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STEM Internship and Research Opportunities

Student Center for Science Engagement (SCSE) Summer Research and Professional Development Program: The SCSE at Northeastern Illinois University organizes a research program every summer in which NEIU students work with faculty on a variety of research projects. 

Lincoln Park Zoo: The Zoo is committed to training young scientists to conduct independent research projects that are relevant to the management and conservation of captive and wild populations. The Zoo’s Research Internship program provides unique opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates to gain research experience on exotic species in a captive setting. The internship program is based in the Conservation & Science Department and offers a unique opportunity to conduct work in a variety of areas and gain valuable experience while being a part of the Zoo’s team approach to research and management of small populations. Interns have the opportunity to conduct research projects under the guidance of staff scientists in one or more of the following areas: demography, population genetics, population modeling, animal behavior, animal cognition, epidemiology, endocrinology and conservation. Deadlines are variable, but generally are in March and April.

The HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)Students looking for an internship at a federal agency or corporation can apply through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program. HACU is always in search of the best and the brightest to fill their many internship opportunities. 

The Danforth Plant Science Center’s REU summer Internship program is held 11 weeks each summer and exposes students to a rich research environment. The program gives students experience with all aspects of modern scientific research, from design to experimentation to reporting. Faculty mentors and staff provide insight into the personal qualities that make a good researcher, the process and training involved in becoming a scientist, and the broader impact of scientific discovery. The program is made possible through generous support from the National Science Foundation and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. 

Department of Homeland SecurityThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals

Eco TracksThese research internships focus on wildlife management, conservation, ecology, biodiversity, park management and marine conservation. As a part of ongoing long-term projects, they provide students with enriching experiences while working with African wildlife and marine life in spectacular landscapes. Rolling admissions.

U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyEver thought about having a great career dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all Americans? Ensuring that we have clean air, pure water and better-protected land? You can have that career at EPA! EPA internships and fellowships provide a great introduction to our work, giving you a sense of whether EPA might be the right place for you. Internships, fellowships and other opportunities are available at our Washington, D.C., headquarters, in our ten regional offices, and at our labs and research centers throughout the nation. Deadlines vary.

Field Museum of Natural HistoryA lot of our internships are simply created by a student expressing interest in being an intern. You can find a scientist for your particular area of interest or study in our staff list for the Gantz Family Collections Center, Integrative Research Center, or Keller Science Action Center. Write to the scientist(s) of your choice, let them know you are interested in working with them, and they will try to find an internship for you based on your qualifications and their needs and capacity. Deadlines are site specific.

Adler PlanetariumLeave your mark on the Adler by solving problems and designing new experiences. You’ll work alongside Adler staff, scientists, and engineers and connect with mentors that know what it takes to be a STEM professional. You’ll get behind-the-scenes access and invaluable professional experience that can help build out your resume and get you involved in unique projects you won’t get to do anywhere else! Deadlines are site specific.

Chicago Botanic Garden - REUThe Chicago Botanic Garden, with colleagues from partner institutions, hosts a 10-week summer research experience. This program offers undergraduate participants an opportunity to explore a diverse array of scientific fields related to plant biology and conservation. Travel, room and board, and research costs are covered by the program. Participants also receive a $5,000 stipend. 

Shedd AquariumYou’ll learn from the pros. Our internships offer specific, in-depth experiences to college students interested in aquarium-related careers. Duration varies with the program, and preference is given to students currently enrolled in a degree program. We do require that applicants for Animal Care Internships be at least 18 years old. 

Public Horticulture InternshipThe Morton Arboretum’s Center for Tree Science offers four summer fellowships to students who are interested in pursuing a career in urban ecology. They consider current undergraduate candidates with strong academic backgrounds and an interest in topics such as tree biology, urban biodiversity, urban forestry, arboriculture, root biology, soil science, forest ecology, genetics, informatics, plant systematics, pathology, entomology, tree conservation, and restoration ecology. 

Center for Tree Science - Undergraduate Research FellowshipUndergraduate research fellows at Morton Arboretum engage in a 10-week summer course that trains students in the scientific process by completing an independent research project, including question development, study design, data collection and analysis, and final presentation to several audiences. Students work directly with individual mentors who will advise and guide them through the entire process. This fellowship is open to first and second year undergraduate students. 

Environmental OpportunitiesSTEM majors at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), such as Environmental Science, Biology, Earth Science and Environmental Studies, can prepare students for careers in "green-collar" fields including environmental epidemiologist, environmental lawyer, climatologist, environmental chemist, climate change analyst, plant scientist, marine biologist, geologist, materials scientist, food scientist, wildlife biologist, hydrologist, sustainability director and more.  

Abbot LabsEvery year we host hundreds of interns from the world’s leading universities. Successful interns have demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership, communication skills and technical excellence in their respective fields. Interns have the opportunity to work in functions that include engineering, science, finance, information technology and marketing. Our internships offer flexible 10 to 12-week assignments during the summer, adjusted to your academic calendar and the needs of individual businesses. Deadlines are site specific.

Fermilab provides internships for  students who apply directly to Fermilab or through the Department of Energy. Fermilab also has international partnerships with institutions in foreign countries that are responsible for selecting students. Deadline varies for the multiple programs offered by Fermilab. 

