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 regularly for Summer 2017 opportunities, as it is updated weekly with new information.

Young Leaders in Climate Change (apps due Jan 19)

The Young Leaders in Climate Change program provides paid summer internships to highly accomplished undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. General topic areas include resource conservation and adaptation; climate effects monitoring; park facilities adaptation; policy development; sustainable operations & mitigation; and communication, interpretation, or education.

Commitment: 40 hours/week, 11-12 weeks

Application deadline: January 19, 2017, 12:01pm PST

For more information: http://parksclimateinterns.org/ 


Radionuclides & the Environment REU (apps due Jan 31)

Students will work both in the field and lab to investigate the impacts of radionuclides  on the environment first hand. You will examine i) the fate of radionuclides in environmental systems; ii) the impact of radionuclides on the environment; and iii) biogeochemical and physiological processes by means of tracer studies. This program teams with the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Lab (SREL) near Aiken, SC, which studies radioecology in national and international arenas (e.g., Chernobyl and Fukushima) and houses the only chronic low-dose experimental facility in the world. 

Program dates: May 22 - July 28, 2017

Application deadline: January 31

Application and more information: http://srel-reu.uga.edu  


Future Public Health Leaders Program (apps due Jan 31)

The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is a 10-week residential summer program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM-SPH) that encourages underrepresented college students to consider careers in public health. Students are not required to have previous experience in public health and students of all majors are encouraged to apply.

Program dates: May 22 - July 28, 2017
Application deadline: January 31 (12am EST)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities at University of Arizona

The University of Arizona has multiple opportunities for undergraduate research in many discipline via their UR Opportunities Consortium. 

Program Dates: June 4 - August 9, 2017

Deadlines: Vary depending on program - January 31, February 1, or March 1

See the webpage for details: Undergrad Research Opportunities Consortium


3-week Global Environmental Microbiology on Catalina Island (apps due Feb 1)

GEM (Global Environmental Microbiology) is 3 weeks and for early career students from 2- or 4-year institutions who are interested in science and want to try out scientific research.  There are lab and field components.  A few days at USC to start, then the rest of the time on Catalina Island at Wrigley.

Program dates: June 11 - 30, 2017
Applications due: February 1 (5pm PST)

SOARS program in atmospheric & related sciences (apps due Feb 1)

SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship in the atmospheric and related sciences (e.g., geosciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering mathematics, physics, or social science), mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful proteges are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years. 

Program dates: May 21 - August 4, 2017

Application deadline: February 1

NASA Student Airborne Research Program (apps due Feb 1)

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2017 to apply for participation in the 9th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2017).  The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific 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 the NASA C-23 Sherpa and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases. They will also use data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2 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 complete an individual research project from the data collected.

Program dates: June 18 - August 11, 2017
Application deadline: February 1
For more information and to apply, visit the SARP 2017 webpage.
Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Summer Internship Program (apps due Feb 2)

The Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program works with partners to match college students and recent graduates age 18 - 35 years old with short-term, paid, internships with the National Park Service. Participants may assist with research, synthesis of scientific literature, geologic mapping, GIS analysis, site evaluations, resource inventorying and monitoring, impact mitigation, developing brochures and informative media presentations, and educating park staff and park visitors. GIP positions can last from 3 months to one-year.

See GIP website for more details on opportunities and application process.

Application deadline: varies, but is February 2 for most summer 2017 positions

Biological Signals: Information Flow, Storage & Exchange REU (apps due Feb 15)

The UW-Madison's Biological SIGNALS Summer Research Program includes 10 weeks of faculty-mentored research, professional development seminars, and networking opportunities with faculty and staff from many bioscience graduate school programs. The 2017 program will run from May 30th-August 5th.

The SIGNALS program is cross-disciplinary and students will be working on research related to biological information flow, storage, & exchange. This type of research is essential for understanding phenomenon such as the cellular mechanisms of growth, development, and reproduction; interactions of organisms within populations; the interrelationships of organisms and the environment at the ecosystem level.

Program dates: May 30 - August 5, 2017

Application deadline: February 15

Check the UW-Madison Summer Research Opportunity website for other programs at Wisconsin.


ITEP Student Summer Internship (apps due February 28)

Spend your summer working with tribal organizations to address tribal environmental issues. The internships have a technical, educational or policy focus. The internship program provides each student intern with a stipend, and limited housing and travel allowances.

Host sites are selected from tribal environmental organizations, government offices, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and others.

Application deadline: February 28
Sustainable RIVER summer REU (apps due Feb 28)

The Sustainability Program at the University of South Dakota is offering a NSF REU program this summer titled “Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasivesto Encourage Resilience).”  Sustainable RIVER is a full-time, paid, undergraduate research opportunity.  In the Sustainable RIVER project, the students will investigate different invasive elements and cultural and natural stressors affecting the Missouri River.  The students will conduct an independent research project, participate in six field trips on and along the Missouri River, and produce a team project.

Program dates: May 30 - August 11, 2017

Application deadline: February 28


Real-World Research at the National Weather Center (apps due March 15)

The National Weather Center (NWC) in Norman, Oklahoma invites motivated undergraduate students from any major who are interested in a career in research to apply for a 10-week summer research program. Participants conduct research on such topics as severe weather, tornadoes, societal impacts of weather, numerical weather prediction models, atmospheric radiation, climatological studies, dryline studies, and more.

Program dates: May 22 - July 28, 2017
Application deadline: March 15
For more information and how to apply, visit this REU's website.
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