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External Research Opportunities for Students

Dear Students,

The websites below will link you to 100’s of opportunities for off-campus research and applied learning that are available to you during your undergraduate career.  Most are funded summer research programs at universities across the US.

The first tab will connect you to a multitude of searchable databases where you can find opportunities that match your academic and/or career interests.

The second tab accesses specific programs that might be of interest to you.

We will continue to add more opportunities to these sites, so check them often.

Finally, keep this advice in mind:

  • Application deadlines usually fall between October and April – with most applications due in December, January, and February
  • The typical application will require you to write an essay and will ask for letters of reference from your faculty and university mentors
  • Don’t be shy!  Your faculty, program directors, and professional staff are available to help you with your application.  Just ask….and ask early!
  • Once you have prepared one application, it should be easy to rework it to fit another opportunity (and your faculty don’t mind revising their letters to be addressed to another competition).  So increase your odds of winning. Plan to apply for more than one opportunity.

GO FOR IT! You have nothing to lose in applying….and a successful application will surely change your life!

Searchable Database

This section will connect you to a multitude of searchable databases where you can find opportunities that match your academic and/or career interests.

Other Research Opportunities

This section accesses specific programs that might be of interest to you.

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  • Biological Sciences - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies Internships - (CSIS)
  • CIA Undergraduate Summer Internship - Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Chemistry - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Council Of American Ambassadors Fellowship Program - The Council Of American Ambassadors (CAA)
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency Summer Intern Program - Fordham University
  • Earth Science - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Engineering - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • FBI Honors Internship - (FBI)
  • International Science and Engineering - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Koch Internship Program - Charles Koch Institute
  • Mathematical Sciences - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Research Mentoring Network Scholarships, Internships & Grant Opportunities - National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
  • Ocean Sciences - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Off-campus Opportunities - Stony Brook University
  • Opportunities for Non-Stony Brook students - Stony Brook University
  • Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships - Fordham University
  • Physics - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Possible Funding Sources - Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU)
  • Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences - National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship - ThinkSwiss Brainstorm Blog
  • U.S. Department Of State Summer Internship Program - U.S. Department Of State
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry have recently been awarded a SUNY Performance Improvement Fund grant to expand our Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program to triple its current size. We are looking for SUNY Undergraduate students to participate. This newly enlarged program will offer students the opportunity to perform research from a wide variety of perspectives (basic science, medicine, nursing, environmental health, and physical therapy). The aim of the SURF program is to nurture undergraduate students into careers that combine biomedical research into their chosen profession, providing them an understanding of research across disciplines and fields. We are specifically looking for students interested in pursuing a PhD, MS, MD, MD/PhD, DNP, DPT, MPH and Physician Assistant: MS. Depending on a student’s research interests, the students is paired with a faculty member in one of our 5 colleges (Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and SUNY ESF) to learn more about those professions and to perform cutting edge research. All students will interact throughout the ten-week program allowing them to see research from many different facets by participating in inter-professional education events. Students from SUNY institutions or underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

    Michael Cosgrove, PhD
    Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program SUNY Upstate Medical University

  • In the summer of 2010, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation established its Fiscal Internship Program in Washington DC with the goal of encouraging young people to get interested and engage in fiscal policy.

    The program pairs undergraduate and graduate students interested in the nation's economic future with leading public policy organizations working on fiscal issues. Interns live and work in Washington D.C. for ten weeks during the summer while gaining professional experience, skills, and contacts that will serve them throughout their careers.

    Participants in this program have the unique opportunity to:
    • Live and work in our nation's capital
    • Gain first-hand experience with leading organizations working on federal fiscal policy
    • Join a diverse community of experts and students interested in budgetary and economic issues

    Each intern works on research assignments related to federal fiscal policy issues under the direct supervision of a scholar at their host institution. Interns are matched with an internship based on their interests and participate in the research and programming of the host organization. The host institutions' work spans a variety of issues including healthcare, Social Security, economic policy, and tax policy, and includes a range of perspectives from progressive to conservative.

    This year’s hosts will include:
    • American Action Forum
    • Bipartisan Policy Center
    • Brookings Institution
    • Center for American Progress
    • Committee for Economic Development
    • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
    • Economic Policy Institute
    • Kaiser Family Foundation
    • Mercatus Center
    • National Governors Association
    • Urban Institute/Tax Policy Center

    Interns receive a $5000 stipend for the ten-week program.

    The Peter G. Peterson Foundation Fiscal Internship program is looking for a diverse group of talented students who are passionate about policy and good with numbers. The most successful candidates are ambitious, actively involved on campus or in their communities, and have demonstrated superior academic performance.

    We seek applicants who have:
    • An academic background in economics, political science, public policy, public administration, or a related field
    • A demonstrated interest in fiscal and economic policy
    • An aptitude for numbers
    • Written communication skills
    • An open mind and willingness to engage with those who share different opinions and beliefs
    • A natural curiosity for learning new things
    • A desire to live and work independently in Washington D.C.

    Rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible to apply. Students must have completed at least two courses in economics, math, statistics, or political science, and have a working fluency with numbers. Experience with Microsoft Excel is highly recommended.

    Required Documents:
    1) Resume
    2) Unofficial Transcript
    3) Personal Statement (250 words): Please describe your future career goals -- outlining factors that have influenced you along the way (personal, academic, or professional), and how you feel the PGPF Fiscal Internship program would help you to further your professional journey (250 words). Please use examples and be specific.
    4) Statement of Policy Interest (250 words): Please choose ONE policy issue that interests you from the following list: • Federal entitlement spending • Budget process • Taxes • Healthcare • Retirement security • Infrastructure • State/local financing • National security/National defense • Another fiscal policy topic of your choosing. Thinking about this issue, answer ONE of the following (250 words): 1) Describe one aspect of this issue that you would like to reform and why; OR 2) Describe why you feel that this issue is important and why it should be a policy priority in the coming year.
    5) Contact information for two references

    2018 Internship Dates: June 4-August 10, 2018
    Summer Stipend: $5,000
    Deadline to Apply: February 11, 2018
    Website: https://www.pgpf.org/what-we-are-doing/grants/grantee-list/pgpf-fiscal-internship-program-in-washington-dc Contact email: fiscalinternship@pgpf.org

  • Environment for the Americas has over 30 internship opportunities in STEM fields, education, cultural research, and more with the National Park Service. African American, Alaskan Native, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and mixed race students and recent graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. The flyers below describe both Mosaics in Science and the Latino Heritage diversity internship programs, including how to apply for the positions.

    - Latino Heritage Internship Program

    - Mosaics in Science Intership Program