Paid Research Opportunities Off-Campus


  • The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program is a 10-week paid summer research opportunity for undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students at a participating Naval Laboratory. U.S. citizenship is required in most cases, although permanent residents and dual citizens are accepted at certain labs. The online application process opens October 1 and closes in early January. For more information or to apply, visit http://nreip.asee.org/.
  • The US Geological Survey in Reston, VA, (see http://egsc.usgs.gov/index.html and http://water.usgs.gov/nrp/) invites applications from graduate students and undergraduates interested in working with one of the nation’s top scientific organizations with important civil engineering implications. Work may involve field, office, or laboratory work. It may involve water issues, climate change, or land use (see http://egsc.usgs.gov/science.html). Possibilities exist for unpaid internships for students to get their feet in the door, but starting with paid positions is also a possibility. Graduate students may find opportunities to conduct research leading to MS theses or PhD dissertations. Students should send their resumes to Dr Pierre Glynn (pglynn@usgs.gov) and Dr Harry L Jenter (hjenter@usgs.gov) with a cover letter that explains their interests and how they can mesh with those at USGS.
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education invites applications for paid ($5000 plus travel expenses) 10-week summer research internships for undergraduates at one of 11 national research laboratories in the US. Locations include CA, CO, IL, MD, NM, NJ, SC, TN, WA. US citizenship is required. Information is provided at http://www.orau.gov/dhsinternships. The deadline for applications: January 5 each year.
  • The National Science Foundation sponsors programs at universities for paid summer research by undergraduates. These programs, called Research Experiences for Undergraduates (or REU’s), provide an opportunity to do some interesting summer work; to see if you like research; and to check out another university. You can search for these at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=10006. Some of these accept applications as early as fall for positions in the following summer.
  • The National Institute for Standards and Technology laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD, (http://www.nist.gov/index.html ) offers paid summer research opportunities through their  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program.  Applications are due February 15.  For details, see http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/resprograms.cfm.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation offers a Summer Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG).  See: http://stipdg.e.twc.edu/.
  • Research Internships in Science and Engineering in Germany http://www.daad.de/rise/en/. RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 1.5 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language is English. All scholarship holders receive stipends.
  •  Federal Highway Administration invites applications for student Internships for research in McLean, VA.  The application window closes Feb. 22 but is limited to the first 50 applicants.  See https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/336236800?share=email  (Posted January 27, 2013.)