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Research Opportunities Outside Stanford

Last Update: February 15, 2018

 

Many summer research programs and internships have application deadlines in January and February. Therefore, it is a good idea to take some time in December and January to identify programs in which you might be interested and check out the application deadlines so that you don't miss an interesting opportunity. Many of the programs require letters of recommendation; these should be requested from letter writers at least three weeks in advance of the deadline.

The schedules for some programs are optimized for the semester system and may be incompatible with the quarter system, while others accommodate the quarter system. However, for programs that start prior to the end of Spring Quarter, it is often possible to arrange a later start. Check the relevant web pages for details and contact information.

Note that many programs require that students be in their Sophomore or Junior year when they apply. Some positions require US citizenship or permanent residency. Check each program for detailed requirements. 

Summer research programs typically provide a stipend of $6000-$7000 for a ten-week program if room/board are not covered by the program, and less if housing is provided.

For information on Stanford's program for our own undergraduates, go to physics-summer-research.stanford.edu


GENERAL RESOURCES

  • Compilation of summer research opportunities by Pathways to Science (Institute for Broadening Participation, with the goal increasing diversity in STEM fields):  http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.asp
  • Try out this search tool for physics and astronomy undergraduates: http://www.compadre.org/student/research/index.cfm
  • Search "summer research physics" or "summer research engineering" or "summer internships physics" in google to find more opportunities.
  • Consider internships and co-ops in industry. Just google ‘summer internship’ and the name of the company (e.g., Tesla, General Electric, etc.).
  • Renewable energy internships listed on the Energy Folks website: https://www.energyfolks.com/jobs

ACADEMIC and FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS in the United States

Opportunity Application Deadline

 

Caltech SURF Summer Research

SURF students have the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of experienced Caltech mentors working at the frontier of their fields. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity from the beginning (defining and developing a project) to end (presenting their results at SURF Seminar Day).

Feb 22, 2019

Caltech WAVE Fellows Summer Program

This program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

Jan 12, 2019

Caltech Amgen Scholars Program

This program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry. Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a 4-year university in the US at time of application, and must be US citizens or US permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. 

Feb 15, 2019

NASA/JPL Summer Internship Program

The JPL Summer Internship Program offers 10-week, full-time, internship opportunities at JPL to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. As part of their internships, students are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers, who serve as the students' mentors. Students complete designated projects outlined by their mentors, gaining an educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of enrichment activities, including tours, lectures and career advisement, arranged by the JPL Education Office.

Apr 1, 2019

NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships

View current internships, fellowships, and scholarships available from NASA.

Several Deadlines

Yale CRISP Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The CRISP REU fellowship program provides students with the opportunity to conduct team-based interdisciplinary materials research through both academic year and summer research opportunities for undergraduate students - academic year REUs are available for students at Yale and SCSU. During the course of this eight-week summer research program, REU Fellows conduct research under the advisement of a university faculty mentor and postdoctoral fellows and graduate students within the research group.

Feb 1, 2019

Leadership Alliance Summer Research - Early Identification Program

SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to Ph.D. or MD-PhD program. SR-EIP offers closely mentored research experiences in the life and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities at 20 research institutions across the country.

Feb 1, 2019

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The SAO Summer Intern Program is an NSF research experience for undergraduates. Students take on an astrophysics research project with an SAO or Harvard scientist. 

 

Banneker/Aztlan Institute at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Offers summer research fellowships to students of color with the goal of increasing diversity in Astrophysics/Cosmology.

Will be announced in Feb

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Multiple locations and application deadlines.

Several Deadlines

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

SULI encourages undergraduate students 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.

Jan 10, 2019

Department of Energy Scholars Program

This program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the mission and operations of the U.S. Department of Energy. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent, and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

Dec 17, 2018

American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Medical physics uses radiation in medical procedures such as medical imaging and radiation therapy.  AAPM has two summer research programs:  a Summer Undergraduate Fellowship (app due Feb 2)  and DREAM (DIversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring (app due Feb 9).  Both programs are at the bottom of the page at this link  

Several Deadlines

Fermilab Summer Internships

Fermilab has multiple summer research internships for undergraduates, including the DOE SULI program (above),  Fermilab's own summer research program in Accelerator Physics, and SIST (Summer Internships in Science and Technology), which recruits students from underrepresented minorities.  Fermilab also has international partnerships with institutions in foreign countries. 

