SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

This list includes research opportunities that are (1) directly targeted to under-represented minorities and students attending Minority-Serving Institutions or Historically Black Colleges and Universities and/or (2) open to majority and minority students, held at institutions that are showing a dedication to building a more inclusive STEM workforce, and/or (3) held at institutions that are friends of GRAD-MAP and the University of Maryland's physics and astronomy departments. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and it is somewhat mid-Atlantic-centric. For more complete, nation-wide lists, please consult the Institute for Broadening Participation's Pathways to Science database, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) jobs database, and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) government internship database. When looking at research internship opportunities, remember that they all pay (and most pay pretty well!), and some (but not all) will offer support for travel expenses, lodging, and/or food over the summer. 

Asterisk (*) means that opportunity allows non-US citizens or permanent residents to participate. As a rule, most programs funded exclusively by a US Government agency (e.g. NASA, NSF) are limited to US citizens or permanent residents, but always check the website; some opportunities have multiple funding streams and therefore more flexibility in citizenship requirements.

 

Many of the internships in the table above are simultaneously highly encouraging of students with disabilities to apply (e.g.: any sponsored by the NSF). We also list below opportunities specifically for students with disabilities.

Background image: the 25th Anniversary Hubble Image of star-forming region Westerlund 2credits NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

 

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GRAD-MAP is generously funded by the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences and the Departments of Astronomy and Physics, and the NSF Career, PIRE (Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen), and AAG programs.