Summer 2020 Opportunities Round-Up

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Brittney Van D… January 29, 2020

Hey, students! We know it is snowing outside, but now is the time to start thinking about summer. Do you already have a paid internship lined up? If not, don’t worry – we’ve put together a gaggle of opportunities to help you out.


STEM Advancement Program (STEMAP) by NM SMART Grid Center

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

What: Students will work 40 hours a week in a research lab dedicated to electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, or cybersecurity while being mentored by faculty and graduate students.

When: June – July 2020 (8 weeks)


Benefits: $4,000 stipend, campus housing (family housing may be available), meal allowance, and 3 credits of independent study from NMSU

Application Deadline: February 21, 2020

Learn more about STEMAP and apply here:

BigDatA Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at NMSU

Who: Undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. 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.

What: Students participate in skill-building workshops and mentoring programs focused on preparing them for academic studies and careers in STEM with an emphasis on big data analytics for cyber-physical systems.

When: Summer 2020 (10 weeks)

Where: NMSU

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

Application Deadline: February 19, 2020

Learn more and apply:

Summer Intensive Research Internship (SIRI) in Cyber-physical Systems at UNM or Purdue University

Who: Sophomores, juniors, and senior undergraduate students interested in cyber-physical system (CPS)–related fields, and in diversity and inclusivity. Underrepresented students are particularly encouraged to apply.

What: Students will conduct research in pairs while being introduced to CPS in a setting that promotes inclusive academic research environments. Students will also be encouraged to participate in graduate programs or work in CPS-related fields.

When: June 1 – August 5, 2020

Where: UNM or Purdue University

Benefits: Competitive stipend, housing and meal plan, and travel allowance

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

Learn more and apply:

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

Who: Students who have completed at least 3 semesters of undergraduate coursework in science and engineering. 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 31, 2020 (9 weeks)

Where: NMT

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, 2020

Learn more and apply:


Graduate Students

NM SMART Grid Center Graduate Students 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: Summer 2020 (and every semester thereafter)

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

Application Best Consideration Date: April 15, 2020

Learn more and apply:


All Students

CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP)

Who: Undergraduate through PhD students and recent Bachelor and Master's degree graduates participate in a paid research experience at a Department of Defense laboratory over the summer break. U.S. Citizenship is not required.

What: Students can participate in research in one of the following areas:

  • Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD)
  • Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED)
  • Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD)
  • Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD)
  • Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD)

When: Summer 2020

Where: Adelphi Laboratory Center, Maryland; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

Benefits: Stipend, insurance, Relocation allowance, professional travel allowance.

Application Best Consideration Date: February 16, 2020

Learn more and apply:

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

Who: Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in mathematics, science (life or physical sciences, computer science, behavioral sciences, or social sciences), technology, or engineering. Must be a U.S. citizen or national.

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 2020 (10 weeks)

Where: Washington, D.C.

Benefits: One round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., housing, $4,000 - $5,000 stipend, funds for ground transportation and local travel, up to $1,200 to attend professional development activities through next academic year.

Application Best Consideration Date: February 21, 2020

Application Final Deadline Date: March 6, 2020

Learn more and apply:

National Energy Technology Laboratory Professional Internship Program (PIP)

Who: Undergraduate, graduate, and post-BS students within 2-years of graduation.

What: 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.

When: Summer, Fall, Spring

Where: Oregon, West Virginia, Pennsylvania

Benefits: Inbound/Outbound travel, insurance, stipend, on-travel funds.

Application Best Consideration Date: February 15, 2020 for Summer 2020

Learn more and apply: