University, Industry, & Research Internship Opportunities


Administration Summer Internships- Santa Clara Valley Water District
Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resource system which includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 1.8 million residents. This is a paid internship for undergraduates and graduate students during the period of June to August.


Aerim: Automotive and Energy Research and Industrial Mentorship REU Program- Oakland University
The AERIM program was set up in the department of mechanical engineering at OU to provide meaningful, hands-on, paid 10-week summer research experiences to talented and motivated undergraduate engineering students from across the United States. Student participants get to work in teams on automotive and energy-related research projects in mechanical engineering.


APS/IMD Research Internships for Underrepresented Minority Students- Almaden, San Jose

The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for under-represented minority undergraduates. The goal is to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at an IBM research location and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor.

Aquarium of the Pacific Internships-Aquarium of the Pacific
Internships at the Aquarium of the Pacific are structured for college students and recent graduates who are interested in playing a direct role in ensuring our oceans are vital and healthy for generations to come. Our internships are typically offered in the fall, spring and summer and we accept applications year round. All applicants should be organized, self-motivated, and have excellent people skills. All internship positions are on a voluntary basis only; do not offer paid intern positions.

The Atlanta NET/Work- Georgia State University
NET/Work is Atlanta's new Program for Neuroscience Education and Training (NET). For students from underrepresented groups. NET/Work is a two-year paid research assistantship that provides participants with local and national research opportunities from their sophomore year through graduation.



Biological Illustration Internship- The California Academy of Science
The California Academy of Sciences announces an internship in biological illustration. The internship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students interested in developing illustration techniques related to biological specimens. The internship is integrated with the activities of the Summer Systematics Institute (SSI), and the successful applicant will be encouraged to participate in all SSI activities, including lectures, seminars, presentations, and social activities.

Biological Diversity (Make A Difference Internship)- Center for Biological Diversity
The Center for Biological Diversity's Endangered Species of Program seeks motivated and organized interns dedicated to protecting biodiversity and thwarting the extinction crisis. Interns will work with center scientists to gain protections for imperiled species. The internship provides a very small stipend and will provide valuable experience with one of the nation's most respected cutting-edge environmental organizations.

Bio photonics- UC Davis
Undergraduate students, sophomores, and juniors preferred (only US citizens or Permanent Residents). Interns will spend 40hrs a week under the direction of a CBST researcher. Students are awarded $400 a week for the duration of their summer internship. For students coming from out of the Sacramento/Davis area, travel expenses will be covered i.e. plane ticket or mileage costs. Interns are expected to attend a Seminar Series (two hours per week) and the Seminar Series end with an Internship Research Meeting.

Biophysical Society Summer Course in Biophysics- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This 11-week scholarship program hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, introduces undergraduate minority students, disadvantaged students and students with disabilities to the field of biophysics. The program includes lectures, seminars, lab work, team-building activities and field trips. The Summer Research Program is designed to reflect a graduate-level research program. Student who are US citizens or permanent residents and who have a strong quantitative background in basic or applied sciences are encourage to apply.

BIOS Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The Berumda Institute of Oceanic Sciences is looking for students willling to conduct independent projects under faculty and staff supervision. Areas of study include marine organisms, Reefs, Chemistry of the Berumda area and effects of global warming. Students will be housed at the BIOS campus and include Travel expenses, room, board and a stipend. 

Birch Aquarium Internship- UC San Diego
Help visitors from around the world discover the wonders of the ocean. Inspire conservation and showcase the groundbreaking research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, all while gaining valuable experience in your chosen field. Both established programs and individual opportunities are available.

Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program- Sackler School
BDBS offers a ten week, mentored research experience for students interested in pursuing future PhD or MD/PhD studies. Trainees also attend scientific seminars and workshops on academic and career guidance, participate in organized social activities, and have free time to explore the Boston area. Trainees receive a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses within the US, and are provided with on-campus housing.


Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Internship- Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff and help us educate thousands of visitors each year about the marine environment of Southern California. Most intern and staff positions at the Aquarium are part-time. The Aquarium is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

California Conservation Corps. (Public Works Internship)- California Conservation Corps
Internships are available to select corpsmembers who demonstrate excellent work habits. Interns must be recommended by their supervisor and approved by the sponsoring agency. State agencies such as California State Parks, the Department of Fish and Games, and Caltrans often use CCC interns to assist with park maintenance work and other public works and natural resource conservation tasks. Interns get offered specialized training and develop closer working relationships with potential future employers.

California Waterfowl Association Internships- California Waterfowl Association
California Waterfowl Association offers internships, scholarships, fellowships, and employment. There are three different Intern Titles: Environmental Education Assistant, Junior Duck Stamp Intern, and Summer Sprig Internship. CWA Interns educate children and young adults about the waterfowl, wetlands, and conservation.

Cancer Research Training Program (UCRTP)- UCLA
The Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program (UCRTP) is a 12-week summer internship. It is designed for 10 outstanding minority and underrepresented graduate students who are contemplating a career in biomedical-related sciences and working with underserved communities. An individualized program is developed for each undergraduate participant, who will work with a faculty Principal Investigator or his/her associates.

CDC Summer Fellowship -Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. Students Receive Stipends for their work 

Islands Volunteer- Channel Islands National Park (California)
Channel Islands National Park has many volunteer opportunities including staffing the information desk at the visitor center, interpretive naturalist, scientific data entry, historic research, trail maintenance, vegetation restoration, and more. Although the park can never repay its volunteers for their valuable contributions, they do their best to make your time happy and fulfilling.

CHCI Program Sponsorship Opportunities- CHCI
The Scholarship Fund helps ensure the benefits of a post-secondary education are available to Latino students for whom the cost of community college, a four-year college, or graduate school would otherwise be out of reach. Scholarship funds are awarded to students of all majors; the basic criterion for selection is financial need.

Chem-SURF UCI NSF REU Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship- University of California Irvine
The Chem-SURF Program at the University of California, Irvine provides a 10-week summer research opportunity for undergraduates to become fully immersed in challenging, cutting-edge, exciting, and transformative interdisciplinary research projects. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and have health insurance coverage.

Clean Water Action Internship- Clean Water Action
Clean Water Action has 4 different internships for students which are Marine Debris and Zero Waste Internship, Michigan Energy Program, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis- Rural Video Intern. It offers talented undergraduates, graduates, and beginning professionals hands-on work experience and specialized training in the fields of toxics and waste reduction, climate change and water conservation, marketing and communications, and non-profit development and fundraising.

CLIMB-UP Program- University at Buffalo
The CLIMB-UP Summer Research Program will match you with participating faculty mentor whose interests are complementary to your own. You will work on your own research project and get hands-on experience during the 10-week program. The summer will culminate with you and your peers presenting your work at the Summer Research Day with students from other UB summer research programs.

Coastal Science (John D. Isaacs Marine Undergraduate Research Assistant Program)- Sea Grant California
The John D. Isaacs Undergraduate Research Assistant Program provides undergraduate students interested in marine science with high-quality summer research experiences while also assisting current California Sea Grant- supported investigators to further their marine research projects. California Sea Grant seeks to provide talented undergraduate students with an opportunity to work closely with established marine scientists, develop their research skills, and better define their career goals in marine science.

College Internships- California Academy of Science
Work alongside Academy scientists and get hands-on experiences in a laboratory and collecting samples. Learn to accurately draw specimens for scientific publications using ink, water color or computer programs. Work alongside  renowned scientists in the Summer Systematics institute or in the forest canopy researching the tardigrade. Some internships are paid.  

Cooke Bridges Program- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Cooke Bridges program brings Science, engineering, and mathematics community college students to the UCSB campus for a one week science intensive residential program hosted at CNSI for hands-on experience in a dynamic research environment. The students chosen for the program work with graduate student researchers in UCSB science and engineering laboratories, gaining first-hand experience in how scientific research is conducted.

Computational Sensing + Robotics Program- John Hopkins
The REU program in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics (CSMR) is an intensive, ten-week program of laboratory research and instruction, beginning end of May 2014. Participants will contribute to specific research projects pursued by faculty and researchers at the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR). Each student will be a part of a collegial research team, including a faculty project supervisor and a graduate student mentor, and will work on a challenging research project.

Conservancy Internship- San Elijo Ecological Reserve
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and enhancing San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and its watershed. This extraordinary county and state regional park protects nearly 1,000 acres of habitat that hosts more than 700 species of plants and animals.

Cybersecurity (CS) Scholars-A. James Clark School of Engineering
The CS REU is open to student majoring in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physical science enrolled in any US college or university. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Teams conduct research for 9 weeks during the summer. Each team consists of up to four Scholars. The program further addresses issues of concern to women and minorities in science and engineering fields as well as provides information about preparing for graduate school and careers in academia.


DIMACS/DIMATIA/Rutgers Math/CCICADA Research Experience for Undergraduates- Charles University in Prague
Students work at Rutgers University for 8 weeks, under the direct supervision of faculty mentors. A small number of REU participants are selected to participate in an extension of the research experience. These students will travel to DIMATIA, at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and will participate in the Midsummer Combinatorial Workshop as well as additional REU program activities.

