External Undergraduate Research and Internship Programs

Links are updated as they are received.

This page contains information primarily about summer research and internship opportunities for current undergraduate students. However, we do receive announcements about internships and job opportunities for recent graduates. Such information is posted at the end of the page. 

One exception: As you are enjoying your undergraduate experience in physics, it is still very important to think about life after college; four years can slip right by! If you are interested in a career in physics, or a physics-related discipline, the SPS has a great Careers Toolbox that you should download and use! It can help you map out – based upon your highly quantitative, problem-solving and teamwork training – how to pitch these skills to employers. Want a hardcopy? Please ask the DUS and stay tuned for our annual workshop in January!

DISCLAIMER: Programs on this list are not necessarily endorsed by the Georgetown Physics department, nor is this a complete list of research opportunities. We regularly receive email announcements and post these listings as a service to the community.

Programs that sponsor summer undergraduate research at multiple institutions (e.g. REU):

  1. AMGEN Scholars Program: this is an undergraduate summer research program in science and biotechnology. There are 13 US institutions that participate in the program
  2. NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  3. American Mathematical Society’s REU Programs 
  4. SPS (Society of Physics Students) Summer Internship Program
  5. Summer undergraduate research programs for students interested in medical research
  6. MD-PhD-focused summer undergraduate research programs
  7. Pathways to Science – a searchable database

Programs at Federal institutions and National labs:

  1. US Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program
  2. US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Robotics Internship Program
  3. Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) NOTE: they have three separate internship periods – summer, fall and spring – so this might be a good opportunity if you are graduating and would like a short term and paid research job
  4. SULI at Lawrence Berkeley Lab (LBL)
  5. Internships at Lawrence Livermore National Labs (LLNL)
  6. Science Education Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory – they have many summer research as well as internship programs
  7. Pathways to Computing Internship Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  8. Artificial Intelligence Summer Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  9. Fermilab Summer Internships in Science and Technology
  10. Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at the FDA 
  11. Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC
  12. Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program NOTE: they have two different programs: Apply for the spring 2020 NESLS (deadline 1/6/2020) program. Apply for the summer 2020 NESLS (deadline 2/28/2020) program.
  13. Data Management and Curation Fellowship at the National Transportation Library (NTL) 
  14. Geospatial Data Creation and Curation Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  15. NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
  16. NASA internships
  17. Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program
  18. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Directed Energy Visiting Scholars Program
  19. Society of Physics Students (SPS) Summer Internship Program
  20. NIST SURF Program Please note – there are limits to the number of applications accepted and this will vary by NIST location. Also application dates will depend on the NIST site. Please check early to make sure your application will be accepted.
  21. Space Telescope Science Institute’s Space Astronomy Summer Program
  22. Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program
  23. NSF Data Analysis and Statistics Internships
  24. American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program
  25. AAPM DREAM – Diversity Recruitment Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program

Specific programs at academic institutions:

  1.  Caltech Summer Research Programs 
  2. Stanford Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
  3. MIT Summer Research Program – General (MSRP)
  4. MIT Materials Research Laboratory and the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center: Summer Research Internship program
  5. Summer internship at UCSD/Scripps Institution of Oceanography/Marine Physical Laboratory
  6. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor: Physics REU program
  7. Michigan State University REU in Physics
  8. Michigan State University’s Advanced Computational Research Experience for Students (ACRES)
  9. Michigan State’s 4th Nuclear Science Summer School (NS3) – NOTE: this is a week-long program
  10. University of Texas-Austin: Frontier Research and Training in Astronomy for the 21st Century
  11. University of Texas-Austin: Biomedical Engineering REU in Cancer Research
  12. UCLA Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Research Program
  13. Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB)
  14. University of Wisconsin-Madison: Department of Astronomy REU program
  15. Columbia Business School – Summer Research Internship program
  16. REU program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  17. Virginia Tech REU in neutrino physics
  18. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  19. REU at Kansas State University: Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning
  20. University of Missouri-Columbia REU in Physics: Materials and Modeling
  21. Department of Astronomy at Cornell University: REU program
  22. University of Pittsburgh – Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Computational Biology
  23. Columbia University – Materials Research REU
  24. Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Vanderbilt University REU Program
  25. Physics REU at the University of Oklahoma
  26. Princeton University’s Summer Engineering Undergraduate Internship Program
  27. Carnegie Institute of Washington Geophysical Laboratory Summer Internship Program
  28. Maryland Sea Grant REU
  29. University of Tennessee Research Experiences in Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (RECSEM) NSF REU

CERN internship programs:

Programs at international institutions:

  • Research internships in science and engineering in Germany
  • Ludwig Prandtl Internship at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS)

Short term opportunities – these are good for graduates taking a gap year (or two):

Post-graduate opportunities: