Internships and Summer Programs


National Human Genome Research Institute
Research training opportunities in genomics.

Stem Programs Research Database
A comprehensive set of links for internships and summer research opportunities.

At UC Santa Cruz

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT)
At UCSC Baskin School of Engineering
Juniors or seniors in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, bioinformatics, or a similar area can receive a stipend while participating in an intensive and personalized summer program for women, minority, or disadvantaged undergraduates. Participants perform research directly supervised by a UCSC faculty member and attend weekly meetings focused on graduate school preparation, how to present research results, research ethics, and field trips to Silicon Valley research laboratories.
Application period: begins in the fall for the following summer; see website for details.

UCSC Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) Research Internships on the Mainland
The CfAO Research Internship Program is an intensive, eight-week research experience emphasizing adaptive optics, a method to sharpen the images produced by optical systems such as telescopes, cameras, and the human eye. Each student works in a research group chosen depending on interest. During the program, interns receive a stipend plus housing, roundtrip travel from home, and travel for other scheduled activities. An additional supplement may be possible during the academic year. The program is available to community college students and undergraduates from four-year universities.
Application: available online starting in November 
Contact: Hilary O'Bryan, (831) 459-2676,

UCSC Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
The MARC program aims to increase the numbers and capabilities of minority scientists in biomedical research and teaching by preparing students to compete successfully for entry into Ph.D. and M.D. programs. The program begins with an 8-week summer laboratory training program where students conduct independent research and attend an intensive laboratory and lecture class. Students continue their research during the academic year. MARC Fellows receive a monthly stipend, and most of their tuition and fees are covered each quarter during the academic year.
Application: Available to full-time UCSC students and accepted transfer students who have competed prerequisite coursework.
Deadline: see website

UCSC Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS)
The MBRS program offers in-depth experience in the academic and experimental aspects of biological research and prepares students to compete successfully for entry into graduate programs, internships, and professional schools. The program begins with an 8-week summer workshop where students learn how to participate successfully in a research laboratory. During the academic year, students assist in new or on-going research in faculty member laboratories, then present their research at a national symposium. MARC Fellows receive a salary during the summer. Resources are also available during the academic year. 
Application: Available to full-time UCSC students and accepted transfer students who have competed prerequisite coursework.
Deadline: see website

At Other Institutions

Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes (BBSI)
Program by NSF-NIH
This summer program provides students majoring in the biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences with experience in interdisciplinary bioengineering or bioinformatics research and education. The Summer Institutes, occurring at thirteen university campuses across the country, are open to junior and senior undergraduates and, in most cases, first-year graduate students from the host university or other institution. They combine for-credit coursework and research seminars with hands-on research mentored by leading faculty in the field. The program emphasizes the inclusion of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Students receive a stipend.
Deadline: Deadline varies for each university, but links to the individual university campuses’ website are located on the BBSI site.

Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)
At NIH laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland
This ten-week summer program allows undergraduate biomedical engineering students to participate in cutting-edge research projects in NIH laboratories under the mentorship of world-class scientists. Selected by a nationwide competition, the 12-16 participating interns participate in group meetings, attend planned lectures, visit laboratories, and may submit posters to NIH Poster Day. Applicants must have completed at least three years of undergraduate study in a US biomedical engineering or bioengineering degree program, be returning to undergraduate school for at least one term following the summer program, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Deadline: see website

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)
To increase the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering, this highly selective program matches promising undergraduate women with a faculty mentor for a 10-week summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. Students are directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering graduate school, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships.Students receive $600 per week for research plus relocation travel assistance, when appropriate.

IBM Summer Internships for Graduate Students and Undergraduates
IBM offers a number of summer internships and co-op positions for graduate students and undergraduates. Talented, highly motivated students will have a chance to put their fresh ideas and energetic drive into action on high-level research projects. Eligible students receive financial assistance to help defray relocation costs.

INROADS Internship
The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS seeks high performing African American, Hispanic, and Native American Indian students for paid paid multi-year summer internships with Fortune 1000 companies. Interns also receive year-round professional and personal support, guidance, training and development. The program is for students having a career interest in business, engineering, computers and information sciences, sales, marketing, allied health care, or healthcare management. It is open to freshmen and sophomores in accredited colleges or universities or high school seniors applying or already admitted to accredited colleges or universities. Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States.

Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IMSURE)
at the University of California, Irvine (UCI)
In this 10-week summer research program for undergraduates, participants will work directly with a UCI faculty mentor on a challenging and original research project that explore a diverse and exciting range of topics in biomedical, physical, and engineering micro/nano-technology. The program includes seminars and workshops with representatives of industry, national labs, and defense agencies, along with tours of campus research facilities and local industry field trips. Faculty will also host workshops focused on career development, graduate school, research ethics, and writing and presentation skills. At the conclusion of the program, students will be prepared to share their research accomplishments by presenting their findings at the IMSURE Research Symposium. Students will receive a $3,000 stipend, travel cost reimbursement, and free, furnished on-campus housing. The program is for non-graduating undergraduates from universities or community colleges who will have either junior or senior status by the start of the IMSURE program. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Integrative Cancer Biology Program (ICBP) for Undergraduates
National Cancer Institute 
This summer program provides a unique opportunity for nine eligible sophomore or junior college students to engage in innovative, integrative biology approaches to cancer research through the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Integrative Cancer Biology Program (ICBP). The ICBP, composed of nine multidisciplinary centers across the United States, focuses on the analysis of cancer as a complex biological system. Researchers within each ICBP center integrate experimental biology with mathematical and computational modeling to gain new insights into the biology and possible management of cancer. Student participants will be paired with an ICBP faculty mentor and through mentored research projects, laboratory work, faculty lectures, seminars, discussions, and other activities, the nine students will gain an understanding and appreciation of major questions currently under investigation as well as the novel approaches being used within the ICBP Centers. Selected students receive a stipend of $3,222 to cover living expenses and meals during the summer program, housing in prearranged University accommodations, and travel costs to and from the research laboratory up to $600. Application is open to students currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in an accredited college or university located in the continental United States. Applicants must live in the United States and be a United States citizen or hold a permanent visa. Priority will be given to students who have at least a 3.0 GPA computed over the last three semesters and who have successfully completed relevant course work in the areas of biology, computer science, and mathematics. Students from under-represented minority groups and women are encouraged to apply.

Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO)
The INRO program identifies talented students from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who are interested in exploring career opportunities in allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases. INRO 2012 will take place February 6–9, 2012 on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Minority Summer Research Program for Undergraduates
At Whitehead Institute/MIT
For nine weeks at the Center for Genome Research at the Whitehead Institute/MIT, underrepresented minority students work in the center’s research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers. Students selected for the program gain valuable preparation for admission to a graduate program in the sciences. They attend seminars and workshops on science, graduate admission, financial aid, and other topics. They also receive individual counseling on academic careers. Participants receive a weekly stipend, health insurance, round-trip travel expenses, and university housing. The program is open to college students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

MURF Fellowships Program
The MURF program provides support for talented undergraduates to spend a summer working in a research laboratory on the Caltech campus. The MURF program aims to increase the representation of underrepresented students in science and engineering graduate programs and to make Caltech’s programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program supports Caltech’s commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) leaders. Applications will be considered from eligible students without regard to gender, race, or ethnicity. Participants work in a modern academic research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers. Students gain exposure to the excitement and opportunities of a research career and excellent preparation for subsequently pursuing a Ph.D. MURF students receive a fellowship stipend of $5000 for the ten-week program, $4500 for the nine-week program, or $4000 for the eight-week program. Participants also receive housing and travel allowances.The program is open to college juniors or non-graduating seniors having a GPA of at least 3.0 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centers (NSF-STC)
Summer internship program
The National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centers (STCs) offer summer internships at 17 centers located at prestigious universities around the United States. These 8- to 10-week summer internships provide undergraduates and recent graduates an opportunity to conduct research in a "graduate school" setting in biological sciences, engineering, computer and information science, and other fields. Participants engage in hands-on research in a cutting-edge field and are mentored by top research faculty. The research culminates in the development of a scientific paper, poster, or presentation. The program includes professional development, technical, and academic seminars. Participants receive the cost of transportation to the STC, stipend, room and board, and participation in STC planned events.

Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
Graduate internship program
Each year PARC invites highly qualified graduate students to join its community of researchers for the summer. Technical internships may be in research or advanced development, working with top researchers and pursuing independent projects. Successful applicants typically hold Bachelor's degrees in computer science, mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, or related fields and are enrolled in advanced degree programs by the time their internships begin. There are no residency requirements
Deadline: February 15

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research at the NIH offers a unique opportunity for high school, college, and graduate students to develop skills in scientific research. In this program, students receive hands-on experience while working with some of the leading scientists in the research laboratories at the NIH. Laboratories are in Bethesda, Baltimore, and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park (Raleigh/Durham), NC; Hamilton, MT; and Phoenix, AZ. Students receive a monthly stipend based on their education level and experience. Students selected for the program usually begin between mid-May and the end of June. The minimum time commitment is eight weeks, 40 hours a week. To be eligible for this program, students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university. In addition, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and at least 16 years of age.
Deadline: March 1

Summer Student Program
The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine
In this ten-week program, outstanding students conduct interdisciplinary biomedical research as apprentices in the laboratories of staff scientists at The Jackson Laboratory, an internationally recognized center for mammalian genetic research. Regular start students receive a $3,600 stipend; and early start college students receive a $4,400 stipend.The program accepts high school and college students. High school students must have completed Grade 11 or 12 and be at least 16 years old. College students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates and have at least one semester of undergraduate school remaining before graduation. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Summer Undergraduate Internship Program in the Biological Sciences (SUIP) 
University of Pennsylvania
The internship program provides an intense research experience for students interested in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend state-of-the-art research seminars, and receive career counseling from program faculty and administrators. The program seeks to encourage and prepare talented students to pursue careers in scholarly research. Participants receive a monthly stipend, round-trip travel expenses, and university housing.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Deadline: February 1

Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB)
This 8-week summer program provides research opportunities in engineering to students who have been historically underrepresented in the field for reasons of social, cultural, educational, or economic barriers. Students gain research experience by participating in challenging research projects with UC Berkeley engineering faculty and graduate students in bioengineering, electrical engineering and computer sciences, and other engineering disciplines. The program features regular workshops and seminars on the nature of academic life, standardized test preparation, writing and research skills, and graduate school applications. Participants receive a $3,750 stipend, housing, meals, and a $600 travel allowance.
Contact: Beatriz Lopez-Flores, (510) 643-6443,

Women's Institute in Summer Enrichment (WISE)
UC Berkeley
This 1-week residential summer program will bring together graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and professors from all disciplines who are interested in ubiquitous secure technology and its associated social, political, and economical ramifications. The program topic is sensor networks with a healthcare and policy emphasis. Topics may include sensor networks in healthcare, radio frequency identification, electronic medical records, privacy enhancing software, networks and policy, rights and responsibilities of data, data owners, and data users. Tuition for WISE is $2,500; up to 20 NSF-TRUST fellowships are available to US professors, post-doctoral fellows, and Ph.D. candidates studying at US universities. Participation is open to US professors and post-doctoral fellows, and Ph.D. candidates studying at US universities. The 30 participants will be selected from a nationwide pool of applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic talent. Women will be given strong consideration, although everyone is encouraged to apply.
Contact: Dr. Kristen Gates (510) 642-3737,


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