DHS HS- STEM Summer Internship Program- US Department of Homeland Security
The US Department of Homeland Security sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (HS-STEM). The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.

Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Programs-Various Locations across US
The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE's mission and Operations. Disciplines include Engineering, physical sciences, environmental sciences, IT, physics, math and statistics. Application period October 15th through Jan 15th. Benefits include stipends and travel expenses. 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program-Washington DC
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) administers a special DOE Scholars Program for Veterans. This program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE and other federal agencies’ mission and operations. As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will  be familiarizing yourself with federal agencies functions. The program offers a stipend of 750 dollars as well as a small housing allowance


East Bay Internships- East Bay Regional Park
Please visit the Job Opportunities page to apply and for more information. The East Bay Regional Park District employs approximately two-dozen interns each year in a variety of internship projects in most of the nine different District divisions. Each project has a 375-hour maximum; may be 37.5 hours per week for 10 weeks; 30 hours per week for 12.5 weeks; or other schedule variation to meet project and student needs.

Engineering Undergraduate Summer Research Grant (USRG)- Texas A&M University
The purpose of the USRG program is to involve outstanding students who have completed their sophomore year and are interested in pursuing graduate studies. They anticipate that these students will make a contribution to ongoing faculty research and, more importantly, gain an appreciation for and an interest in research.

Environmental Volunteers- EVOLS
The Teaching Intern should be an undergraduate or graduate student with experience in at least one of the following areas: environmental studies or environmental science; education or outdoor education; or biology. Following the completion of their intern training program, the intern will work an average of 8hrs per week assist in teaching the environmental volunteers programs to elementary level children (K-6), actively demonstrate to children a respect for the environment, humans, organisms, and much more. Compensation provided. 


Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Internship - Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Program  
Becoming and intern you will have the opportunity to experience spectacular parklands such as Alcatraz, Crissy Field, and more. They have internship positions in the fields of interpretation, restoration and monitoring, youth programs, volunteer management, projects and planning, business management, media and design, and much more!


Harvard Forest Summer Research Program- Harvest Forest
The Harvest Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effect of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species.

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Internship-National Marine Sanctuary
The sanctuary encourages students to get involved and gain valuable experience through internships. Over the years, many students have completed internship projects for the sanctuary and many have also continued on to work in the field of marine conservation. Students gain an understanding of the level of management and coordination that is required to successfully conduct a large-scale public outreach project and have the opportunity to take part in a variety of other sanctuary projects during whale season.

Health System Program- UC Davis
The UC Davis Pre-Medical Surgical Internship, Mentorship, and Research Program is a unique and rigorous experience that exposes participants to the field of surgery by immersing them in a professional medical environment. Program components are designed to introduce the academic and clinical activities typically experienced by physicians and medical students. This competitive program is intended for individuals who have demonstrated their interest in pursuing a career as a physician.

Heal the Bay Internships- Heal the Bay
Internships provide valuable experience working for an environmental nonprofit. Lasting from weeks to several months, internships require at least 8-10 hours/week. Interns are assigned to projects working with experienced HtB staff. Internships are unpaid.

Hidden Villa (Animal Husbandry, Environmental Education, Agriculture, Public Programs and Development)-Hidden Villa
Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. At Hidden Villa internships last for a full year there are varied start dates to each, depending on the seasonality of the farm and departments. There are four main internship categories that interns can apply for which are Agriculture, Development, Public Programs, Environmental Education, and Youth Development Internship.

Homeland Security Summer Internship- Homeland Security
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connection with DHS professionals.


Interactive Biomaterials REU- Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
Students have the opportunity to do research in any of the following areas: Understanding bacteria-material interactions by surface engineering; Functionalization of biomimetic interfaces via engineered proteins; Control of Natural Polymers for Drug Delivery; 2D and 3D Active Cell Culture and more. Must be an undergraduate student majoring in the following disciplines: Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Or Physics with an interest in Biomaterials Science.

Interdisciplinary REU- Research Experiences for Undergraduates- University of Michigan
Student participants will be engaged in an intensive ten-week period of hands-on experimental training and independent investigation in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, computational chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology and plant biology. The research projects featured in this program all involve studies of the structure and function of proteins. Students will participate in weekly enrichment seminars. Check out the participant benefits!

Internship- San Dieguito River Park
Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited College or University and seeking to gain work experience in a field aligned with River Park needs and opportunities. Applicant is also eligible to receive a stipend, if available upon discretion of the Director, upon completion of project or agreed upon hours and as recognition for exemplary performance.


John Hopkins Summer Internship Program- John Hopkins
Undergraduate summer internships at BTI, Cornell University and the USDA provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience and explore if a scientific career is right for you. Currently they offer positions to outstanding students interested in Plant Genome Research, Bioinformatics and Bioenergy Education.


Kent State Ecology REU- Kent State
Kent State University and The Holden Arboretum invite applicants for a 10-week summer research training program. Students enrolled in this program will conduct mentored research into the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages in the ecology of urban-impacted ecosystems. Their research is designed to examine how human activities such as urbanization, industry, farming, mining, and recreational activities affect the way terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems interact.


Land Conservancy Internship- Palos Verdes Peninsula
The Conservancy offers college and university juniors, seniors, and graduate students the opportunity to work with staff as interns. They offer unpaid positions in the Conservation, Education, and Administration departments. The program runs on a semester basis and the Conservancy is willing to coordinate with the student's academic institution for course credit.

Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program (LERCIP) Glenn Research Center
(LERCIP) is a Center-unique ten week paid summer college internship experience at the NASA Glenn Research Facility. Internships are in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as well as the non-STEM professional business career majors that provide support to NASA’s mission. LERCIP provides opportunities to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students. LERCIP interns are involved in mission-related projects under the guidance of a GRC mentor and subject matter expert who engages them in exciting work with exposure to state-of-the-art technology.

LSAMP Undergraduate Summer Research Program- National Science Foundation
LSAMP is looking for underrepresented STEM students to enhance academic experience and opportunities. CSU LSAMP is a summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interested through weekly luncheons.


Marine Advanced Technology Education- MATE Center
Each year approximately fifteen students are selected as marine technician interns aboard sea-going research vessels that are part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and the United States Coast Guard and the Ocean Exploration Trust. Most internships last for 2-12 weeks and occur all over the country and all over the world: Florida, California, Hawaii, Alaska, Samoa, Europe, etc. All intern travel to and from the ship is covered by the MATE Center, and the intern lives and eats aboard the vessel for the duration of most internships.

Marine Discovery Internship- Seymour Marine Discovery Internship Center Santa Cruz
Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz is in search of dynamic college students and college graduates with basic knowledge of marine science, biology, or environmental studies to work with their education staff. Interns can provide an educational programming for K-12 students, leading tours, assisting with various projects, and much more.

Marine Mammal Internships- Ocean Conservation Society
LADP Dolphin Field Surveys- utilize a regular staff made up of research associates and interns to collect various types of data, conduct photo ID, and collect behavioral information on marine mammals in the Southern California Bight. Survey take place weekly- both during weekdays and weekends- and require a minimum crew of three and a maximum crew of eight. Interns should have some background in oceanography/marine biology, photography, bioacoustics, videography, statistics, boating or combination thereof.

Marine Mammal Center Internship- Northcoast Marine Mammal Center
The internships are designed to give exceptional hands-on experience with all aspects of rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals, as well as give an inside look at how a small non-profit organization works. There are currently three internship periods: Spring, Summer and Fall. They are always looking for dedicated, enthusiastic interns to get involved!

Marine Physical Laboratory Summer Internship Program- UCSD
The Marine Physical Laboratory at the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking inquisitive and motivated undergraduate students with an exceptional aptitude for quantitative science with majors in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology. This ten-week summer internship program offers qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world while earning a modest salary. In addition to their research, students will attend weekly seminars given by members of our faculty and scientific staff.

Marine Science Internships in Oregon- Oregon State University
Oregon State University is proud to announce the availability of paid research internships for 20 students during each summer. The Research Experience for Undergraduates program runs from June 16th to August 22nd, 2014 at both the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport and at the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences in Corvallis. Out of state travel, on-site housing at OSU or HMSC and a weekly stipend ($565) are provided. They welcome applications from students with interests in any of these areas: biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors.

Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute- Arizona State University
This intensive eight-week summer research experience for undergraduates in Tempe, Arizona prepares promising young scientists interested in working at the interface of mathematics, statistics and the natural and behavioral sciences for the rigors of graduate studies. MTBI is a research experience for undergraduates (REU); it is not an internship, nor will students earn college credit for participation.

MBARI Summer Internship Program- Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's summer internship program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to come to MBARI for a period of 10 weeks in 2014 (June 9–August 15) to work on a specific project under MBARI staff supervision. The focus of the MBARI internship is on the intern's professional development—learning research techniques and improving communication and collaboration skills. Each intern will have an MBARI mentor who will supervise a specific project. Interns will also serve as peer-mentors to other interns.

MIT Summer Research Program- MIT
The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT. Today, this program seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT's campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation.

Molecular and Quantitative and Computational Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program- Princeton
Each summer, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Department of Molecular Biology, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, the Genentech Foundation and the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research provide intensive laboratory research experiences to a select group of undergraduates chosen from a nationwide pool. Each student joins a world-class research group—headed by a Faculty member and carries out an original research project. Participants are immersed in a culture of close collaboration with other undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, and thereby experience first-hand what it is like to be a scientist.


National Marine Sanctuary Internship- Channel Islands
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary may have periodic project-based internships available based on organization needs working directly with Sanctuary staff to manage the marine resources found within CINMS through education, outreach, research and resource protection programs. Any opportunities would be volunteer positions without compensation and are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants would be responsible for paying individual expenses associated with relocation, travel, and room and board. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary does not provide assistance with housing or transportation.

Nantional Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates- Cornell University
Students will work on individual research projects with Cornell faculty and research staff on a wide range of topics in planetary science, astronomical instrumentation, astrophysics, general relativity and cosmology. Students interested in computer science and engineering are also encouraged to apply. View the list of research projects. In addition to conducting individual research projects, students will also participate in a series of group activities including lectures, roundtables and workshops.

NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Cell Development and Evolutionary Biology- UC Berkley
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

NSF Laser-matter Interactions at the Atomic and Nanoscales- Kansas State
As a student in our program, you will be paired with a faculty research mentor. Furthermore, on average about 2-3 hours per week will be spent in a classroom setting, where faculty members will describe the physics behind your own project and your peers' projects as well. In addition to your research mentor, Dr. Larry Weaver will be available to assist you in learning about your research as you get more involved. You will develop a web page on your project, and give regular updates on your research to your fellow student researchers. Your project will culminate in an oral or poster presentation summarizing your research project, and in the creation of a web page summarizing your experiences.

Nanosystem Science. Engineering and Technology Program-CSEP
The Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) program brings science and engineering community college undergraduates to the UC Santa Barbara campus for a summer research experience. Interns gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment. They are matched individually with UCSB faculty and graduate student lab mentors who provide training and support. Interns attend weekly meetings, special seminars, and have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills throughout the summer.

Undergraduate Research at the Nano-Bio Interface-Nanotech
The Undergraduate Research at The Nano-Bio Interface program at Penn's NBIC is an REU that combines a rich research experience in nanobiotechnology with structured professional development focused on cross cultural issues. The focus of the research is molecular,
Opto-electronic function of biomolecules, and single molecule probes. Faculties from two universities collaborate to provide a rich research experience for undergraduate students. Our strategy is to constitute a student body that is 50% Hispanic and 50% non-Hispanic so that role playing, communications, ethics, etc. can be developed around a specific cultural example.

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)-NNIN
The Nanotechnology Network REU program (N-REU) is designed to give undergraduate students an introductory research experience in nanotechnology. Each student will work on an independent research project within their area of interest, using the advanced resources of our laboratories. Because of the breadth of expertise across these sites, we are able to offer exciting nanotechnology research projects across the spectrum of nanotechnology fields: Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, and Biomedical Engineering.

Nanotechnology Program-UCSB
The Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) program brings science and engineering community college undergraduates to the UC Santa Barbara campus for a summer research experience. Interns gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment. They are matched individually with UCSB faculty and graduate student lab mentors who provide training and support. Interns attend weekly meetings, special seminars, and have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills throughout the summer.

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research 
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. Internships 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.

NOAA- Hollings Scholarship
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to: increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

Northwestern University Undergraduate Research Program
REU Summer program provides students with a glimpse into the life of a scientific researcher as well as opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned scientists. Participants engage in full-time research on a nanotechnology-related topic. They attend regular group meetings, which give them opportunities to share their progress and gain a broad overview on a wide array of scientific projects. Additional activities include tours of facilities and laboratories, special lectures, field trips, technical writing workshops, a public speaking seminar, and a summer picnic.


Student Trips and Courses- The Oceanic Society
The Oceanic Society, offers a wide variety of conservation-based research opportunities for students - at both the high school and university level. Each Oceanic Society expedition allows students the opportunity to participate in long-term scientific studies by emphasizing project-based learning and the hands-on development of research knowledge and skills. Objectives include: expanding classroom education in the sciences to include first-hand field experience meshed with practical applications; assist with actual data collection; expanding appreciation for wildlife and the environment; and helping to create a supportive environment for students to work as a team in a cooperative manner with each other and Oceanic Society marine biologists.

Orange County Coastkeeper Internship- Orange County Coastkeeper
The Coastkeeper volunteer internship is extensive and fulfilling where volunteers get to learn and grow more than a typical internship opportunity. A Coastkeeper intern will gain experience that will further your education or career search, and provide a high profile reference for resumes and job applications. As such, the expectations and responsibilities for interns are similar to those found in a standard job setting. The minimum commitment for an official internship is 100 hours. All positions are unpaid, and we encourage student applicants to receive school credit for their hours.

OSSI Internship for Students- NASA
The One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) is recruiting full-time college students for internships in scientific or engineering research, development and operations. The internships take place wherever NASA research and planning is taking place. Internships can last eight weeks or as long as a school year.  


Pacific Grove Museum Volunteer- Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is always looking for dedicated interns. Internships require a minimum of an 8 hour per week commitment. We offer hands-on positions working in our Education, Collections, Exhibitions, Development, and Marketing Departments. If you do not see an internship that fits the list on the website, contact the Museum, as some opportunities are not listed on the website.

Parks Conservancy Internship- Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Internships are offered in restoration ecology, inventory and monitoring, education and outreach, trail work, and more. Work sites vary throughout Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo County. Interns earn a weekly stipend, receive personalized training, and gain marketable work experience. Internships are competitive and generally one year positions. Long-term volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Commitment and training levels vary by position and ongoing training opportunities are provided.

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine- UC Davis
The Hugh Edmondson Summer Research Internship Program provides a unique research opportunity for motivated college students who have demonstrated a strong interest in research in the health sciences. The internship program offers research opportunities under the supervision and mentorship of pathology faculty in various pathology laboratories located at the UC Davis campus or at the medical center/health sciences campus in Sacramento. In addition to research activities, the program offers weekly lectures and problem-based-learning exercises that promote investigative and critical thinking.

Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The POE program provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research. A primary goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research, either as a laboratory-based scientist or a physician scientist. Thus, qualified students with an interest in cancer research are particularly encouraged to apply.

Physics Department Solar Physics/ Astronomy and Space Physics REU Program- Montana State University
Their program gives participants an opportunity to develop skills for contemporary research under the guidance of internationally known physicists. These REU experiences help students make informed decisions about graduate school and careers in academia or research. Most projects involve analysis of data from space missions such as Yohkoh, SOHO, TRACE, RHESSI, Hinode, and SDO and ground-based observatories. The Data Analysis projects are suitable for most undergraduates at the sophomore or junior level.

Physics and Astronomy Program- UCLA
UCLA's Physics and Astronomy Department offers a research experience program in Physics and Astronomy where undergraduate students work closely with a faculty mentor and their research group on an individual project. All interested students are invited to apply for this 10-week summer program from June 22 - August 29, 2014. Program participants gain direct experience by working in ongoing experimental or theoretical research programs in plasma and beam physics, solid state physics, biophysics, astrophysics, and high-energy physics. All students attend weekly seminars on current research in physics in addition to machine shop and Physics GRE workshops. The experience culminates with the writing of a report and presentation of findings at a closing Symposium.

Plant Genome Internship- Boyce Thompson Institute (Cornell University)
Undergraduate and high school students participate in the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) summer internship program and learn how basic plant research can be applied to protect the environment, enhance human health, and improve agriculture. PGRP interns gain knowledge of plant genomics and scientific research by working closely with scientists, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in a laboratory setting. PGRP interns learn the latest molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics tools while working on a supervised, independent research project within the framework of the assigned laboratory's research program.


REEF Marine Conservation Internship- REEF
REEF's Marine Conservation Internship provides an in-depth look into REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project and Invasive Lionfish Program. Geared towards college-age individuals, the internship provides an array of diverse experiences including scientific diving, outreach and education, data collection and management, non-profit operations, and public speaking. During the four-month long internship, you will have many opportunities to dive and volunteer with partner organizations in the Florida Keys and South Florida.

REU Program in Physics and Astronomy-LSU
They Host a REU program in Physics & Astronomy. The 10-week program introduces students to the nature of research-oriented careers in physics & astronomy, and fosters development of research-related skills and knowledge. Participants are matched with faculty mentors based on student interests. Weekly seminars, field trips and workshops provide students with additional skills development, professional development topics such as ethics and patents/intellectual property, and an introduction to common research resources. Many events occur in conjunction with concurrent LSU summer undergraduate science programs in space science, computational science, and biomedical sciences.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Program- UC Davis Physics Department
The Department of Physics has hosted an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates site since 2004. During the 10-week program students live on campus while working alongside our faculty and graduate students on ongoing research projects. Students get a view of physics very different from typical coursework. Research Project- Students can choose from several of the physics subfields represented at UC Davis. Each student will have a personalized project, to conclude with a 15-minute presentation to the rest of the REU group.

Research Experience for Undergraduates Science and Technology of Materials-Princeton Institute
The REU program is principally focused on providing students with the opportunity to carry out research at the forefront of materials science and engineering. In addition, we provide a proactive educational program consisting of short courses and lectures, designed to introduce students to the grand challenges of materials research. Special seminars also examine the role of science and engineering in society. Lab visits to both Princeton labs and industrial labs in the area are arranged.


College Internships for National Parks Service- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Positions available to interns include: Botany, Carnivore Studies, Cultural Resources, Cultural Resources, EcoHelpers, Education, Fire Ecology, Geographic Information Systems, Graphic Design, Native Plant Nursery, Park Ranger, Restoration Ecology, Tree, Web Design, and Wildlife Biology Internships are available. Student internships are 3-4 months full time or 5-6 months part time. Internships are available for current students and recent graduates and offer a great opportunity to work in a federal agency. 

Santa Barbara Nature Internship- Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has a part time Visitor Services position available at the Ty Warner Sea Center's admissions office and store. Our Visitor Services staff provides high quality and friendly service to visitors of the Sea Center, ensuring that they will have a pleasant experience. They are looking for candidates with the following qualifications: Friendly manner with excellent communication skills, Ability to multi-task and process transactions quickly and effectively, Prior sales and customer service experience, Prior experience in handling cash and cash register equipment, including point of sale systems, Good computer skills, and Bi-lingual skills preferred.

San Diego Internship for students currently enrolled in biology, ecology, geology, and other life and earth sciences- San Diego Natural History Museum
Students enrolled in programs in biology, ecology, geology, and other life and earth sciences may be eligible for an unpaid internship in one of the science departments. Internships for course credit require a formal agreement with school.

San Dieguito River Park Internship/ Employment Opportunities- SDRP
Student Internship: Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited College or University and seeking to gain work experience in a field aligned with River Park needs and opportunities. Applicant is also eligible to receive a stipend, if available and upon the discretion of the Director, upon completion of project or agreed upon hours and as recognition for exemplary performance.

Santa Clara Valley Water District Watershed Summer Internships- Santa Clara Valley
The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 1.8 million residents. The Watersheds Summer Internship is one way we are investing in the future workforce to ensure that we continue to fulfill our mission. This program has been designed to be a paid learning internship during the period June to August, and provides the interns the following: An opportunity to gain work experience in the water industry: Assignments designed to provide both learning and work experience, An opportunity to network with professionals in your field of study: Work with a seasoned engineer, attend meetings, receive feedback on your progress, Gain an awareness of the complex water delivery system of the County: At least one tour of one of our water treatment plants, field work, and presentations on Water Resources Management in the county, Add to your tool box of skills and knowledge: A portfolio of work examples and a presentation of your lessons learned to your peers will be the capstone of this internship

Sierra Club- San Francisco Bay Chapter
This is an outstanding opportunity for students interested in local grassroots environmental politics to gain references and resume experience in the environmental field. The Conservation Intern works closely with our Community Organizers to recruit and organize Sierra Club volunteers and activists to work on local environmental efforts. Some of our current campaigns include protecting critical habitat and open space, promoting clean renewable energy, and working directly in elections to pass environmental ballot measures and elect environmental leaders. The Sierra Club provides and important role in the environmental movement by getting our 38,000 local members directly involved in grassroots lobbying and elections.

Save Our Shores Internship-Internships range from Marine Education presentations, developing beach awareness and clean up programs, fund raising and office administration. Interns get experience working for a non-profit. Internships are offered every quarter or semester and can be used to earn class credit. Work-study positions are available. 

Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems- Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology
The BCMB Department at UT-Knoxville will once again offer a special REU program for undergraduates interested in hands-on scientific research experience. The broad focus is on Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems. The team of REU faculty represent multiple modern
Scientific disciplines including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and computational biology.

 Veterinary Science and Education Internship- The Marine Mammal Center
The Marine Mammal center helps with the rescue of stranded and abused marine mammals and focuses on their protection and safety. Positions include a Veterinary science internship and and Education internship. Check often for updates on when to apply 

Summer Medical, Dental and Education Program-SMDEP
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry and Medical School at Houston together comprise one of 12 sites of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Approximately 80 college undergraduate students attend SMDEP at UTHealth each summer. The program provides six weeks of intense exposure to clinical dentistry and medicine, while providing science and career counseling for students considering health care careers.

Life/ Physical Sciences Program-The Rockefeller University
The Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research. College sophomores and juniors are eligible to spend 10 weeks during the summer in a Rockefeller University laboratory. The program begins in early June and ends in mid-August. Placement in laboratories is centralized through the Dean's Office. Students are matched with laboratories according to their stated research interests, and work on projects under the direct supervision of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and/or senior graduate students.

Science/ Biology Program- Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Their ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which begins on the first Monday in June, is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are interested in pursuing a career in bio medically related sciences. Applicants must have research experience. Students in the program have the opportunity to: obtain hands-on research experience in cutting-edge laboratories, interact with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, attend a weekly luncheon/seminar series of presentations by faculty, attend skills development workshops to hone presentation and interview skills, attend and present at works-in-progress sessions with the cohort of SURP students.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology- Pepperdine University
Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science, or biotechnology. They must have completed one year of biology by the summer  and must be classified as an undergraduate student during that same term. Participants must be available full-time between May -July. The National Science Foundation Requires that all participants be United State citizens or a permanent resident of the US.

Surfrider- Surfrider Foundation Science San Diego Chapter
Have you wanted to get involved with the SurfRider Chapter, but don't know where to start? Perhaps you've already volunteered with them, but want to get more involved? If so, then join them for their next core volunteer orientation. There trainings are held every other month. Core volunteers are the heart and soul of their organization. They often go onto leadership positions within their chapter and help set their chapter's strategy. This training will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to be a Surfrider ambassador.

SURF-It Summer Research-UCSC
The University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT) offers opportunities for both UCSC students and non-UCSC students. SURF-IT provides intensive and personalized summer program for women, minority, or disadvantaged undergraduates. SURF-IT includes a research experience supervised by a UCSC Baskin School of Engineering faculty member. Scholars also have weekly meetings focused on graduate school preparation, how to present research results, research ethics, as well as field trips to local neighboring Silicon Valley research laboratories, and of course a number of social activities.

SURF Program-Boston University
The SURF Program at Boston University is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. The SURF Program is open to non-BU students who are rising juniors or rising seniors, and wish to conduct research in the sciences, technology, or engineering. The program consists of ten weeks of full-time research in a Boston University lab, mentored by a BU faculty member.

SURF Program- Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The SURF Program is intended for students with a strong desire to pursue research careers at the Ph.D. level. The program is particularly interested in identifying and providing research
experience to talented underrepresented minority students. Preference is given to students completing their sophomore or junior years. However, other students who express persuasive
plans for research may be considered. Participation in the summer program is restricted to US
citizens and permanent residents.


Transfer to Excellence UC Berkley Summer Internship Program- UC Berkley
The TTE Summer Research Program, organized by the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, in partnership with the Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, provides research experience for undergraduates (REU) who are enrolled in community colleges. Opportunities currently available are in the following technical areas: Energy Efficient Electronic Sciences, Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, and Bioengineering and Synthetic Biology.


USRP NASA Mentorship Program- NASA
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites students who have been accepted for enrollment and currently enrolled students to apply for the USDA Internship Program. Student Trainees will gain valuable professional development experiences by taking advantage of career training, an individual mentor, shadowing experiences, professional webinars, and much more. Student Trainees work with esteemed scientists and senior professionals and receive on-the-job training that will create a career pathway for success. The USDA Internship Program consists of paid internship opportunities and may lead to conversion to a career-conditional appointment after graduation and completion of program requirements. The USDA Internship Program will expose students to Federal work experience and agricultural careers.


Internships- County of Orange
Internships with the County of Orange offer students and recent graduates an opportunity to partner with one of the premier employers in the region as they explore career options and apply their academic skills and knowledge to the workplace. They have over ten Internship categories that students can apply to.

Watershed Project Internship- The Watershed Project
The need for talented and passionate people who are dedicated to environmental careers has never been greater. At The Watershed Project they are proud of their track record training and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders. As an intern, you will contribute directly to meaningful and exciting projects, learn new skills, and gain valuable experience working for a well-respected and growing non-profit. Their program gives interns the maximum educational benefit by placing them in positions working under the guidance of their professional staff that fit their professional interests and skill sets.

WildCare Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital Intern- WildCare
WildCare is an environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation center located in Marin County, California. Our wildlife hospital cares for ill, orphaned or injured wild animals, while our education department helps children—and adults—learn how to make room for our forest and shoreline friends within our environment. Over 300 volunteers provide the resources necessary to take care of more than 3,000 animals in our San Rafael hospital. Other volunteers provide classes and nature hikes to more than 40,000 children and adults throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies- USC
This NSF-funded REU program will support eight highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to conduct independent but guided research that focuses on Coastal Ocean Systems and Sustainability during an intensive 8-week program at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA. The program will provide students with hands-on research experience, training in laboratory and field methodologies (including a 1-day research cruise), introductory lectures and special seminars in oceanography and marine science, academic and career advisement, group activities and field trips to explore different parts of the island and ecosystems.

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