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Internships and Research Experiences

How do I start the process?

Your First STEP - contact the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.and set up an appointment to begin the conversation. 

This page will bring you just a small amount of what opportunities are available for you.  Research Opportunities can also be found in the Student Opportunity Center database on the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. website. For questions or help in preparing materials for research please contact their office at (616) 331-8100 or .

For help with your personal statement or essays please go to the Writing Center or the Career Center. 

For more internship opportunities you can visit the Career Center.

Multiple Opportunities

Please scroll down the whole page as you look for possible opportunities. 

There are opportunities from emails we receive, conferences, organizations and more. Each area will be titled by where we received the research opportunities from. 

Opportunities from SACNAS

SACNAS* has a list of opportunities on their website. Please check these out at These opportunities are open to diverse students. 


*SACNAS - Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science.

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program in New York City for Pre-MD/PhD Students.

The Gateways to the Laboratory Program is for:

  • ·  Freshman and sophomores (at time of application) only;
  • ·  Underrepresented minority students or have a disability;
  • ·  US Citizens/Permanent Residents;
  • ·  Students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degrees after college (this is not well suited for those who wish to pursue MD only).

The application deadline for this and most other summer programs is February 1.

  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree (this program is run by the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program).
  • 10 weeks of independent research at either Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or The Rockefeller University (all in NYC).
  • Present & participate in weekly journal clubs
  • Scrub into surgeries at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Give an oral, written and poster presentation of your research in front of your family (who are flown in for the event), friends and colleagues.
  • Receive on going mentorship by your "Big Sib" (a current MD-PhD student), as well as weekly meetings with the Program's leadership.
  • Receive a stipend of $4,300 (minus the cost of housing).
  • Gateways alumni are accepted and matriculate in the top MD-PhD Programs in the country!      

For further information (including eligibility) and an on-line application, please visit our website:Please note, our application deadline is February 1st.

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University of Michigan UM SMART Program

University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program "UM-SMART" summer program

Michigan's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), (which is an MD/Ph.D. program) is sponsoring the "UM-SMART" summer program. This ten week summer research program is designed to provide an opportunity for highly motivated and talented undergraduates interested in careers as physician scientists to enhance their science and academic skills.

The program is targeted towards students who are from geographically, culturally or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, students who have experienced financial hardship, and students with disabilities.  Applicants should have completed at least their sophomore undergraduate year. The main focus of the program is laboratory biomedical research, but the program also includes physician shadowing, an MCAT prep course, and an opportunity to attend bi-weekly seminars and a 2 day MSTP retreat in August. 

The deadline for application submission is January 19, 2018.

University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center Summer Undergraduate Fellowship program supports undergraduate students who are interested in cardiovascular research. Any student who is currently enrolled at any degree granting University or College is eligible to apply for this opportunity, with preference given to those students interested in a career in research.

Each student will be matched, based on his or her interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty member of the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center. This collection of laboratories is involved in internationally recognized research in topics such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure.

The stipend will be $4,000 for ten weeks of full-time work, starting the Tuesday after Memorial Day and ending around the first week of August. There may also be financial aid assistance for travel and housing to students that qualify.  There will be a research forum at the end of the summer in which fellows will present their work, as well as opportunities to attend research seminars throughout the summer.

The application for our 2018 Frankel CVC Summer Undergraduate Fellowship program is currently open and the deadline for submission is January 31, 2018. I have also included a flyer to forward on to students you feel may be interested. Thank you.

