External research opportunities offer students a chance to work at other universities, academic research sites, or federal and state facilities. Because they are remote to a student’s home institution, they usually take place in the summer term. Many of these are discipline specific and may be identified through your home department or faculty advisor. Professional societies and federal agencies also list opportunities for undergraduate students. Below is a listing of websites that have ongoing summer programs.
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NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates: summer research opportunities in several areas: Astronomical Sciences, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Cyber infrastructure, Department of Defense, Earth Sciences, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Ethics and Values Studies, International Science and Engineering, Materials research, Mathematical Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Physics, Polar Programs, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. Application deadlines vary.
ATT Summer Internships: summer research opportunities for advanced undergraduate students are offered at ATT Labs. Areas of research are Computing and Communications Foundations, Networking and Software Systems, Information and Intelligent Systems, Science and Technology
STAR summer internship program: Research-oriented internship program offered by the California State University in partnership with the US Department of Energy national research laboratories, NSF, NASA, federal agencies, and private research organizations.
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships: Paid internships for summer, fall or spring in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities; Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs
Pre-Service Teacher summer internships: Paid internships for students who are pursuing a teaching career in K-12 Science, Math, and Technology at any of several different DOE laboratory locations.
SOARs Summer Internships: 10-week summer research experience at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) or at laboratories of other SOARS sponsors. Program seeks to involve students from groups that are historically under-represented in the sciences, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers. Internship can be repeated up to four times. Each participant works with five mentors.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST): SURFing is a partnership, supported by NIST, NSF, and the participating colleges/universities. We anticipate providing meaningful research opportunities for approximately 130 students in the Gaithersburg site-wide program. The NIST facilities are located just outside Washington, DC. The NIST site in Boulder, Colorado, also operates a SURF programs with a distinctly separate application. Students are encouraged to review research opportunities in Boulder. An application for one SURF program does not constitute an application for the other.
The Svalbard Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): The project seeks applications from motivated junior-year students to join the program for Summer 2012. Students will formulate their own research questions and carry out the associated fieldwork during a five-week field program on Svalbard. Students will complete their projects at their home institution during their senior year. The program will run from approximately 6 July to 21 August 2012.
HS-STEM Summer Internship Program: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for rising juniors and seniors majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant research areas at federal research facilities located across the country.
Last Updated: Dec. 13, 2011