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Off-Campus Research Opportunities

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)


Interested in conducting summer research? Look out for programs such as REU’s, which are funded by federal and private grants. REU programs offer opportunities for undergraduates to get paid to work on a research project for the summer with a faculty mentor or graduate program. Students must contact the individual sites for information, application materials, and deadlines. REUs are great to put on your CV or resume, and you make meaningful contacts with potential graduate or career advisors.

The guides and websites below will help with your initial REU searches. You should also meet with faculty in your department who will be familiar with research internships or programs specific to your discipline.

Research Program Guides

University of California: Summer Research Opportunities Bulletin

Lists summer research programs at 10 University of California campuses

Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates

Is an interactive web-based tool intended to assist undergraduates navigate the hurdles of an undergraduate research experience.

Research Program Databases

National Science Foundation REU's for Students

National Science Foundation's database of research opportunitues for undergraduates.

Pivot Database

External funding database for public and private grants, scholarships, and fellowships. Find collaborators across the globe. Funded by the Cal Poly Pomona Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.

The Department of Commerce Postsecondary Internship Program

The Department of Commerce Postsecondary Internship Program offers opportunities for both summer and academic year paid internships in disciplines including: business; life, health, and medical sciences; communications and graphic design; computer science; physical sciences; business; communications and graphic design; mathematics; engineering.

Department of Energy (DOE)

The DOE provides nationwide opportunities for research participation, fellowships, scholarships, training, and internship programs for undergraduates, grads, postdocs, and faculty.

DOE Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program

Interns gain 10 weeks of substantive professional and technical career experience while working side-by-side with an assigned mentor who is a subject matter expert in the U.S. Department of Energy. Mentors will help students tailor their practical work experience to the larger context of their professional interests.

Fund for American Studies

The Fund for American Studies sponsors six Institutes in Washington, D.C., in partnership with Georgetown University. These Institutes prepare young people for leadership in the life of their communities and the nation by providing them with opportunities in the nation's capital for enlightenment and enrichment. Stipends are not provided; there are fees associated with the programs and course credit is offered.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program

HACU reviews applications for completeness and eligibility. HACU staff matches academic backgrounds to internship descriptions provided by the host organizations. Some intern assignments have included completing and analyzing research, writing speeches, conducting audits, performing land surveys, creating web pages, conducting community health surveys, and developing outreach strategies for under-served populations.

George Washington Carver Research Program

The George Washington Carver Research Program is a recruitment initiative to identify superior graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions for selected undergraduate internship positions.

IBP – Pathways to Science: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) aims to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.  They design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups. 

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service is an intensive eight-week summer residential program for college undergraduates interested in volunteerism and careers in the nonprofit sector. Students take two courses on the history and ethics of philanthropy and volunteerism worth 6 hours of academic credit from Georgetown University, and hold internships with nonprofit organizations, attend presentations by leading figures from the nonprofit sector and participate in a variety of service projects. Over half of the students accepted to the program will receive a full or partial scholarship. The Institute is sponsored by The Fund for American Studies and the Center on Philanthropy at Georgetown University. Early Deadline is December 10, 2013; priority deadline is February 10, 2014; final deadline is March 18, 2014.

Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) for underrepresented scholars offers college students the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution or corporate sponsor.

LearnLab's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

LearnLab's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program encourages applications from students who would like to conduct research in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies.  LearnLab's REU program allows talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, or one of our research partners. 

NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI)

NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) recruitment specialist informs, mentors and prepares interested students to take advantage of the valuable education and career advancement opportunities being offered by NASA. Through the agency’s new Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars (SOLAR) System - undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields can search and apply to a variety of NASA opportunities. Through this website, students can register, complete one application, and apply to up to 15 specific research opportunities.

NSF - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program.  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. 

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Internship program

The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Internship program provides opportunities for qualified undergraduates to receive hands-on experience in a real-world setting. Fields of work include engineering, computer science, health physics, meteorology, chemistry, physics, biological sciences, environmental sciences, emergency management, public health, epidemiology, accounting, finance, audit, communications, graphic design, human resources, and instructional technology. For more information, see the program website.


Summer Research Programs and Internships. Search a database of undergraduate research opportunities, or shows a list of all available opportunities.

Summer Research Institute (SRI) - University of Arizona

Summer Research Programs and Internships. Searches a database of undergraduate research opportunities, or shows a list of all available opportunities.

SRI- University of Maryland

For students majoring in behavioral, social or economic sciences: Offers a summer research program (primarily aimed at underrepresented groups) called the SRI (Summer Research Initiative). The SRI program is a ten-week program and participants will receive a stipend of up to $2700, plus housing, meals and airfare.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The Summer Research Opportunities Program is a gateway to graduate education at Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) universities.  SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.