Peggy Notebaert Nature MuseumInternships in the fall, winter and summer for college and university students. Rolling admissions.

NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-world task completion. 

NSF-REUThe National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities in a variety of fields for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of about ten undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Deadlines vary depending on REU site.

American Mathematical SocietyList of summer research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) that focus on mathematics and computer science. Various research opportunities all over the country at host institutions. Deadlines are site specific.

University of Missouri Undergraduate Research Programs: Main page that includes list of SURE/REU opportunities. Be sure to check out the list of opportunities that are for non-MU students. Deadlines are site specific.

U.S. Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) programThe program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the Department of Energy (DOE) mission. Read more information about SULI and access the online application.

American Chemical Society International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU)Up to 17 students from the United States will be chosen to participate in a 10- to 12-week chemistry research exchange program in Germany, Italy, Singapore or the United Kingdom. Students must have one semester or summer of research experience outside of a classroom and be a rising junior or senior. Deadline: Funding for the program is pending.

HHMI Janelia Undergraduate Scholar Program at the Janelia Farm Research Campus Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers a 10-week summer research program. Located in Ashburn, Va. All living expenses paid plus a $5,000 research stipend and travel support. Variety of research topics. The summer research program at the Farm Research Campus is located in Manhattan, Kansas and provides a $4,500 stipend for the summer, room and board at K-State, and a $300 travel allowance. Various research topics. View a description of other research programs at K-State

University of Iowa Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute Summer Research Experience Program The program will provide approximately eight undergraduate students with research experience in cutting edge topics related to environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nantechnology. REU participants will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors from the departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemistry and Pharmacy.  Housing and a $4,500 stipend provided. 

Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chemistry with support from NSF and the 3M Foundation. They are particularly looking for students who have not previously conducted research, who are members of underrepresented groups (including women) or who are first-generation college attendees. Scholarship includes a $5,000 stipend for a 10-week program, housing in Urbana, Ill., and round-trip travel cost (up to $800). 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech  Ten-week program including $5,000 stipend, travel allowance and housing. Projects available in analytical, biological, inorganic, physical, polymer and interdisciplinary chemistry. Students also participate in professional development seminars, site visits to scientific companies/government labs and social activities with fellow students and other REU groups on campus. 

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience: Offers an 11-week summer research program and is located in St. Augustine, Fla. Provides a competitive stipend, housing, and assistance with travel. Variety of research topics. 

The Danforth Center Summer Internships in Plant Biology Program: This 11-week program provides its applicants vast research opportunities including Abiotic Stress, Biofortification, Cell Biology, Cellular Signaling and many more. The Danforth Center is located in St. Louis, Mo. They particularly look for freshman and sophomore students. Provides a $6,500 stipend, living arrangements, and travel and food stipends. 

Monsanto Student Opportunities: Monsanto provides its applicants vast research opportunities. The program provides a stipend and travel expenses but each individual research opportunities have different requirements and rewards. Under “How to apply”, click on the “Internship, Co-op, and Trainee Roles” link to search for opportunities. Rolling deadlines.

Stowers Summer Scholars Program: The Stowers Institute of Medicine offers a program that provides its applicants vast research opportunities including, stem cell and growth research, neuroscience research, Cell Biology, and many more. The program provides its applicants with a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses, and housing options. Stowers Institute is located in Kansas City, Mo. 

Plant Genomics at Michigan State University: Laboratory and computational opportunities in the field of plant genomics in this 10-week program. Participants receive a $5,250 stipend, housing and meals, and some travel help. 

MEDIX: Medical Informatics Experiences in Undergraduate Research: A National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The Medical Informatics (MedIX) program’s main objectives are to encourage talented undergraduates to pursue graduate education and to expose students to interdisciplinary research, especially at the border of information technology and medicine. All of the projects on which students will work are inspired by state-of-the-art research questions in imaging informatics. The program will be hosted by DePaul University and University of Chicago and the research environment will offer the students the opportunity to interact with computer scientists, medical physicists, and medical doctors. 

Nebraska Summer Research Program: This 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research experiences while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life. Students with a strong interest in graduate programs are particularly encouraged to apply. STIPEND RANGE: $5,000- $6,000.  RESEARCH PROGRAMS in the following fields: Applied Plant Systems, Bioenergy Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Integrated Agronomic Systems, Materials Sciences (MRSEC), Minority Health Disparities, Nanohybrid Functional Materials, Nanotechnology, NIMBUS, Redox Biology, Sustainability, Systems Biology, Virology. 

One Heart Source Experiential Learning Programs in South AfricaOne Heart Source (OHS) is offering a variety of 1, 2, and 4-week experiential learning programs this summer and the organization is currently accepting applications. OHS Global Mentors will gain international experience; develop skills in international communication, mentorship and community outreach; mentor students to achieve academic growth and cultivate lasting relationships, immerse yourself in local communities and broaden your global perspective; focus on examining Education/Social Work, Youth Empowerment, or Health Innovation within the context of South Africa; and collaborate with groups of university students from around the world. Applications for the Mentorship Programs are accepted on a rolling basis - positions are filling quickly! 

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