Research Internships

Engineering at Illinois offers a large network of research internship opportunities, both on- and off-campus that many of our undergraduates take advantage of.

Research Park Internships

The Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign provides an environment where students can collaborate with faculty and technology-based businesses on research. It is now home to more than 90 companies, 50+ startup companies, and employing 1,400 people in high-technology careers. More than 400 student interns work in these company while making real contributions to internal corporate Research & Development and product development programs.

Research Park Internships

Blue Waters Student Internship Program (BWSIP)

The BWSIP is a program that provides support for undergraduate internship activities at any accredited degree granting institution in the United States. Support is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Blue Waters Project for sustained petascale computing to support year-long undergraduate internship experiences involving the application of high-performance computing problems in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. The program provides a student stipend, a two-week intensive high –performance computing workshop, and travel to the Blue Waters Symposium.

Blue Waters Student Internship Program (BWSIP)

Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC)

The Advanced Digital Sciences Center is a research center in Singapore operated by faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ADSC seeks excellent undergraduate (particularly third or fourth year honors) and graduate students in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and closely related fields to join the center as interns. Internships are available year-round and are designed for students who are considering or pursuing a career in research. Most ADSC undergraduate interns go on to excellent graduate programs in the U.S. and around the world.

Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC) Internship

Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) sponsored BESIP is for undergraduate biomedical engineering students who have completed their junior year of college.  The internship will allow rising senior bioengineering students to participate in cutting edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class scientists in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, MD. 

Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) Internship Program

CenUSA Bioenergy Research Internship Experience for Undergraduates

The summer CenUSA Bioenergy Research Internship Experience for Undergraduates will provide rich interdisciplinary training and engagement opportunities for undergraduate students in all areas of the bioenergy value chain to meet the workforce challenges of the emerging bioeconomy.

Selected undergraduate interns will gain practical research skills in computer modeling, field methods, and/or experimental design by conducting independent projects under the guidance of experienced faculty and research scientists. Other activities of our CenUSA Bioenergy Internship Program are designed for social, leadership, and professional development of the undergraduate participants. Students selected for the program will work on interdisciplinary teams with faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and in some cases industrial partners.

CenUSA Bioenergy Research Internship Experience for Undergraduates

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Summer Undergraduate Internships

The Computational Science and Engineering offers a limited number of summer undergraduate research internships for undergraduate students enrolled in our program. The internship aims at helping students establish important relationships with faculty in their respective fields of study, conduct graduate-level research under the supervision of a University of Illinois renowned faculty member, become acquainted with the culture of graduate school, and to learn what is needed and expected of them as graduate students in their discipline at the University of Illinois.  

The internship will pay for 8-10 weeks (30 hours /week).  Experimental research is encouraged, however the research must include sufficient computational work. Students are responsible for identifying a potential faculty sponsor prior to applying.

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Summer Undergraduate Internships

Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines.

The program provides rising junior and senior undergraduate students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.

Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

Science of Security Summer Internship

The Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, part of the NSA Science of Security Lablet program, invites applications for a unique research experience for undergraduates. Selected applicants will spend eight weeks at ITI pursuing a research program of their own design, under the mentorship of ITI faculty and/or staff. The objective will be to advance research, which will be presented in a poster session at the HotSoS Science of Security Symposium. In addition to the research, the summer internship program will include visits to companies to learn about the issues and practice of cyber-security in the real world.

Science of Security Summer Internship

Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) Summer Applied Biotechnology Research Experience (SABRE)

The University of California, Santa Barbara Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) is a uniquely interdisciplinary research environment, with a mission of transforming biological inspiration into technological innovation. The ICB Summer Research Internship in Science and Engineering at UCSB brings science and engineering majors from across the U.S. to UCSB for a summer research experience. Interns are partnered with a mentor of similar interest, conduct research in our state-of-the-art laboratories, attend research seminars, receive training in career development skills, and participate in social activities.

Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB) Summer Applied Biotechnology Research Experience (SABRE)

Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

The Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, is a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.

Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

MIT Summer Research Internship in Biological Sciences and Related Fields

Note: For students interested specifically in biology or neuroscience research

The Department of BiologyDepartment of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines at MIT offer a joint 10-week research-intensive summer training program in the biological sciences, neurosciences or biomedical-related fields to advanced sophomore and junior science majors from other colleges and universities who have an interested in a research career. This summer internship program is funded in part by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the MIT School of Science.

MIT Summer Research Internship in Biological Sciences and Related Fields

National Center for Supercomputing Applications – Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN)

The SPIN internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to apply their skills to real challenges in high-performance computing, data analysis and visualization, cybersecurity, and other areas of interest to NCSA.

Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN)

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 275 college students (200 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students) each year. Participating students spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research at approximately 29 DoN laboratories.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)

NOAA Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) is seeking outstanding students who are motivated for future graduate study in the physical sciences, mathematics, or engineering to apply for the summer research internship program. Scholars with backgrounds in mathematics, chemistry, physics, meteorology, environmental sciences, and engineering are encouraged to apply.

NOAA Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): Recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows, and Scholars (NIFS)

NASA Internships are educational hands-on traineeships that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship

One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): Recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows, and Scholars (NIFS)

Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING)

The SING Workshop curriculum will introduce participants to fundamental concepts and methods in genomics and bioinformatics including both theoretical aspects and practical laboratory- and computer-based training. A strong emphasis will be placed upon bioethics, difficult histories of Native American encounters with science, and associated issues relevant to Native American culture. The curriculum will require some participant reading and preparation prior to the workshop, and will focus on materials that stimulate participant interest to encourage subsequent learning in genomics and science. The "hands-on" training component will incorporate the latest techniques and analytical programs used in genomic laboratories today.

Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING)