Research Placement Resources
- Directory of Off-Campus Research Placements (by State)
The Ohio State University
“Discover Research Opportunities” [http://www.undergraduateresearch.osu.edu/participate/researchopportunities/index.htm]
A major listing of summer research opportunities. For starters, you can click to see opportunities and deadlines at some other sites (the Cleveland Clinic, the 10 schools that sponsor Amgen Scholars in science and biotechnology, and the Euroscholars Program). Then, there is a very large seasonal calendar that identifies 11 sites with ongoing (i.e., no set) deadlines, 6 sites with autumn deadlines, and 128 sites with winter deadlines. For members of underrepresented student groups, there are 59 sites. There are a variety of international opportunities (independent research programs, programs in other countries with a specific research emphasis, and study abroad programs “with a research twist”). Finally, there are even Ohio State programs open to students from other schools.
University of Oregon (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program)
“External Opportunities” [http://urop.uoregon.edu/students/opportunities/external-opportunities/]
Links to charts identifying a large number of REUs and other research opportunities organized into two areas: (1) natural science, life science, biomedical science, and computer science and (2) arts, humanities, and social sciences. .
Texas A & M University (LAUNCH)
“Off-Campus Opportunities” [http://ugr.tamu.edu/UGR/Opportunities-and-Resources/Off-Campus-Opportunities]
An annotated list (with links) of general opportunities and programs, conferences and symposia, and a journal.
Texas A & M University (LAUNCH)
“Off-Campus Summer Research Opportunities” [http://hur.tamu.edu/UGR/Opportunities-and-Resources/Summer-Programs/Off-Campus]
An annotated list (with links) of summer research opportunities – ten general opportunities and programs.
“Google Summer of Code”
Opportunity for college students age 18 or older to contribute to the development of open source projects during summer vacation period. A chance at a paid summer research opportunity for students who know how to code.
The Leadership Alliance
“Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)” [http://www.theleadershipalliance.org/tabid/242/Default.aspx]
Provides summer research opportunities of 8-10 weeks at 22 research institutions. Offers stipends and covers travel and housing. Application period is normally from November 1 until February 1. Research disciplines include math and applied math, computer science, engineering, humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, psychology, and social sciences.
Council on Institutional Cooperation
“The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)” [http://www.cic.net/students/srop/introduction]
The Council on Institutional Cooperation is a consortium of 13 research institutions that offer summer research opportunities. There is a video on how to apply, campus profiles, eligibility requirements, FAQs, and information about program benefits (stipends, expenses that are covered, opportunities to earn cedit).
Summer research in US National Parks
“The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship Program” [http://www.mosaicsinscience.org]
US National Park System: The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship Program provides college students and recent graduates 18-35 years old that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System. Pay = $4,800 plus travel and housing. Apply at: www.mosaicsinscience.org
"The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP)" [http://www.LatinoHeritageIntern.com]
US National Park System: The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) is a 10-week paid summer internship program organized by the National Park Service, Hispanic Access Foundation, and Environment for the Americas with the goal of engaging the next generation of conservation stewards. The program raises awareness of our national parks and historic sites, their accessibility, and the need for the Latino community’s involvement in their preservation. Highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students will be selected to work alongside NPS historians, interpreters, archaeologists, architects, and curators on projects in different park units, offices, and historical sites throughout the US. This is especially appropriate for students interested in history, historical preservation, archaeology, and anthropology. Apply at: www.LatinoHeritageIntern.com
SUNY Global Engagement Internship Program
"SUNY Global Engagement Internship Program in NYC" [http://newpaltz.edu/gep]
SUNY Global Engagement Program is administered by the Center for International Programs and Department of Political Science and International Relations at SUNY New Paltz. The New York City based internship program provides students from all majors with an interest in global affairs an internship with non-governmental, governmental and intergovernmental organizations along with a rigorous academic program. To date a total of 35 SUNY students from across the state have participated in the program which has been offered in the fall semester since the 2013-14 academic year.
For students enrolled in the program, their integrated learning experience includes:
* An internship in which students work 20-25 hours per week at a globally engaged public or non-profit organization (6-9 credits)
* A weekly Global Engagement Seminar that integrates academic examination of the students' internship experience (3 credits)
* A research colloquium through which students write and present on a research project related to their internship field (3 credits)
Students have been placed at highly prestigious internships including United Nations Department of Public Information, Clinton Global Initiative, Doctors Without Borders and Council on Foreign Relations. Our alumni have been placed in full-time paid employment at Doctors Without Borders and Clinton Foundation. Others are employed in positions in non-governmental organizations, government agencies and with the private sector.
- Business Incubators and Opportunities (by State)
A free toolkit sponsored by IBM and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Provides an extensive collection of resources (a very large number of how-to articles, podcasts, blogs) organized into 17 categories. The site includes free tools (e.g., a starting cost estimator, an online tool for calculating one’s readiness for financing, software for creating a website, forms for evaluating the performance of employees, surveys). A “quick looks” pull-down menu takes one to the many how-to articles, business forms, 17 training modules, a long list of resources, dozens of online tools (e.g., a debt to assets ratio calculator, a product profitability analysis tool, email marketing return on investment calculator, supplier and vendor evaluation, break even calculator), and more than 100 recorded webcasts.
SME Toolkit: Deborah’s Biz Basics
Advertised as “a blog for women in business, by women in business,” this site – created by Deborah A. Osgood, a cofounder of Knowledge Institute, Inc. – presents useful information and business tips through articles, blog posts, videos, and podcasts. There are tabs leading to “Pearls of Wisdom,” “Deb’s Tips,” “Friends” (blog posts by others), “Network” (including links to both The Office of Women’s Business Ownership and Women’s Business Centers), and “Noteworthy” (i.e., noteworthy things to read in books, articles, and websites).
Knowledge Institute for Small Business Development
Created by Drs. William and Deborah Osgood, this site provides business assistance for individuals, agencies, corporations, and foundations. There are videos, workshops, blogs, and more. The Knowledge Institute site includes a link to the Business Utility Zone Gateway (BUZGate), a massive gateway to small business resources that can be targeted on virtual resources available in any specific state (with tabs for free help, solutions, start-up businesses, growing businesses, funding, and training).
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
Links to Business and Economic Groups (including Regional Chambers of Commerce, Regional Economic Development Organizations, Business Groups, and Municipal Contacts). There is a needs assessment form to help find the correct resources. The Department has links to financing opportunities – DEDC sources, financing partners (Connecticut Innovations, Community Economic Development Fund, Crossroads Venture Group, Connecticut Community Investment Corporation), and regional lending partners – including the Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO) and the Hartford Community Loan Fund. HEDCO (www.hedcoinc.com/business-resource-center/) has a business resource center that provides professional consultation training (management, finance, business law), referrals, bonding and other assistance for construction firms that are owned by women and minorities, and free office space for start-ups.
Metro Hartford Alliance
The Metro Hartford Alliance is a 1,000+member organization that provides state and regional data, the Connecticut Economic Digest and the Connecticut Economic Review, commercial property search through the CERC sitefinder, and HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs). There is also a membership directory, events and an events calendar, business champion awards, and an Insurance and Financial Services Cluster. The Alliance sponsors a blog and a video blog, a 2-hour workshop – Fundamentals of Municipal Economic Development – to assist municipal officials in learning what they can do and where they could turn for help, as well as a weekly radio show entitled “Pulse of the Region.”
Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC)
CERC has created a Program Finder that searches an extensive database for business programs and services. One can search by category, keyword, or agency; alternately, one can use quick links providing dozens of agency profiles and fact sheets, and helpful publications. CERC’s research team can provide demographic and economic data specific to a zip code, municipality, or region; additionally, the team can do custom research projects and offers town profiles, industry profiles, and whitepapers. Beyond connecting businesses to resources and industry clusters, CERC – for a fee – will provide marketing.
Innovation Destination Hartford
Innovation Destination Hartford presents a series of podcasts by start-up entrepreneurs, publicizes events for the Hartford business community, maintains profiles of area start-ups and solicits specific forms of assistance requested by the entrepreneurs, lists incubator-accelerator opportunities (through the Connecticut Business Incubator Network, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, UConn, and reSet - a program by the Social Enterprise Trust that provides space, workshops, a competition for financial awards and recognition, and a 10-week instructional program).
Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC)
The CTSBDC offers access to the SBA’s Learning Center (with 60 videos on starting a business, managing a business, financing, marketing, and government contracting) and a “virtual” CTSBDC program (which uses laptops and “Google Hangouts” at public libraries to arrange virtual face-to-face meetings between entrepreneurs and business advisers/mentors). The Center also offers free access to helpful business software: Bottomline (for financial projections), Euromonitor International (for international market research), Fintel (for financial benchmarking), Connecticut Get Your Business Online (for online presence), GrowthWheel (for decision-making), IBIS World (for market research), Profit Mastery (for business management), and Testmypitch (for feedback on pitches). Access to low-cost software includes: BOSI (for understanding one’s characteristics as an entrepreneur), Live Plan (for tracking progress on one’s pitch, plan, and financial projections), Two Minute Mobile (for making websites mobile-friendly), Business Analyst Reports (for analyzing demographic and business data). To find other resources, there are links to services of the U.S. Small Business Administration, other government agencies, Connecticut government agencies and institutes, and associations.
Maryland Department of Commerce
Tabs for “Start a Business,” “Move a Business,” “Grow Your Business,” and “Funding and Incentives.”
Office of Small Business Resources (Maryland Department of Commerce)
A page on Accelerators and Networking offers lists of Maryland accelerators, technology organizations, entrepreneurial organizations and programs, and partners that provide networking opportunities (www.commerce.maryland.gov/grow/accelerators-and-networking). A list of Business Incubators, with links, includes the Bowie Business Innovation Center at Bowie State (www.commerce.maryland.gov/move.find-a-location/incubators).
“Maryland Small Business & Entrepreneur Resource Guide: Open for Business”
A 24-page guide that covers small business resources (contracts, financing and capital, a startup checklist, business growth, and business incubators).
Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation
Site includes sections on “Start a Business” (including information on resources, venture capital and angel funding, and the EDI Fund), “Expand a Business” (including business counseling and commercial office/retail space), and “Relocate a Business” (including major development projects).
Maryland Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
An extremely useful and extensive site. Includes tabs for training, consulting, resources, and partners. Identifies 5 Maryland SBDC Regions; the Corridor Region includes Prince George’s County. Clicking on the Corridor Region leads to links on training opportunities (such as dozens of free online business training opportunities through the Maryland SBDC Virtual Classroom), a business plan starter kit, local resources (such as local professionals from whom advice is available), FAQs, and information on SBA loans and grants and local partners. Resources for Maryland Small Businesses on the site include Business Plans, Entrepreneurial/Management, Finance/Venture Capital, Industry Research/SBDCNet, Minority/Specialized Sectors, Start Your Business, Technology/Science/Engineering. Under Entrepreneurial/Management, one finds links to: Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, SBDC Research Network, National Information Clearinghouse, America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC), SCORE, One Stop Shop for Business Assistance (at the University of Maryland), Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, American Express Small Business OPEN, Business Owner’s Toolkit (5000+ pages), Entrepreneurial Edge, Entrepreneurial News, Inc. Online, Small Biz Supersite, Business Opportunities Handbook, and Franchise Handbook.
New Jersey Business Incubation Network (NJBIN)
The New Jersey Business Incubation Network provides early stage and expansion stage companies with “support services and flexible space in a professional business environment.” NJBIN sponsors 13 incubators – in Mt. Laurel, Jersey City, North Brunswick, Newark, Lyndhurst, Plainfield, Dover, Mullica Hill, Camden, Bordentown, Bridgeton, Asbury Park, and Somerset – and claims to have created over 1,350 jobs, generated over $130 million in revenue, and trained over 200 student interns. Beyond affordable space and office services, the network assists with: business strategy/plans, financial planning, marketing, technology partners, investor presentations, raising capital through government sources and grants, legal and accounting concerns, training and coaching, and networking. There is access to a B2B directory of incubator companies. With a NJ library card, one also receives access to the Frost & Sullivan Database. Note, however, that – except for the events calendar – the website has not been updated since 2014 (perhaps Kean students can help revive and improve the website).
Bergen Community College sponsors FUSE, an incubator in Lyndhurst. Its website has a good list of resources, with links to: NJ Business Incubator Network (http://www.njbin.org), NJ Economic Development Authority (http://www.njeda.com), NJ Business Action Center (http://nj.gov/state), NJ Small Business Administration (http://www.sba.gov), NJ Small Business Development Centers (http://www.njsbdc.com), Jumpstart New Jersey (http://www.jumpstartnj.com), Bio NJ (http://www.bionj.org), NJ Technology Counsel (http://www.njtc.org), Venture Association of New Jersey (http://www.vanj.com), and NJ Clean Energy Resource Network (http://njcern.rutgers.edu). Bookmark this page to get you quickly to where you want to go.
