Below is a listing of just a few summer research opportunities for Undergraduates at Universities and Institutions around the U.S. Most offer excellent stipends, and many offer travel reimbursement and free housing. This is only a sampling of opportunities available; these websites offer more comprehensive lists of summer research internships around the country:
National Institutes of Health/DHHS
Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
Summer programs at NIH provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH campus consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1,200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI.
Eligibility: The Summer Internship Program is for students who are at least sixteen years of age or older at the time they begin the program and who are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university as undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. Students who have been accepted into a college or university program may also apply. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Stipend Information: The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on education completed prior to starting at the NIH. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page.
Application Procedure: Prospective candidates must apply online. The application is available from mid-November to March 1. It requires submission of
§ a curriculum vitae or resume,
§ a list of coursework and grades (please note: no transcripts need to be sent at this time),
§ a cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and career goals, and
§ the names and contact information for two references.
Candidates may also specify the scientific methodologies or disease/organ systems that interest them.
Program URL: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip
Summer Research Opportunities at Caltech
Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at email@example.com or (626) 395-2887.
MURF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, or first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.
Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas.
Support: MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.
Application: Online Applications are due January 11, 2012.
AMGEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.
Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.
Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.
Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2012.
Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at the University of Washington
Each summer, the UW School of Medicine's Office of Multicultural Affairs offers a unique opportunity for college freshman and sophomores interested in medicine and dentistry. The Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a six-week enrichment program for underrepresented college freshmen and sophomores interested in medicine or dentistry. The program will offer each scholar intensive enrichment in core science courses, clinical exposure, mentor shadowing and much more. The UW simultaneously aims to provide its participants with a deeper understanding of the needs of underserved communities within a supportive and diverse environment.
It is intended for students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds (economic, geographic, education) and/or students who are underrepresented in medicine (racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population). We feel that students who expect to encounter significant barriers in achieving their educational and professional goals will benefit from SMDEP. Travel, housing, meals and a stipend will be provided.
Rolling Admissions. SMDEP application open November 1st. Deadline March 1st. Application submitted by Nov 1st-February 1st; decisions will be visible on <http://www.smdep.org> on Feb 15th. Applications submitted by Feb 2nd-March 1st; decisions will be visible on <http://www.smdep.org/> on April 1st.
NIH Summer Internship Program
Applications for the 2011 Summer Internship Program are now being accepted via https://www.training.nih.gov.While the deadline for the program, is March 1, applicants are encouraged to apply early.
A video on "Applying Successfully" as well as links containing "Advice to Applicants" can be found on the right hand column at: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip
Virginia Commonwealth University offers three summer programs for students interested in the health professions. Each of these programs offers ten paid weeks of research, regularly scheduled research and career development seminars, and opportunities to interact with current VCU faculty and graduate students.
This National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood (NHLBI) sponsored program provides research opportunity for undergraduate students, and first year medical and dental students. Students will work with VCU faculty on research projects in areas in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. Students from racial and ethnic minorities or disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Visit http://www.vcuhealthsciences.vcu.edu/sassdss/programs/summerresearch.html for more information.
The VCU Alliance Program provides a hands-on research experience for undergraduate sophomores and juniors from racial and ethnic minority or disadvantaged backgrounds. Students spend the summer working on research projects in VCU labs selected according to their research interest. Visit http://www.vcuhealthsciences.vcu.edu/sassdss/programs/summerresearch.html.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory / Watson School of Biological Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Any matriculated college sophomore or junior with a strong academic background may apply. The program includes young men and women from around the world and is open to all legitimate applicants irrespective of gender, race, ethnic origin, or creed. The summer Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) was established in 1959. It provides a unique opportunity for young people from around the world to learn first-hand about genetics, cell biology, neurobiology, and molecular biology by working and living in a scientific community that is renowned for its research and educational programs. The fundamental objective of the URP program is to give students an opportunity to conduct first-rate research. Students work with Laboratory staff on independent research projects in the mentor's field of expertise -- specifically in the areas of cancer biology, neurobiology, plant biology, cell biology, genetics, molecular and structural biology, or computational biology. In addition to their research, URPs attend a series of seminars and special events designed specifically for them by members of the Laboratory's senior staff. In addition to room and board on the beautiful 100-acre Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory campus, students receive a $4,000 stipend for their participation in the Undergraduate Research Program. See http://www.cshl.edu/URP/program.html for more information.
Amgen Scholars Program
The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Currently,10 universities in the U.S. host the summer research program. A signature component of the summer program is a mid-summer, three-day symposium where students hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia. The U.S. symposium is held in California and provides students with a valuable opportunity to network with other Amgen Scholars from across the U.S. Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program; See each university’s summer research program website for more information.
Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, and must be sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies). U.S. program applicants must also have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above and an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. Each U.S. host university has its own application process. The application deadline for all U.S. host universities is February 2, with the exception of the California Institute of Technology, for which the deadline is February 16. For more information, visit http://www.amgenscholars.com/.
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Summer Internship Program
This program will allow students the opportunity to work with Environmental Agencies throughout the country. Interns will be placed with the USEPA or other Governmental agencies dealing with air quality and/or related environmental issues. This opportunity is open to students majoring in science, engineering, planning, policy, law, management, education or other related fields. All internships are 10 weeks, with a capstone project required. Each intern will be provided with a $4000 salary for 10 weeks, along with travel and housing stipend where needed. http://www4.nau.edu/eeop/internships/ssi_internship.asp
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the new 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; and Detroit, MI. The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly, with supplements for prior experience. The application is available from mid-November to March 1. http://www.training.nih.gov/student/sip/info.asp.
$20,000 Undergraduate Scholarships
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years. After each year of scholarship support, you will train for 10 weeks as a paid summer research employee in an NIH research laboratory. After graduation, you will continue your training as a full-time employee in an NIH research laboratory. You must serve 1 year of full-time employment for each year of scholarship. The NIH Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who show a commitment to pursuing careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Recipients must be a U.S. citizen, national, or qualified noncitizen, be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student for the 2008-2009 academic year at an accredited, 4-year undergraduate institution, and be from a “disadvantaged background”. Disadvantaged background means that your financial aid office has certified you as having “exceptional financial need.” Recipients will also have a 3.5 GPA or higher or within the top 5 percent of your class. Applications will be available on the website in November. Visit http://www.ugsp.nih.gov.
The NIH Academy, Bethesda, MD (for recent college graduates)
The NIH Academy is a postbaccalaureate program that provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The mission of the Academy is to enhance research dedicated to the elimination of domestic health disparities through the development of a diverse cadre of biomedical researchers. While in this program participants work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. In addition, there are two educational components to the program: seminars and workshops on topics related to health disparities and general knowledge and skills-development workshops. The stipend for the NIH Academy fellows is $28,783, which is slightly higher than the average first year Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellowship stipend. Prospective candidates must apply online. http://www.training.nih.gov/student/Pre-IRTA/irtamanualpostbacAcademy.asp
Summers of Discovery Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/NIH/DHHS
The Summers of Discovery program at the NIEHS is part of the National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (NIH SIP), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The Summers of Discovery program provides internships to outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field. Participants are selected by scientific mentors from the NIEHS Division of Intramural Research. Visit http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/research/summers/ for more information.
Abbott Labs, Near Chicago, IL (locations worldwide)
Abbott offers summer internships in a variety of scientific disciplines. Intern selection is competitive and based on a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale. Leadership abilities, extracurricular activities, relevant course work, and characteristics such as integrity, innovation, initiative, teamwork, and adaptability are considered. Students must have completed at least one year of college and must be enrolled in school the fall season following the potential internship. http://www.abbott.com/global/url/content/en_US/50.40.10:10/general_content/General_Content_00359.htm#subsection
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
A summer research program for undergraduate students going into their final term/year of studies in fall of 2009 is established at Fred Hutchinson. Students spend a nine week period as part of a research team after selecting an area of interest, such as: cellular biology, developmental biology, genetics, membrane biology, molecular biology, molecular immunology, structural biology, oncogenes, or virology. The current stipend for the 9-week program is $4000. Visit http://www.fhcrc.org/science/education/undergraduates/ for more information.
Genentech, California locations
Our paid internship assignments entail intensive 10-12 week summer programs for undergraduate and graduate level students. Interns work side-by-side with some of the most talented people in biotechnology on project teams in topics related to Research, Development, Manufacturing Processes and Corporate Business Groups, which compliments his/her university curriculum with relevant, hands-on experience. Our internships are located at our headquarters in South San Francisco, CA, and our facilities in Vacaville and Oceanside, CA. Apply online at http://www.gene.com/gene/careers/university/internships/
Los Alamos National Labs, New Mexico
Internship programs strive to provide opportunities that provide meaningful work experiences while incorporating education and training activities. Students have an opportunity to contribute to the Laboratory’s mission while working with state-of-the-art equipment and instruments. http://www.lanl.gov/education/undergrad/internships.shtml
Pacific Northwest National Lab, Richland, WA
Offers a variety of internships for undergraduates and graduate students.