Summer REUs and Internships

Below are links to several internship databases for physics majors.

Official National Science Foundation REU page:

Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience:

American Institute of Physics:

Thinking about a summer job that's more than a paycheck? The Summer Science Research Clearinghouse has more than 60 postings already, many with deadlines coming up soon, and there are a lot of scholarship opportunities on The Nucleus as well. Check it out at - This web page is for the Higher
Education Research Experiences at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE@ORNL). The program has an online application. Deadlines are stated but they are flexible for the HERE program. There are multiple academic levels in the HERE program, i.e., entering freshman, undergraduate, post-BS, or a graduate student. - This link is the gateway to many of the education and research experiences offered through ORISE. The web page has links for faculty, recent graduates, graduates, and undergraduate students.

  • - This web page is for the Higher Education Research Experiences at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE). The program has an online application. Deadlines are stated but they are flexible for the HERE program. There are multiple academic levels in the HERE program, i.e., entering freshman, undergraduate, post-BS, a graduate student or a faculty member.
  • - This web page is for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) summer research experiences.  Areas of research include engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences.  Projects are offered at:
    • National research laboratories: Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River
    • DHS laboratories: Transportation Security Laboratory
    • Other research facilities, including Air Force Research Laboratory, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Here students will find information about the Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) as well as an electronic application which can complete online. The SULI program is for undergraduates and graduating seniors. At this site students can also find applications for the Community College Institute (CCI) and the Pre-Service Teacher (PST) programs.
  • The Department of Energy Scholars Program offers summer internships with stipends of up to $650 per week depending on academic status to undergraduates, graduate students and post graduates at accredited institutes of higher education. Majors accepted include: engineering; physical sciences; environmental sciences; computer science and information technology; physics; program management; math; statistics; safety and health; accounting and finance; law; and other related discipline areas. Visit for more information and an application.
  • The  Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship is a 10-week paid summer internship with the Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for women and minority students For more information about DOE/FE and to complete the MLEF application go 

The German Physical Society (DPG) has notified the APS Office of International Affairs of a new program for Canadian and American undergraduate physics students. The program is called "RISE" Research Internships in Science and Engineering, and provides
stipends for US students to spend a summer for study/research in a German university or research institute. Information and application guidelines are available at:

The Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) announce the availability of a limited number of grants for their Summer Research Programme.  To apply for the summer school, please register at . Please note that two letters of reference are needed; information about this is being provided at the registration website.  If you have questions about this opportunity, talk with Joel Weisberg.

Internship opportunities with NASA

To learn more about the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium and to see the most up-to-date list of NASA internship opportunities, go to and follow the NASA Internship link. For all the internships a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) is recommended to be competitive. Some positions require higher GPA's. NASA internships are only open to U.S. citizens (Some exceptions are made for the NASA Academies.)

  • NASA Academies for student interested in leadership in aerospace-related careers. Classic Academies at Glenn Research Center, Ames Research Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center. Specialized Academies at Goddard Space Flight Center (emphasis on Lunar and Planetary Science) and Marshall Space Flight Center (one Academy with emphasis on Propulsion, another Academy with emphasis on Robotics).   Internships sponsored by the MN Space Grant Consortium.
  • The majority of NASA internship opportunities can be accessed through the ONE STOP SHOPPING INITIATIVE (OSSI) at then follow the “Search Opportunities” link to find program(s) that interest you.  Here you can complete a single application then be considered for internship opportunities at multiple NASA research centers!  Go to (cut and paste link text if necessary) to see instructional videos or download a Powerpoint. The OSSI Summer offers will be made starting Feb. 1, so get your application materials in as soon as possible!  Internships are sponsored by the MN Space Grant Consortium.
  • Goddard Space Flight Center Internships has many programs (some target specific applicant groups) Read more at Programs include the Goddard (Classic) NASA Academy, ACCESS, AISES, APL, IVV, SAWDRIP, SEICA, SIP, SPI, and many more! Apply through the SOLAR website.  Internships are sponsored by the MN Space Grant Consortium
  • Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) at Langley Research Center. Information and application form at  Internships sponsored by the MN Space Grant Consortium.
  • Glenn Research Center Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program (LERCIP) for undergraduates and graduate students. Information and application form:
  • NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)  (Fall and spring semester internships also available, with their own deadlines.)
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) 12-month awards that include an internship at a NASA Center
  • Johnson Space Center (JSC) Space Grant Internship Program (definitely coming soon) Mostly fall and spring semester 15-week internships; some 10-week summer internships available.  (Fall and spring semester internships have their own deadlines.) Internships sponsored by the MN Space Grant Consortium.
  • Marshall Space Flight Center Space Grant Research (MSGR) Internships Internships sponsored by the MN Space Grant Consortium.
  • Space Grant Internship Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Examples of past JPL intern abstracts are posted at to illustrate the range of projects they do. If interested in JPL, call the MN Space Grant Office at 612-626-9295 for advice about how best to approach them. Internships sponsored by the MN Space Grant Consortium.
  • Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Internships Potential placements with aerospace industries around the country. Contact the MN Space Grant Office for specifics. Application deadline: varies Internships sponsored by the MN Space Grant Consortium.
  • NASA Education Associates Program (for Students and also for Faculty) Year-round opportunities for students and faculty at Ames Research Center. Two to twelve month commitment. Rolling deadlines.
  • The NASA Airborne Science Program announces the opportunity for highly motivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to participate in a six-week Summer research program in Earth system science using its DC-8 flying laboratory. The Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) is managed by the National Suborbital Education and Research Center ( SARP will take place in Southern California with research locations based at the University of California, Irvine, and NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale.  Applications can be found at

Unless otherwise indicated, our information indicates that physics majors (perhaps among others) are eligible for each of the following programs. More up-to-date and complete information is available on the bulletin board in Olin 2nd floor lounge.

Internships & REU Programs for 2015

  • Rutgers Physics and Astronomy (deadline Feb. 13) Programs in astronomy, nuclear and high-energy physics, and condensed matter physics. 
  • The University of Michigan Physics Department Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) in Physics provides selected undergraduate students** from around the United States an opportunity to conduct ten weeks of summer research with some of the country's leading physicists in a range of experimental physics fields. The program is conducted in concert with the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program and is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation.  Application deadline is February 13, 2015.
  • Lehigh University Summer Undergraduate Research Participation Program in Physics.  Current offerings include REUs in Astrophysics, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter, Electrical Engineering and Nano-Science, Materials Science, Photonics and non-linear Optics, and Statistical Physics.  Apply on or before March 7, 2015.
  • 2015 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Solar and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder  Application deadline is February 4, 2015
  • The University of Notre Dame's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program Includes Astronomy, high-energy physics, nuclear physics, condensed matter, biophysics, and physics education.  Apply by Feb. 19, 2015.
  • The University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy REUs Study Biophysics, elementary particles, cosmology and Astrophysics, physics education, condensed matter, and space physics.  Apply before January 20, 2015.
  • University of Washington-Seattle  Cosmology and Astrophysics, elementary particles, nuclear physics, atomic physics, physics education, condensed matter, numerical modeling and simulations.  Apply by Feb. 28, 2015.
  • Louisiana State University We host a summer REU program in Physics & Astronomy. The 10-week program introduces students to the nature of research-oriented careers in physics & astronomy, and fosters development of research-related skills and knowledge. Participants are matched with faculty mentors based on student interests. Weekly seminars, field trips and workshops provide students with additional skills development, professional development topics such as ethics and patents/intellectual property, and an introduction to common research resources. Many events occur in conjunction with concurrent LSU summer undergraduate science programs in space science, computational science, and biomedical sciences.  Application deadline:  February 15, 2015.
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Research Program Study Applied Mathematics, Bioenergy Systems, Optics and lasers, and nano-hybrid functional materials.  Apply by February 1, 2015.
  • Summer Research Program in Gravitational-Wave Physics or Materials Physics at the University of Florida  Application deadline:  December 15, 2014