External organization opportunities

We are proud to offer many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research with well-known organizations.

American Mathematical Society

The AMS generates a list of summer research programs for undergraduates interested in math research.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The ASBMB has an online directory of summer research programs throughout the nation.

Amgen Scholars

The Amgen Scholars program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with summer research opportunities in biomedical sciences at some of the world's leading institutions. See the AMGEN website for more details. 

Association of American Medical Colleges

The AAMC maintains a list of summer research opportunities that are particularly attractive to pre-medical undergraduates.

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)

FUN has a website listing summer research opportunities in neuroscience for undergraduates.

National & International Scholarships and Fellowships (NISF)

NAU's Office of National & International Scholarships and Fellowships helps students identify opportunities and prepare competitive applications. For more information about scholarships and fellowships, review the NISF website.

New England Resource Directory

This directory provides information to undergraduates seeking internships and science-related programs at New England educational institutions.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program.

A REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution (which may be at a U.S. or foreign location). Each student is associated with a specific research project to work closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

Science.gov - Gateway to US Federal Science

This page lists opportunities for internships and fellowships specifically aimed at undergraduate students.

Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships

Advance your education and career through the myriad opportunities offered at the world's preeminent museum system. Check out the Smithsonian Seriously Amazing website.

Nationwide list of research internships in science or medicine

This is a compilation of research internships in science or medicine offered for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students (updated in the late fall).

Nationwide list of research internships in humanities and mathematics

This is a compilation of research internships in mathematics and the humanities (updated in the late fall).

Selected summer research programs 

See some summer research program options by expanding the titles below.  Be sure to check this website in late fall for Summer 2016 opportunities, as it is updated weekly with new information.

Amgen Scholars Program at Caltech

Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is aimed at increasing research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. Students are provided the opportunity to conduct research in biology, chemistry, and bio-technical related fields under the guidance of some of the world's leading academic scientists. Visit the Caltech website for more details. 

Application deadline: February 15, 2016

MU Alcohol Research Training Summer School

The MU-ARTSS program is designed for undergraduate students interested in alcohol research and possible careers as alcohol researchers. MU-ARTSS investigators represent a wide array of expertise in the science of alcohol and addiction including genetics, personality, psychopathology, social and affective neuroscience, and social network analysis. For more information please see the MU website.

Application deadline: February 15, 2016
Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program

The Alaska Conservation Fund is offering a summer internship program in Anchorage for students interested in furthering their education in conservation, environmental justice, or closely related fields. Please visit the ACF website for more information.

Application deadline: February 15, 2016

University of Missouri-Columbia Physics REU

The University of Missouri-Columbia is offering an NSF summer research experience for undergraduates. The program is Physics: Materials and Modeling. Project topics include biophysics, condensed matter, and astrophysics. Selected students will enjoy the benefits of participating in a larger community of summer research interns. View this flyer for more information, or check out the website.

Application deadline: February 15, 2016

Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars Program for Undergraduates

This 10-week Summer Scholars Program places high caliber undergraduate students from around the country with public agencies (federal, state, and local) to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional. In addition to supporting agency programs and initiatives, the goals of the program are to offer students professional skills, agency workplace experience, and real life practice in marine science, policy, management, and outreach. Visit the Oregon State University website for more details and how to apply.

Application deadline: February 22, 2016

REU in Tropical Ecology and Evolution in Puerto Rico

This REU is funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. Selected undergraduates will have an opportunity to study the tropical rainforest at various levels of organization, ranging from genes to ecosystems. Field research is conducted at El Verde Field Station in El Yunque National Forest. View the REU website for more details.

Application deadline: February 28, 2016

National Park Service Summer Opportunity

The Geological Society of America (GSA) is now recruiting applicants for more than 75 National Park Service "Geoscientists-In-the-Parks" (GIP) opportunities taking place during summer 2016. GIP participants have the opportunity to work at a National Park and gain valuable work experience. Students and recent graduates who are United States citizens or permanent legal residents with a background in natural resource sciences are eligible for the program. Visit the GIP website for more details and how to apply.

Application deadline: February 29, 2016

Princeton Cooperate Institute for Climate Science Research Internships

The Cooperative Institute for Climate Science at Princeton University in collaboration with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory is recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students for 8-10 week research internships in atmospheric, oceanic and earth system science. Students will work on a focused scientific problem under the close supervision of their GFDL host, and benefit from resources and activities at GFDL, including interaction with scientists and graduate students, access to high performance computing and library facilities, and opportunities to participate in a wide range of seminars and lab social events. Visit the CICS website for more information.

Application deadline: March 1, 2016
REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources

The aim of the proposed REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources is to introduce undergraduate students to the key elements of research on land and water resources that are essential to improving management practices, with a focus on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and diverse interdisciplinary research teams. The project takes place on the main campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northern Minnesota; and at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Students in Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Biology, Ecology, Sustainability, Mathematics, and related disciplines are invited to apply. Students interested in policy, law, and public affairs are also encouraged to apply. View the website for more details.

Application deadline: March 2, 2016

NSF REU at Oklahoma State University

This summer REU is funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the program is to provide 10 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of animal and human behavior. Students will be mentored by full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members and expected to devote at least 40 hours a week for research. Visit the OSU website for more details.

Application deadline: March 4, 2016

REU at the University of Nebraska - Las Vegas

This REU, Mechanisms of Evolution, will focus on biological processes, such as mutation, genetic drift, migration, non-random mating and natural selection that drive heritable change. The goals of this proposal are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium. See program website for more details.

Application deadline: March 4, 2016

CDC Research Opportunities
Use the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education website to locate current research opportunities with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pathways to Science Opportunities
Use the Pathways to Science website to locate paid summer research and internship programs, post-baccalaureate programs, scholarships, and much more!
NASA Internships
Use the OSSI: One Stop Shopping Initiative website to identify internships funded by NASA.
Student Conservation Association Summer Internships

The mission of the SCA is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

Check out all the opportunities on the SCA Serve webpage: http://thesca.org/serve

Don't forget to search the NSF REU Sites database for other opportunities.

The following summer experiences are pay-to-participate.

Summer field experiences, internships, camps

The Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies offers two courses (June-July; July-August) with three undergraduate transfer credits through the Environmental Studies Program of the University of Montana at Missoula.  See the ECOFS website for additional information.

Kalu Yala Internships is an unpaid, full-time internship program that hosts students and young professional from around to world to engage in the creation of the Kalu Yala culture (a sustainable community in the picturesque scenery of the Panamanian highlands. See the website for additional information.

The GREEN Program is a short-term experience which combines hands-on education, adventure, service learning, cultural immersion, and global networking to create unparalleled learning experience in Iceland & Costa Rica. See the website for additional information.

NAU student past summer research experiences 

See where our current undergraduates spent their summer "vacations" by expanding the titles below.

Physics & Astronomy

Summer 2013

Angel Garlant

"Trapping Neutral Atoms in Arbitrary Potentials" - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Zach Ulibarri

"A New Dust Beam Sensor" - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Deborah Hamm

"Searching for Binary Black Holes in Advanced LIGO" - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Ryan Blackman

"Optical Observations of Gravitational Lensing Candidates for Millimeter-wave Sources" - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Carver Thomason

"Modeling the Stability of Mars' South Polar Cap and Gravity Anomalies on the Moon" - Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO

Rebeca Kinser

"A New Crater Database for the Moon" - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Nic Kutsop

"Analysis of Photometric Efficiency and Accuracy of the IDL Procedure PHAST" - Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ

Summer 2012

Ross Siegel

"Electrostatically Doping Sub-Millimeter Irregular Mott Insulators" - University of Minnesota Goldman Condensed Matter Laboratory, Minneapolis, MN

Matt Bovyn

"Driving Sodium-Potassium Pumps with an Oscillating Electric Field" - University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Ryan Blackman

"Photonuclear Production of Medical Isotopes" - Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID