External organization opportunities

We are proud to offer many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research with well-known organizations.

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. The attached flyer has additional information.

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.

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.

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 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 fall).

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.

Selected summer research programs 

See some Summer  research program options by expanding the titles below.  Be sure to check this website in late fall for Summer 2015 opportunities, as it is updated weekly with new information.

Pathways to Science Opportunities for UG
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

Summer Writing Internship at the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is offering a summer internship to a student interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. 

The topic selected for the 2016 Arroyo is potable water reuse. It will provide an overview of history, plans, technologies, water quality concerns, regulations, and public acceptance issues regarding the potable reuse of water in Arizona.

Enrolled students in good standing at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University are eligible. The intern will work at the WRRC offices in Tucson.  The successful applicant will be responsible for his/her own accommodations. 

To Apply: Complete the application form downloadable from http://wrrc.arizona.edu/montgomery  and send the completed form, along with a writing sample and a letter of recommendation, to Susanna Eden at seden@email.arizona.edu .

The 500-1,000 word writing sample may be on any topic; however, it should not be a technical report. The writing sample should avoid jargon and be understandable by general readers.  Applicants are encouraged to look at previous issues of Arroyo on the WRRC website at http://wrrc.arizona.edu/publications/arroyo.

The letter of recommendation should come from a faculty member familiar with applicant’s writing. 

Stipend:   $2,500
Timeline: End of May - Beginning of August (20 hrs/week for 10 weeks)
Deadline: Friday, April 17 by 5:00 p.m. 

Questions? Please direct any questions to seden@email.arizona.edu.

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