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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


  • Compilation of summer research opportunities by Pathways to Science (Institute for Broadening Participation, with the goal increasing diversity in STEM fields):
  • Try out this search tool for physics and astronomy undergraduates:
  • 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:


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, 2018

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, 2018

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 12, 2018

NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships

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

Several Deadlines
NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI)
A NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Opportunities for students in other disciplines are available. 
Mar 1, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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.


Feb 1, 2018




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.

January 12, 2018

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.

December 15, 2017

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 ffrom underrepresented minorities.  Fermilab also has international partnerships with institutions in foreign countries. 

Several Deadlines in January 2018

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.).

Jan 16, 2018

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, 2018

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.

Feb 5, 2018

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.

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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) Program not offered in 2018

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
Feb 16, 2018

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
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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.

Feb 1, 2018



Opportunity Application Deadline

CERN Summer Internship

Students selected for the program will spend June and July working with active research groups at CERN, one of the world's premier international laboratories. CERN is the home of the web and the site of the Large Hadron Collider.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Jan 3, 2018

Students from CERN Member States Jan 28, 2018
Students from non-CERN Member States Jan 28, 2018

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

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.

Jan 15, 2018

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
Nov 30, 2017

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.

Dec 1, 2017
MPIPKS Summer Internship (Germany) Nov 10, 2017

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. 

Mar 1, 2017

Chennai Physics Summer Research Programme (India)

The Institute has a limited programme for highly motivated bachelor's and master's students interested in doing theoretical work in Physics to visit the Institute. This is typically for any 6 weeks in the 2 months during the summer (May-July). 

  • This is a limited programme, depending on the availability of infrastructure facilities and faculty guides
  • They typically select about 10-15 students
Feb 28, 2018

Undergraduate Research Award 2018 (U Waterloo, Canada)

If you are an undergraduate and would like the opportunity to work alongside a faculty member or a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), you should apply for the Undergraduate Research Award (URA).

Faculty are interested in working with exceptional, motivated students from a wide range of scientific backgrounds. This is a unique opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary research community.

You will get to:

  • Prepare for your graduate studies and research careers
  • Gain a broad exposure to the field of quantum information processing
  • Attend IQC seminars, lectures, and student talks

IQC also welcomes final year students interested in doing their undergraduate research projects.

Jan 8, 2018
Aalto University Summer Internship (Finland) Jan 31, 2018

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. Student have the rare opportunity to develop their research skills and absorb the rich variety of talks, conferences, and happenings at Perimeter.

Details coming soon

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 1, 2018

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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 15,2017

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.

April 8th, 2018



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:

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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 posititions may also be available.  Please contact Heather Lewis (a recent Stanford Physics alum) at She can refer you to the appropriate hiring manager(s). 

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