Summer Research Internships

Marica Thomas and Dr. Bob Poage
  • Agroecology Scholars Program in Research and Extension (ASPIRE): 10-week paid program ($4,000 stipend, housing, and opportunity for post-summer travel to a scientific meeting) that prepares undergraduates with technical skills to understand sustainable agriculture and community food systems from a broad systems perspective, while receiving close mentorship and access to hands-on, cutting edge research and professional development training. At least 4 spots will be reserved for Lumbee students from North Carolina.  Deadline for applications is February 19, 2021. 
  • Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program at Howard University College of Pharmacy, located in Washington, D.C.  This is a free, 4-week online program that runs from May 17 - June 19, 2021.  Deadline for applications is February 5, 2021.
  • BeeMore -- Bees and Microbes in Organized Research Experiences at NC State University.  This is a paid ($500 per week, plus housing and food allowance) summer program that runs from May 26 - August 1, 2021.  Undergraduates will explore diverse topics that highlight the importance of bees as pollinators, the role of pollinators in crop productivity, the importance of microbes in earth ecology, and the specific role of microbes in bee health and disease.  Deadline for applications is March 15, 2021.
  • Biomedical Engineering in Simulations, Imaging, and Modeling (BME-SIM) at East Carolina University: 10-week, NSF-funded REU program for rising juniors and seniors.  Program includes a $6,000 stipend, on-campus housing, meal plan, and more, and runs from May 15 to July 24, 2021.  Students from underrepresented groups (women, minorities and persons with disabilities), veterans, and students from academic institutions with limited research opportunities are encouraged to apply.  Review of applications begins 15 February 2021.
  • BIT SURE: BioTechnology-based Sequencing-based Undergraduate Research Experience at NC State University.  "Join the NC State Pack for ten weeks to develop your skills as a scientist over a summer of research, collaboration, professional development, science outreach, and fun!  Students will receive a stipend ($5,500 for ten weeks of research), lodging in Wolf Village student apartments, funds for travel, and a daily food allowance. Requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities in all facilities will be honored." **BIT SURE will be entirely virtual for summer 2021.  Application deadline is 14 February 2021.
  • CEFS Supply Chain Internships has paid ($15 per hour), 9-week summer internships at a local food hub host site in North Carolina, and a week-long tour of diverse agroecosystems across the state.  Travel and housing are not provided. Learn about community-based food systems and help build local food value chains between local farmers and regional, institutional markets.  Deadline for applications is March 12, 2021.
  • Conservation Scholars Program: Summer conservation immersion program at the University of Washington. An 8-week, paid ($4400) summer experience for freshmen and sophomores. Runs from June 14 to August 14, 2021.  Tentatively scheduled as a virtual experience but may pivot to in-person if feasible.  Deadline for applications is 1 February 2021. 
  • Disturbance Ecology in Central Appalachia: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at Eastern Kentucky University. Eastern Kentucky University is seeking applicants for a summer REU program. The theme of the research is disturbance ecology. Students will work at Lilley Cornett Woods, a field station with old-growth forest in eastern Kentucky, and in Daniel Boone National Forest. This is a 10-week program running from May 23 – July 29, 2022.  Student benefits include a stipend of $6000, housing, a food allowance, travel costs to and from EKU, research travel during the summer, and research supplies. Deadline for applications is February 18, 2022. Participants will be selected by March 15, 2022. More information including the application can be found at Questions can be sent to David Brown or Kelly Watson at
  • Ecological Society of America's SEEDS Partnerships for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship: Fully-funded 2-year fellowship that runs from February 2021 through August 2022. Open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.  Includes a paid summer research/internship opportunity with a partner site with travel and research expenses covered, 2021 SEEDS Leadership Meeting, 2022 SEEDS Spring National Field Trip, and 2022 ESA Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada.  Deadline for applications is February 28, 2021.
  • Ecology in Human Dominated Landscapes: 10-week, paid ($5500) Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF funded) in Ecology and Environmental Science offered by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Preference given to sophomores and juniors.  Internship likely runs from May to August 2021, and review of applications begins 15 January 2021.
  • Friday Harbor's REU for undergraduates (Research in Integrative Biology & Ecology of Marine Organisms): 8-week paid ($500 per week, plus financial support for lodging and round trip travel) program in marine research at the University of Washington's field station in the San Juan Islands.  Program runs from June 14 - August 7, 2021.  Deadline for applications is February 15, 2021.
