility: U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; undergraduate at least 18 years old; at least one college semester completed.

Location: Various DOE labs (Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories, for example).

Stipend: $400 per week; round trip transportation provided; housing provisions vary by location.

Deadline(s): Online application available October 12, 2012 to January 10, 2013 for Summer 2013; April 9, 2013 to May 31, 2013 for Fall 2013, and August 17, 2013 to October 1, 2013 for Spring 2014.

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Internships at NASA

Brief description: Students have the ability to search and apply for all types of NASA internship, fellowship, scholarship opportunities in one system. A single internship or fellowship application places students in the applicant pool for consideration by mentors for all NASA internships or fellowships. There are three distinct sessions for internships at NASA Centers, plus a year-long internship: Spring (January through May), Summer (May/June through August), Fall (September through December), and Year-Long Opportunities that do not fall within the conventional summer, fall, or spring session timeframes. Typically, these opportunities span multiple sessions.

Summer Institute Program

Brief description: This program is designed to introduce undergraduate students majoring in all areas of the physical sciences to research opportunities in the atmospheric, biospheric, hydrospheric, and solar and space plasma sciences, both theoretical and experimental. No previous experience in these sciences is needed. The program is directed primarily at undergraduates who are in their Junior year at the time of application.

Eligibility: US Citizens who are currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university are eligible. Permanent Resident Aliens and Legal Residents will not be considered.

Location: Internships are available through OSSI at NASA Centers and associated facilities, primarily in office settings and research labs

Stipend: depends on program selected.

Deadline: March 16, 2013 for Summer 2013 and Academic Year 2013-2014

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Brief description: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory targets students in four “Critical Skill” areas for their summer Internship program. The “critical skills” of interest are (1) chemistry and materials science; (2) computer science; (3) engineering; and (4) physics.

Eligibility: 3.3 major GPA and 3.5 overall GPA. Most programs require U.S. citizenship but check with individual programs for details.

Location: Varies by program.

Stipend: participants are paid at competitive rates. Travel expenses are connected to the summer employment offer and, if approved, will be reimbursed to and from the student’s school or home; living accommodations and arrangements are the responsibility of the employee. The LLNL housing office provides listings of short- and long-term rental accommodations.

Deadline: September 4, 2012.

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Microsoft Internship

Brief description: Interns have the same job responsibilities as full-time employees working in product groups. They work in teams with employees to deliver world-class software on schedule. Internships last a minimum of 12 weeks (long enough for a real contribution to a project).

Eligibility: Students need some technical skills and abilities, but they do not need to be a computer science major.

Location: Either Redmond, WA or Silicon Valley, CA.

Stipend: Salary comparable to other area internships; paid travel and housing; subsidized shipping expenses (to transport a student’s things from home to the West Coast), subsidized car rental and bike purchase; health club membership; software discounts; bus pass; internship orientation and meetings; free training; and intern parties and events.

Deadline: Varies by internship type.

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MIT Summer Research Program

Brief description: This 10-week program accepts applications from sophomores (and exceptional freshmen) who are interested in research and teaching in engineering and the sciences, and who come from populations traditionally underrepresented among university faculties. Students are teamed with MIT researchers and work under their guidance in an MIT research laboratory.

Eligibility: Must have completed sophomore year or shown exceptional promise as a freshman, must be a U.S. citizen, and must have at least a 3.5 GPA. The program seeks participants from underrepresented populations.

Location: Cambridge, MA.

Stipend: Weekly stipend, round-trip transportation, university housing (not food), and access to university facilities.

Deadline(s): Check back in the fall of 2012 for Summer 2013 program.

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NASA Academy

Brief description: During a 10-week summer program students are placed in the projects and labs of some of NASA’s most innovative scientists and engineers. They also meet with experts in scientific, administrative, fiscal, or management aspects of the space program. The aim is to identify and train students who are interested in and capable of becoming leaders in the space program.

Eligibility: Junior/senior undergraduates with a demonstrated interest in the space program and at least a 3.0 GPA.

Location: Goddard Space Flight Center, Ames Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, or Dryden Flight Research Center.

Stipend: None.

Deadline(s): January 31.

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NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (NASA-USRP)

Brief description: Students participate in mentored research experiences at the NASA research centers around the country. The choice of center is determined by student interest and expertise in areas of research relevant to the mission of the center. Programs are offered summer (10 weeks) and fall (15 weeks).

Eligibility: Rising juniors or seniors; at least 3.0 GPA; major or extensive work in engineering, mathematics, computer science, or the physical/life sciences.

Location: Summer: Ames Research Center, Dryden Flight Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Jet Propulsion Lab, Kennedy Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Stennis Space Center, or Wallops Flight Facility; Fall: Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center, or Langley Research Center.

