Student Research & Internship Opportunities


Anthropology Internship Program
The American Museum of Natural History’s Anthropology Internship Program offers paid and unpaid internships and academic credit to graduate and undergraduate students seeking to pursue careers in anthropology and museum related fields. Interns work on projects in collections or on projects related to the interests of the museum researchers. Applications for summer are accepted between January 1st - March 1st

Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
The SPSP summer program provides an intensive summer internship for undergraduates from under-represented ethnic groups.  Students will conduct research full-time for 8 weeks.  Students must have an interest in social and personality psychology and intending to apply for graduate school.  Program is Washington, DC.  Applications are open October 1st - November 10th.

Minority Awards Program Internship
The Smithsonian Minority Awards Program Internships are for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the Smithsonian. Interns will spend 10 weeks working on research or other museum-related projects with research and professional staff members either at a Smithsonian Institution museum, a research institute, or office. Interns receive a $600 weekly stipend along with a possible travel allowance. Fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Stella Blum Student Research Grant
The Stella Blum Research Grant is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing original research in the subject of North American costume and members of the Costume Society of America. A $2,000 grant is awarded annually along with a stipend of up to $500 and a one day presentation fee to present completed research as the CSA National Symposium.

Doctoral Dissertation Grants, The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)
TIRF doctoral dissertation grants are offered to students completing doctoral research on subjects related to English language education. Doctoral grants of up to $5,000 are awarded. TIRF’s current research priorities are listed on their website.

Engaged Anthropology Grant
The Wenner-Gren Foundation offers a $5,000 maximum grant to students completing doctoral research in anthropology. This grant is designed so that researchers can return to their research locale to share their results with the community they conducted research in and the academic and anthropological community in that region. Application deadlines are February 1st and August 1st.


James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration 
The James E. Webb Internship is intended to increase participation of underrepresented groups in management of non-profit scientific and cultural organizations. Interns will conduct a 10 week full-time internship in an office, museum or research institute within the Smithsonian Institution. Fall, summer, and spring sessions. $600 weekly stipend. Possible travel allowance.


National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
REU provides many opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved with NSF funded projects. Many of which are summer research opportunities.

Biological Science

Duke Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
SROP is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated undergraduate students a hand on experience doing graduate-level biomedical research. The program is focused on students from underrepresented groups considering Ph.D. graduate programs after earning their degree. Students will complete weekly research seminars, GRE prep, mock interviews for grad-school, social activities, and opportunities to conduct and present research.  Students receive on-campus housing, travel assistance, and a stipend. SROP will run from May 29th - August 4th. The application period will open October 27, 2017 and end January 16, 2018. 

UVA Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP)
SRIP at UVA School of Medicine offers a 10-week research experience for racially and ethnically diverse students focusing on a career in biomedical research. SRIP students will receive housing and stipend.  Program is for students in their Junior and Senior Year. Application must be received by February 8, 2018. 


Rutgers Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Neuroscience (NeuroSURP)
NeuroSURP is a 10-week program where students will work under faculty mentor engaging in hands on experimentation. Topics include Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizures and Lysosomal Storage Disease, Stroke, among others.  Participants will also receive GRE prep and shadow MD/PhD students. Housing will be provided and students will receive $4,000 stipend. Application opens January 2nd and closes February 16, 2018. 

Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP)
CNUP is a 10-week program for undergraduate students focusing on neuroscience research. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Applicants must have completed their Sophomore year before applying. A 3,500 stipend will be provided. Fellows receive on-campus housing.  2018 program date has not been announced, nor has the application been opened.   


American Chemistry Society (ACS) Scholars Award
ACS Scholars Award provides scholarships for underrepresented scholars pursuing full-time study and a career in a chemically-related field (Chemical Engineering, Toxicology, Agricultural Chemistry etc.).  Scholarships range from $2,500 - $5,000. Applications are taken between Nov, 1st - March 1st annually. 

Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholarship Program
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. Deadline: January 31, 2018

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science
SOARS, Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science, is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. The program is built around research, mentoring and community. SOARS participants, called protégés, spend up to four summers doing research in atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research, as well as undergraduate and graduate school funding. Over 90% of SOARS protégés have gone onto graduate school, and many have entered the workforce with a MS or gone on for their PhD.


Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences for Students (RESESS)
A multi-summer internship for students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in geoscience. 11 week paid research internship with housing, flight expenses provided. Also provides support for graduate school applications (and the GRE), as well as support to attend an academic conference during the school year following the internship summer.

Stanford Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering Program (SURGE)
SURGE provides undergraduates from a U.S. institution the opportunity to gain mentored research experience at Stanford University in the geosciences and engineering during the eight-week period of June 22nd, 2018 to August 18th, 2018. The underlying philosophy of SURGE is to train students by creating a supportive and rigorous work environment. We set high expectations for our scholars: to prepare them for a potential career in the field of geoscience and engineering, and to ensure that they get the most from their stay at Stanford. Each SURGE scholar is matched with a Stanford faculty member and has the opportunity to work in a research group or laboratory. The scholar is assigned an interesting and challenging project from a broad range of science and engineering topics that are accessible within the eight-week summer period. SURGE also includes workshops on preparing for the GRE, applying to graduate school, and understanding geoscience and engineering careers. The program culminates with a research symposium at Stanford, where scholars present results from their summer projects to faculty, mentors, and colleagues.  

Physics & Astronomy

Banneker Institute/Aztlan Institute, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Students work alongside faculty and postdoctoral advisors to complete a long-term research project. Each student's project culminates in a 10-minute presentation open to the CfA community, where they apply their research experience, their course material, and their public speaking training. We target undergraduate juniors from backgrounds historically marginalized from academia and the astronomical sciences in particular. While there is a preference for students of color, we welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Our application review process considers historical injustices and the tendency for traditional application practices to reproduce racial disparities in academia. Program provides a stipend, housing, and support to present research at a professional scientific conference.

Texas Astronomy Undergraduate Research experience for Under-represented Students (TAURUS)
The Texas Astronomy Undergraduate Research experience for Underrepresented Students (TAURUS) program is a full-time, 9-week summer research experience for highly-motivated undergraduate students from underserved and traditionally marginalized groups. We prepare our TAURUS Scholars to enter graduate school in top-rated astronomy programs or the STEM workforce by providing authentic research experiences, ongoing professional development, and community support beyond the conclusion of the summer program.

REU in Physics at Howard University
Engages students in research of computational nano-physics, experimental nanophysics, and laser spectroscopy. May 22nd - July 28th. Includes $500 per week stipend, housing, and travel costs. Apply by April 1, 2018. 


The Washington Center (TWC) provides students from all disciplines with summer/fall/spring internships in Washington, D.C. TWC internships give you the chance to work almost full time, allowing you to feel like a member of the staff at your office. You may assist attorneys during a trial, evaluate capital markets, help in radio or television production or attend congressional hearings. You could be conducting research, advocating policy positions, writing a business plan or developing websites and databases. Internships costs are $11,840 - $14,410 including housing. Scholarships and funding are available through the state, for honors students etc. TWC Diversity Leaders Award provides $3,000 in financial assistance for housing. Muslim American Scholars Initiative offers up to $4,000 for Muslim American students who intern in the executive branch or on Capitol Hill. Spring Deadline is November 15, 2017. Summer deadline is March 14, 2018. 

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, D.C. offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students to underrepresented students of color. Fellows serve as an intern with PSI in their D.C. office and perform writing, research, logistical, and administrative support for PSI initiatives. 12-15 week internships, part-time Fall and Spring internships, full-time Summer internships. Fellows are compensated on an hourly basis.