Research in the D.C. Metro Area

 

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Corcoran Gallery of Art Internships

Description:  Several divisions of the museum offer internships throughout the year.  Some of these internships include a research component.  For example, Contemporary Art Curatorial interns assist with upcoming Contemporary Art special exhibitions, including research, writing, and daily administrative duties.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Art, Museum Studies, Design

The Leadership Alliance

Description:  The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), offers undergraduates, interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD, the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. Through this one-on-one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. The SR-EIP is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to consider research careers in the academic, public or private sectors.

Location:  Two sites for the program are in Maryland:  Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Field:  Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Eligibility:  Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better; have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program; demonstrated interest and potential to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD/PhD;  documented US citizenship or permanent resident status; and attend an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories, as recognized by the US Department of Education.

Funding:  The internship pays all expenses, providing students with a competitive stipend, travel, and housing.

Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Internships

Description: 10-week paid internships to college students. For a stipend of $3,000, the Junior Fellows Summer Interns will work full-time from May 31 through July 30, 2013, with Library specialists and curators to inventory, describe, and explore collection holdings and to assist with digital-preservation outreach activities throughout the Library. The focus of the program is on increasing access to collections and awareness of the Library’s digital-preservation programs by making them better-known and accessible to researchers including scholars, students, teachers and the general public.

The interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright deposits, digital preservation, reference, access standards and information management. The program is made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Jefferson Patterson and the James Madison Council, the Library’s private-sector advisory group. In addition to the stipend (paid in bi-weekly segments), interns will be eligible to take part in programs offered at the Library.

Applications will be accepted online only at usajobs.gov

For more details about the program and information on how to apply, visit www.loc.gov/hr/jrfellows. Questions about the program may be sent to interns2014@loc.gov.

Funding: $3,000

National Archives- Multiple Internship Opportunities

Description: NARA is a Federal government agency, created in 1934 to assist the three branches of Government with the cataloging and storage of documents. NARA is continually looking for students who can help us successfully "preserve the past to protect the future." Find out what exciting piece of history you can help with today.

Multiple Internship opportunities here seek students with interests and experience in Information Services, Marketing, Grants Management, Photography, Communications, etc.  Multiple internship opportunities include work with the Legal, Legislative and Editorial departments, among others.

Locations:  College Park, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Presidential Libraries/Regional Libraries (varied locations)

Field:  History, Education, Outreach, Computer Science, Document Processing, Editorial, Legal, Legislative etc.

Eligibility: specific to the position 

Funding:  Unpaid, but available for academic credit

National Park Service Historic Preservation Internship Training Program

Description:  The program gives undergraduates the opportunity to undertake short-term research projects with the National Park Service throughout the year.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Historic Preservation, Anthropology, Archeology, Architectural History, Architecture, Ethnography, History, Landscape Architecture, Museum Studies, and Planning

Office of Presidential Libraries

Description:  The Office of Presidential Libraries oversees a diverse education program among its thirteen Presidential Libraries nationwide.  The intern will work with central office staff as well as educators across the Presidential Library system to develop new education initiatives and seek partnerships with public and private partners.  The intern will also conduct grant research, grant writing, and general research regarding partnerships with museums, universities, and other related institutions.

Location:  College Park, Maryland; Presidential Libraries/Regional Libraries (varied locations)

Eligibility:  We are looking for an intern with creative ideas who has the ability to communicate orally and in writing.  Research (both internet and in print) skills and a familiarity with Microsoft Office suite is important.

     

National Museum of the US Navy

Description:  The Naval History and Heritage Command offers internships to students who wish to have professional work experience in areas related to their educational programs and career goals, undertaking historical research, writing, and editing.  Each intern receives orientation on his/her branch's functions and those of the Command.  The intern will assist her/his branch in its daily operations. In addition, she/he will be responsible for completing an individual project which contributes to the Command's work.  Interns work with an experienced professional member of the Command's staff who, in conjunction with the intern, will plan the project.  The staff also will provide supervision, instruction, and evaluation.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  History, Education, Public Relations, Graphic Design, Liberal Arts, Art

Eligibility:            

Funding:  Unpaid, though interns may receive a small honoraria of $20 per day

The Smithsonian

Description:  The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex, is always looking for the brightest and most talented people to help us produce our world-class programs, exhibits, and research. Smithsonian interns have opportunities to make an impact, develop personally and professionally, and learn from people who are experts in their fields.  

