Internship Opportunities For Undergraduate STEM Majors

Internship Opportunities For Undergraduate STEM Majors


Your time in college is important. Not only are you here to learn a subject, you are here to grow professionally, academically, and socially. Regardless of your major, graduate schools and businesses look for signs of these growth. A great way of displaying is through taking part in an internship. This article is focused on various internships for STEM majors.

STEM majors are students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math degree programs. If you are currently in or interested in any of these fields then get ready, because this is for you.

Internships bring many benefits to us as students. Academically, they look great on a resume and show dedication. Internships tell the evaluators that not only did you take the time to submit applications and needed materials. It's also a sign that you impressed the programs enough for them to want you, that these programs saw something in you that distinguished you from their applicant pool, and that you can go a long way.

Socially, internships are great for meeting new people from different places and backgrounds, yet that share similar interests, and are invaluable opportunities for networking. Professionally, an internship allows you to actually be and visualize yourself where you want to be in the future. They allow you to grow and gain experience from mentors in your field. Lastly, a lot of internships in STEM fields are paid, which is always a bonus.

I have put together a list of undergraduate STEM major internships that are worth applying for and should be a great starting point to look for other related programs. I encourage you to look up the webpages for each of these to see if they are what you are looking for and if you have any questions contact the programs directly. This shows your interest, so doing it regardless is a good idea, as well.

1. Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Program

  • Type of Program: Research
  • Host: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Who can apply:
    • Full-time, U.S., undergraduate students
    • Must come from a group traditionally underrepresented in science research
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more
  • Length of Program: 10 weeks
  • Award:
    • $4,500 stipend, up to $1,200 for travel and stay to and from the NIH’s Annual Science Conference at the end of the summer
  • Application Opens: November 15
  • Application Deadline: February 15
  • Location: Varies, normally a research institution selected by the student
  • Website:

2. National Homeland Security-STEM Summer Internship and Summer Research Team Programs

  • Type of Program: Research/Work
  • Host: US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Who can apply:
    • Full-time, US, undergraduate STEM students
    • Undergraduate sophomores and juniors
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or more
  • Length of Program: 10 weeks
  • Award:
    • $600-per week stipend plus limited travel reimbursement
  • Application Opens: Unknown
  • Application Deadline: December 22
  • Location: Varies, Federal research facilities across the US
  • Website:

3. Summer Medical And Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

  • Type of Program: Academic/Career Development and Clinical Exposure
  • Host: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Who can apply:
    • Full-time, US, undergraduate STEM students
    • Undergraduate freshmen and sophomores
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or more
    • Interested in Medicine or Dentistry
  • Length of Program: 6 weeks
  • Award:
    • $600 stipend, housing and most meals are covered by the program, travel scholarships available
  • Application Opens: November 1
  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Location: Varies, students choose from 12 participating medical and dental schools
  • Website:

4. Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

  • Type of Program: Research
  • Host: The Leadership Alliance
  • Who can apply:
    • Full-time, US, undergraduate STEM students
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more
    • Interested in PhD or MD-PhD programs
  • Length of Program: 8-10 weeks
  • Award:
    • Varies depending on research institution from $3,000-$5,000
  • Application Opens: November 1
  • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Location: Varies, students choose from 21 research sites
  • Website:

5. American Psychological Association (APA) Internships

The American Psychological Association (APA) offers a variety of internships. They also sponsor a variety of opportunities from other institutions. Here is a link to their internship lists, which contains approximately 24 other programs for STEM majors.


I highly encourage you to apply to as many of these programs as possible. Do not feel intimidated by the internships, odds are many people won’t apply because they feel they won’t get accepted. Take a chance, challenge yourself, and have faith.

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You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

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You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

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Late night talks were never more real.

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You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

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Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Rather you're an English major or lit major or a writing major, there are a few things that we all have in common. And if you watched "How I Met Your Mother," you probably related to Ted Mosby more than you wished to.

1. Restraining yourself for correct people's text


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Especially because your grade counts on it. Although, it won't be fun when it turns into your job depending on it.

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Even though you prefer one genre and hate the others.

I don't care for nonfiction tbh.

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Not your best moments.

7. Knowing how impossible it is to have a favorite book


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Are you even an English major???

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