Undergraduate Summer Internships

Summer research internships provide undergraduates with extensive research experience prior to their senior year.

Summer Research Opportunities

Undergraduate opportunities at NOAANational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers educational opportunities to students, especially those studying science and the environment. Browse and apply for scholarships, internships, fellowships and post-doctoral experiences.
Alabama Plasma Internship Program (ALPIP)The ultimate goal of the program is to promote long-term relationships between students in the southeastern U.S. with investigators in Alabama. ALPIP students will become involved in a summer research project at a CPU2AL institution for nine weeks. The program will also involve an intensive one-week training activity participating in lectures, laboratory experiments, and short classes in plasma science given by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). This week will take place concurrently with the Department of Energy (DOE) Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. In this way, ALPIP students will be part of a larger, national plasma science student cohort, learn about opportunities in plasma science, and be exposed to the research environment of the national laboratory for plasma physics.
SPS InternshipsThrough the SPS summer internship program, physics undergraduates are placed in organizations that utilize their knowledge, experience and energy to advance meaningful assignments relevant to the organization and the advancement of physics more generally. Participating organizations assign one or more mentors from their senior staff to guide each intern’s work and overall experience. The SPS national office administers the program, hosts joint orientation and concluding sessions, and holds many group activities throughout the summer.
Princeton Plasma Physics LaboratoryThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a collaborative national center for fusion energy research. The Laboratory advances the coupled fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research, and, with collaborators, is developing the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. An associated mission is providing the highest quality of scientific education.

Year-round internships are available, both paid and for credit – for students at 4-year and 2-year institutions. Work closely with a PPPL scientist or engineer on a cutting-edge project. Join us!
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.
Munich Center for Quantum Science and TechnologyDiscover the world of Quantum Science and Technology in Munich!
The MCQST Summer Student Program provides bachelor students worldwide the opportunity to gain an insight into research in Quantum Science and Technology (QST) at MCQST and its participating institutes.

Within MCQST leading scientists from the disciplines of physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, material science, and chemistry, thrive to discover and understand the novel and unifying concepts in the interdisciplinary research fields of QST. They are working on making these concepts tangible and practical to develop next generation quantum devices.

The MCQST Summer Student Program 2021 will take place online between from 11 to 16 July 2021. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, an in person event is unfortunately not feasible.
LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary ScienceThe LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to perform cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research, learn from widely respected planetary scientists, and discover exciting careers in planetary science. During the 10-week internship, students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities, including NASA Johnson Space Center scientific visits, lectures, and career development workshops.

Many of today’s planetary science leaders got their start as LPI summer interns. Every career starts somewhere, and we encourage you to join us as you embark on your journey.
MIT Lincoln Labs Summer Research ProgramEach summer, the Laboratory offers undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a leading-edge research environment. Program participants contribute to projects and gain experience that complements their courses of study. In recent summers, we've hired more than 200 students representing top universities.
Summer Research Opportunities at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL)Programs that give students the opportunity to work with scientists on research projects that address emerging challenges in national security
Internship with IBM QuantumAt IBM Quantum, we’re bringing useful quantum computing to the world. This technology is widely expected to solve valuable problems that are unsolvable using any known methods on classical supercomputers. And quantum summer internships, as part of the IBM Research Global Internship Program, are perhaps the most valuable in the field. Every intern working in quantum makes meaningful contributions to the IBM Quantum Development Roadmap — pushing the field of quantum computing forward in the process.
RISE in GermanyRISE Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain and Ireland. In their internships, students are carefully matched with doctoral students and researchers (only from universities of applied sciences, UAS) – whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover every day costs. About 300 scholarships are available each year.
Bio XFEL (x-ray free electron laser experience)BioXFEL is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center (STC) that focuses on promoting and advancing the study of Biological molecules using X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). A summer internship is the best way to get started in this new and exciting field. BioXFEL offers Summer Research Internships to highly qualified undergraduate and post-graduate students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, computer science and all related fields. All applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in research and MUST be US citizens or US Nationals. Women and minorities underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a highly competitive program where students will be given hands-on training in XFEL-related laboratory techniques. The internship also includes a scientific communications workshop, educational seminars and social activities. At the end of the 10-week program, students present their research results to the group. Internships run from the last week of May through the first week of August. Interns that require on-site housing will check into their dorms on Memorial Day, May 26th and check out on Saturday, August 8th.
Strobe (microscopy program)Spend a summer learning about cutting-edge imaging science at one of the newest NSF Science and Technology Centers in the United States. Your efforts will help push the limits of real-time functional imaging by advancing and combining different imaging modalities including visible microscopy, X-ray, nano-probe, and electron microscopy. STROBE brings together scientists and students from the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of California at Berkeley, Fort Lewis College, Florida International University, and the University of California at Irvine. Several national laboratories, industries, and international institutions are also partnering with STROBE.
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (DOE Labs)The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories/facilities.
IST AUSTRIA summer internshipsOutstanding students from all over the world can join IST Austria in the ISTernship program. Students who are interested in basic research in the fields of biology, computer science, data science, mathematics, physics, neuroscience and interdisciplinary areas, are encouraged to apply.
SIST FermilabUndergraduate sophomores and juniors majoring in physics, engineering (mechanical, electrical and computer), materials science, mathematics and computer science conduct research with Fermilab scientists and engineers. Eligible students must be enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the United States. SIST aims to increase the representation of underrepresented groups (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Alaska Native/American Indian) and women in scientific research and the engineering workforce.
Fermilab SQMS Quantum Undergraduate InternshipSponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Science, the SQMS Quantum Undergraduate Internship places undergraduate sophomore and junior physics and engineering majors in paid 10-week summer internships at the National QIS Center Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems (SQMS). Students will have the opportunity to work at Fermilab and at one of the twenty SQMS partner institutions such as Rigetti Computing, Northwestern University, Ames National Lab, NASA Ames and more.
NASA Internships NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Internships are available from high school to graduate level. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA.
Idaho National Laboratory InternshipsAs a Department of Energy facility, INL offers a diverse number of paid internship positions to high school, undergraduate and graduate level students. These internship opportunities enable students to collaborate with experienced scientists and engineers in order to develop innovative solutions to challenging, real-world projects.
Honeywell Internship ProgramGlobal Internship Program
Get inspired as you take on impactful projects, build business skills and interact with leadership. You’ll help solve real-world challenges.

Air Force Research Lab Scholars ProgramGlobal Internship Program
Get inspired as you take on impactful projects, build business skills and interact with leadership. You’ll help solve real-world challenges.
NASA AcademyThis is NOT a typical internship with a mentor-prescribed research plan. This is an intense multi disciplinary research project that requires focus and commitment. A real problem in aeronautics or aerospace is given to the team and the team decides how to solve the problem using available resources. The team will have a technical advisory committee composed of NASA experts in the area of the project, including past summer team alumni. The advisory committee meets once per week to hear the team’s progress, take questions, make suggestions, etc.
International Space University (Summer Session Program)The International Space University develops the future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary educational programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment.
Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program is one of the “crown jewels” of Caltech. Since 1979, SURF students have had the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of experienced mentors working at the frontier of their fields.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) undergraduate student opportunitiesAre you ready for a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) research experience with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s prestigious scientists and engineers? Are you looking for an internship opportunity with a research or technical focus? If you are an undergraduate student at a college or university, with an interest in STEM, ORNL may be the place for you!
Brookhaven Workforce Development & Science Education
The undergraduate and graduate internship programs provide more than 350 students and professors from universities around the country each year the opportunity for an authentic research experience. Interns will have access to the Lab’s facilities and leading scientists in their fields to take on scientific challenges and gain experience working in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)Apply for a SURF Fellowship Today!!!
Have no plans for Summer 2020? Interested in gaining valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations? Want to advance measurement science , standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life? Would you like to learn about a career in public service? If you answered "yes" to at least one of these questions, you're invited to apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Boulder, CO or Gaithersburg, MD. The application deadline is February 3, 2020 or when the application limit is reached (the limit varies by location and may be sooner than the closing date). Apply today on www.usajobs.gov (search “SURF Program at Boulder” and/or "SURF Program at Gaithersburg").
Global Quantum LeapGlobal Quantum Leap (GQL) provides an essential linkage between the fields of nanofabrication and quantum information sciences.

Our Global Quantum Leap Program is excited to announce two Summer 2023 International Research and Training Experience (IRTE) Opportunities on Quantum Materials and Devices in Japan and Germany. Applications are now open, with a deadline of November 18, 2022. Project descriptions are attached, and additional information about the opportunities can be found here: https://www.globalquantumleap.org/announcements

We are offering two structured research experiences for the Summer of 2023 involving Quantum Information Sciences. The first is a 10-week program at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan and involves Quantum Materials. The second is at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany, and will also be 10 weeks (with some projects available up to 12 weeks). Both programs are open to advanced undergraduates from US institutions with prior research experience (e.g. REU), and with an interest in materials and devices for quantum information systems. (Graduate students, postdocs and faculty may also be eligible to participate under certain circumstances, so please see the web announcement for full details).

Participant selections will be made by December 2022. We anticipate selecting a cohort of 3 students for the Japan program, and 4 students for the program in Germany.

Interested applicants can obtain the application form by contacting Dr. Lynn Rathbun at LCR2@cornell.edu or me at the skoester@umn.edu.

Sandia National Lab Internships and Co-opsSandia National Lab Institute Programs
FEYNMAN QUANTUM ACADEMY - INTERNSHIP PROGRAMAn internship at the USRA-NASA Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL) at NASA Ames Research Center's Advanced Supercomputing Facility introduces graduate students to scientific opportunities in quantum information sciences and trains them to do research related to the most advanced quantum computing platforms. Students will receive valuable experience working on teams, undertaking projects in advanced computing, and developing quantum and classical methods to solve problems in important application or fundamental domains. The program is funded by NASA, AFRL, USRA and NSF. Students, which preferably should be enrolled in a Ph.D. program (but motivated master's or undergrads are also considered) or have otherwise previous quantum computing research experience, are accepted to a 12-to-24 week program. Applications are open all year round. These students work in close collaboration with quantum scientists, receiving hands-on training, and undertake individualized research projects, finally resulting in a publication. Students will also participate in seminars and workshops with researchers from other organizations doing quantum research, including those from academic institutions, government laboratories, and commercial organizations. Participants receive a stipend to cover living expenses and travel during the program.
The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) -Undergraduate ApprenticeshipsUndergraduate students have the unique opportunity to conduct real-world, U.S. Army-sponsored research alongside scientist and engineer mentors in world-class facilities at university labs or U.S. Army Research Laboratories and Centers.