Internships & Research Opportunities

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CSU Coast Summer 2022 Internships

Application Deadline is March 1, 5 p.m. There are informational sessions on February 8 and 9.

CSU COAST has a great lineup of PAID internships for Summer 2022 ($6K stipends PLUS relocation expenses to cover housing costs)

There are a number of internships that are policy and environmental justice oriented that students from a wide variety of different departments would be well suited for: 

There’s a new opportunity this year with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center​​​​​ Fisheries Ecology Division that focuses on Coastal, Marine, & Natural Resource Social Science Research. For this one the host is specifically looking for applicants who are interested in social science (e.g., economics, political science, geography, sociology, psychology, anthropology) and marine or coastal fisheries or endangered species issues. 

There are also two opportunities that might be of interest to students with strong computing backgrounds: 

 There is no GPA minimum requirement, and letters of recommendation or prior research experience is not required.

  • Only continuing students (enrolling for Fall 2022) can participate. Students graduating in May 2022 are not eligible. 
  • Students from historically excluded groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Natural science AND social science students are encouraged to apply. 

Department of Energy (DOE) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

Deadline is January 12 for the Summer 2022 term. 

Through Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) and Community College Internships (CCI), undergraduate students discover science and technology careers at the DOE national laboratories and gain the experience needed to transition from intern to employee. Interns work directly with national laboratory scientists and engineers, assisting them on research or technology projects that support the DOE mission.

SULI and CCI participants are selected by the DOE national laboratories and facilities from a diverse pool of applicants from academic institutions around the country. The programs are managed by the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in the Office of Science.  More information  can be found at


NIDDK Distinguished Postbaccalaureate Scholars Program

Purpose: The program provides recent college graduates the opportunity to pursue full-time research for 1-2 years at National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) campuses in Bethesda, MD or Phoenix, AZ. The Program strongly encourages the participation of individuals with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, including those from underrepresented populations, and is aligned with NIDDK’s inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and civility efforts. Benefits include

Over 90 principal investigators lead research teams exploring basic biological processes as well as clinical research on diabetes, digestive diseases, endocrine and metabolic disorders, hematologic, kidney and liver diseases, nutrition and obesity that disproportionately burden underserved communities.


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • completed a bachelor’s degree by start of postbac fellowship or have obtained a B.A. or B.S. within two years prior to fellowship start date
  • must plan on applying to graduate or professional school if not already accepted

How to Apply: Applications open December 1, 2021. Completed applications must be received by 5pm EST, December 31, 2021.

Submit your application to the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) NIH external link.

In addition, your CV along with a diversity statement (300 words or less) must be emailed to in the NIDDK Fellowship Office. The NIH community strives to create a supportive, diverse, and inclusive environment, which is critical to achieving excellence in biomedical research. Your diversity statement should describe how your personal experiences and community engagement activities would contribute to these efforts.

Semi-finalists will be invited to a virtual interview. Five finalists selected by a panel of senior NIDDK scientists will be notified in early February 2022.

Background Check: In order to be approved for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85 (read SF-85 External link (PDF, 204 KB)). NOTE: Section 14 of the form asks “In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?” The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.

Length of Award: 1-2 years

More Information about NIDDK


Caltech WAVE Fellows Undergraduate Research Program

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for undergraduate students, who are underrepresented in STEM and intend on pursuing a Ph.D., to conduct a 10-week summer research project under the mentorship of Caltech faculty.
Research opportunities in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering and applied science, geology, environmental science, sustainability, astronomy, physics, nanotechnology, quantum sciences, humanities, social science, and more!
Research-specific information sessions are scheduled starting on November 3. This is a chance to learn more about the program, application process, and meet Caltech faculty in different disciplines.
Applications due Jan 7, 2022
Program dates: June 13 - August 19, 2022
Applicants must be current sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors; 
have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2; 
be a US citizen, permanent resident, or have DACA status. 
Strong applicants are encouraged to have prior research experience. 
Graduate school prep workshops
Faculty seminars
Networking events
Writing workshops

Social activities

More Information about Caltech WAVE

Questions about the WAVE Fellows program can be directed to Carol Casey.


