2021 Paid Student Summer Internship Roundup

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Brittney Van D… January 21, 2021

Hey, students! Don’t have time to go looking for summer internships? No problem, we’ve done it for you.



STEM Advancement Program (STEMAP) by NM SMART Grid Center

Who: Undergraduates students from New Mexico regional universities, community colleges and tribal colleges.

What: Students participate in SMART Grid research virtually, meeting on various online platforms including Zoom and Slack. Students are expected to work about 20 hours a week, and are mentored by faculty, technical mentors, and SMART Grid project students.

  • Orientation Week May 31 to June 4, 2021
    Students take part in a week of training workshops. Topics include an introduction to SMART Grid research areas, research ethics, communication, data management, and technical areas such as computer coding and power systems.
  • STEMAP Research, June 7 to July 22, 2021
    Student teams work with NM SMART Grid-funded faculty and students at their respective research sites at NMSU, NMT, or UNM main campuses.
  • End of the Summer Symposium, July 23, 2021
    Students present their research to their research teams, faculty, mentors, family, and friends.

When: May 31 – July 23, 2021 (8 weeks)

Where: Virtual

Benefits: $4,000 stipend, meal allowance, housing stipend, and 3 credits of independent study from NMSU

Application Period: February 1 - March 5, 2021

Learn more and apply here:


BigDatA Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at NMSU

Who: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must be Undergraduate students. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. In particular,

  • Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate.
  • High school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet started their undergraduate study are also eligible to participate.
  • Students who have received their bachelor’s degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are generally not eligible to participate.

What: The site’s research projects will focus on equipping students with skills and knowledge related to big data analytics in CPS. The CPS will be exemplified by four main application areas: smart grids, wireless sensor networks, smart homes for the elderly and disabled, and disaster response.

When: May 24 – July 30, 2021 (10 weeks)

Where: NMSU. The 2021 Summer program will be virtual with high probability due to the pandemic. More information will be published on website once decision is made.

Benefits: $6,000 stipend, housing, meals, roundtrip airfare to Las Cruces, New Mexico

Application Deadline: February 20, 2021

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Summer Intensive Research Internship (SIRI) in Cyber-Physical Systems

Who: Sophomores, juniors, and senior undergraduate students interested in learning about cyber-physical systems (CPS), and in diversity and inclusivity. Underrepresented students are particularly encouraged to apply.

What: Students will conduct research in pairs with faculty at Purdue University in CPS-related fields.  Students will be provided opportunities for professional development, networking, and preparation for future careers in CPS-related fields.

When: June 1 – July 30, 2021

Where: Virtually or in-person as allowable by Covid-19

Benefits: Participants will be offered a competitive stipend.

Learn more and apply:


Intelligent Energetic Systems Engineering (INTENSE) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at NMT

Who: Students with a background in Science and Engineering, who have completed at least 3 semesters of undergraduate coursework, are encouraged to apply.  Students from the Southwestern US and under-represented populations are especially encouraged to apply.

What: Engages students in unique research related to robotics, smart materials, explosives, high-speed fluid dynamics, and shock physics. 

When: June 1 – July 30, 2021 (9 weeks)

Where: Housing will be provided in on-campus New Mexico Tech dormitories.  Family housing accommodations are availble.  Note that we are planning for and expect the REU to be in person and on campus for Summer 2021.  If broad public health concerns exist for the state of New Mexico or the NMT campus, an online experience will be offered instead.  Participants are expected to be on site, unless the entire REU becomes online only. 

Benefits: $4,500 stipend, plus a food allowance for the on-campus dining hall, and travel costs to and from Socorro, NM, (up to $600) will be covered  

Application Best Consideration Date: February 1, 2021

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Emerging Issues in Cybersecurity

Who: US citizens or permanent residents enrolled full time at a college or university majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Software Engineering, or other closely related majors. Junior or senior academic standing preferred. 3.0 or better GPA with adequate knowledge of programming (C, C++, Python, Java, or MATLAB). Must be committed to working full time (40 hours per week) during the 10-week program. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

What: The REU site is hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech). The goals of this REU site include providing students experience in cutting edge research in cybersecurity, broadening participation in computing, motivating students to pursue graduate studies in computer science, and preparing the future cybersecurity workforce.

