Government Sponsored Summer Research Opportunities
The National Institutes of Health sponsors a Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research. These programs allow students to work on cutting-edge research projects and gain exposure to emerging techniques in biochemistry, molecular biology and chemical analysis. Applicants must be Lawful Permanent Residents or citizens of the United States.
Another type of internship is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)sponsored by the National Science Foundation. REUs are held at various academic institutions throughout the United States. Students work with university faculty members on projects in a variety of topics related to chemistry and biochemistry. Applicants must be Lawful Permanent Residents or citizens of the United States.
The US Department of Energy also funds Science Undergraduate Internships (SULI) at a number of national laboratories across the United States. The program seeks to encourage undergraduates and recent graduates to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy laboratories. The focus of the research varies depending on the location of the laboratory. Summer internships are 10 weeks long. Fall and spring internships are also available. Applicants must be Lawful Permanent Residents or citizens of the United States.
NASA Internships provide the opportunity for students to work with career scientists in mentor-directed, degree-related projects. Summer internships are 10 weeks long. Fall and spring internships are also available. Applicants must be US citizens.
The opportunities listed above are just a few of the many experiential programs sponsored by the United States government for undergraduates pursuing degrees in science. A complete listing of research opportunities can be found on the Gateway to Federal Opportunities for Undergraduate Students. Check it out!