New Jersey Economic Development Authority
A large, useful site with tabs on Financing & Incentives, Bidding Opportunities, and Real Estate Development. The tab on Financing & Incentives leads to 5 programs for small and mid-sized businesses, 6 programs for large businesses and development, 5 programs for manufacturing businesses, 10 programs for emerging technology and life sciences, 2 programs for clean energy solutions, and 2 programs for not-for-profits. Notable programs (with links) include Grow NJ, Higher Education Institution Public-Private Partnerships Program, and Incubation.
State of New Jersey Portal: One-Stop Shop for Business
There are tabs for registration and records, starting a business, tax center, growing a business, licenses and permits, financing and incentives, and workforce. There are links to the NJ Business Action Center – a one-stop center that helps access financial/incentive programs, navigate permits and the regulatory process, provide site selection services, and find new markets. An Office of Small Business Advocacy helps with mentoring, labor and workforce issues, procurement and export possibilities. There is also a New Jersey Nonprofit Information Center, with links to state resources and funding opportunities.
New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC)
Includes tabs for services, news & special events, and resources. Identifies 12 NJ Small Business Development Regional Centers (included a center located at Kean). The NJSBDC site provides information on growing your business (e.g., capital financing, branding), starting your business (e.g., writing a business plan, accounting and recordkeeping, taxes), and doing business in New Jersey (e.g., global markets, e-commerce, procurement opportunities). There is content on finding financing and new customers and a guide to writing a business plan, as well as an informative blog.
Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network
Jumpstart is a network of venture capitalists. Entrepreneurs seeking angels are invited to submit an introduction to their companies (one page) and a business plan (up to 30 pages). The organization also sponsors “Meet the Angels” evenings; a one-page business summary form must be filled out and submitted in order to secure an invitation.
New Jersey Tech Council
“NJ Tech Council Student Ambassador Program”
The NJ Tech Council has a student ambassador program that selects students to publicize the work of the Council with students and the local community. Ambassadors use social media and organize a local event each year. There is an online application.
Union County Economic Development Corporation (UCEDC)
The UCEDC is a non-profit corporation that promises resources and solutions for small business. Tabs include loans (e.g., microloans, premium client loans up to $15,000, SBA Community Advantage Loans up to $250K, SBA Commercial Real Estate and Major Equipment Loans up to $5 million, loans from the Business Growth Fund up to $150K, and lines of credit up to $15K), training (e.g., 10 free 2-hour workshops on business basics, a 6-week course on entrepreneurial training that leads to mentoring), government contracting (e.g., free seminars on contracting with various government agencies), and business tools. Business tools include tips and how-to’s on topics such as video marketing, trade secrets, handling negative customer reviews, improving search engine rankings, trade shows, offering internships, employer handbooks, customer reward programs) and a 10-page Union County Business Resource Guide listing general business resources and local business resources (i.e., helpful organizations).
Empire State Development
Tabs across the top include business programs, small business and MWBE (Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development). The Business Programs tab links to business incentives and groups. A New York State Consolidated Funding Application accesses many funding opportunities. There is a list of 54 grant, loan, tax credit, and technical assistance programs. The Small Business tab directs one to the NYS Contract Reporter (contains state procurement opportunities), technical assistance programs for small business (e.g., Small Business Ombudsman, Puerto Rican/Latino Business Development Center, Environmental Small Business Ombudsman, Minority and Women Owned Business Assistance, and Procurement Assistance), small business information resources (e.g., NYS Directory of Small Business Programs, Directorio de Programas que Ofrece el Estudo de Nuova York para Pequenas Empresas, Business Mentor NY, and a guide for understanding the procurement process), and financial assistance programs (including a directory of alternative lenders). The tab for the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development introduces and links to the Regional MWBE Opportunities Expo Series (including a Long Island Expo at Stony Brook in June 2016) and a strategic initiative to increase MWBE participation as vendors to NYS. Tabs down the left side lead to the NYS Data Center, 10 regional one-stop centers (including a Long Island office in Hauppauge), and the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (called NYSTAR, with links to Centers of Excellence, Centers for Advanced Technology, Regional Technology Development Centers, High Performance Computing, and NYS Certified Business Incubator and Innovation Hot Spot Program). Empire State Development identifies 2 Centers of Excellence at Stony Brook (Advanced Energy Resources and Technology, Wireless and Information Technology), 5 local Centers for Advanced Technology (Photonics Applications at CCNY, Advanced Information Management at Columbia University, Advanced Technology in Telecommunications at NYU, Medical Biotechnology at Stony Brook, and Sensors at Stony Brook). The site also identifies 2 Regional Technology Development Centers (Industrial Technology Assistance Corporation in NYC and Long Island Forum for Technology in Bethpage), 3 local Incubators (Long Island High Technology Incubator, Inc. at Stony Brook, Stony Brook University NYS Certified Business Incubator, and Queens College Technology NYS Certified Business Incubator).
Empire State Development
“New York State Directory of Small Business Programs”
A 38-page directory with page-after-page of links to information resources, technical assistance, financial incentives, industry-specific programs, workforce recruitment/development/benefits, government contracts/market expansion, and mandated state filings.
New York State Small Business Development Centers (NYSBDC)
The NYS Small Business Development Centers website links to 10 business planning guides (MWBE certification, technology, veterans, preparing a business plan, mature entrepreneur, disaster recovery, exporting, procurement, selling food products, signage) and several dozen links under various headings (getting started, grants & financing, sample business plans, taxes, NYS government resources, federal government resources, resources for veterans, women & minority business owners, procurement, intellectual property, international trade). Tabs include small business services, training, and resources. Services for small business encompass free consulting when starting or growing a business, energy savings programs, and offices that specialize in international business, procurement, regulations, guidance, and technology and that cater to Latino entrepreneurs, veterans, and women and minorities. The training tab includes 35 low-cost courses in NYC and on Long Island, as well as business courses offered for high school students. The resources tab leads to online videos provided by the NYSBDC, SBA Small Business Learning Center, IRS Video Portal, and NYC Small Business Resource Center of the NY Public Library. Most importantly, there are 2 Long Island locations of Small Business Development Centers, Farmingdale State College (with outreach offices in Hempstead, Island Park, and Lindenhurst) and Stony Brook (with outreach offices in Brentwood, Culverton, and Southampton).
Long Island Capital Alliance (LICA)
The Long Island Capital Alliance connects businesses with sources of capital. LICA sponsors capital forums for a variety of industrial sectors (e.g., health care, software, consumer products).
Long Island Angel Network (LIAN)
Headquartered in Hicksville, the Long Island Angels Network specializes in creating investment opportunities in early stage and growth companies in the $500K-$2 million range, with an emphasis on innovation and technology. Most investments have occurred in web-based/information technology, medical diagnostics, and cleantech businesses. Applications are initially submitted online and, after screening, some applicants are invited to make presentations. LIAN is linked to the Angel Capital Association (a North American alliance of angel groups), the Angel Capital Educational Foundation (working with the Angel Resource Institute at Williamette University), and Launchpad (an incubator with space in Mineola, Huntington, Great Neck, and Stony Brook).
Business Mentor NY
Provides a free service that connects businesses and volunteer mentors. The website includes a news section, FAQs, a section on mentoring best practices, and tips for mentors and new entrepreneurs. There is a link to FuzeHub, which provides resources and free consultations for NYS manufacturing firms.
New York State Government Business Services
The website of NYS services encompasses all business services – with sections on business, finance, industry, licenses and permits, programs/incentives, and small business. The site runs 40 pages and covers 399 services. A tab on starting a business includes sections on market research, “SizeUp” (an online tool for mapping the competition, benchmarking, and finding the best places to advertise), the NYS Department of Labor’s Data Center (identifying wages paid across the state and by industry), and the NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services (identifying local tax rates throughout NYS).
Another large site for identifying resources for small business – a one-stop shop for: start-up assistance, financial assistance, expertise/technical assistance, permits and licenses, taxes and unaudited filings, industry resources, employee hiring/training/benefits, government contracting and procurement, local government resources, and regional resources. The excellent regional resources page has a directory of free services (e.g., business advocacy counseling, funding, incubators, marketing, real estate, start-up, statistics, training, and workforce development). Clicking on trade associations takes one to a list of state and regional trade associations that provide free assistance and resources. An alphabetical list includes 612 local resource partners.