The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted 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. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.
On the REU web page you can search by keywords to find program sites in particular research areas or locations. Students need to visit individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. Contact information is listed for each site.
Note deadlines and requirements. Applications are typically due between February and March and application requirements usually include one or two letters of recommendation from faculty. When asking faculty for letters of recommendation it’s helpful to send them a description of the program you’re applying to, as well as your resume, all well in advance of the deadline.
The MassTech Intern Partnership program offers opportunities for paid internships for rising juniors, seniors and recent graduates. These internship opportunities are with innovative tech sector businesses and start-ups in Massachusetts. Technology sectors include Big Data and Analytics, Digital Interactive Gaming, Digital Interactive Media, Digital Marketing and Internet Business, Health IT and Ed Tech, Mobile Communications & Robotics.
Students can upload a cover letter and resume at the MassTech Intern Partnership website and are contacted directly by companies looking for interns with a matching skill set. Last year there were over 150 companies waiting to review these applications.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. The program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences in paid internships across the state.
Students complete an online application which includes their resume and a cover letter then representatives from companies looking to host interns review applications, interview candidates, and select interns with the qualifications that are most suited to their needs.
Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources. Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, and postdoctoral positions.
Students may apply via NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) for all NASA Internships. NASA Internships provide a single pathway for diverse and highly qualified high school, undergraduate and graduate students from a broad cross-section of academic institutions to engage in scientific, engineering, and professional internships at NASA Centers and facilities.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program connects students and recent graduates who are interested in careers in the clean energy sector, with MassCEC (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center) providing stipends for interns during fall, spring and summer sessions.
To participate in the program, students and recent graduates must attend (or have attended) a Massachusetts college or university, or be a Massachusetts resident, with proof of residency, who attended an out-of-state college or university. Ph. D. candidates are not eligible to participate in the program.
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