ESRI is Hiring for Their 2022 Summer Internship Program and Entry Level Positions:

Software Development and Product Engineering - design, develop and test next generation
Esri Software for desktop, server, mobile, and online platforms.
Consulting and Project Management - focus on the effective implementation and application of
Technical Consulting - provide high-quality support and technical advice to solve our users
most challenging problems
Business Operations - drives business analytics, security, and overall business operations
execution to keep us running effectively
Please join our upcoming session on November 4th at 12 p.m. PDT
to learn more about our exciting work and opportunities:
ESRI Career Information


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science - Undergraduate Internships

Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2022 term of two undergraduate internship programs offered by the DOE Office of Science: the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program and the Community College Internships (CCI) program. The application deadline is October 6, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Through SULI and CCI, undergraduate students discover science and technology careers at the DOE National Laboratories and gain the experience needed to transition from intern to employment. Interns work directly with National Laboratory scientists and engineers, assisting them on research or technology projects that support the DOE mission. SULI is open to students attending 4-year institutions and community colleges, while CCI is exclusively for community college students. Both programs are stipend-based and are offered three times annually. 

SULI and CCI are managed by the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in the Office of Science. More information can be found at


NSF REU Site in Big Data Security and Privacy at Cal Poly Pomona

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program engages undergraduate students in big data security and privacy research, particularly on genomic data privacy, secure multiparty cloud computation and hybrid data center security. This program provides students with an immersive research environment and we teach students research skills through training sessions, hands-on experiments and interactions with experienced researchers. The interdisciplinary nature of this site exposes students to different perspectives of big data security, from theory to application. The faculty members have exceptional expertise in cybersecurity research enabling them to provide high quality REU activities in all three components.

Students have opportunities to explore the state of the art in big data analytics, medical data security, privacy preserving techniques,  security of machine learning models, and software defined network security. Students will learn a variety of practical skills in various computing environments, such as CUDA for general-purpose GPU programing, and a student-run data center.

This REU site is supported by National Science Foundation (NSF).

We are now accepting applications for Summer 2021.

The site will be hosted virtually online due to COVID-19, as we did in Summer 2020. 

Dates: June 1st – Aug 6th  2021 (tentative)

Application Deadline: Feb. 15th 2021

Application The site will be hosted in California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Tingting Chen
Director of Big Data Security and Privacy REU Site


NSF REU Site - Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
Program Dates: May 31 - August 5, 2021

The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community.
  • Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Seminars, workshops, and field trips
  • Group social activities and banquet
  • Optional outreach opportunities to high school students
  • Undergraduate student at a 2-year or 4-year institution majoring in science or engineering
  • Rising sophomores through rising seniors
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply
  • $5,000 stipend
  • $500 travel allowance
  • Room and board
The VINSE REU has a strong record of success! Former participants of the VINSE NSF REU program have gone on to receive several awards and honors including:
  • 19 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (another 10 received honorable mentions)
  • 6 Goldwater Scholarships
  • 3 SMART Fellowships
  • 1 Gates Cambridge Fellowship
  • 1 Marshall Scholar
  • 1 Rhodes Scholar
  • 1 Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1 NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholar
  • 40% of former REU students have (or are expected to) co-author a journal publication
  • More than half of our formers REU students have given a presentation outside the REU program including 27 at national conferences funded by the VINSE REU
Please visit: for more information or to apply.

NASA Pathways Internship

The Pathways Intern Program is the only internship program at NASA that offers a direct pipeline to full-time employment at NASA upon graduation.

NASA is looking for students who are captivated with our Vision, Mission, and Core Values and embody characteristics integral to NASA’s success. Top candidates are well-rounded students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate curiosity, team-orientation, excellence, a passion for exploration, agility, and resilience. Prior experience is not required!


