Internships & Summer Opportunities

Pathways to Science Database of National Opportunities in STEM

The national non-profit Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) aims to increase access to STEM education and careers for diverse underrepresented groups. The group hosts a database of internships, scholarships, and summer research programs that is searchable by field, location, and more. See .

National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Many summer and some term-time research opportunities are funded by the NSF at sites around the country and some international locations.  In an REU, about 10 undergraduates work closely with faculty and other reseachers on ongoing research projects.  Each student focuses on a specific research project.  Students receive stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.  Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. To find an opportunity, go to Search for an REU Site. You may search by keyword for particular research topics or locations.  Click on the links for the individual REU sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site. 

Several important summer REUs are are coordinated by NMSU faculty!  

The NSF-REU Collaborative Site Program on Immigration Policy and US-Mexico Border Communities is designed to provide undergraduate students with training in research methods and opportunities to conduct collaborative projects with community partners on the nature and impacts of US immigration policy in the Paso del Norte borderlands region of Las Cruces-El Paso-Ciudad Juárez. 
From 2017 to 2021, 30 undergraduate students from NMSU, UTEP and around the United States have participated in 10-week summer programs. For more information, see . Contact: Dr. Neil Harvey, NMSU Department of Government (
The goal of this REU site initiative (BIGDatA- BIG DatAnalytics for Cyber-physical Systems) is to inspire and prepare undergraduate students to pursue academic studies and careers in STEM with a focus on big data analytics for cyber-physical systems (CPS).
The site’s research projects will focus on equipping students with skills and knowledge related to big data analytics in CPS. The CPS will be exemplified by four main application areas: smart grids, wireless sensor networks, smart homes for the elderly and disabled, and disaster response. For more information, see the website at . Contact: Dr. Huiping Cao, Department of Computer Science ( or Dr. Tuan Le, Department of Computer Science (
Jornada Basin LTER was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the causes and consequences of desertification through long-term research. The Jornada Basin LTER has funding to support a modest number of undergraduate research (JRN-REU) fellowships each summer. Students will work with mentors associated with JRN-LTER or NMSU on research related to Jornada LTER research themes.  For about the REU program, please see the 2021 flier and application form.  Contact:Niall Hanan ( and Nina Joffe (

Biomedical Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) is an intensive, nine-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session. The 2022 program runs from Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 12. Students must be able to commit to this entire period in order to participate. Eligible students are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enring the summer before their final year or semester of undergraduate studies.  Applicants should have a strong background in the sciences or related area of interest. 

A catalog of internships for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and first-year medical students offered nationwide can be accessed at: 

To apply, submit an application at The application deadline is Friday, January 7, 2022. Letters of recommendation for up to two references are due by Friday, January 14, 2022. Notification of acceptance will occur in mid- to late-February. 

Funding for International Research in Summer 2022 (NMSU)

Zoom orientation: February 16, 2022, at 

Rising sophomores and juniors! Are you interested in doing research abroad this summer? Need some funding support to get you there? Come learn about the Honors College International Scholarship at a Zoom orientation session with Dr. Andrea Orzoff on Wednesday, February 16, at 5pm. Questions beforehand? Contact Dr. O at  

Johns Hopkins University Humanities Collaboratory for Community College Students

Johns Hopkins University will host a fully-funded summer research program for community college students working in humanities disciplines from June 1-August 6, 2022.  The program is nationally recognized, highly pedagogically innovative, and a proven success. It’s funded by the Mellon Foundation and will provide students with a generous summer stipend of $5750 for ten weeks of full-time mentored research. Required on-campus housing at our beautiful Baltimore campus is included in the award, in addition to the stipend at no cost to the student. The program is nationally recognized, highly pedagogically innovative, and a proven success. It boasts an over a 90% transfer rate for past participants, hundreds of thousands in post-program scholarships and awards, growth in academic rigor and expertise, and exceptional graduate school placement. Students can work in ANY area of the humanities and many past students have been general studies students. This program provides students with a team of mentors and a student-centered experience focused on research modeling and collaboration. Students’ projects are completely individual and customized to their interests; they do not need to have a topic prior to entering the program, as they will spend the first two weeks developing their topics. In addition to the application, students will enter an interview round before final selection. Applications are online now through February 15, 2022 and are open to any current community college students with an interest in research in the humanities. Please see the  website for more information, including two videos produced by previous years’ participants detailing the impact of the program.

MIT Summer Research Programs (MSRP)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summer Research Program - General (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education, to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity, and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT. To this end, MIT offers summer programs for undergraduate students to spend a summer on MIT’s campus, working on research under the guidance of experienced MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.  Students specifically interested in gaining research experience in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Biology or Neuroscience, including Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience should apply directly to MSRP Bio/BCS.  Those interested in any other department should apply to MSRP General.  Applications open in November and close at dates in January.  Please visit for eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions, and more information. To apply, go to the application website.

Undergraduate Student Internships at Los Alamos National Lab

The Undergraduate Student Internship Program (UGS) at Los Alamos National Lab is a year-round internship program that provides domestic and international students with relevant research experience while they are pursuing an undergraduate degree. This internship program is designed to complement the students' education with work experience related to their chosen field of study. There are appointments in both the technical and professional fields.  For details, see . 

Undergraduate Student Internships at Sandia National Labs

Undergraduate Internships, co-ops, summer research programs and other opportunities are also available year-round at Sandia National Lab locations in Albuquerque and Livermore, California. Sandia National Labs conduct a myriad of research projects in science and technology that are relevant to national security.  Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens.  For details, see .

ASU Honors Native American Summer Research Program

The NAU Honors College is pleased to accept applications for the Honors Native American Summer
Research Program. Funded through a generous gift, the Program is designed to support an enhanced
educational experience through the chance to participate in guided summer research while living on
campus. The Program covers the following costs of attendance during the first five-week summer session
(May 30 through June 28, 2022):
1. Tuition and Fees for three credit hours of independent research in HON 495 or HON 497.
2. Five weeks of housing in a single room in the Honors Residence Hall.
3. $1,050 in dining dollars.
This is designed to be a small cohort program, and peer mentoring is an important component to building
community. A peer mentor assigned to the cohort will reside in the Honors Residence Hall for the duration
of the Program, and participants will be expected to work regularly with that mentor.

Applications due March 1st.

Virtual Student Research Symposium - Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for World Class Day 5, taking place on 27 & 28 May, 2022 (student researchers can apply now)

World Class Day (WCD), a free online symposium, highlights research carried out by students worldwide. Via live video link, participants introduce their projects to an international audience. Within a limit of five minutes, they accomplish these goals:

Ask an important new question that is grounded in the theory or method best suited for their own inquiry;
identify a key insight that they have reached;
predict the next steps for the research trajectory.
This symposium is designed for undergraduate students to share their individual research across distances, disciplines, and cultures. They come together to share and discuss their work with their international audience.

Student researchers can bring their research to an international sphere of discussion at no cost. Student researchers can engage in illuminating dialogue about their work.

To apply, please direct student researchers to complete the google form:

Applications are due by midnight (your local time) on 28, February 2022

For questions or comments about this call for proposals and the application process, please email: or contact us through our website at:

NBCU Academy

"NBCU Academy is an innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program. Along with scholarships and equipment, the program includes journalists, executives and managers from NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo as guest lecturers and mentors. The new 2022 cohort includes accredited engineering programs for the first time and expands the NBCU Academy’s reach to 30 campuses and beyond journalism to involve business, engineering, technology and sports programs. To learn more about the NBCU Academy and the academic partners visit "

To apply, contact the NMSU Dept. of Journalism and Media Studies

Publish your Creative Writing online in The Crimson Thread

The online journal of the English Undergraduate Student Organization, The Crimson Thread, accepts works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Submission guidelines can be found on the website at: Submissions can be sent for consideration to

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium Scholarships and Fellowships

New Mexico Space Grant Consortium just opened the application period for scholarships and fellowships for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters. The application period will be open until April 11. NMSGC offers scholarships and fellowships to students enrolled in any community college or university in New Mexico. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be majoring in a STEM field, with exception of the Pre-Service Teaching Undergraduate Studies Scholarship and the In-Service Teacher Graduate Studies Fellowship. The fall 2022-spring 2023 undergraduate scholarships and fellowships offered are:

  • Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  • Community College Student Scholarship
  • Pre-Service Teaching Undergraduate Studies Scholarship

For more information, or to apply, click here. For questions, contact Cristina Esquivel at

Summer Internship for Undergraduates at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), the only U.S. Museum dedicated exclusively to the exhibition and preservation of Africa’s traditional and contemporary arts, is pleased to announce a paid summer internship in the conservation department. A conservator’s work is focused on the preservation of collections and this may include documentation, treatment and research. Conservators have academic backgrounds in the arts, sciences or social sciences and attain a profession graduate degree in conservation. For more information about the field see: Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this internship is open to students who have completed at least one year of college, who have a strong interest in science, art, art history, history, anthropology or archaeology and who have at least a 3.0 gpa. Interns will be given an introduction to the field of art conservation, learn about documentation, preventive care and exhibits conservation. Assignments may include: environmental monitoring, writing reports, photographic documentation, housing objects for storage, lab organizational tasks, and participating in research projects. In addition, the intern will learn about and participate in the Museum’s efforts in decolonization. As part of an initiative designed to promote diversity in the profession and conservation training, the ten-week internship will commence on June 6, 2022 and offers a $6,600 stipend plus additional funds to help defray the cost of travel to Washington DC. The internship is open only to US citizens and permanent residents. (Please note: this internship is intended as an introduction to conservation for students who have no previous experience in a conservation lab). Deadline for application: March 1, 2022 For further information contact: Dana Moffett, Senior Conservator Application Procedure: Applicants must register and submit an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA) . After registering, sign onto the SOLAA system. At the top of the screen, select “Start your Application”; Select “Internship” and “National Museum of African Art” from the drop-down program lists. All materials should be submitted through the SOLAA system. Application requirements via SOLAA -Short essay (no more than three pages total) 1) A statement of your interest in an internship at the NMAfA and what you hope to gain from the experience; please state how you found out about the internship. 2) Please discuss the impact that a funded internship would have on you and your education. 3) Provide a short biography describing your background, personal history, interests and major/minor (if declared). -Curriculum Vitae or Resume -Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial) -Two letters of reference

NMSU/NSF: BIGDatA Analytics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Deadline to apply: February 20, 2022

This NSF-funded summer program inspires and prepares undergraduate students to pursue academic studies and careers in STEM with a focus on big data analytics for cyber-physical systems (CPS). Thirteen faculty members mentor students on research projects that focus on equipping students with skills and knowledge related to big data analytics in four main application areas in CPS: smart grids, wireless sensor networks, smart homes for the elderly and disabled, and disaster response. The program runs from May 23-July 29, 2002. To apply, go to

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Summer Internship

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2022

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and public engagement. This May-August NSF-REU program at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, enables students to work on independent research projects under the direction of a SERC mentor. Interns projects span the range of research conducted at SERC, including environmental chemistry, marine and estuarine ecology, molecular ecology, and terrestrial ecology. Projects are also offered in public engagement, with opportunities in environmental education, citizen science, and science writing. Although students will become familiar with much of the research of SERC in general, individuals will devote most of their time to an independent research project. To apply, go to

Johns Hopkins University Humanities Collaboratory for Community College Students

Deadline to apply: Feb. 15, 2002

Johns Hopkins University hosts a fully-funded 10-week summer research program for community college students working in humanities disciplines from June 1-August 6, 2022. During the program, students work with mentors to develop and complete an individual project in any area of the humanities. Applications are online now through February 15, 2022 and are open to any current community college students with an interest in research in the humanities.


University of Wisconsin Summer Education Research Program (SERP)

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2022

The Summer Education Research Program (SERP) is sponsored by the School of Education (SoE) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate School. This program provides traditionally underrepresented undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate studies related to the School of Education the opportunity to engage in independent research. Research is guided by a faculty/research associate mentor in or affiliated with the School of Education and offers a competitive $4500 stipend for participants as well as other amenities, including travel expenses to Madison and housing. To apply, go to