Summer Research and Internship Opportunities

 Internships in Madison

The following companies, located in Madison, offer summer internships. These internships are highly competitive and are not offered every year.

Covance - Covance is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies, with more than 10,000 employees in 60 countries. Through its nonclinical, clinical and commercialization services, Covance has helped pharmaceutical and biotech companies develop one-third of all prescription medicines in the market today. 

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) - PPD is a leading global contract research organization (CRO) that provides drug discovery, development, and lifecycle management services. Their clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. 

Life Technologies - Life Technologies is a global biotechnology tools company providing premier systems, consumables, and services for scientific researchers around the world. 

Ashland, Inc. - Ashland Inc., a global specialty chemicals company, provides innovative products, services, and solutions to customers around the globe. Ashland has sales and operations in the United States and in more than 100 countries worldwide. Their operations include five divisions: Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients, Ashland Hercules Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Consumer Markets (Valvoline) and Ashland Distribution. Most of their available internships are for chemical engineering students. 

Internships in the U.S. and World

Amgen Scholars Program - The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Students will have the opportunity to 1) Take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science 2) Interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the nation’s top academic scientists; and 3) Attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events.  There are 10 universities in the program. Each U.S. host university has its own application process, but the application deadline for all of the universities is in February. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, enrolled in an accredited four-year colleges, Sophomore, juniors or non-graduating seniors, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above and have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. 

REU - The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is a program that supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Students involved in the REU travel to the host institution for five to 10 weeks during the summer and work on a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. There are several institutions across the US and the world that currently have REU programs. To apply, applicants must contact the individual sites for information. Although each site has a different deadline, most applications are due in February. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.

SCI Scholars - This program consists of a prestigious 10-week Industrial Internship for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Undergraduates.  SCI Scholars receive $6,000–10,000, a certificate and an additional $1,000, which can be used for any purpose such as participation at an ACS or AIChE meeting, and will be asked to nominate a high school chemistry teacher for recognition. Teachers will be awarded a certificate from SCI and $1,000, which can be used for professional development or classroom materials. Exceptional sophomores and juniors majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering can apply. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a minimum GPA of 3.5.  SCI Scholars are selected based on the strength of their application, statement of interest in an industrial internship, and letters of recommendation. Twenty-nine scholars will be chosen for internship positions in the summer 2011. Applications are due December 15. 

Student Summer EPA Employment Program - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking for energetic and highly motivated students for summer employment. Numerous opportunities are available within EPA for students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the environment. Student summer employment opportunities are available at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at regional office and laboratory locations nationwide.  Applicants must be a student with good academic standing, a U.S. Citizen, and at least 16 years of age. Most summer positions have salaries ranging from the GS-2 to GS-7 level (a base hourly rate of $9.59 to $16.28, excluding locality pay).

Dow AgroSciences - The Summer research and development internship at Dow provides an opportunity for students to work closely with a senior scientist in order to improve technical skills while being given a developmental opportunity in an industrial setting. Interns will be part of a team responsible for the development of novel agricultural products. Qualified interns should be pursuing a B.S. or M.S. in biology, chemistry, informatics or closely related majors. Applicants that have completed at least their junior year are preferred. A chemistry intern candidate having a working knowledge of organic synthesis and/or experience with modern chromatographic techniques is highly desirable.  Good interpersonal, communication, organizational, teamwork and time management skills are essential. Applications are due December 31. 

Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, New York) -The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at theAlbert Einstein College of Medicine offers a unique opportunity to work for the summer in a biomedical research laboratory at one of the world's top-ranking scientific institutions. SURP students attend weekly undergraduate level seminars on “hot” research topics, and also participate in career development workshops and a forum on ethical issues in science and medicine. At the end of the summer, SURP students present a poster describing their research at the annual SURP symposium on the Einstein campus. All SURP students participate in a full range of social activities including attending a Broadway show, a baseball game, Bronx Zoo Day, student-faculty barbeques and various outings.

Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas) - The Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART) Program is a nine-week summer research program offered by the Graduate School. From its initiation in 1989, the SMART Program has provided undergraduate students from more than 240 colleges and universities an opportunity to experience research in a medical school environment. Between 80 and 90 positions are available each summer. The size of the program affords a unique chance to work closely with students from many different ethnic, educational and geographical backgrounds who share a common interest in biomedical science careers. Students become functioning members of Baylor laboratories and contribute to research efforts in more than 20 basic and clinical science departments. Students and mentors are matched based on the student's educational level, laboratory experiences and research interests. At the end of the program, students submit a short summary of their research. Daily noon seminars designed for this program help students develop their fundamental knowledge, introduce areas of biomedical research and emphasize the reciprocal relationship between basic research and clinical applications. A wide range of scientific topics, as well as career options and opportunities for participants interested in research, are explored. Seminar speakers span the range of career development from graduate students to world-renowned scientists and physicians. 

Boston University (Boston, MA) - The Boston University (BU) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. The SURF Program is open to non-BU students who are rising juniors or rising seniors, and wish to conduct research in the sciences, technology, or engineering. The program consists of ten weeks of full-time research in a Boston University lab, mentored by a BU faculty member. On-campus housing, a stipend, weekly enrichment activities, social events, and an October weekend trip to present findings at the BU Undergraduate Research Symposium are also included. 

BROAD Institute of MIT and Harvard - Broad scientists use genomic information to study human evolution, population and disease genetics, cellular networks, and the biology and evolution of pathogens.  Our research draws on students and scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds, including: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, and Computational Biology. The Summer Research Program in Genomics is designed for non-graduating underrepresented minority (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives), or natives of the Pacific U.S. Territories) undergraduate students with an interest in genomics and biomedical research. Students will spend the summer in a laboratory at the Broad Institute, where they will perform original scientific research. The program also features components to support both academic and scientific growth, including scientific seminars, a journal club, and workshops on scientific writing, graduate admission, and fellowships. Housing, travel, and a stipend are provided. 

California Institute of Technology MURF Undergraduate Research Fellowships  (Pasadena, CA) - The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are under-represented in their discipline, and first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.  Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. MURF students will receive a $6,000 award for the 10-week program. Additional housing and travel support may be provided. 

City of Hope Summer Student Academy (Duarte, CA) - City of Hope's Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy gives promising students with an interest in research and health science careers practical experience and helps them develop important skills for their futures.  The primary goal of the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy at City of Hope is to provide young people (high school and university students) with an opportunity for a hands-on research experience. This program seeks to find students possessing exceptional potential to perform biomedical research. 

EPA National Center for Environmental Research - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students interested in environmental fields of study.  Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 30 new fellowships. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,250 per year of academic support and up to $8,000 of internship support for a three-month summer period.

IBM Almaden Research Center/San Jose State University - The program encompasses projects in the areas of chemistry, engineering, and materials science of materials with special relevance to the microelectronics, semiconductor, and computer industries. Must be a minority undergraduate student (such as a female, African American, Hispanic or Native American) who will be completing their sophomore or junior year in a four-year degree program. The student must also be majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering, computer science or engineering, chemical, electrical, or mechanical engineering.

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars - This program gives undergraduates an opportunity to spend 10 weeks during the summer doing a variety of chemistry, biology and engineering research in the lab of a mentor at Janelia Farm. The scholars are encouraged to attend weekly seminars and other events at Janelia. At the end of the session, each scholar will present his or her work at a symposium. 

The Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions (Baltimore, MD) - The Summer Internship Program (SIP) at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions offers a unique opportunity to work for the summer in a research laboratory at one of the world's top-ranking scientific institutions.  The purpose of the program is to give students, who are interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences the opportunity to conduct research, while exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment at a major research center.  Research opportunities are available in the following areas: Basic Science Institute, BSI Chemistry-Biology Interface, BSI - Summer Research Internships in Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health and  Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, MA) - The MIT summer research program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (MSRP Biology) is a 10-week training program for highly motivated undergraduate sophomores and juniors who will greatly benefit from an intensive research experience at a top notch research institution. Students will conduct research under the direct supervision of a research mentor in a field of their interest and will learn a range of skills, both technical and intellectual, that will help them develop into successful scientists. In addition to their research training, students will have many opportunities to participate in academic and social activities and become integral members of the MIT community. 

Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research (Rochester, MN) - Each year, 90-100 undergraduate students from around the U.S. go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to work beside both young and established scientists on a broad range of biomedical research questions. A limited number of fellowships are also available at the Mayo Clinic campuses in Jacksonville, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona.

National Institutes of Health - The Summer Internship Program (SIP) at NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. 

New York University School of Medicine (New York, New York) - The Sackler Institute, the M.D./Ph.D. Office and the Office of Diversity Affairs at NYU School of Medicine sponsor a research internship program designed to give highly qualified students, who are interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences (Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D.), the opportunity to conduct research, while exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment at a major research center. Students may work with faculty of their choosing in the disciplines of biochemistry, bio-informatics, biomedical imaging, cellular and molecular biology, clinical investigation, computational biology, developmental genetics, forensic pathology, immunology, microbiology, molecular oncology, neuroscience and physiology, parasitology, pharmacology, structural biology and virology. 

Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction (Beaverton, OR) - CMOP conducts research to achieve a better understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes regulating river-to-ocean ecosystems. Students with a background in biology, chemistry, environmental science, computer science, math, physics or engineering are encouraged to apply for interdisciplinary research opportunities.  Interns will conduct research with senior scientists, engage in fieldwork on research cruises in the Columbia River, and contribute to developing datasets for publication. Women and individuals from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (Beaverton, OR) - The Summer Student Research Awards are two to three month long paid summer internships designed to introduce college sophomores, junior, and seniors to various fields of biomedical research. Usually 8-10 openings are available in the laboratories of the scientists conducting basic and translational research at CROET.

Environmental and Biomolecular Systems (Beaverton, OR) - Faculty in the Division of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems at the Department of Science and Engineering in the OHSU School of Medicine seek motivated upper-level undergraduate students who are interested in hands-on research in preparation for graduate school in a related field of science or engineering. Students will have opportunities to interact with faculty, post-doctoral, doctoral and masters students while learning new skills and contributing to scientific research.

Equity Summer Research Program (Beaverton, OR) - This is a program for rising sophomores and juniors who are interested in biomedical sciences and may be considering an M.D./Ph.D. program. This 8-week, paid summer program places students in OHSU research labs to provide hands-on experience, mentoring, and the association of graduate students, professors, and other like-minded undergraduates. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Rockefeller University (New York, New York) - The Rockefeller University, one of the nation's premier centers for scientific research, invites college sophomores and juniors to apply for a unique summer research opportunity. The 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program allows students to work with leading scientists in a broad range of areas including biochemistry, structural biology and chemistry; molecular, cell and developmental biology; immunology, virology and microbiology; neuroscience; physics and mathematical biology. Additional program features include: a faculty lecture series organized especially for summer fellows, a journal club, workshops on presentation skills, interview skills and applying to graduate school, and social activities. The summer concludes with a poster session where summer fellows present their work to the Rockefeller community.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, invites HHMI grantees (from either an economically/educationally disadvantaged background, from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, a first generation college student, a student who does not have opportunities for intensive research at his/her home university, or someone who has followed a non-traditional path to college) with interest in future PhD or MD/PhD to participate in our highly successful summer biomedical research program, RISE (Research In Science and Engineering). RISE is jointly sponsored by two of the nation's leading public research institutions -- Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). We have a vibrant campus, conveniently located only an hour from New York City and Philadelphia. We choose 20-25 outstanding college undergraduates to participate in cutting edge research in the sciences, math, and engineering under the guidance of prominent faculty mentors. An attractive financial support package includes a substantial stipend, free on-campus housing for eligible participants, and travel reimbursement. 

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, TN) - Top science students are invited to apply for the NIH/NCI-funded Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. The program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Undergraduate POEs participate in basic oncology research, clinical and basic research conferences and a daily core lecture series designed specifically for POEs. A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.  All participants create a presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their mentor publishes.

U.S. Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) - This program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities.  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships are available at many National Laboratories and at DOE Headquarters.

University of Colorado at Boulder SMART Program (Boulder, CO) - The Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder is a 10-week research internship that prepares undergraduates for graduate programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.  Each summer, 25 students from institutions nation-wide participate in research under the guidance of faculty mentors and attend weekly workshops on scientific writing and presenting, GRE preparation, and the application process for graduate school. SMART interns earn three (3) hours of upper-division undergraduate credit in independent study, and receive a $3,200 stipend, room and board, round-trip travel, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural and outdoor activities

University of Colorado at Denver Student Cancer Research Fellowship Program - The University of Colorado Cancer Center, one of only 40 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, offers opportunities for students who are interested in exploring careers in cancer medical research through our Student Cancer Research Fellowship Program. The 10-week summer fellowships pair students with preceptors from a variety of laboratories and clinics at University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado Boulder and other Denver-area health care institutions. Fellows attend twice-weekly lectures and participate in a Poster Session in August.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, Texas) - The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at UT Southwestern is an intensive, 10-week summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Seventy-five fellows gain experience in modern research techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. The program introduces students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in the biological sciences.  Over two hundred and ninety participating faculty offer training in genomics, cancer biology, computational biology, developmental biology, molecular genetics, structural biology, cell biology, chemistry, systems biology, pharmacology, microbiology and infectious diseases, neurosciences, immunology, and mechanisms of disease. In addition to a world class research experience, SURF fellows participate in weekly research seminars and social events, as well as a university-wide poster session at the conclusion of the program. 

The Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) - The QP-SURF program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience which leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions at the interface of quantitative science and basic biomedical research (including analytical chemistry). Fellows spend ten weeks (beginning June 6, 2011 through August 12, 2011) pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. The program introduces students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in the biological sciences. At the end of the summer, fellows present their research in a poster session. In addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled. Approximately ten fellows participate in the summer research program. Fellows are selected by the faculty mentors and assigned to a research project according to each fellow's previous training and research interests.

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