Summer Research Experiences and Internships
Pursuing research experiences and internships at different institutions can be a meaningful way to develop your scholarly and professional interests outside of the classroom. This is a partial list of the many opportunities that are available to undergraduates interested in research. It is a good idea to consult with your faculty advisor on potential opportunities that may fit your strengths and interests. The university's Office of Career Services in 101 Murphy Hall (336-334-7755; email@example.com) is also a place to find guidance with developing and editing your application materials. Typical application materials to summer research programs include a one or two page resume, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, application forms, and one or two paragraphs describing your personal background and research interests. The registrar's office provides several different ways to request your official academic transcript. To help you get started, here is an example template document of a resume. Generally considered, you will maximize your chances based on the amount of focused time you put into this process. This includes setting aside time to review the different programs listed on this page, conducting your own internet search, and taking time to invite feedback and suggestions from university faculty, university staff, and other professionals.
Summer Research Opportunities Program
The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) coordinates summer research programs for undergraduates who are ultimately interested in pursuing future graduates studies at one of a set of universities who are members of the Committee of Institutional Cooperation. These universities are the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Internship Programs with the National Audubon Society
For more information on internship programs with the National Audubon Society, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Randall Hayes (336-285-4462; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Initiatives for Undergraduate Research Training at the MIT Broad Institute
Programs supporting undergraduate summer research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Broad Institute include the Summer Research Program in Genomics (SRPG) and the Minority Introduction to Engineering, and Science at MIT (MITES).
Summer Research at Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station
The Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) provides summer research training programs for undergraduates in the areas of ecology, evolutionary biology, and sustainable agriculture. For more information on this program, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert Newman (336-285-2189; email@example.com).
Internships with RTI International
RTI International is a major scientific research company with global outreach. Some of the internships with RTI International are at their headquarters located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information on internship programs with RTI International, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Scott Harrison (336-285-2179; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology at the University of Pittsburgh
The TECBio REU @ Pitt is a 10-week summer program hosted by the Department of Computational and Systems Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. TECBio provides a challenging and fulfilling graduate-level research experience to students in the life, physical, and computer sciences and engineering.
BioU: Bioinformatics Training at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
BioU hosts both a two-week intensive training workshop (the Bioinformatics Summer institute) and a summer-long internship in the area of bioinformatics. For more information on bioinformatics training at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Centerl, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Scott Harrison (336-285-2179; email@example.com).
Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, LearnLab
"This REU program is sponsored by LearnLab, a Science of Learning Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). We encourage applications from students who would like to conduct research in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies. LearnLab's REU program allows talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, or one of our research partners. The REU program supports LearnLab's commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, education, and psychology leaders."
Indiana University Summer Scholars Institute
The Summer Scholars Institute, an eight-week program held at the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses, enrolls select HBCU and IU students from our partner institutions. These STEM Scholars engage in continuous, substantive research at the Summer Scholars Institute and their universities. For more information on the Indiana University Summer Scholars Institute, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Scott Harrison (336-285-2179; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Comprehensive Listings of Other Undergraduate Summer Research Programs
Here are websites that list many other opportunities for undergraduates interested in summer research experiences.
MedEx Academy Summer Program
North Carolina A&T State University's Pre-Professional Scholars Program and the MedEx Academy at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville have partnered to develop the 'MedEx Academy-NCAT Pre-Professional Scholars Pipeline to Medical Careers Summer Program'. This unique opportunity provides an entry point into the well-established MedEx Academy that helps to prepare students for the rigors of biomedical research and medical school. NC A&T students who are serious about preparing for a career in medicine, meet the program eligibility requirements, and who strive to successfully gain acceptance into medical school are encouraged to apply. Visit the website to learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, and to complete an application. Questions should be forwarded to email@example.com or Jordan Brunson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMATRAP Program: Summer Medical and Translational Research Apprenticeship Program at Duke University
Calling all aspiring physicians! Gain experience prior to entering medical school: translational breast cancer research at Duke University, hands-on
clinical experience, and test taking skills preparation. For Questions, contact Dr. Christopher Sistrunk at phone: 919-668-2457 and e-mail: email@example.com.
NIH-related summer training programs including:
NIH Summer Programs in Biomedical Research (http://www.training.nih.gov/programs); National Institute on Drug Abuse Summer Program (http://www.nida.nih.gov/PDF/SPOSummer.pdf); Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences (http://summer.ninds.nih.gov); NIEHS Summer of Discovery Program (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/summers); and the NCI Internship Program (http://icrc.nci.nih.gov).
Are you interested in a summer internship or perhaps seeking support for graduate school, medical school, an M.D./Ph.D. degree program or a postdoctoral research experience? Maybe you have not applied to graduate or medical school yet and would like to do research for a year or two at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland or some other place in the United States. Don’t wait any longer to make those arrangements. Email me Dr. René ASAP. Dr. Anthony A. René, Training Liaison, NICHD/NIH/DHHS, firstname.lastname@example.org
And...finally...remember the value of communication and professional networking!
Take time to attend research seminars, campus events and other forums to speak with campus faculty and visitors about their area of research. Many major research universities across the country will typically have their own summer research programs. If a particular university interests you, it is a good idea to go ahead and search their website. If you have questions, be sure to contact those persons who are coordinating the program, and chances are you'll get some valuable insights.