All of Pathways Internship vacancies are posted on

Step 1: Do your research. Learn about the type of work performed at each of our NASA facilities so that you’ll be able to find where you’d best fit at NASA based on your academic and career interests. 

Step 2: Prepare your application. Visit to create your profile, build your resume, and set up a notification that will alert you when our positions open.
Step 3: Apply to a vacancy during the open application window. Be sure to apply to the vacancy that corresponds to your academic major. In your application, you’ll also need to identify which NASA Center locations you’re applying to.

2022 Posters on the Hill

Deadline to submit abstracts is December 13, 2021

Posters on the Hill is a critical element in the advocacy efforts of the Council on Undergraduate Research. It is more important than ever that the voice of undergraduate researchers and their mentors are heard on Capitol Hill. This prestigious event celebrates the impressive work of the accepted students and supports the message of the importance for undergraduate research at the federal level.

Review the information needed to complete your submission.

POH 2021 will take place virtually but will include the critical elements of a traditional POH signature event, including: 

  • Opportunities to virtually meet with your members of Congress
  • Resources on advocacy for undergraduate research
  • A virtual poster showcase

    Submit your work.

2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (RSCA) Conference


Saturday, March 6, 2021

The deadline is January 27, 2021 to submit an application to present at the conference.

Visit the Conference website for more information.

The Cal Poly Pomona Student Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference (CPP Student RSCA Conference) is an annual event that provides an opportunity for our undergraduate and graduate students to share their original research, scholarly and creative activities. All disciplines are represented – this is an opportunity to see CPP students at their best. Students who participate in this conference have the opportunity to be selected to represent CPP at the annual CSU Systemwide Student Research Competition.

This event will be held synchronously with pre-recorded video presentations by student presenters followed by a live Q&A for each project. Projects will be grouped by discipline categories and into sessions with up to 10 projects. There are two presentation formats students can choose from:

1) An Oral and Performance Presentation session with a pre-recorded 8-minute PowerPoint presentation that is played over the Zoom Meeting platform, followed by a live (virtual) 3-minute Q&A.
2) A Poster and Creative Works Showcase panel with a pre-recorded 2-minute presentation or elevator pitch that is played over the Zoom Meeting platform, followed by live (virtual) 2-minute Q&A Session per project. After each student has had the opportunity to present, there will be a general discussion where presenters and audience members can ask follow-up questions and learn more about the student projects.

The Michi and Walter Weglyn social justice session invites papers that address how social justice is considered in your research. What is the social, political, cultural, economic, technological and scientific impact of your research in promoting equity and justice? The Weglyn award will be given to one research paper that has a clear intersectional approach in addressing social justice broadly defined. Weglyn is especially interested in projects that addresses resistance, resilience, and perseverance through collective action. Five $100 awards will be given out to research projects from all majors and one $100 for performing arts research. All projects are welcome from all disciplines and all creative and performing art submissions must meet the requirement for RSCA. Possible examples:

  • An engineering student can work on research that gives access to clean water to impoverished communities. Addressing environmental racism and ecological inequalities for social justice.
  • Students in social sciences or humanities may look at the growing Black Lives Matter movement and its impact on identities.
  • Students in the performing arts may perform (music, theater, spoken word) write original poetry or a short story, or create imagery (graphic design, paint, etc.) for consideration.


Tesla Internships

Tesla is looking for undergraduate and graduate interns. In addition to the categories listed below, their recruiter told our career advisor they are looking for environmental science majors. See the links below to apply. Accepting applications through March 2021.

  • Software Engineering
  • Hardware Engineering
  • Vehicle Engineering
  • Powertrain Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Supply Chain
  • Cell Engineering & R&D Engineering
  • Applications Engineering and IT
  • Energy Engineering and Operations
  • HR, Finance, Workplace, Legal, EHS and Security 


For more information visit:

Cal Poly Pomona Research Distinction

Cal Poly Pomona Research Distinction recognizes students who have exhibited exceptional commitment to the research, scholarship, and creative activities communities and have embraced the "Learn-by-Doing" culture at Cal Poly Pomona.

To receive Research Distinction, students must have:
  • Completed faculty-mentored research
  • Presented at a conference
  • Published a full paper or scholarly work
The application deadline is December 4 for the Fall 2020 semester. 
Learn more on the OUR website


SULI Program

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships program (SULI) is now accepting applications for the Summer 2021 term. 

The program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

$600/week stipend
Housing accommodations or housing allowance
Round-trip travel reimbursement

Must be a full-time undergraduate student or recent graduate of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
program at an accredited institution
Must have completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate at the time of application
(freshmen are not eligible)
Must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Must be at least 18 years old at the start of the internship
Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident at the time of application
Must possess medical insurance during the internship
Students may participate in SULI twice and apply a maximum of three times

Visit their website to learn more and apply.


MANO Project

Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project is offering enriching paid internship experiences nationwide for Latinx college students and upcoming professionals who are passionate about public land conservation and natural resources.  Positions range from Archeological Intern, Habitat Restoration Fellow, Communications Fellow, and many others. The duration of the internships vary from 11 - 12 weeks in the summer up to 6 months - 1 year. 

The program lists internships with the following federal agencies:

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows (DFP): Deadline January 10 
  • U.S Fish and Wildlife Service: Other regions - Accepting applications on an ongoing basis
  • National Park Service: Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP): Deadline February 7
  • National Park Service: Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program (COR): Accepting applications on an ongoing basis 
  • Bureau of Land Management: new positions coming in 2020
  • US Forest Service: new positions coming in 2020
  • Bureau of Reclamation - Engineering focused: new positions in 2020

    Some agencies accept applications on a rolling basis.

Search for oppportuinities and submit applications through the website: My Access to a Network of Opportunities (MANO) Project

MANO Project
is an initiative of Hispanic 
Access Foundation.
P: (202) 640-4342

COAST Paid Summer Internship Opportunity

COAST offers PAID internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students to explore the ocean, learn about ocean policy, or help protect marine species! Work side-by-side with professional scientists and experts on current projects and gain valuable experience and technical skills. Seventeen (17) internships are available throughout the state for Summer 2020. Each internship offers a $6,000 stipend for a 10-week commitment.

​​Application Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2021, 5:00 pm

For more information go to:  

Informational webinar: Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm PST. REGISTER​
The California State University (CSU) Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) is the umbrella organization for marine and coastal related activities within the CSU. COAST promotes research and education to advance our knowledge of natural marine and coastal resources and the process that affect them. COAST encourages all types of research and other activities that relate to the open and coastal ocean, coastal zones (bays, estuaries, beaches), and coastal watersheds to the extent that the organisms, materials, or processes ultimately articulates with the coast. Research is not limited to California.

USC Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (DIA) JumpStart Program

The summer 2020 Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (DIA) JumpStart program provides undergraduate research experiences in various disciplines. Research experiences range from lab-based research to mentored participation in other types of USC faculty projects.  The research experience is coupled with professional development workshops to prepare students for Ph.D. admissions, research, and student life.

Please see the JumpStart program summary and list of available research opportunities for the summer of 2020.  Student completing their sophomore or junior year are encouraged to apply.  The deadline to complete the application is Friday, January 17, 2020.

Please direct questions to Ashley Brooks at


NASA Internships and Fellowships

Visit the NASA website for current opportunities.

NASA Internship Program at Glenn Research Center

The program provides a 10-week paid summer and 16-week fall and spring internship opportunity for students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); and non-STEM majors that lend support to the NASA mission. Students spend their tenure learning and working at the NASA Glenn Research Center facilities under the guidance of a mentor while engaging in authentic NASArelated, mission-based R&D and career-related activities. The educational component allows students to attend and participate in a variety of planned activities such as Conference Day, Career Showcase and a Student Poster Session. The program provides hands-on experiences that challenge, inspire, and promote practical application, complementing and expanding upon students’ theoretical education. For more information.


For Information on Getting Started in Research VIsit the Office of Undergraduate Research


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