When: May 24 – July 31, 2021 (10 weeks)

Where: Housing will be provided in on-campus New Mexico Tech dormitories. 

Benefits: $6,000 stipend, plus a $1,000 food allowance, and up to $600 for travel costs to and from Socorro, NM

Application Best Consideration Date: February 28, 2021

Learn more and apply:


Graduate Students

NM SMART Grid Center Externships

Who: Graduate students with existing assistantships with the NM SMART Grid Center. Graduate students must currently reside in and be eligible to work in the United States.

What: Research opportunities that enable graduate students to spend a semester at a national lab, industry or research facility, government agency, or higher education institution other than their degree-granting institution. Activities during this exchange may include conducting research at a host institution, participating in training, or taking courses at the host institution.

When: Spring 2021 & Summer 2021

Benefits: Up to $3,000 to cover lodging, travel, and living expenses

Application Best Consideration Deadlines*: Rolling. Spring 2021 - February 10.  Summer 2021 - April 16.

*applications are accepted after specified ‘Best Consideration Date(s) and on a rolling basis

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NETL Professional Internship Program

Who: Be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing at a regionally accredited college/university, or a post-baccalaureate within two years of graduation. Have an overall minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment

What: The Professional Internship Program is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the challenges of conducting energy research. It is an opportunity to network with world-class scientists using state-of-the-art equipment and to expand students’ knowledge in their field of study while exposing them to new areas of basic and applied research. Participants interact daily with assigned mentors who guide research activities during the internship. These research activities help transition classroom theory into hands-on experience, helping provide answers to today’s pressing scientific questions. 

When: Rolling. Term appointments range from two weeks to one year renewable up to four or five years.

Benefits: Stipend – All internship programs provide a weekly stipend based upon academic classification and experience. Insurance – Insurance is a requirement for the Professional Internship Program. Inbound/Outbound Travel – Awards are made on a case-by-case basis. To qualify, your residence must be more than 50 miles from the laboratory. On-station Travel – Classified as travel during your appointment, on-station travel is designed to enhance your learning experience by promoting attendance at conferences, workshops, and other educational meetings. Awards are made on a case-by-case basis. Most short-term (e.g., summer) appointments do not qualify for on-station travel.

Application Deadlines: Application is always open, but for best results, apply by February 15 for summer appointments, June 1 for fall, and October 1 for spring appointments.

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All Students

QEM: Talent Development and Innovation and Sciences (TDIS) Summer Internship

Who: Must be a citizen or national of the United States. Must be a currently enrolled student and have successfully completed at least the sophomore year at an accredited, degree-granting institution by the start of the program. Must be majoring in one of the following fields: mathematics, science (life or physical sciences, computer science, behavioral sciences, or social sciences), technology, or engineering. Must be returning to a degree-granting institution the following academic year, either at the undergraduate or graduate level. Must have a significant interest in raising the level of awareness about: the circumstances that prevent minority communities from receiving a quality education; programs and strategies being implemented to address these issues; and policies and legislation that have an impact on STEM education. Must be committed to participating in the program for the full ten-week period. Must be willing to participate in a telephone/video interview if chosen as a finalist.

What: Students will have opportunities to conduct research to become familiar with NSF programs and strategies to address issues related to under-representation in STEM. Activities will also develop personal and leadership skills and increase awareness of policies and legislation that have an impact on STEM education.

When: Summer 2021 (10 weeks)

Where: Virtual

Benefits: Taxable stipends will be available for full-time participation in the entire ten-week program. Undergraduate students will receive taxable stipends of $6,000 and graduate students at NSF will receive taxable stipends of $7,000. Funding of up to $1200 to attend conferences and other professional development activities during the summer and the next academic year.

Complete Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

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