Several Deadlines in January 2019

Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop LANL (Los Alamos Nat'l Lab)

The workshop seeks to bring to the Laboratory a diverse group of exceptional undergraduate and graduate students for informative, enriching lectures and to work with its staff for 10 weeks on interesting, relevant projects that may culminate in articles or conference presentations. Students are organized into groups of 2-3 working under the guidance of one or more mentors. Each participant is awarded a fellowship that typically ranges from $7,500 to $13,000, based on academic rank (junior, senior, 1st-year graduate student, etc.).

TBD

Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) Space Astronomy Summer Program

Each summer, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) brings about a dozen highly motivated college students to Baltimore, Maryland, for the Space Astronomy Summer Program to work individually with STScl researchers and staff on projects that include data reduction and interpretation, software development, and scientific writing.

Jan 31, 2019

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure

Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs are an excellent way for undergraduates to become acquainted with scientific research and graduate student life. REU programs typically consist of an intensive 10-week summer research experience at a university different than your own. Most research centers sponsor REU-like programs as part of their education and outreach efforts. The NNCI does not offer a network-wide REU program, but many of the NNCI sites conduct their own separate programs.

Several Deadlines

Sandia National Laboratories Internship Programs

Each year, Sandia welcomes students from around the country - from those in their final years in high school to researchers obtaining Ph.D. - to work in a variety of technical and business positions. Interns work on real-world, challenging projects to contribute to critical national goals.

Several Deadlines

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at USC (University of Southern California)

Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty and receive $4,500 stipend, university housing, and travel to/from Los Angeles. Gain experience and tools to enhance your application to competitive PhD programs.

TBD

USC Information Sciences Institute Summer Internship Program

ISI welcomes enthusiastic, qualified graduate students and highly talented undergraduates as paid interns in their Marina del Rey, California, and Arlington, Virginia offices. They offer the chance to join in groundbreaking research in convivial, intellectually stimulating environs. Interns work on specific projects with senior research leaders and their teams, have the opportunity to attend lectures and study groups, and may also mentor others.

See Website

SPS Summer Internship Positions

Emphasis: physics research, science policy, education, and outreach.

Several Deadlines

MIT Summer Research Program

MSRP seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT's campus, conducting research under the guidance of 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.

Jan 16, 2018

REU Summer Program at the Arecibo Observatory (Puerto Rico)

Students selected for the program will work with staff scientists on projects related to ongoing research or instrumentation development. Students will be exposed to the interdisciplinary character of this research facility through lectures by staff, visiting scientists, seminar series, tours of the observatory facilities, and frequent informal discussions with staff and scientists. They also have the opportunity to conduct hands-on observing with the 305-m telescope.

Jan 25, 2019

Physics Summer Research Positions (University of Notre Dame)

  • Areas of interest include Astronomy, Astrophysics, Complex Systems/Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Physics Education
  • 10 Week Appointment for Summer 2018 (May 21 - July 28)
  • $5,200 Stipend
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Round trip travel allowance to Notre Dame
TBD

Center for Talented Youth (Johns Hopkins University)

CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented and motivated elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. They are currently seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates to teach the following Physics-related courses:

  • Physics of Engineering
  • Physics of Sports
  • Fast-Paced High School Physics
  • Advanced Topics in Physics: Special Relativity
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Principles of Engineering Design
  • Investigations in Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
See Website

CAMPARE (Cal Poly)

The CAMPARE program is a network of California State Universities and California community colleges from which students are recruited to participate in undergraduate research projects for 8-10 weeks in the summer. Students are paid a stipend, and travel and housing expenses are included.

TBD

Princeton Neuroscience Institute: Intensive Summer School 2019

4-week course to introduce physical and computational scientists to modern neuroscience. 

Mar 15, 2019

REU Program (Virginia Tech)

This REU will give students the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of experimental phsyics, from conceptual detector design, sensitivity studies, hardware development and construction, to simulation, software development and data analysis. Students will be mentored by CNP faculty and post-docs. Each project will be tailored to the student's knowledge and expertise by their faculty mentor. 

Feb 15, 2019

 


INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS and INTERNSHIPS

Opportunity Application Deadline

CERN Summer Student Programmes (Switzerland)

Over a period of 8 to 13 weeks, students will work on an advanced technical project in an experimental or engineering team. Students can also attend a series of lectures where experts and scientists from around the world will share their knowledge about a wide range of topics in the fields of theoretical and experimental particle physics, engineering and computing. Visits to CERN facilities, as well as discussion sessions and workshops, are also key features of the programme. 

Jan 31, 2019

CERN Short-Term Internship Programme (Switzerland)

If you're an undergraduate in the technical or administrative fields and you're looking to spend a few months training "on-the-job," consider doing your internship at CERN in Geneva. The duration of this internship is up to 6 months. 

Jan 28, 2018

The National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) Bio-Inspired Materials (Switzerland)

Application opens December 1st

Each year, the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials offers up to 20 undergraduate students (from Switzerland and around the world) the opportunity to spend the summer participating in cutting-edge research within one of the Center research groups. The undergraduate students have not only the change to get a glimpse of advanced research work and acquire hands-on work experience, but also to develop transferable skills and to network with professionals in their own field of interest.

TBD

EPFL Research Internship Program (Switzerland)

A three-month internship at EPFL will allow you to:

  • Expand your knowledge, explore new or alternative fields, widen your horizon
  • Specialize within a specific scientific subject
  • Gain experience in a cutting-edge lab and boost your career prospects
  • Work and interact with first-rate researchers
  • Discover a new exciting university and its excellent Professors
  • Enlarge your experience in a scenic country and immerse yourself in a new culture
Oct 31, 2018

TUM Practical Research Experience Program (Switzerland)

Excellent North American students are invited to apply for the TUM Practical Research Experience Program (PREP), a 10-week program that runs over the course of the summer. Participating in a research project under the supervision of a TUM faculty member, PREP participants will build up and further refine their research skills, learn more about the specifics of the German higher education and research landscape, and become members of the diverse scientific community at Germany's top-ranked technical university.

Nov 30, 2018

MPIPKS Summer Internship (Germany)

During their stay, students will take part in research at the frontiers of condensed matter theory; strongly correlated systems (magnetism, superconductivity, quantum Hall effect, cold atoms, topological phases), quantum information and entanglement, systems out of equilibrium. They will also get a chance to participate in various academic activities at the Institute including seminars as well as in-house workshops and conferences. 

Nov 11, 2018

Stuttgart University Program for Experiencing Research (Germany)

Participating institutes at the University of Stuttgart offer unique opportunities for full-time research projects in different fields of studies. The length of SUPER varies between two or three months from June through August and depends on the research project offered by the hosting institute. 

Several Deadlines

Chennai Physics Summer Research Programme (India)

The Institute has a limited programme for highly motivated bachelor's and master's students interested in research in the areas of Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Computational Biology to visit the Institute over their summer vacation. They typically select about 25 students across disciplines although this number varies a bit from year to year. These visits typically span 6-8 weeks during the summer (May-July). 

TBD

Undergraduate Research Award 2019 (U Waterloo, Canada)

Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) to spend the summer doing theoretical or experimental research at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Work with internationally recognized faculty and students from around the world in a unique, interdisciplinary research community. 

URA applications are due Monday, January 7, 2019. References are due Monday, January 14, 2019. 

Jan 7, 2019
Aalto University Summer Internship (Finland) TBD

Perimeter Institute Undergraduate Summer Program (Canada)

Perimeter Institute invites exceptional undergraduate students to join its research community for short-term summer research projects, running from May to mid-August. Undergraduate students will work on pre-established projects alongside Postdoctoral Fellows on-location at Perimeter Institute. Students have the rare opportunity to develop their research skills and absorb the rich variety of talks, conferences, and happenings at Perimeter.

Jan 17, 2019

Computer Science at EPFL Summer Internship (Switzerland)

During a period of at least two months and possibly including the 2nd week of July, internship students get the chance to learn new skills and to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field while working personally with leading senior scientists. Participating students will work in a research unit, typically to solve problems which are usually part of major research efforts. Often, this will lead to performing challenging programming or design tasks to prove new concepts. being an intern at EPFL is a highly motivating learning and work experience in a competitive research environment, and it is also a great way to get familiar with another culture, to start building a network of connections in Switzerland, and to get prepared for a global career!

Feb 3, 2019

Max Planck Institute for Software Systems Summer Internship (Germany)

Internships provide an opportunity for exceptionally well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students to take part in research projects at the MPI for Software Systems. Interns are expected to tackle new and challenging research problems in close collaboration with graduate students and faculty at the institute. Successful internships often result in coauthored publications at top academic conferences. 

Dec 31, 2018

ETH Summer Research Fellowship (Switzerland)

The Computer Science Department at ETH offers a new and interesting program that allows undergraduate and graduate students to obtain research experience in our department during the summer months. Applications for the program are open to all students - international students are particularly encouraged. The department is committed to increasing diversity in the computer science area. 

 

Dec 31, 2018

DAAD RISE (Germany)

The extensive RISE Germany database offers a wide range of internships in Science and Engineering. Find out about dates, application documents, selection criteria, the selection process, language requirements and scholarship benefits.

Dec 15, 2018

University of Florida International Summer Research Program in Gravitational-Wave Physics (Europe)

This program is designed to expose students to the rigors of gravitational physics research within a setting that truly reflects its international character. For a period of 9-10 weeks during the summer, participants work on research projects in some of the best gravitational physics labs in Europe and Australasia. During their stay, students also benefit from the valuable cultural enrichment that comes with living in a foreign environment.

Dec 15, 2018

DOE-INFN Summer Students Exchange Programme

INFN is one of the leading organizations worldwide promoting basic scientific research and has tight connections with DOE activities in many areas of interest: Particle Physics, Astroparticle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics and Detector Physics. They are looking for US students willing to join an INFN research team in Italy for a two-month period between June 1st and October 31st, 2018. There are a total of 11 positions available in 18 different INFN sites.

TBD

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) Summer Internships

The MPIA offers up to four positions for internships every year to bright bachelor and master students who desire to acquire hands-on research experience. Students work full-time for two to three months. 

Jan 15, 2019

ASTRON/JIVE Summer Student Programme

The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) announce the availability of a limited number of grants for their Summer Research Programme. The Programme enables astronomy students (graduate or advanced undergraduate) to spend the summer (10-12 weeks) at the institute in Dwingeloo in the Netherlands, conducting astronomical research under the supervision of ASTRON and JIVE staff members. 

TBD

The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP)

UTRIP is a summer internship program for students majoring in natural science and other relevant fields. The program will provide students with an opportunity to gain research experience. Participating students will work closely with leading researchers of the Graduate School of Science (GSS) at the University of Tokyo. In addition, the program includes off-campus activities such as a field-trips to a historical or natural site in Japan, and social and cultural events to promote a better understanding of Japanese culture.

TBD

Leiden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer Students (LEAPS) 2019

LEAPS is an opportunity for students with an interest in astronomy and astrophysics to perform a 10-12 week summer research project in collaboration with a research scientist from Leiden Observatory or ESA. Students will be selected for the program based on their academic achievements and research potential and will be matched to staff projects based on what they indicate their scientific interests to be. 

TBD

Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC)

Research subjects at the IAC include: theoretical and observation projects in Relative Cosmology and Astrophysics, galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy, the Physics of Interstellar Material, Star Formation and Evolution, Radiative Transport, Solar Physics and Helioseismology, the Physics of Cosmic Fluids and Plasma Fluid. 

TBD

ESAC Trainee Project

The ESAC Trainee Project is part of the ESA Student Placement scheme and is organized and funded by ESAC Human Resources and the Science Operations Department, in collaboration with the ESAC Faculty and ESA Education Office. Traineeships last from 3 to 6 months. 

Dec 10, 2018

 

INDUSTRY/OTHER

Opportunity Application Deadline

Camp Galileo Summer Internships

Ready to work hard, play hard, inspire, and contribute? Galileo is looking for exceptional educators, experienced leaders, working professionals, and college and high school students who will make career-defining discoveries while inspiring over 25,000 Galileo campers at 50+ locations throughout the Bay Area, SoCal, and Chicagoland. Galileo is a summer job, but to many, it is also a community, a career path, an educational movement, a ridiculous amount of fun, and an inspiration to create positive change in the world.

Watch this video to get an idea of what it's like working with Galileo:

https://youtu.be/BN-7-ydAlnE

See website

Varian Medical Systems

Field Service Engineer Internship

Varian is also seeking candidates for a position with their Advanced Support Team in Installation and Commissioning. This position will require 50+% travel and may start out initially stationed at the Atlanta or New York location. 

Other summer positions may also be available.  Please contact Heather Lewis (a recent Stanford Physics alum) at healther.lewis@varian.com. She can refer you to the appropriate hiring manager(s). 

See website