Internships & Research Opportunities

Visit the Cal Poly Pomona Career Center page for the latest information on career events and opportunities. You can also search job opportunities on Handshake. For information on Academic Internships visit: Academic Internships


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) touches the lives of every person in the nation and now they are partnering with CPP to continue advancing their mission. From the FDA, to the CDC to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the department’s 12 agencies will be on campus starting Friday, Feb. 23 to recruit CPP students and alumni for jobs. The partnership is a first-of-its-kind for the university, thanks to the support of HHS Assistant Secretary for Administration Cheryl Campbell. You can be a part of the historical MOU signing ceremonyon Thursday, Feb. 29 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Light refreshments will follow.



Search for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site


NSF REU Site - Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Application Deadline: February 15
Program Dates: May 29 - August 4, 2023

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
Please visit: for more information or to apply.

The Federal Government is Hiring 2023 Interns

The Federal government works in every industry and every sector. They are the largest and most diverse employer in the United States, with four million public servants working every day to strengthen our communities.  

Internships are a great opportunity to work alongside experts, learn valuable skills, drive change, and make a positive impact. 

From supporting scientists combating climate change and engineers rebuilding America, to data analysts helping small businesses and health care workers fighting diseases — the Federal government does big things every day. If there’s an issue you care about or an industry you want to work in, chances are the Federal government works on that issue.

The portal is updated frequently with new opportunities. Visit: 


Department of Energy 2023 Summer Internships Fair

Registration is now open to join the DOE 2023 Summer Internships Fair, October 25, 2022, 1:00 – 6:00 PM ET – sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science (SC), Office Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS). The event is virtual and free to attend. You can register and join the internship fair event any time before and during the live session.

Students and faculty are invited to join this highly interactive event to learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy Community College Internships (CCI), Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI), and Visiting Faculty (VFP) programs. These mentored, well-paid, 10-week programs provide technical training and research opportunities at DOE National Laboratories.

Additional information for the WDTS programs can be found at If you have any questions about the event, please contact


CSU Coast Summer Internships

Want to get paid to explore the ocean, learn about marine policy, or help protect marine species? Then apply for a COAST Summer Student Internship today!

No GPA minimum, no Letter of Recommendation required, no prior research experie​nce needed! 

​Please visit their website and read in detail BEFORE you apply to this opportunity to ensure you are applying correctly and following all instructions. Incorrectly submitted applications will not be reviewed. 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 5:00 pm PST

Internship Dates:  June 1 - August 16, 2023

Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Over the 11 weeks, the intern may take up to five days off for personal reasons, vacation, or illness. If participation is less than 100%, the stipend will be prorated. See individual descriptions for additional details specific to each internship. 

Stipend: $8,000

Informational Webinar: Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 12:00-1:30 pm​ | Register

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

More Information about NIDDK


Caltech WAVE Fellows Program

Caltech's WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of students historically marginalized in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech's graduate programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to racially minoritized communities, women (in certain fields), first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. All applicants will be considered without regard to race or gender.
The 2023 WAVE Fellows award is $7,100 for the ten-week period, plus a $2,300 on-campus housing and travel supplement. Caltech housing is available and we strongly encourage all Fellows to live on campus. The 2023 WAVE Fellows program dates are June 21 through August 25.


ESRI Internship Program

Each year ESRI hires interns to work in the Southern California headquarters and regional offices across the US. They offer full-time, paid internships, and the program is open to third- and fourth-year students as well as those graduating in the spring semester. 

They generally accept applications from September 1 through December 31 each year. Positions are filled as qualified candidates are identified, so apply early: 

Internships are listed in Esri’s job search when available. 

ESRI Career Information 



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,in the intersection of big data and security/privacy with an emphasis on two aspects: (a) Security and Privacy of Big Data, Model and Platform and (b) Big Data Intelligence for 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 addition to research activities, various professional career development activities are well planned for students, including presenting their research work at multiple symposia and seminars, and interacting with senior researchers and peers in Invited Speaker Series and on their field trip to research labs.

This REU site is supported by National Science Foundation (NSF). We welcome application and participation from all students.


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Tingting Chen
Director of Big Data Security and Privacy REU Site

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.

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


Visit the Conference website for dates and 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.



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) 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)
  • U.S Fish and Wildlife Service: Other regions - Accepting applications on an ongoing basis
  • National Park Service: Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP)
  • National Park Service: Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program (COR)
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • US Forest Service
  • Bureau of Reclamation - Engineering focused

    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.


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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