Summer REUs and Internships

Below are links to several internship databases for physics majors.

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy.

Official National Science Foundation REU page:

Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience:

American Institute of Physics:

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

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 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
  • Perdue University REUs  Projects available in High-energy and Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics, Geo- and Biophysics, Condensed Matter, and other areas.  Apply by Feb. 10, 2015.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University Summer 2015 REUs Programs available in Astronomy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Physics.  Apply by Feb. 28th, 2015.
  • Harvard University's 2015 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • Summer REUs at William and Mary Projects in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics, Condensed Matter, Particle Experiments, Plasma Theory, Free Electron Lasers, Solid State Theory, Neutrino Physics, and others.  Application deadline:  Feb. 1st, 2015
  • Central Washington University REUs for Summer 2015 Research projects include Planetary Habitability, High-Energy Particles, Optoelectronic Applications for Oxide Materials, Main Sequence Star Gyrochronology, Far-Infra-red Laser Frequencies, and Microtubules.  Apply by Feb. 20, 2015.
  • The University of Michigan REU at CERN CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, is the site of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the birthplace of the World Wide Web.
  • The University of Michigan, in Michigan  REUs available in Astrophysics and Cosmology, A, M, & O, Condensed Matter, High Energy, Non-linear DynamicsComplex Systems, and Nuclear/Medical Physics.  Application deadline:  Feb. 13, 2015
  • Lehigh University Department of Physics REUs in Astrophysics, Atomic, Molecular, and Plasma Physics, Condesned Matter, Biophysics, Electrical Engineering and Nano-Science, Materials Science, Photonics and Nonlinear Optics, and Statistical Physics.  Apply on or before March 7, 2015.
  • 2015 REU Program in Solar and Space Physics at University of Colorado-Boulder Apply by Feb. 4, 2015.
  • UCLA Physics and Astronomy REUs Projects in Accelerator Science, Dark Matter Search, or Nuclear Physics.  Apply by Feb. 13, 2015. 
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at UC Davis Projects may include Condensed matter, Complex Systems and Computational Physics, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, General Relativity, and Astrophysics.  Apply by Feb. 13, 2015.
  • Undergraduate Research at Berkeley See website for deadlines, but they are early!
  • Santa Fe Institute 2015 Research Experience for Undergrads  Application deadline:  Feb. 7, 2015.
  • William and Mary Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer 2015:  May 25 - August 1, 2015.  Application deadline:  Feb 1, 2015.  Research in America's Historic Triangle!  The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, offers research projects in the Physics and Applied Science departments, at the nearby Jefferson Lab and its Applied Research Center, and at the NASA Langley Research Center in subjects such as nuclear and high energy, condensed matter, atomic, molecular & optical physics, non-destructive evaluation, and non-linear dynamics.
  • The Maria Mitchell Observatory Six summer internship positions in astronomy/astrophysics will be available in 2015 through our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which is supported by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation.  Our application deadline is February 1, 2015.
  • The Kansas State University REU program offers summer fellowships to do world-class research in our friendly physics department, in the scenic Flint Hills. Work with research mentors at Kansas State University in one of the following research areas: Ultrafast lasers & attosecond physics, Nanoparticle formation & light scattering, Nonlinear fiber optics, High energy and neutrino physics, Atomic and  condensed matter theory, Physics Education (... and more!).  Apply by Feb. 13, 2015.

  • The Yale CRISP REU program will once again be funding REU fellowships (residential and non-residential) at Yale University in New Haven, CT for the summer of 2015.  The deadline for applications is February 1, 2015.  The goal of the CRISP REU program is to offer high-quality, state-of-the-art research experiences, enrichment activities and professional development events to undergraduates. Current research topics range from thin film growth and characterization to friction and manipulation at the atomic level with projects involving computation, simulation, fabrication, characterization and image processing. Materials systems included semiconductors, dielectrics, optical materials and bio-materials.  Application: Starting November 1, candidates must apply directly to the Yale SURF program through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program. Students must also complete the CRISP Supplementary Application to indicate interest. The entire application package, including two letters of recommendation and official transcript(s), must be received by February 01, 2015.
  • The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week paid summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanoparticles, photonics, molecular electronics and biomaterials.  While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience.  This opportunity is open to all physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Applications are due Feb. 15, 2015.
  • 2015 NSF Sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The focus is on Experimental and Computational Materials Research. The program website is   The program dates are May 17 to Jul 25, 2015. The application deadline is April 1, 2015, but you should consider getting your documentation in place early, including securing letters of recommendation from faculty. Decisions will be made no later than April 15, 2015.   The research projects include, but are not limited to, electronic materials, nanomaterials, lasers and optical materials, biosensors, biophysics & biomaterials, computational materials, biomedical research and materials under pressure.   
  • The Space Telescope Science Institute will be accepting applications from Physics and Astronomy students from January 1st until January 31st for 2015 Summer Internships.  The program runs for 10 weeks.  There is a $600 a week stipend and housing assistance is provided.  The Institute is located in Baltimore, MD on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus.   It would be greatly appreciated if you could share this Internship announcement with your student body.

    Any questions regarding the program, please contact

  • NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

    The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates majoring in any of the STEM disciplines to apply for participation in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2015).  The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on experience in all aspects of a major Earth Science research campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others.

    Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes.  Participants will fly onboard and assist in the operation of instruments on the NASA DC-8 research aircraft to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands.  Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites.  Each student will develop an individual research project from the data collected.  Application deadline:  Feb. 5, 2015.