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Art; History and Culture; Libraries, Archives, and Preservation; Professional Services; Science and Research

Eligibility:  Varies depending on the internship position

Funding:  Both paid and unpaid internships are available

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Internships

Description:  A number of divisions of the museum offer semester-long internships. Some of these internships include a research element. For examples, interns with the Committee on Conscience participate in a wide range of the Museum’s genocide prevention and response activities, including research.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Humanities- History, Architecture, Museum, Library Science, the Arts

Funding:  Unpaid

History, Government and Public Policy

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Internships
Description:  AEI internships provide students with an opportunity to work with some of America's most renowned scholars, economists, legal scholars, political scientists, and foreign policy specialists doing research on current public policy questions.  Approximately fifty internship opportunities are available in the fall, winter, and summer in the areas of: economic policy, foreign and defense studies, social and political studies, media affairs, The American magazine, publications editing, information systems, marketing, and human resources. Internships are unpaid, and the hours and days are flexible, either part or full time.  An internship with AEI offers opportunities for extensive interaction on an everyday basis in an arena with more than 50 of America's most cited experts in the fields of politics and public policy.  Each intern is paired with a scholar or business director whose area of expertise coincides with the intern's interests. Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  Economics; Law; Political Science; Foreign Policy; Public Policy; Defense Studies
Eligibility:  Current undergraduates
Funding:  Unpaid, though interns do receive complimentary breakfast and lunch prepared by AEI’s in-house gourmet chef and are honored at a formal intern dinner

Arms Control Association Research Internship

Description:  The Arms Control Association is looking for individuals to fill a limited number of intern positions. Interns are involved in many facets of ACA's work including:  researching arms control and security issues for articles and fact sheets; assisting in preparing and editing ACA's monthly journal Arms Control Today; monitoring activity in the press and on Capitol Hill; and supporting the analysts in a variety of administrative tasks.  Interns are encouraged to engage in substantive discussions with ACA analysts in order to gain a deeper understanding of the arms control field. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, although the program also considers applicants for part-time positions during the Fall and Spring terms.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Arms Control, Peace, Security, Government, Politics

Eligibility:  The Association will consider qualified undergraduates, graduate students, and individuals no longer in school for internship positions; however, the internship program is best suited for undergraduates. Substantive experience is highly valued, but so too is a willingness to work hard and to learn.

Funding:  Interns are given a daily stipend for lunch and are reimbursed for commuting expenses.  The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs, including the Arms Control Association, in Washington, D.C., on arms control, peace, and security issues for six to nine months.

Brookings Institute

Description:  The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:  strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.  Internships at the Brookings Institution are designed to provide participants with opportunities to grow professionally and personally.  They are a chance to use classroom knowledge in a practical environment, while learning and working alongside others that are passionate about their work.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Economics; Foreign Policy; Global Economy and Development; Government; Metropolitan Policy

Eligibility:  Varies—see individual postings

Funding:  Unpaid

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Description:  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is one of the leading organizations in the country working on public policy issues affecting low-income families and individuals.  The Center specializes in research and analysis oriented toward practical policy decisions and produces solid analytic reports on a timely basis that are accessible to public officials at national, state and local levels, to nonprofit organizations and to the media.  Internships are available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. However, not all positions are available every semester. The typical length of an internship is one semester (approximately 10-12 weeks).  The positions are designed to reflect an intern's interests in conjunction with the Center's needs and the legislative climate.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Media, Federal Legislation, Health Policy, Housing Policy, International Budget Project, Food Stamps, National Budget and Tax Policy, Outreach Campaigns, State Budget and Tax Policy; Welfare Reform and Income Support Division

Eligibility:  Applicants should have research, fact-gathering, writing, analytic, and computer skills and a willingness to do administrative as well as substantive tasks.

Funding:  Paid; Undergraduates receive $8.50 per hour

Center for Legislative Archives Public Outreach Internships

Description:  Public outreach interns at the Center for Legislative Archives work on a variety of projects along with outreach staff that develop research and writing skills, expand students' understanding of history, politics and government, and provide opportunities to explore a variety of career paths.  Public outreach interns work with the Center's outreach staff on a variety of projects, including: research on the first through fortieth congresses to supplement our upcoming publication, Congress and the Shaping of American History; lesson plans and curricular materials for the Center's web site based on original House and Senate documents; and general research in the records of Congress to support outreach programs.  Intern assignments on these project include: historical media research, research on historical figures or events, research on institutional changes and developments in government, image research, policy research, writing research memos, creating educational materials, composing informational text boxes, or creating charts, graphs and time lines.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  History, Politics, Government

Eligibility:  Interested students at any educational level may apply for a public outreach internship. Applicants with strong writing skills and an interest in history, political science, legislative politics, public policy, education, public history or communication are welcome.

Funding:  Unpaid, but available for academic credit

DC Learns ProLiteracy Internship

Description:  Our public policy internship program provides an opportunity to work with both D.C. Learns and ProLiteracy on policy issues concerning adult literacy and basic education on the local level

(D.C. LEARNs) and the national level (ProLiteracy).  Interns will provide background research for ProLiteracy policy papers; analyze existing/proposed federal legislation from the perspective of adult literacy and recommend ProLiteracy’s response; assist ProLiteracy Director of Policy with scheduling and follow-up with members of Congress; create new Fact Sheets and/or Policy Briefs for D.C. LEARNs as new data becomes available; update D.C. LEARNs’ existing Fact Sheets and Policy Briefs, as required; collect data from literacy programs (such as enrollments/waiting list data, types of classes, funding sources, etc.); and track literacy policy-related events and meetings (both local and national).

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Public Policy

Eligibility:  Applicants must have good organizational skills; the ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds, and independently; proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word and e-mail, at a minimum); experience working with Microsoft Excel is usually required; experience working with online tools (blogs, etc.) in policy/advocacy context is highly desired; solid writing skills, including the ability to extract salient points from in-depth written materials and the ability to communicate technical information to a non-technical audience.

Funding:  Participants receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the internship.

Institute for Policy Studies Research Internships

Description:  IPS is the nation's oldest and largest multi-issue think tank promoting progressive thought.  As such, we have a number of "Public Scholars" with whom you can work to undertake challenging research, writing, and advocacy in a wide range of foreign and domestic policy issues.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Government, Politics, Public Policy, Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy       

Eligibility:  IPS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

Funding:  Unpaid

Institute for the Study of War

Research Internship – Afghanistan Project

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of research intern with the Afghanistan project during the Summer semester. ISW publishes regular research reports on the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and evolving and emerging conflicts in the Middle East in order to inform policy makers and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public.  Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of Research Analysts; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to the ISW's core mission and research agenda. A Master’s degree in a related field is a plus. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research. Knowledge of LexisNexis is preferred. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner.  The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission. Interns with the ability to read the Farsi, Dari, or Pashto language and to conduct research in one of those languages are highly desired.

Research Intern—Middle East Security Project

Description: The Institute for the Study of War is seeking motivated and experienced university students or recent graduates to fill the position of research intern with the Middle East Security project for the Summer Semester.   Within the Middle East Security Project, interns will focus on Iraq, Syria, or the Gulf, and provide critical assistance to our researchers. If you have a specific interest or background in one of these topics, please specify in your application. ISW publishes regular research reports on the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and evolving and emerging conflicts in the Middle East in order to inform policy makers and journalists in Washington, DC, as well as the general public. Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of Research Analysts; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to the ISW's core mission and research agenda. A Master’s degree in a related field is a plus. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research. Knowledge of LexisNexis is preferred. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner. The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission. Interns with the ability to read the Arabic or Farsi language and to conduct research in one of those languages are highly desired.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research: Research Internship

Description:  The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies.  IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation.  The Institute works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups around the country to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economics and social policy issues affecting women and families, and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research.  IWPR is committed to assisting the professional development of students and graduates interested in economic justice for women.  IWPR's internship program is designed to provide participants with challenging work experiences under the guidance and supervision of researchers with extensive knowledge of women's policy issues and social science research.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Women’s Studies, Public Policy, Economics, Social Policy

Eligibility:  IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard for race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Funding:  Students who are eligible for work-study funding should contact helmuth@iwpr.org with questions about eligibility for these positions. Also, some IWPR Interns receive school funding to cover expenses while doing an unpaid internship.  Please check with your institution’s office of financial aid for funding opportunities.

National Academy of Social Insurance

Description:  Each summer, NASI offers a select number of nationally competitive paid internships for students studying for or interested in careers in social insurance policy. The internships offer students access to NASI’s staff and membership, a group made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance policy.  Our internship programs cover a wide array of policy areas including Income and Health Security Policy, Aging and Long-term Care Policy, Disability Policy, and Non-profit Development. The programs consist of a 12-week summer semester internship that usually spans May to August, depending on the student’s college schedule.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Public Policy

Eligibility:  Open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents as well as International Students with valid student visas

Funding:  Students receive a $3,000-$3,500 honorarium for their internship experience and academic credit may be arranged through the intern’s college or university.

Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 400 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 39 offices in 26 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love their work. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.  They have several unpaid internships-see their website for details.

Psychology

American Psychological Association Summer Science Fellowship (SSF)

Description: SSF places talented students in the psychology laboratories of some of the most outstanding researchers in the Washington, DC area. The lab experience is typically 6 weeks in length. The SSF program gives students an opportunity to explore the intellectual, personal, and social processes of scientific inquiry and to experience cutting-edge psychological research through hands-on laboratory activities. SSF offers promising students the opportunity to equip themselves with skills essential to succeed in graduate school, and gives students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychological science the opportunity to be mentored by nationally-known faculty.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Psychology

Eligibility:  Eligibility is strictly limited to rising college seniors at U.S. or Canadian colleges and universities. Applicants should be psychology majors, although students with related preparation may apply if they expect to enter a psychological science graduate program.  International students enrolled in U.S. or Canadian colleges are eligible; U.S. citizenship is not required. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 

Funding:  Paid

 

Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Child Development

Description:  A two-semester commitment during which student interns gain experience in all aspects of the lab’s research, including:  recruiting families to participate in studies, understanding and helping to design experiments to be run with infants and children, constructing experimental stimuli, conducting experiment sessions with children and their parents, analyzing and interpreting data, and attending lab meetings. Although the summer intern program was not offered in 2014, it will be offered in 2015.

Location:  Baltimore, Maryland

Field:  Child Development, Psychology

Eligibility:  Applicants should have experience with children.  Previous research experience is a plus, but not required.  A background in psychology or development is preferred.

Funding:  The program offers either 4 credit hours or up to $1,500 in stipend money.  Receipt of university credit depends upon agreement with the student’s home institution.

Science and Engineering

National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Description:          

Location:  Gaithersburg, Maryland

Field:  Science, Mathematics, and Engineering

Eligibility:   The program is open to all United States citizens or permanent residents.  Students must be undergraduates at a U.S. university or college with a scientific major, have a  G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and be considering pursuing a graduate degree (MS or PhD.)  Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply.  There may be research opportunities for students with other majors. Student’s university must submit grant application and nominate one or more students to apply.

Funding:

Carnegie Institution of Washington Summer Scholars Program

Description:  The Geophysical Laboratory and the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, a nonprofit scientific research institution located in Washington DC, have been leaders in earth science research and education since their founding. The goal of our summer internship program is to provide eligible undergraduate students with a participatory introduction to scientific research. Fundamental investigations in the geosciences (experimental petrology, mineralogy, mineral physics, seismology), planetary sciences and astronomy, and related chemical sciences (inorganic and organic geochemistry, cosmochemistry) are pursued. During a ten-week summer program, undergraduate students will conduct an individual research project with guidance from a GL or DTM staff member.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Science, Geoscience, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Biology, Astronomy

Eligibility:  Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in geoscience, physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, astronomy or a related field, who are considering scientific research as a potential career, are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to participate in the program, students must have completed at least 30 semester-hour credits by the start of the summer program, and be either citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

Funding:  Participants receive a $4,300 stipend and housing.

