The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Database includes a list of primarily off-campus summer research opportunities available for undergraduate students.

Please note - This is not an exhaustive list of all summer opportunities. Though we actively manage and update this database, there are likely many opportunities, both on-campus and external, that our office has missed.

This database is maintained by the Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research. If you have any corrections, suggestions, or would like to add an opportunity to our database, please email ugresearch@illinois.edu.

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Research Opportunity Research Area Opportunity Timing Deadline Date
Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP)
NREIP offers 10-week summer internships for STEM students, providing top-notch mentoring, and hands-on Navy lab experience.
Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer 11/1/24
Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program
Through this summer internship, fellows are exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access, and information technology. Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions, fellows explore digital initiatives and increase access to the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources.
Humanities & Arts Summer Anticipated 11/26/24
Research Internships in Science and Engineering
Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field). DAAD provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses. Host universities, universities of applied sciences (UAS) and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors or researchers (only UAS), and German language is not required and the working language will be in English.
Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology Summer Anticipated 12/6/24
Watershed Management Research and Outreach Undergraduate Internship Program
This program will provide students with broader perspectives and experience in water-related research and extension education. Students will gain real world experience with the complexities and trade-offs associated with water-related decisions in rural and urban landscapes.
Agriculture & Food Sciences, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated 12/8/24
Brain Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BRI-SURE)
The UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI) sponsors a summer undergraduate research experience (BRI-SURE) which solicits applications from students from universities and colleges across the nation. BRI-SURE Pathway is an 8-week, intensive summer research- training program for exceptional students interested in pursuing research careers in Neuroscience or Physiology. The program is designed to provide a rigorous, in-depth research experience to prepare participants for top-quality Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. graduate programs.
Medicine & Health Summer Anticipated 12/14/24
Injury Prevention Center Summer Internships
The internships are designed for students interested in injury prevention research or practice experiences. They offer important opportunities to gain mentored research and practice-based experience in a CDC-funded multidisciplinary injury prevention center. Interns could work with a mentor from the University of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, or other organizations on ongoing injury prevention research or practice projects.
Medicine & Health Summer Anticipated 12/17/24
ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship
ThinkSwiss is a scholarship program managed by the Science Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. The program is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students and to foster exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.
Education, Humanities & Arts, Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences & Behavior Fall, Summer, Winter Anticipated 12/30/24
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship
This program strengthens connections between scientists and journalists by placing undergraduate scientists, engineers, and mathematicians at media organizations (National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, WIRED, etc.). Students sharpen their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues and enhance coverage of science-related issues in media.
Humanities & Arts, Science & Technology Summer Anticipated 12/31/24
MindCORE Summer Fellowship Program at UPenn
This fellowship provides students with a 10-week summer opportunity to study human intelligence and behavior spanning Biology, Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Computer Science. Students will work alongside a Penn faculty mentor, attend workshops, and participate in research discussions.
Medicine & Health, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated 12/31/24
Fermilab Summer Internships in Science and Technology (SIST)
SIST is a research internship for undergraduate in engineering, materials science, mathematics, and computer science. The program includes work assignments, an academic lecture series, and a final oral and written report.
Science & Technology Summer Anticipated 1/3/25
Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship
This summer program is designed for undergraduate students who are deeply committed to diversity and interested in pursuing journalism as a career. Interns spend 10 weeks working in the news room at Science magazine, covering the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community.
Humanities & Arts Summer Anticipated 1/4/25
Magazine Internship Program
The Magazine Internship Program by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) offers undergraduate students a prestigious opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the magazine industry. Participants are placed in leading magazines and media organizations, working closely with seasoned professionals. This immersive program allows interns to develop skills in editorial content creation, research, writing, and digital media. By participating, interns enhance their portfolios, build professional networks, and gain insight into the magazine industry.
Humanities & Arts, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated 1/4/25
Caltech WAVE Fellows Program
The WAVE Fellows provides support for undergraduate students, who are underrepresented in STEM and intent on pursuing a Ph.D., to conduct a 10-week summer research project. A wide range of research opportunities are available from biology, chemistry, and engineering to environmental science, sustainability, humanities, and social science.
Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology Summer Anticipated 1/8/25
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
This program encourages undergraduates and recent associate and bachelor’s graduates to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at a DOE laboratory.
Science & Technology Fall, Spring, Summer Anticipated 1/8/25
The Museum Seminar (MuSe) Internship Program at the MET
MuSe at The Met provides a ten-week, interdisciplinary experience for undergraduates interested in the arts. Interns work in various museum departments, participate in weekly seminars, and engage with visitors through tours and programs, gaining valuable skills and insight into museum operations.
Humanities & Arts Summer Anticipated 1/9/25
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program
AFRL Scholars Program offers opportunities to undergraduates pursuing STEM degrees. Application deadline dates differ per program. Selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology.
Science & Technology Summer Anticipated 1/9/25
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
In this comprehensive internship, you’ll be mentored by a leading science expert who will guide you in a specific research area to gain maximum exposure to one of the many science and technology areas that underpin the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) diverse missions.
Science & Technology Fall, Spring, Summer 1/9/25
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Students will learn the process of research: reading literature, formulating questions and hypotheses, designing a study, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting your results as a research poster and presentation. Disciplines include biochemistry, plant biology, genetics, microbiology, ecology, and crop sciences.
Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences Summer Anticipated 1/13/25
Injury Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
This REU provides underrepresented students with hands-on research experience in the fields of engineering, behavioral and population science, education, and statistics. With mentoring from pediatric researchers, students will participate in fundamental research on the causes and consequences of child injury.
Medicine & Health, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated 1/14/25
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program
The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is available to sophomores and juniors interested in the following: Molecular Biology & Cancer, Genetics & Genomics, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, and Quantitative Biology. 20 students come to CSHL for a 10-week summer program where they will work in a lab, attend workshops, and work among CSHL scientists. A stipend is provided in addition to room & board.
Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology Summer Anticipated 1/14/25
Neurotechnology REU Program: Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
The Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) at the University of Washington sponsors a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on the Seattle campus. This program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to work on research projects with scientists and to take part in workshop training sessions in ethics, communications, and scientific presentation skills designed to provide the undergraduate scientist with a solid foundation for graduate study. Student projects will focus on cutting edge research at the neurobiology/engineering interface.
Science & Technology Summer Anticipated 1/14/25
Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program
This program offers juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups training in research methods in the labs of BWH and Harvard Medical School’s leading researchers. This opportunity caters to undergraduates interested in careers as research scientists, physicians, and/or health care professionals.
Medicine & Health Summer Anticipated 1/14/25
Data Science Institute Summer Lab
DSI Summer Lab is an immersive research opportunity for undergraduates, pairing them with data science mentors for rigorous, applied, and interdisciplinary research within a cohort community setting.
Data Science, Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated 1/15/25
Summer Undergraduate Science Communication Fellowship
The CAICE Summer Undergraduate Science Communication Fellowship provides students with research experiences in science communication. Students are paired with a faculty mentor and work closely with researchers to create engaging and accessible science communication that conveys CAICE science to diverse audiences. Students receive a stipend and attend professional development seminars & symposiums.
Science & Technology, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated 1/15/25
Mapping and Assessing the Seismic Hazard of the Guanacaste Tectonic Sliver, Costa Rica
In this IRES site project, student participants will collect geologic data via state-of-the-art GNSS stations, and magnetometers. Students will use this data coupled with InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) methods to assess ground deformation with the goal of identifying a new tectonic boundary and velocity a vector for a tectonic block that we have named the Guanacaste Tectonic Sliver (GTS). This will allow for a better assessment of regional seismic hazards in this region of the country. Student-authored poster publications that will be presented at scientific conferences are the expected research outcome for participating students.
Natural Sciences Summer Anticipated 1/15/25
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