Non-research Summer Opportunities

This page has information on jobs or volunteer opportunities available to undergraduates in the summer which are not research oriented but provide other valuable experiences.

Breakthrough Saint Paul helps motivated students overcome adversity to prepare for college with the support of older students passionate about education. Each year, we seek a diverse group of talented undergraduate and high school students (juniors/seniors) to apply for our paid, nine-week summer teaching internship, complete with training and classroom teaching experience. In addition to teaching middle school students from the Saint Paul Public Schools, interns work closely with professional instructional coaches to create lessons and get feedback on their teaching throughout the summer. This internship was ranked as one of the TOP TEN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS by the Princeton Review. 

  • This year's application deadline is Monday, February 25th. 
  • This opportunity is open to ALL MAJORS
  • Check out the website for more details!

The Duke University - Engineering World Health Summer Institute places physics, chemistry and engineering majors in developing world hospitals. After a month of training in Costa Rica or Tanzania, participants work in hospitals installing and repairing instruments, taking inventory, calibrating equipment, training nurses and staff to use and maintain equipment, or other biomedical tasks. For more information visit

The Consortium for Undergraduate Research and Education in Astronomy (CUREA) hold an in-residence educational program at Mount Wilson Observatory. The program is aimed at undergraduate physics and astronomy majors, with junior of senior standing, who are considering a career in science or teaching. Staff and students will pursue a short on-site course in astrophysics and observational astronomy using the historic facilities at Mount Wilson. More information about CUREA is available at

Teaching Opportunities in Physical Science TOPS is a six-week summer program aimed at physics and engineering majors who are currently in their sophomore or junior year and are considering careers in teaching at the secondary level. The program is hosted by the Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA) at MIT and Harvard. The goal of TOPS is to provide college students with an exceptional teaching experience that will reinforce their interest in pre college physics teaching. More information or an application can be found at

The Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) is held at Boston University, North Carolina State University and the University of Wisconsin Participants learn about biostatistics, a fundamental component of biomedical and public health research based on mathematical, statistical, and biological principles in and exciting six week program.