  • Missouri Botanical Garden's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany: 10-week, paid ($600 per week, plus food and housing) for independent mentored projects. Participants will have access to the Garden’s herbarium, botanical library, garden collections, laboratory facilities, and the Shaw Nature Reserve.  Program runs from June 7 - August 13, 2021.  Deadline for applications is February 28, 2021.
  • Mountain Lake Biological Station's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU-Sites) program in Virginia: ten-week, paid ($6000) summer program of guided, independent, original research in field biology.  Program covers room and board, and travel to and from the station.  Program runs from May 24 - July 30, 2021. Deadline for applications is 20 February 2021.
  • National Summer Undergraduate Research Program pairs underserved students (black, indigenous, people of color and Latinx students) with researchers doing computer-based projects in microbiology so students can do research remotely.  Pays $600/week for the summer (June 14-Aug 6, 2021). Applications open April 12th.
  • Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI) in health sciences in Utah.  Paid 10-week summer research internship for junior and senior undergraduates who are Native American/Alaskan Native or who have a keen interest in these peoples and in minority health disparities.  In-person opportunities are being planned, but programming may go fully virtual if necessary.  Deadline for applications is 12 February 2021.  Click here for online application.
  • Native American Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeships are available through North Carolina State University. Year-long apprenticeships ($12 per hour for 20 hours/week) will begin in May 2021, and apprentices will be mentored and hosted by local Lumbee-owned farms and food businesses.  Activities include monthly professional development trainings related to food systems and farming work.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies Research Experience for Undergraduates is for students who are African American, Hispanic American, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, or Pacific Islanders. This is a 8-week, paid summer experience in Costa Rica.  Program pays for all travel and basic living expenses.  Applications for 2021 will open in February.
  • Plant Genome Research Program Summer Internship at the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University is now seeking undergraduate applicants interested in plant science research & bioinformatics experiences!  Support: free group housing, $850 for meals, travel reimbursement, and $5,750 stipend over 10 weeks -- May 31 to August 7, 2021. Deadline for applications is February 5, 2021.
  • Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program: 12-week, paid summer internship in health sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Open to rising sophomores, juniors or seniors.  Program runs from May to August 2021, and the application deadline is 1 February 2021.
  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Biological Mechanisms at UNC-Chapel Hill (SURE-REU): 10-week, paid ($6000, plus food and travel allowances) program of mentored research in the biological and biomedical sciences.  Include workshops on graduate school, invited speakers, journal clubs, community-building activities.  Program runs from May 16 - July 29, 2021. Deadline for applications is February 19, 2021.
  • Summer Systematics Institute 2021 at the California Academy of Science has internships for undergraduates.  The 9-week paid ($5,400, plus housing and travel) program features a state-of-the-art research facility and museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, with the first week spent at Pepperwood Preserve and the Bodega Marine Lab.  The program runs from June 1 - July 30, 2021.  Deadline for applications is February 1, 2021.
  • Sustainability Science Camp at the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainability, located at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.  This is a 4-week paid ($2500, plus room and board) for African American students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors and who are majoring in environmental science or related disciplines.  Includes field and laboratory experiences in urban farming and urban monitoring of water quality.  Program runs from July 5 - August 1, 2021.  Deadline for applications is March 1, 2021.
  • The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) usually has some undergraduate summer fellowships.
  • NASA Undergraduate Internships.
  • The National Science Foundation has listings of numerous summer research opportunities, especially Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), across the country.
  • Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) grant program in the UNC system--specifically here at UNCP.
  • RIT List of Internships. A comprehensive and up-to-date listing of PAID summer research opportunities.
  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.
  • lists regular jobs and some internships/short-term jobs.
  • Smithsonian Research Training Program. 10-week internships, typically 24 positions available.
  • SPIRE Undergraduate Summer Research Program. 10-week paid ($5000) research experience for undergraduates.  Available only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.  Offers innovative research at UNC Chapel Hill and development of professional skills as a scientist.  The program will run from May 23-July 28, 2021.  Deadline for applications is February 28, 2021.  Housing is provided.  
  • Summer Internships in Animal Behavior at Indiana University in Bloomington. Usually 10 weeks.  Deadline for applications is February 15, 2021.
  • Student Conservation Association. Internships and volunteer opportunities in our National Parks. 
  • Wildlife summer internships in North Carolina are offered by a variety of organizations and programs, including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  Internships range from outdoor activities (e.g., watershed management) to indoor activities (e.g., developing educational materials).
Cheyenne Lee

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.