 

University of Maryland Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Summer Program

Description: CBCB offers undergraduates the opportunity to get hands-on research experience in bioinformatics as part of an ongoing research projects within CBCB. The program involves full-time research (40 hours/ week) and students will get to choose from among several projects. Students will be able to attend seminars and lectures to enrich their experience.

Location: College Park, MD

Funding: Students are compensated at a rate of $10/ hour.

Summer Internship, Center for Computational Biology, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Description: The internship program will provide hands-on research experience as part of ongoing research projects with bioinformatics and genomics faculty in the Institute of Genetic Medicine. Current areas of research include analyses of high-throughput sequencing data to determine markers of disease, characterize genes and their variations in species such as human and mouse, reconstruct gene networks, and assemble and analyze genomes. The program involves full-time research (40 hours/ week) for 10 weeks (interns may start at a later date if necessary).

Location: Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD

Eligibility: The program is open to undergraduates including following their senior year.

Funding: Students are compensated at a rate of $11/ hour.

Food & Water Watch Fish Policy & Research Internships

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control. They offer a number of internships several of which are research internships, see their page for details.

 

Worldwatch Food & Agriculture Research Internship

Description:  The Food & Agriculture Research Internship with the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project is a unique opportunity to support and participate in research that drives environmental and agricultural policy. The intern will work closely with the Institute's food and agriculture staff to refine and organize information that will contribute to a project on sustainable agricultural innovations. Responsibilities include: research and fact-checking; collecting, organizing, and managing web content; organizing resources and contacts; providing logistical and administrative support to on-the-ground research; and assisting in writing and outreach that will contribute to and help to promote the ongoing Nourishing the Planet project. Interns will also have the chance to have their name published on prominent environmental websites and in major newspapers and columns around the world. 

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, Political Science, Economics

Eligibility:  Applicants should have excellent writing and communication skills, preferably experience reporting on issues for newspapers, journals, and other publications; experience with web and library research; basic to intermediate facility with spreadsheet software, web design, and blogging software; demonstrated experience in and passion for food and agriculture issues-and for the importance of accurate information and analysis to guide environmental decision-making; demonstrated interest in and ability to synthesizing complex sets of data; coursework reflecting interest and knowledge of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of food and agriculture production. Work for environmental or other sustainability-oriented organizations, and international experience, is a plus.

Funding:  Interns will be unpaid and will be expected to work 20 to 30 hours per week.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)

Description:  A ten-week program designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research, under the guidance of a mentor.

Location:  One of eighteen Department of Navy laboratories, including labs in Washington, DC; Bethesda Maryland; Silver Spring, Maryland; and Quantico, Virginia

Field:  Science and Engineering

Eligibility:  Students must be U.S. Citizens (some labs may accept dual citizens), have majors relevant to the research interests of the laboratory, and be a junior or senior (sophomores may apply if they will have reached junior status before starting at the lab).

Funding:  A stipend of $7,690.

The Leadership Alliance

Description:  The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), offers undergraduates, interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD, the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. Through this one-on-one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. The SR-EIP is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to consider research careers in the academic, public or private sectors.

Location:  Two sites for the program are in Maryland:  Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Field:  Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Eligibility:  Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better; have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program; demonstrated interest and potential to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD/PhD;  documented US citizenship or permanent resident status; and attend an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories, as recognized by the US Department of Education.

Funding:  The internship pays all expenses, providing students with a competitive stipend, travel, and housing.

Space Telescope Science Institute Summer Students

Description:  Each summer, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) brings a dozen highly motivated college students to Baltimore, Maryland, for a Space Astronomy Summer Program.  The Space Telescope Science Institute is the scientific operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and for the future James Webb Space Telescope.  The Space Astronomy Summer Program runs ten weeks, from mid-June to mid-August, and is designed for upper division undergraduates with a strong interest in space astronomy.  Students work individually with STScI researchers and staff on research projects that might include data reduction and interpretation, software development, scientific writing, preparing data for public releases.  The program affords students the opportunity to attend lectures on a variety of exciting topics related to space astronomy, the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes.

Location:  Baltimore, Maryland

Field:  Astronomy; Astrophysics

Eligibility:  There are no restrictions on who may apply to the STScI SASP.  Foreign students are welcome. Non-US citizens are welcome.  US citizens are welcome.  Anyone may apply.

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend of $5,200.

 

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internships

Description:  The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education.  This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.  Participants work full-time (40 hours per week) for a period of 10 to 16 weeks.

Location:  Edgewater, Maryland

Field:  Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Estuarine Environmental Research within the disciplines of Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics; Physics; Environmental Education; Environmental Information Management

Eligibility:  The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will consider applications from currently enrolled undergraduate and beginning graduate students, or students who have recently graduated from an undergraduate or Master’s program. Applicants must be in a position to commit fully to the completion of a project. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program.

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend of $500 per week.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park Internships & Fellowships

Description:           The National Zoo offers exciting and unique internships that help participants reach a range of academic and professional goals.  Internships positions are available from a variety of groups at the Zoo including: veterinary medicine, FONZ, research, and animal programs—each may have a slightly different application process. Applications may be accepted on an ongoing basis or have a deadline, as noted below.

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Science, Veterinary Medicine

Eligibility:  Varies—see specific listings

Funding:  Varies—see specific listings

Smithsonian Institution

Description:  The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex, is always looking for the brightest and most talented people to help us produce our world-class programs, exhibits, and research. Smithsonian interns have opportunities to make an impact, develop personally and professionally, and learn from people who are experts in their fields.  

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Field:  Art; History and Culture; Libraries, Archives, and Preservation; Professional Services; Science and Research

Eligibility:  Varies depending on the internship position

Funding:  Both paid and unpaid internships are available

Association of Public Health Laboratories Fellowship

Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Laboratory Fellowship Program

Description:  The EID program , sponsored by APHL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives involving infectious disease research. The EID Advanced Laboratory Training Fellowship is a one-year program designed for bachelor’s or master’s level scientists, with emphasis on the practical application of technologies, methodologies and practices related to emerging infectious diseases.

Location:  Throughout the U.S. at host laboratories

Field:  Biology, Microbiology, Virology, Chemistry, Medical Technology, Public Health

Eligibility:  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have completed their bachelor’s degree by the time the fellowship begins

Funding:  The annual stipend (2009) is $32,039 for fellows with a bachelor’s degree.  Fellows are also provided with comprehensive medical insurance, travel to the interviews, orientation, and host laboratory and a professional development allowance.

Funding:  Unpaid, but available for academic credit

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering

Description:  The NIBIB-sponsored Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) is for undergraduate biomedical engineering students who have completed their junior year of college. This ten-week program will allow rising senior biomedical engineering students to participate in cutting-edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class scientists in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland. Please note: the BESIP is a separate program from the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research. Selected by a nationwide competition, the interns will have the opportunity to indicate preferences from a list of available NIH projects that involve areas of engineering or physical science expertise. The students will participate in group meetings, attend planned lectures and laboratory visits, and be encouraged to submit posters to the NIH Poster Day where summer interns from all disciplines present their projects.

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Field:  Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences

Eligibility:  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have completed at least three years of undergraduate study, be returning to an undergraduate program for at least one term after the summer program, be present at the Bethesda campus for the entire ten-week program.

Funding:  $4,800 stipend and housing, but does not cover travel expenses.

START Summer Internships

Description: The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a research center, based at the University of Maryland, committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world. START supports research efforts of leading social scientists at more than 50 academic and research institutions. START is able to offer internships which can be taken for credit on several exciting projects.

Location: College Park, Maryland

Eligibility: a good academic record; a demonstrated interest in the subject matter; submit a complete application by the deadline; agree to attend orientation and training

Funding: Academic credit