Stipend: $6,000 for summer; $9,000 for fall or spring; students pay housing (unless center is in high cost area, then NASA will provide a small housing allowance), 1 round trip airfare to NASA center, and ground transportation costs to and from NASA Host Center

Deadline(s): January 31, 2010 for Summer and February 28, 2010 for Fall

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National Security Agency College Student Programs

Brief description: The NSA offers several programs of interest to students in math, computer science, electrical engineering, and computer engineering. The College Student Employment Program is a 12-week program open to students who have completed their junior year in college. The Math Summer Employment Program is an intense 12-week program for the brightest math students in the country, giving them an opportunity to learn and develop cryptomathematical theory and apply theory to operational problems. The Summer Network Evaluation Intern Program gives students majoring in engineering or computer science a chance to apply their knowledge in the area of network security. The Intelligence Analysis Summer Program is for seniors and graduate students interested in learning more about the NSA and the US intelligence community. The language summer program is also for seniors or graduate students to learn Arabic, Persian Farsi, or Chinese in the intelligence community setting. All programs are highly competitive.

Eligibility: Math, computer science, electrical engineering, or computer engineering majors and usually completion of at least junior year. Exceptional freshmen and sophomores may also apply for Director’s Summer Program. A high GPA is expected.

Location: Washington, DC.

Stipend: Check program.

Deadline(s): Applications are accepted February 1st – May 15th and September 1st – December 15th of each year.

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NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Brief description: The NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program sponsors  a 11-week summer internship program for undergraduate students enrolled at U.S. 2-year and 4-year institutions majoring in chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, fire research, nanotechnology, information technology, mathematics, biology, manufacturing, statistics, or other STEM discipline. The program provides students with hands-on research experience under the mentorship of a NIST scientist or engineer in Boulder, CO or Gaithersburg, MD. Students can work on projects in any one of the seven NIST facilities:

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduates in U.S. Colleges or Universities as of the application deadline date; Only U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents are eligible to participate in the SURF Program.

Location: Gaithersburg, MD or Boulder, CO

Stipend: SURF students receive stipend, housing and travel allotments (as needed), and supplemental funding for students commuting locally to NIST not eligible for housing. Funding for students comes via a federal grant issued to the school from NIST. Students who complete the full 11 week program will receive a $5,500 stipend. Students that can not make the full 11-week program will be paid at $500 per week.

Deadline(s): February 12.

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Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education – Scholarships, Internships, Fellowships

Brief description: ORISE administers a very wide variety of research, scholarship, and internship opportunities with the Department of Energy and other federal agencies. The website is easily searched by field of interest, type of program (i.e. study or research), U.S. citizenship requirement, or duration of program (e.g., summer, academic year, semester).

Eligibility: Students majoring in computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physical and life sciences are most easily placed, but there are some openings for business, economics, and communications majors. ORISE manages opportunities for graduates, post-graduates, and professionals.

Location: Participating laboratory facilities around the country.

Stipend: Paid by host laboratory; travel to/from facility.

Deadline(s): Varies throughout the year depending on the program.

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Office of Naval Research Summer Research Internships

Brief description: 10 week summer program at Naval Research Laboratory or Naval System Command Laboratory.

Eligibility: Rising junior or senior; major relevant to the research interests of the lab to which one applies; and U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status.

Location: Labs in CA, MD, PA, VA, FL, RI, NJ, AZ, MS (Stennis) and Washington, DC.

Stipend: $5,500 for undergraduates.

Deadline(s): January 7, 2012.

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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Program

Brief description: The Smithsonian’s Environmental Research Center Internship Program provides hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC’s professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. Projects include terrestrial, atmospheric, and estuarine environmental research within the disciplines of ecology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, botany, and environmental information management. Applicants must be in a position to commit fully to the completion of a project. Internship appointments are considered full-time for the full term.

Eligibility: Currently enrolled undergraduates or recent graduates and beginning graduate students or recent graduates of Master’s programs. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program.

Location: Along the Rhode River (a subestuary of the Chesapeake Bay).

Stipend: $400 per week; some on-site dormitory housing available for $75 per week; no meals provided.

Deadline(s): For spring, November 15; for summer, February 1; for fall, June 1.

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Undergraduate Fellowships in Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry

Brief description: Sponsored by the American Chemical Society and funded by the Department of Energy, two simultaneous 6-week summer school programs provide lecture and laboratory components on the fundamentals of nuclear theory, radiochemistry, nuclear instrumentation, radiological safety, and applications to related fields. Fellows also participate in symposia, have guest lectures, and go on field trips. Academic credit of 6 hours is transferable.

Eligibility: Junior or senior chemistry or physics majors (seniors have preference); no experience in nuclear science is required; only U.S. citizens or resident aliens.

Location: San Jose State University in San Jose, CA, and Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.

Stipend: $3,600; fellowships include all tuition, transportation, housing, some food, textbooks, laboratory supplies, and laboratory manuals.

Deadline(s): February 1.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowships

Brief description: WHOI summer fellows pursue an independent research project under the guidance of a member of the WHOI research staff; appointments are generally 10 to 12 weeks in duration.

Eligibility: Fellows must have completed their junior or senior years with a major in any area of science or engineering and they must have at least a tentative interest in the ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine policy.

Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Stipend: $432 per week; fellowships include a housing allowance for institution housing; additional support may be provided for travel.

Deadline(s): Applications for summer programs are due February 1.

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