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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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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