Over the past two days I've been searching for some summer research/intern possibilities for undergradutes hoping to boost my resume (good resumes just make life so much easier) and to find fun things to do over summer. And, I thought I would share the fruits of my labor with the internet audience. Much to my surprise, there are TONS of research opprotunities for undergraduates, especially for those doing anything SCIENCE-oriented. I especially wish to emphasize the sheer amount of these opprotunities out there if you just take the initiative and look for them. There are a good deal of textfiles/guides out there that describe the reasons/motivations and relative value of these programs depending on your career goals, but that is far beyond the scope of this document. This is primarily a compilation of summer opprotunities lists and interesting things I've learned and discovered along the way.
A few general rules of thumb I've discovered about summer positions...* GPA Requirements are generally either 2.5, 3.0, or 3.3 GPA. Most programs have $2,000-4,500 stipends, and last 10 weeks. Some of the richer ones will even pay for your boarding and airfare.
There are a good number of lists out there, all with a good deal of cross-over between them, and many of them having old and outdated entries. However, they're still your best source of locating these programs. Most of these lists are run by university departments dedicated to maintaining such lists and a few lists are maintained by big science organizations. Internship/REU lists for specialized/obscure majors are usually within a particular university department and are not affiliated with any overarching program and are thus more difficult to find, but definitely not impossible to.
There are 3 basic different types of summer undergrad positions:
1. Those funded by incredibly huge programs/organizations. (NSF, NIH, HHMI, etc.) These programs have different 'sites' that move from university to university across the country every few years ensuring a good spread of disciplines and geographical locations.
2. Programs primarily organized and paid for by an individual university department. Generally these stay in one place as long as the primary organizing professors are still at that university, and are harder to find. These programs also have the ability to talor their focus much more narrowly. If you know exactly what you want to do, something like this would likely be a good option.
3. Individual Appointment/Internship to a particular professor.
You might find the 3rd option a bit odd, and I would as well. Much to my surprise however, this actually seems to work. After I had contacted various university departments to see if a particular research program still existed or not, one faculty responded saying that although it did not exist, but: "lots of faculty take undergraduates into their labs for the summer...Most are
... An interesting way to bypass the general system of things...I like it.
The Princeton Review wrote a short article about this 3rd option. http://www.princetonreview.com/cte/articles/internships/internshipDesign.asp
Howto Successfully get into these programs..
Miscellaneous Some general favorites that weren't well covered elsewhere and I thought these organizations were particularly notable for having interesting internship programs.
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