Interested in gaining research experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) related fields? Explore resources below for information on internships and undergraduate research opportunities.


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SMART Scholarship for Service Program

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion with a Department of Defense facility. The Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. degree, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities. For more information and to apply, please visit

Deadline to apply is December 1, 2016

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” Internships will primarily focus on projects related to Advanced Technology Demonstration programs, or are otherwise in the areas of: Materials Research and Supporting Technology, Advanced Analytics, Nuclear Forensics, Program Management, Radiation Detection, and Shielded Special Nuclear Material (SNM) Detection.

Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: January 27, 2016, at 11:59 PM EST

Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found at:


NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Community College Cultivation Cohort (C4)

Applications due February 15, 2016

The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI, an NSF Science and Technology Center) is pleased to announce its NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Community College Cultivation Cohort (C4). C4 is a 9-week research internship targeting community college students nationwide. C4 students will spend their summer doing cutting edge research working in laboratories at USC, learning state-of-the-art techniques ranging from DNA sequencing to microscopy and sterile techniques to analytical chemistry. 

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Student Opportunities
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California

JPL offers hundreds of internship opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds and in various stages of their education. Their internship opportunities span the science, technology, engineering and mathematics universe and give students the chance to work with world-renowned scientists and engineers on some of the most important space missions studying our home planet, the solar system and worlds beyond. 

JPL is a NASA federally funded research and development center managed by the California Institute of Technology working closely with NASA and Caltech, as well as community colleges, universities and educational programs across the United States to offer opportunities to diverse communities, with a special focus on those in minority and underrepresented groups. 

To get started launching your future, visit the JPL Internships page to apply and explore their different internships and research opportunities.

2016 Transfer to Excellence (TTE) Summer Research Program

Date: June 4-August 6, 2016
Location: UC Berkeley

Application Deadline: January 29, 2016

The TTE REU Program is a 9-week program that introduces energy research to community college students who are motivated by science and engineering. TTE REU research projects have a focus on: Bioengineering, Robotics and Nanotechnology. Summer interns have the opportunity to join Berkeley researchers working in a collaborative and innovative environment on energy-related problems. 

Questions: Contact TTE REU Program Coordinator, Lea Manager at or 510-664-4882.

The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for their individual programs. Prospective students may apply to and attend multiple summer programs; they do not restrict or cap an individual's participation between or among any of the programs described below:

University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp
July 11-15, 2016

The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented and first-generation pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school.  The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.  There is a $125 program fee and a limited number of scholarships to waive the program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.

For more information, please visit:
Questions: Please feel free to call the Admissions and Student Affairs Office at 510-642-9537, or send email to

Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future

Accepting applications-December 14-April 1, 2016

The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a week-long experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.  Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.

For more information, please visit: or contact
Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407,

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

Application Deadline: February 10, 2016

The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study an all expenses paid opportunity to conduct intensive research. The goal is to prepare students for graduate studies at U-M. SROP Participants work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. In addition, all participants engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars, and culminate their experience by presenting their work at a research symposium. SROP helps build strong professional and personal networks that facilitate the transition to the graduate community.

All disciplines - For more information about the program’s requirements, benefits and online application, please visit our site:

Engineering Only - If you are interested in applying for a SROP research project in Engineering, please apply at the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) website.

Please contact us at or (734) 647-4013 if you have any questions. 

2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The SETI Institute is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2016 REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program in Astronomy and Planetary Science. Undergraduate students in fields-such as astronomy, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics are invited to apply to spend 10 weeks in the San Francisco Bay area working on a scientific research project in the field of astronomy or planetary science. Students receive a stipend, travel, and living expenses. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. 

Applications are due by February 1, 2016.

For more information, visit or contact Jean Chiar,, 650-810-0233.