More information about the program as well as a link to the electronic application can be found here:

From Conference - Flyers for programs in our office

Research Experience – Fungal Genomics, Computational Biology & Systems Biology
    10 week program, $5000 Summer Stipend. University of Georgia
    Contact: Jonathan Arnold

Research Experience – Immersive Research in the Bio archaeology of Greek Colonization
    8 week program (4 weeks in Italy and 4 weeks in US). University of Georgia
    Contact: Laurie Reitsema
          Or    Britney Kyle

Research Experience – Nanotechnology & Biomedicine
    University of Georgia
    Contact: Leidong Mao

Research Experience – Biology Education Teaching and Learning
    9 week program, $5000 Summer Stipend, University of Georgia
    Contact: Dr. Julia Stanton,

Research Experience – Georgia Costal Ecosystems Sciences
    Sapelo Island, University of Georgia
    Contact: Adam Sapp,

Research Experience – Population Biology of Infectious Disease
    9 week program, $4950 Summer Stipend, Housing provided, University of Georgia
    Contact: Dr. John Drake, 

Internship & Research Experience – SR-EIP, Early Identification Program
    STEM, 8-10 weeks, full stipend, and multiple colleges
    Contact: Barbara Kahn, 

Training Program – Biosciences Opportunities Preview
    Weekend event, UW-Madison

Internship – John Hopkins Applied Physics
    Travelling reimbursement, John Hopkins University
    Contact: 240-228-3172

Internship – Global Health Fellows
    Global Health Corps, Fellowships (2-4 years), Internships (3-12 months)

Internship/Fellowship – Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
    $27,000 annual stipend, 12 months, Virginia Tech
    Contact: 540-231-5898, 

Research Experience – Summer Research Opportunities Program
    Purdue University

Training Program – Graduate Diversity Visitation Program
    Purdue University, 4 days, costs covered

Training Program – Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
    Purdue University
    Contact: Dr. Kathy Dixon, 

Research Experience – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
    8 weeks, Purdue University, $1750 summer stipend
    Contact:, 765-494-7899

Scholarship Programs –
CIBA/YOUNGER Chemist Committee Travel Award
    $500, ACS National or Regional meetings
Women Chemist Committee Eli Lilly Travel Award
    $1000 travel funds to present research
Women Chemist Committee Overcoming Challenges Award
    $250 and $1000 travel to ACS Fall National Meeting
Committee on Minority Affairs Mini-Grant
    $500 local sections
Young Chemist Committee Starter Grant
    $250 YCCs local sections
Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship
    $1,500 towards academics

Graduate Program – Integrated Biosciences Program
    University of Minnesota    

Research Experience – Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program
    10 week program, $5000 stipend, housing provided, location varies

Training Program – Project Imhotep Summer Program
    Financial Stipend, travel and housing provided, Morehouse College

Training Program – Graduate Diversity Visitation Program
    Purdue University

Internship/Research Experience – Diversity Summer Internship Program
    Stipend, housing provided, John Hopkins School of Public Health
    Contact: 410-955-3543
Research Experience – Center for Emergent Materials Research Experience
    CEM Program, Ohio State University

Research Experience – Center for RNA Biology 
    Ohio State University

Research Experience – Mathematical Biosciences Institute
    Ohio State University

Research Experience – Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry Research Experience
    Ohio State University
Research Experience – Sampling Advanced Mathematics
    3 week program, Ohio State University

Research Experience – Stone’s Lab 
    Ohio State University, Great Lakes Area

Research Experience – Science of Language and the Language of Science
    10 week program, Ohio State University

Training Program – Penn State Medical Scientist Training
    Penn State  

Training Program – Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques
    1-8 weeks, University of Michigan
    Contact: 734-764-6595

Training Program – Premedical Graduate Health Science Certificate Program
    Virginia Commonwealth University, 2 semesters

Training Program – Summer Health Professions Education Program
    6-weeks, All housing, meals, and travel covered, $600 stipend
    Contact: or

Research Experience – Undergraduate Research Programs
    University of Minnesota

Training Programs – Health Sciences Diversity
    University of Pittsburgh

Training Program – Indiana Medical School/Engineering
    ~2 years, 3-4 years, $27,000 annual stipend, Indiana University
    Contact: 317-278-5207 or 

Research Experience – Pure and Applied Mathematics – RIPS 
    Free travel to UCLA, Housing and most meals, $3500 stipend, LA

