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Benefits of Research Internships

Finding a job even with a college degree can be a difficult at times, particularly with the surge of four-year graduates entering the workforce in combination with the scarce amount of openings for qualified potential employees.  Having a graduate degree is one of the main attributes students can have in order to be more competitive, but getting into their desired graduate program is no easy task.  Making their curriculum vitae stick out among hundreds of applications is the key to getting their foot in the door.  Within seconds, committees reading their curriculum vitae will judge whether they possess the qualifications and competitiveness many applicants offer, determining whether or not their application will be further considered.

Having a compelling curriculum vitae is the first step in getting placed in that highly sought after admitted pile.  To make their curriculum vitae more appealing, it needs to have attributes other applicants do not, namely, experience through the utilization of research internships.

Though numerous research internships offer little or no monetary gain, many others offer considerable and competitive compensation packages in forms of stipends, room and board, travel costs, health benefits, etc.  Research internships provide research experience to students interested in entering the work force, where generally research experience tends to be absent from classrooms altogether. The benefits of doing research internships reach far beyond pay, consider the experience alone, and the networking capabilities.  The rates of students with practical research experience admitted to graduate programs are considerably more than those who lack research immersion. 

For students who choose not to participate in research internships, their odds of getting accepted into their desired graduate school program over those with a research background on their curriculum vitae is dismal.  In many circumstances, having only a high GPA from a well-known school is no longer what characterizes a good graduate student; and in the majority of cases, students with research internship backgrounds also have high academic marks from reputable programs, adding to their allure.

Research internships are commonly perceived as the pinnacle of undergraduate and graduate education.  Students must consider the advantages research internships have to offer.  Research internships allow students to determine the academic focus to which they want to devote their schooling.  Research internships allow for considerable networking opportunities.  Meeting people is one of the best facets to land the graduate program of the student's dreams, and if the research internship does not turn into an admittance offer, the student's mentor will write an excellent letter of recommendation for him or her, or even let one of their academic contacts know about their mentee's capabilities.  Lastly, research internships allow students to apply the knowledge they have absorbed in their academics to research settings, and add valuable research experience to their applications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Biochemistry:

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

 This National Science Foundation sponsored program provides advanced training in the manipulation and analysis of proteins for undergraduate students. It facilitates deep understanding of experimental laboratory research, insights into protein biochemistry and contemplation of the broader context of research. A wide range of student research projects mentored by faculty in the Department of Biochemistry is available. Examples include the experimental analysis of enzyme mechanisms, post-translational protein modifications, proteomics, and protein-nucleic acid interactions studied in the biological context of cell cycle control, chromatin regulation and renewable energy research.

Medicine:

Internshipsin Scientific Researchor Medicine

The following compilation featuresresearch internships inscienceor medicineoffered nationwide forhigh school,undergraduate,post-baccalaureate, andgraduate students. The compilation is organized byacademic leveland discipline and the programs are alphabetized according to the name of the sponsoring institution.

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Environmental and Occupational Health Science is an interdisciplinary field that uses the tools of science to solve human health problems related to the environment. If you want to use your science background to help people live healthier lives, this research program is for you.  The Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EHREP) is a funded, nine week, summer experience for talented undergraduates who express strong interest in environmental health science research. Each year, the department will select 7 students from a national pool of applicants and pair each with a faculty mentor. 

SROP:

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research across a variety of disciplines. The goal is to prepare students for advanced studies in a Ph.D. program at U-M.

Engineering:

Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering

SURE offers summer research internships to outstanding undergraduate students who have entered or completed their junior year (preference will be given to those who have completed three years of study) by the time of their internship.  Participants have the opportunity to conduct 10-12 weeks of full-time summer research with some of the country's leading faculty in a wide range of engineering disciplines. The program provides opportunities for students to assess their interests and potential in pursuing research at the Masters or Ph.D. level in graduate school.  All participants must apply online through the SURE website.  Accepted applicants from the University of Michigan receive guidance by a faculty advisor in a College of Engineering research facility, a stipend of $4,200, attend regular meetings and seminars and produce a short YouTube video of their summer research project and/or experience.

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS)

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis program is a cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in physics and nuclear engineering applications. Through one- to three-year summer internships, NESLS offers engineering students and faculty on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory.

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Students participate in research through formal programs, student organizations, national competitions, volunteering in a lab, the Undergraduate Fabrication Lab, and their coursework (Directed Research 490 & capstone courses).

Biology:

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Raptor Research

The REU Site in Raptor Research (REU-RR) is funded by the National Science Foundation and Boise State University.  REU-RR is a 10-week summer research program located at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.

STEM:

Amgen Scholars Program

The UCSD Amgen Scholars Program is a 10-week, full-time research experience for undergraduates, supported by the Amgen Foundation

Science Education Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by UT-Battelle, LLC.  Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.

Summer Research Programs

List of different summer research programs.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium

The University of Arizona Graduate College administers five undergraduate research programs. These, along with affiliated NSF-funded Research Experiences for  Undergraduates (REUs) are collectively known as the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC).

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Pshycology:

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships are a fabulous external funding source for graduate students in psychology. These fellowships provide generous funding for three years, are prestigious early career honors that can bolster future grant applications, and provide an escape from teaching obligations (if desired). But these fellowships are also extremely competitive, and it is critical to submit a polished proposal. To that end, I will share some key strategies for drafting a competitive application. Although these tips are specifically tailored for NSF, many of these suggestions may help with other grant applications.

Physics:

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program is a cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in physics and nuclear engineering applications. Through one- to three-year summer internships, NESLS offers engineering students and faculty on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory.

General:

Smith Richardson Foundation

The Smith Richardson Foundation's Domestic Public Policy Program seeks to support the work of the next generation of public policy researchers and analysts. In 2008, the Foundation will award at least three research grants in the amount of $60,000 each to individuals who are interested in conducting research and writing on domestic public policy issues. Grantees are expected to produce a book or an article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The grant can be used to cover the salary costs of the researcher and to underwrite research costs, such as travel, research assistance, and data acquisition. Each grant will be paid directly to, and should be administered by, the institution at which the researcher works.

SMART

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. Students pursuing degrees related to the following are encouraged to apply.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs seek to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The Programs develop a source of trained men and women from academic disciplines representing the skill needs of the Department, who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad.

 Rangel Graduate Fellowship

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.  Each year, the Rangel Program selects 20 outstanding Rangel Fellows in a highly competitive nationwide process and helps support them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service.  This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

USHLI

The 21st Century Leaders Internship of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute is a ten (10) week program that promotes grassroots community organizing and leadership development in key impact areas.

Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) Summer Program

Each year, MRSEC funds up to 10 exemplary undergraduates to participate in summer research projects in the areas of Plasmonics or Organic Spintronics. Students with interests and backgrounds in physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical) are good candidates for the MRSEC REU program.

DOE Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE's mission and operations. As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will earn a competitive edge by familiarizing yourself with DOE functions while showcasing your education, talent and skills.

Student Programs and Internships

These student programs allow participants taking at least a half-time academic, technical, or vocational course load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, two- or four- year college or university, graduate or professional school to be part of a cooperative-learning environment. The program is comprised of two different types of paid internships.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS)

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship helps low- and middle-income Washington State residents earn first bachelor's degrees. More than 750 scholarships will be awarded to new students who will be college freshmen, sophomores or juniors fall of the 2013-14 academic year. These students will receive $1,000 renewable scholarship each year, (provided they continue to meet the renewal criteria), to help in their pursuit of four-year degrees in the following eligible high demand programs of study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) or Health Care.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship

Paul and Daisy Soros have dedicated another $25 million to help children of immigrants pay for graduate school in the U.S., expanding a family charitable trust that already has awarded more than $30 million to almost 400 students.

Amgen Scholars

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience at some of the world's leading institutions.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research

The following compilation featuresresearch internships inscienceor medicineoffered nationwide forhigh school,undergraduate,post-baccalaureate, andgraduate students. The compilation is organized byacademic leveland discipline and the programs are alphabetized according to the name of the sponsoring institution.

Conservation Scholars Program

Join a diverse, committed, and exciting group of students from around the country on an 8-week journey from the urban jungle to the old growth forest and back. Explore why conservation can make a difference, and how you can make a difference in conservation.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (www.nsfgrfp.org) are a fabulous external funding source for graduate students in psychology. These fellowships provide generous funding for three years, are prestigious early career honors that can bolster future grant applications, and provide an escape from teaching obligations (if desired).

Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Whether you are a recent graduate, a graduate student, an undergraduate, a K-12 student, or a faculty member, ORNL has a program that will engage you in a scientific learning experience. We welcome you to browse our educational opportunities by selecting the category that best describes you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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