Summer Research Internships

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Brandon Payton

  • Past deadline: Biomedical Engineering: Simulations, Imaging and Modeling: 10-week, paid Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF funded) offered by the Departments of Engineering, Kinesiology and Physical Therapy at East Carolina University.  Rising juniors and seniors, and students from underrepresented groups (minorities, women, and people with disabilities) are sought.  Review of applications begins 29 January 2016.
  • Past deadline: Coharie Intra-Tribal Council Greater Coharie River Initiative Project Intern: Paid internship for undergraduate ($4000) or graduate student ($4400) involving land and water stewardship principles.  Student will work directly with Native Americans.  Internship runs from June 1 - July 31, 2016. Application deadline is 1 March 2016.
  • Past deadline: Conservation Scholars Program: a multi-year conservation immersion program at the University of Washington. An 8-week, paid summer experience for freshmen and sophomores begins 19 June 2016. Deadline for applications is 29 January 2016.  Click here for a PDF flyer.
  • Environmental summer internships in Florida dealing with coastal ecology & engineering. For application & materials email:
  • The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) usually has some undergraduate summer fellowships.
  • Past deadline: George Melendez Wright Young Leaders in Climate Change: 11- or 12-week paid summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students to work on issues related to the effects of climate change on national parks.  Deadline for applications is Thursday, January 28, 2016.  Free or subsidized housing in accommodations in the park is available for most positions.
  • Past deadline: NAPIRE and Organization for Tropical Studies is for students who are Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Pacific Islanders. An 8-week, paid summer experience in Costa Rica runs from 11 June - 6 August 2016.  Program pays for all travel and basic living expenses. Deadline for applications is 15 February 2016.
  • Past deadline: NASA Academy: 10-week summer experience for college students that provides integrated multidisciplinary training (including laboratory research), team-building activities, and leadership development.  Deadline for applications is 16 February 2016.  Please direct questions about NASA Academy to  Or contact Dr. Jose D’Arruda, UNCP Director for Space Grant (  Click Word or PDF for application instructions.
  • National Internship Clearninghouse. This is another "clearing house" for summer internships which lists numerous opportunities.
  • The National Science Foundation has listings of numerous summer research opportunities, especially Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), across the country.
  • Past deadline: Native American research internships in biomedical and health sciences in Utah.  Paid 10-week summer research internship (31 May - 5 August 2016) for junior and senior undergraduates who are Native American.  Deadline for applications is 8 February 2016.  Click here (PDF) for application information.

Graduate School Information:

  • Assistance for Beginning Graduate Students: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides three years of financial support for students at or near the beginning of graduate studies.

Top photograph: Brandon Payton presents a research poster based on his summer internship.  Lower photograph: Davon Goodwin and Justin Duncan experienced summer internships with the Student Conservation Association.

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