Graduate Program – Van Andel Institute
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Contact: 616-234-5708 or 

Internship – Van Andel Summer Internship Program
    6 to 9 weeks, Grand Rapids, MI

Research Experience – Research Fellows (SURF)
    $4000 stipend, 10 weeks, Kellogg School of Science and Technology, California or Florida
    Contact: 858-784-8469 or 

Internship – Science Undergraduate Laboratory (SULI)
    $500 a week stipend, on-site housing, Argonne National Laboratory
    Contact: 202-586-5430 or

Training Program – Medical Scientist
    John Hopkins University School of Medicine

Training Program – Grant Proposal Writing Program
    2 day, 3 day, 12 months, 3-4 month programs, National Research Mentoring Network

Research Experience – Summer Research For Undergraduates
    Competitive stipend, free housing & travel, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Internship – NRC Research Associateship Programs
    Annual stipend ranging from $30,000 to $80,000, 12 months

Research Experience – Center for Chemical Evolution Summer Research
    10 week sessions, $4500 stipend, Georgia Tech
    Contact: Christopher Parsons,

Internship – DOE’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program
    U.S. Department of Energy

Internship – Community College Internship Program
    National Renewable Energy Lab

Internship – Research Participant Program 
    National Renewable Energy Lab

Internship – Office of Science Graduate Student Research
    National Renewable Energy Lab

Research Experience – Summer @ ICERM
    $3000 stipend, housing and meals provided, Brown University
    Contact: 401-863-5030 or

Research Experience – NSF – REU
    Travel reimbursement, stipend, and housing provided, various subject opportunities
    Contact: or 703-292-5111

Internship/Fellowship – Epidemic Intelligence Service
    2 year post-grad, competitive salary and benefits

Research Experience – Graduates Research Training
    $27,000 salary, one-year biomedical research, Virginia Commonwealth University

Internship/Fellowship – One Stop Shopping Initiative with NASA
    Paid internship and scholarships, NASA

Research Experience – Crazy Horse University Summer Program
    Scholarship for tuition, books, supplies, food and housing, Indian University of North America
    Contact: 800-233-7937 or

Research Experience – Design and Development Launch Pilots
    Partnerships and Programs, Nationwide
    Contact: 800-877-8339 or

Graduate Program – F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine
    No tuition, full salary and benefits, 7-year active duty, free medical care, Uniformed Services University
    Contact: 301-295-3101 or 

Graduate Program – Molecular Medicine PhD Program
    Stipend and free tuition through training, health insurance provided, Cleveland Clinic

Graduate Program – Cancer Biology Program
    2 years, grants and fellowships offered, Wayne State University
    Contact: 313-578-4302 or

Graduate Program – Experience VA-MD Vet Med
    University of Maryland & Virginia Tech
    Contact: Shelby Jenkins,, 540-231-4699

Opportunities from LSMCE

The following opportunities are posted via Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence (LSMCE): 

CALTECH AMGEN Scholars and WAVE Fellows Summer Internship
Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.

Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
Application window now open for 10-week 2018 summer research experiences offered at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).
Undergraduate students: receive a $600 weekly stipend.
All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances.
Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.  Additional information regarding DHS Areas of Research may be found on the program website. 
Application deadline: December 29, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.
Click here to for how to apply.

Summer Research in Clean Energy for Undergraduate Students
A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) entitled “Electrochemical Clean Fuel Production and Applications,” offers opportunities for undergraduate students, working with faculty mentors and industry professionals, to engage in multidisciplinary electrochemical clean fuel research activities during a 10-week summer program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to active energy research projects, students will participate in research seminars, workshops on writing and communications training, field trips related to clean energy, and career development activities.
Program dates are May 29 - Aug 3, 2018, and topics include Biofuels Synthesis and Upgradation, Hydrogen Production (solar, bio, and wind), Catalyst Development, Electrolysis, Fuel Cell, Waste Energy Recovery, Computational Electrochemistry, and Energy Conversion. Selected student receive a $5000 stipend, travel support, and on-campus housing.  
Application open: January 01, 2018
Application deadline: March 15, 2018

New Solicitation - International Research Experience for Students - IRES 
The International Research Experience for Students - IRES program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high-quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas. 
This solicitation features three mechanisms; proposers are required to select one of the following tracks to submit their proposal. Track I focuses on the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences. Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research. Track III calls for U.S. institutional partnerships and coalitions to develop and evaluate innovative models for high-impact, large-scale international research and professional development experiences for graduate students, as individuals or groups.
Please note that the program has been expanded with two new tracks beyond the traditional IRES program (see slides). Application deadlines vary by proposal track.  IRES Program Solicitation Page   

STUDENTS - Now is the time to start the application process for your summer internship!

Database of Internships Scholarships, Fellowships, and Postdoc Positions

Recorded webinar with the Department of Energy about Internships: 

DOE Internships: Opportunities and the Application Process


Paid Internships through Department of Energy Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP)

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. EM’s Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program. (MSIPP) offers 10-week internships to help develop our future STEM research scientists. Interns will complete research projects that are relevant to EM’s ongoing mission. Students will also be involved in enrichment activities provided by the host laboratory.  STIPEND or SALARY included.  

Online application opens:  February 13, 2017
Applications due:  March 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET
Recommendations due:  March 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET


Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Research in Mexico

The Isla Mujeres Summer Research Program is currently accepting enrollment to the summer 2018 Field School sessions. The main program is 8 weeks long in Advanced Methods course where students create a professional research proposal (using the Wenner Gren Foundation format), conduct the research and present their data in an open-to-the-public conference on the island, as well as prepare academic journal style articles intended for publication.

Advanced Methods (8 weeks): June 2 - July 29

Methods Practicum (3 weeks): June 9 - July 20

Environmental Practicum (10 days): Offered Twice: May 19 - 28 / August 11 - 20

Air Force Research Laboratory Program (AFRL) for Grads and Undergrads

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work.

• Exciting research topics
• Technical training
• Mentorship from experienced AFRL scientists and engineers
• Opportunities to tour AFRL laboratories
• Networking through social events
• Competitive stipend rates

For more information, go to:
Application Deadline: January 16, 2018


Summer Undergraduate Research at University of Wisconsin

The College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin welcomes applications for their summer undergraduate research program (SURE).
 Program Dates: May 29-August 4, 2018   |   Visit Website
Compensation: $5000 stipend, transportation to and from the program, lodging for the program, and food allowance.

Deadline: Placements begin January 15, 2018 with an absolute deadline of February 15, 2018. 


National Center for Atmospheric Research Summer Research for Undergrads and Grads

SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate research internship program for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences, based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, Colorado). It is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences and is built around genuine research experiences, mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful protégés are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years.

Benefits in the summer include a competitive wage, housing, and travel to / from Boulder; as well as funding for conferences, undergraduate and graduate education throughout the year. Application deadline: Feb 1, 2018. For more information and to apply, please see


Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP): STEM summer research programs listings

At the following link students can find summer research listings:

Students will be able to find:
- 57 summer science exposure programs for high school students
- 607 PAID summer research programs for undergraduates
- 30 PAID summer programs for post-baccalaureate students (including graduating seniors)
- 56 PAID summer programs for graduate students

For even more search options and filters, try IBP’s advanced search page:


Opportunities at Brookhaven National Laboratory

The Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) Office of Educational programs (OEP) website ( ) has lots of useful information on Department of Energy (DOE) educational programs for students and faculty at BNL and throughout the DOE. You and your students may be interested in summer programs such as the Community College Internship, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship, the Science Graduate Student Internship, the Visiting Faculty Program, and others listed at the BNL OEP site. If you have any questions about DOE programs, please contact OEP at

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship

The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American.

The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology. For additional information about the program visit Deadline: January 15, 2018!