The Interns-to-Scholars program


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The purpose of the Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) program is to encourage undergraduate students early in their academic careers to participate in faculty research, scholarly, or creative projects by working as paid interns. Internships across all academic disciplines offer opportunities for students to engage in "learning by doing" outside of regular coursework.


The I2S program aims to:

  • expose new undergraduates, especially but not limited to sophomores, to the activities involved in conducting research, scholarly, or creative work
  • stimulate student interest in inquiry by promoting the intern’s active acquisition and/or generation of disciplinary knowledge
  • facilitate the intern’s development of techniques and skills within a particular discipline

With this hands-on approach, you will learn why and how research, scholarly, or creative work is done by assisting facility, post-docs, and graduate students on projects. You will learn such skills as how to:

  • write library literature reviews
  • code or retrieve data
  • work in a research laboratory
  • undertake techniques specific to a project or discipline
  • assist with an experiment
  • work in a studio

Faculty in all colleges and schools are strongly encouraged to submit requests for an undergraduate student intern.


Learn about program eligibility and how you can qualify.

Faculty requirements

Full-time Northern Arizona University tenure-track and research faculty who have a research, scholarship, or creative component in their scope of responsibility are eligible. Proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis from full-time:

  • instructors
  • lecturers
  • clinical faculty
  • professors of practice

Project requirements

Only projects that clearly represent one of the following categories will be considered for a possible internship.

  • Research projects: Research is a project or study intended to test a hypothesis, elucidate observations, test a new method, answer a specific question, etc.

  • Scholarly projects: The goals of scholarly projects or study reflect the nature, values, fundamental concepts, and modes of inquiry specific to the discipline.

  • Creative projects: The outcomes of these projects are usually an artistic expression, performance, tangible work of art, etc.

Projects requesting administrative, logistical, or instructional support activities are NOT eligible. In the review process, priority will be given to projects from faculty who have not previously had an I2S student.

Student Requirements

To qualify for an internship, students must:

  • be enrolled full-time and in good standing on the Flagstaff Mountain campus
  • have successfully completed one full-time semester at NAU in pursuit of their first bachelor’s degree
  • must have less than 75 credit hours (including transfer credits) when the internship begins
  • International students: Check with your international adviser in CIE regarding your eligibility for employment at NAU
Interested students should complete an Internship Application online form (only accessible during open application periods).

Application deadlines

The application period for Spring 2016 faculty proposals ended on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Faculty Request for Intern Proposal online form. Applicants receive a confirmation email that includes your responses.

The student application period for Spring 2016 internships is Tuesday, December 15, 2015 to Sunday, January 31, 2016. Applications will not be accepted during any other time period. Students may apply for up to 3 of the internship opportunities offered during the semester. 

NOTE: To log into the form, your NAU password must NOT have special characters such as these (?, period, [, {, }, ], |). If your password has one or more of these characters, you will need to first change your password.

Student Online application form. You should receive a return email with your application responses.

Conditions of internships

New interns will be paid a stipend of $9/hour for the number of hours designated in the internship description.

Duration of internships

Internships are awarded on a semester-by-semester basis, including summer session. Interns may work up to 6 hours per week for up to 12 weeks during an academic year semester, as specified in the faculty project description.

Number of I2S internships

A limited number of internship opportunities are available each academic semester. A student may accept only one internship per session and may receive no more than two internship awards overall. 

Application process  

1. A faculty member will submit a proposal requesting an internship, which includes a description of:

  • the specific project the student intern will support
  • any existing funding sources for the project
  • what the student will DO and LEARN
  • specific benefits to the student
  • number of requested internship hours
  • any additional qualifications for the intern

2. A selection of internships are offered. Remember that the:

  • faculty proposals are reviewed for consistency with the purpose and time limitations of I2S.
  • review committee may prioritize requests to provide a wide diversity of internships.
  • selected internships for each funding cycle will be posted on the I2S website.

3. Students may submit separate applications for up to three (3) of the posted internship positions. Each submission needs:

  • a name, academic status, contact information, plus contact information for NAU faculty or staff to serve as a reference.
  • a description of your academic and professional goals (limited to 400 words)
  • statements of interest and qualifications for a particular internship (each limited to 400 words)
  • a list of other student time commitments during the internship period (e.g., days & times of classes, other work, extracurricular activities)
  • a resume/vita (limited to one page) as a PDF
  • an unofficial transcript as a PDF
NOTE: Faculty should NOT select a student intern prior to receiving and reviewing all of the qualified student applications forwarded by the Office for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity. Faculty and students should not apply as an established pair.