Research in the D.C. Metro Area

Below are a variety of internship and research experiences with locations in the DC metro area. The majority are paid summer positions. If in your search you come across information that is out-of-date, please let us know by emailing ugresearch@umd.edu with the subject line "Website Update."

The Leadership Alliance
Description: The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) prepares undergraduates for research careers by providing students with hands-on research experiences.
Locations: Nationwide, including DC metro area
Fields: All. Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and Humanities
Eligibility: Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better; have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors); demonstrated interest and potential to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD; US citizen or permanent resident; attend an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories
Funding: The internship pays all expenses, providing students with a competitive stipend, travel, and housing
Length: 8-10 weeks
Deadline: Early February

Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program
Description: Fellows explore digital initiatives and inventory, catalog, arrange, preserve, and research a backlog of special, legal or copyright collections in many different formats. Applicants choose a specialized area of study to focus on.
Location: Washington DC
Fields: Humanities, Social Sciences, Library and Information Science
Eligibility: US citizen, undergraduate and graduate students (including spring graduates)
Funding: Weekly stipends of $450+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: Late January

National Archives and Records Administration
Description: Multiple internship opportunities include work with the Legal, Legislative and Editorial departments, among others.
Locations: Nationwide
Fields: History, Political Science, Library and Information Science, Business, Computer Science, Education, Communications, Law, Information Technology
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate student, including rising freshmen; in good academic standing; U.S. citizen
Funding: Unpaid, but available for academic credit
Length: Varies
Deadline: Varies. Many sites accept applications year-round

National Gallery of Art, Internships in the Museum Profession
Description: Interns participate in the ongoing work of a department at the National Gallery of Art, complete a project or a discrete portion of a larger project, and attend a weekly seminar that introduces the staff, departments, programs, and functions of the Gallery. Possible placements are in the conservation, curatorial, design, and education departments.
Location: Washington DC
Fields: Art, Art, Architecture, Museum Studies
Eligibility: Although consideration will be given to students with an undergraduate degree, preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled in a graduate program or are recent MA, MFA, or M Arch graduate.
Funding: $26,000+ for the year
Length: 2 semesters, full time
Deadline: mid-January

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Description: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program engages students in active research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Location: Nationwide, including Washington DC
Location: nationwide Fields: STEM and Social Sciences, including Astronomical Sciences, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cyberinfrastructure, Department of Defense (DoD), Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Ethics, International Science, Materials Research, Ocean Sciences, Physics, Polar Programs, Behavioral Science, and Economics
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; individual site requirements may vary
Funding: Varies, though most provide generous stipends
Length: Varies, but most are about 10 weeks
Deadline: Varies, but most are in January or February

Naval History and Heritage Command
Description:  The Naval History and Heritage Command offers internships in historical research, writing, and editing. In addition to undertaking historical research, writing and editing, the NHHC operates the Navy Department Library, The National Museum of the United States Navy, and maintains collections of naval archives, photographs, artifacts, and art. Internships are available in all of these areas.
Location: Nationwide, but primarily in Washington DC
Fields: History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, Education
Eligibility: High school, undergraduate, or graduate student; open to non-US citizens
Funding: Unpaid
Length: 3 weeks-1 semester
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round

National Park Service Historic Preservation Internship Training Program
Description: Working under the direction of experienced historic preservation professionals, students undertake short-term research and administrative projects. Students learn about and contribute to the national historic preservation programs and the federal government’s preservation and management of historic properties.
Location: Washington DC
Fields: Historic Preservation, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architectural History, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Education, Museum Studies
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students of historic preservation or a related field
Funding: Weekly stipends of $480+
Length: 10 weeks+
Deadline: early March

Office of Presidential Libraries
Description: College Park interns work in education and grant research, public awareness, or web site development to further the mission of the presidential libraries. Interns in other locations may work in archival processing, assisting museums or public programs staff, or assisting reference staff.
Location: Nationwide, including College Park, MD
Fields: Education, Computer Science, Museum Studies, Library Science, Marketing, History, Anthropology
Eligibility: Varies
Funding: Varies
Length: Varies
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round

Smithsonian Institution
Description: Smithsonian internships are individualized learning experiences, guided by a mentor and with stated learning objectives. They are offered year-round in 19 museums and 9 research centers.
Location: Primarily Washington DC, plus 6 other US cites and 1 international site
Fields: History, Biology, Education, Business, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, Geology, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Museum Studies, Finance, Accounting, Environmental Studies, Museum Conservation, Art, Art History, Art Preservation, Anthropology, African American Studies, Native American Studies, Asian Studies, Science Education, Law, Graphic Design, Zoology, International Relations, Library Science, Museum Studies
Eligibility: Varies
Funding: Up to $600 per week. However, select scholarships for racial and ethnic minority students as well as those in financial need are available, including
the Katzenberger Foundation Art Internship Program for Art History students with financial need
Diversity Awards Program (Formerly) Minority Awards Program) Internship
Native American Awards Program Internship for Native American students interested in studying the Smithsonian's Native American resources
Length: Varies
Deadline: Varies depending on program and semester

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Internships
Description: Interns take part in hands-on projects and work directly with Holocaust scholars and Museum professionals.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Fields: History, Education, Marketing, Museum Studies, Website Production, Human Resources
Eligibility: Varies Funding: May be paid or unpaid Length: 1 semester Deadline: early March for summer, late June for fall, mid-October for winter/spring

APHL-CDC Environmental Public Health Lab Fellowship
Description: Fellows receive training in laboratory skills and methods and assist with high-priority environmental health testing, surveillance, and exposure assessment. Fellows gain an understanding of the public health laboratory system and how it relates to environmental health, exposure reduction, surveillance, and intervention. Location: Nationwide Fields: Public Health, Biology, Virology, Chemistry, Environmental Science Eligibility: Recent graduates and master's students; US citizen or permanent resident Funding: $39,000+ for the year Length: 1 year Deadline: Winter

Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP) Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Description: The Diversity Summer Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that provides undergraduates with a graduate-level, independent research project in the biomedical or public health field.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Fields: Biomedical Sciences and Public Health
Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors or rising graduate students who have applied to a graduate program in the Bloomberg School of Public Health; US citizen or permanent resident
Funding: $3,000+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: early February

Johns Hopkins Summer Internship Program (SIP)
Description: The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities. The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Fields: STEM, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health
Eligibility: Varies. All programs require students to have completed at least one year of college.
Funding: $3,000+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: early February

Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Child Development
Description: The Lab is currently investigating a range of issues including memory development, numerical abilities, logical reasoning, and language acquisition. Summer interns participate fully in all aspects of research, including recruiting participants, testing infants and children in behavioral tasks, coding children’s testing sessions, analyzing data, and interpreting results. Interns also participate in guided readings of developmental literature and attend laboratory meetings.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Fields: Child Development, Psychology
Eligibility: Background in a related field
Funding: $1800
Length: 8 weeks
Deadline: late February

Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Internships
Description: The JIFSAN internship program allows undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in research at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) facilities.
Location: College Park, MD and Laurel, MD
Fields: Public Health, Toxicology, Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors at UMCP
Funding: Positions begin as unpaid, but become paid in subsequent semesters
Length: Varies; available in summer or during school year
Deadline: Not specified

The Leadership Alliance
Description: The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) prepares undergraduates for research careers by providing students with hands-on research experiences.
Locations: Nationwide, including DC metro area
Fields: All. Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and Humanities
Eligibility: Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better; have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors); demonstrated interest and potential to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD; US citizen or permanent resident; attend an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories
Funding: The internship pays all expenses, providing students with a competitive stipend, travel, and housing
Length: 8-10 weeks
Deadline: Early February

Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP), Kennedy Krieger Institute
Description: The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Students will choose two public health leadership experiences at one of the research sites in the areas of Clinical/Community, Community Engagement and Advocacy, and Research.
Location: Baltimore, MD; other sites available in vSioux Falls, SD and Los Angeles, CA
Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates; 2.7+ GPA; U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
Fields: Public Health, Nutrition, Psychology, Neurology, Speech/Language, Special Education, Social Work, Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy
Funding: $3,500
Length: 10 weeks Deadline: late January

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
Description: The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in health-related research.
Location: Bethesda, MD
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; enrolled full-time at an accredited 4-year college; 3.3+ GPA; 'exceptional Financial Need' as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office
Fields: Biomedicine, Public Health, related sciences and social sciences
Funding: Up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and living expenses
Length: 1-4 years, including a 10-week summer internship each year and 1 year of mandatory employment at the NIH after graduation for each year of the award
Deadline: mid-March

Public Health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS) Program
Description: The PLLUSS Program provides scholars with mentored public health research and community health activities, mentorship, and professional development, especially in the area of promotion of health equity and the elimination of health disparities research.
Location: Baltimore MD; Los Angeles, CA; Cincinnati, OH
Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors; 3.0+ GPA; US citizen, national, or permanent resident
Fields: Public health
Funding: $3,500+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: late January

Center for Computational Biology
Description: The internship program provides hands-on research experience as part of ongoing research projects with bioinformatics and genomics faculty at Johns Hopkins' Center for Computational Biology at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. Current areas of research include analysis of high-throughput DNA sequence data to characterize genes and their variations, studies of the microbiome, assembly of whole-genome shotgun data from various species, and the development of new computational and statistical methods for other genome analysis problems.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Fields: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Biostatistics, Biology
Eligibility: Computer programming experience; High school and undergraduate students; US citizen or permanent resident
Funding: $4,500+
Deadline: mid-February

Department of Energy Scholars Program
Description: The DOE Scholars Program introduce students or post-graduates to federal work in energy and nuclear security.
Locations: Nationwide, including DC metro area
Fields: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology, Physics, Business, Policy, Program Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Safety and Health, Accounting and Finance, Law, Communications and other related areas
Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate of a U.S. accredited institute of higher education. U.S. citizen
Funding: Weekly stipends of $600+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: Mid-December

Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP) Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Description: The Diversity Summer Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that provides undergraduates with a graduate-level, independent research project in the biomedical or public health field.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Fields: Biomedical Sciences and Public Health
Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors or rising graduate students who have applied to a graduate program in the Bloomberg School of Public Health; US citizen or permanent resident
Funding: $3,000+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: early February

Food and Water Watch Fish Policy
Description: Food and Water Watch interns gain hands-on grassroots experience with a national advocacy nonprofit organization, learn concrete organizing skills from professionals in the field, and win real victories for environmental and socioeconomic justice.
Location: Nationwide, including Washington DC
Fields: Computer Science, Marketing, Journalism, Law, Human Resources, other related fields
Eligibility: Varies
Funding: Unpaid
Length: Varies
Deadline: varies

The George Washington Summer Program Advancing Research in Cancer (SPARC)
Description: The Summer Program Advancing Research on Cancer (SPARC) engages diverse undergraduate students in research at the George Washington University Cancer Center. Students have the opportuntity to be paired with researchers studying cancer immunology and immunotherapy, cancer biology, cancer engineering and technology, and microbial oncology. In addition to research experience there are opportunities to attend workshops, seminars, and present a poster.
Location: Washington, DC
Fields: STEM, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, Pre-Med
Eligibility: Preference to sophomores and juniors; US citizen or permanent resident
Funding: $4,000 stipend and optional GWU housing provided for free
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: early February

Johns Hopkins Summer Internship Program (SIP)
Description: The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities. The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Fields: STEM, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health
Eligibility: Varies. All programs require students to have completed at least one year of college.
Funding: $3,000+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: early February

Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Internships
Description: The JIFSAN internship program allows undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in research at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) facilities.
Location: College Park, MD and Laurel, MD
Fields: Public Health, Toxicology, Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors at UMCP
Funding: Positions begin as unpaid, but become paid in subsequent semesters
Length: Varies; available in summer or during school year
Deadline: Not specified

The Leadership Alliance
Description: The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) prepares undergraduates for research careers by providing students with hands-on research experiences.
Location: Nationwide, including DC metro area
Fields: All. Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and Humanities
Eligibility: Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better; have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors); demonstrated interest and potential to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD; US citizen or permanent resident; attend an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories
Funding: The internship pays all expenses, providing students with a competitive stipend, travel, and housing
Length: 8-10 weeks
Deadline: Early February

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy
Description: The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provides with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). Selected candidates train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects.
Location: Nationwide, including DC metro area
Fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Eligibility: Enrolled full-time at an accredited university; rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students in STEM programs; 3.0+ GPA; US citizens
Funding: Weekly stipends of $600+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: late December

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program
Description: The NIBIB-sponsored Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) allows students to participate in cutting edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class scientists in NIH laboratories. Students participate in group meetings, attend planned lectures and laboratory visits, and are encouraged to submit posters to the NIH Poster Day where summer interns from all disciplines present their projects.
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Fields: Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences
Eligibility: Rising seniors; US citizen or permanent resident
Funding: $6,600+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: early February

National Institutes of Health Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships, Department of Bioethics
Description: Fellows conduct mentored conceptual and empirical research related to the ethics of health policy, human subjects research, international research ethics, genetics, or other bioethical topics of interest. Fellows participate in weekly bioethics seminars, case conferences, ethics consultations, and IRB deliberations, and have access to multiple educational opportunities at NIH.
Location: Bethesda, MD
Fields: Ethics, Philosophy, Law, Public Health, Political Science, Biology, Biomedical Engineering
Eligibility: Recent graduates; planning to pursue (or currently studying) MD, JH, or PhD
Funding: Full salary
Length: 2 years
Deadline: mid-January

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
Description: Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
Location: Nationwide, including Bethesda, MD and Baltimore, MD
Fields: Biomedicine, Biology, Biomedical Engineering
Eligibility: High school and undergraduate students; US citizen or permanent resident
Funding: Monthly stipends of $2,140+ for undergraduates
Length: 8 weeks+
Deadline: early March

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
Description: The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in health-related research.
Location: Bethesda, MD
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; enrolled full-time at an accredited 4-year college; 3.3+ GPA; 'exceptional Financial Need' as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office
Fields: Biomedicine, Public Health, related sciences and social sciences
Funding: Up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and living expenses
Length: 1-4 years, including a 10-week summer internship each year and 1 year of mandatory employment at the NIH after graduation for each year of the award
Deadline: mid-March

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Description: The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides STEM students with a hands-on research experience under the mentorship of a NIST scientist or engineer.
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Fields: Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Materials Science, Fire Research, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Biology, Manufacturing, Statistics
Eligibility: Enrolled as an undergraduate at a US institution; US citizen or permanent resident; 3.0+ GPA
Funding:weekly stipend of $500
Length: 11 weeks
Deadline: mid-February

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)
Description: Students participate in research at a Department of Navy laboratory. The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
Location: Nationwide, including Washington, DC and MD
Fields: Science and Engineering
Eligibility: undergraduate or graduate students with 31+ college credits; US citizen
Funding: $5,400-$10,800
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: late November

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Description: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program engages students in active research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Location: Nationwide, including Washington DC
Fields: STEM and Social Sciences, including Astronomical Sciences, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cyberinfrastructure, Department of Defense (DoD), Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Ethics, International Science, Materials Research, Ocean Sciences, Physics, Polar Programs, Behavioral Science, and Economics
Eligibility: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; individual site requirements may vary
Funding: Varies, though most provide generous stipends
Length: Varies, but most are about 10 weeks
Deadline: Varies, but most are in January or February

National STEM Portal
Description: A database of research opportunities with the US government, including the NIH, USDA, Air Force, NSF, Department of Energy, Department of Defence, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Agriculture, Geological Survey, and national Institute of Standards and Technology.
Location: Nationwide, including Washington DC
Fields: STEM
Eligibility: Varies
Funding: Varies
Length: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Research Space Astronomy Summer Program, Space Telescope Science Institute
Description: Students work individually with STScI researchers and staff on research projects that might include data reduction and interpretation, software development, scientific writing, preparing data for public releases. The program affords students the opportunity to attend lectures on a variety of exciting topics related to space astronomy, the Hubble, and James Webb Space Telescopes.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Fields: Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students from any country, but with preference to undergraduates between the junior and senior years.
Funding: Weekly stipends of $600+
Length: 10 weeks

Smithsonian Institution
Description: Smithsonian internships are individualized learning experiences, guided by a mentor and with stated learning objectives. They are offered year-round in 19 museums and 9 research centers.
Location: Primarily Washington DC, plus 6 other US cites and 1 international site
Fields: History, Biology, Education, Business, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, Geology, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Museum Studies, Finance, Accounding, Environmental Studies, Museum Conservation, Art, Art History, Art Preservation, Anthropology, African American Studies, Native American Studies, Asian Studies, Science Education, Law, Graphic Design, Zoology, International Relations, Library Science, Museum Studies
Eligibility: Varies
Funding: Up to $600 per week. However, select scholarships for racial and ethnic minority students as well as those in financial need are available, including the
Katzenberger Foundation Art Internship Program for Art History students with financial need
Diversity Awards Program (Formerly) Minority Awards Program) Internship
anNative American Awards Program Internship for Native American students interested in studying the Smithsonian's Native American resources
Length: Varies
Deadline: Varies depending on program and semester

SCI Scholars — Industrial Internships for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Undergraduates
Description: Chemistry and chemical engineering students gain experience in the chemical industry, working for companies such as Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Chemtura, and American Air Liquide
Location: Nationwide
Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors; chemistry or engineering major; 3.5+ GPA; US citizen or permanent resident
Fields: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
Funding: $6,000–$10,000+, plus $1,000 for your high school chemistry teacher
Length: 10-12 weeks
Deadline: Late December

University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program (Biomedical Research at UMD's School of Medicine in Baltimore)
Description: The University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program enables outstanding University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduates to become engaged in summer research projects led by top faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The program provides participating students with in-depth involvement in significant research and professional mentorship in challenging settings. The program also introduces highly talented UMCP undergraduates to the MD degree program, the vast array of graduate degree programs, and the MD/PhD and MD/MS degree opportunities at UMB.
Location: Baltimore, MD
Eligibility: UMCP students; rising juniors and seniors; 3.2+ GPA; majoring in a STEM field
Fields: Biomedicine
Funding: $4,500+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: Early February

University of Maryland Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Summer Program
Description: CBCB offers undergraduates the opportunity to get hands-on research experience in bioinformatics as part of an ongoing research projects within CBCB. The program involves full-time research, seminars and lectures.
Location: College Park, MD
Eligibility: Undergraduate students, including graduating seniors
Fields: Computational Biology, Computer Science
Funding: $12.50/hour+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: early March

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Internships
Description: AEI internships provide students with an opportunity to work with some of America's most renowned scholars, economists, legal scholars, political scientists, and foreign policy specialists doing research on current public policy questions.
Location: Washington, DC
Eligbility: 3.0+ GPA; undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates
Fields: Economics; Law; Political Science; Foreign Policy; Public Policy; Defense Studies; Journalism; Marketing; Human resources; Information Systems; Publishing
Funding: Unpaid
Length: 4 months
Deadline: March for fall, September for winter, November for summer

Arms Control Association Research Internship
Description: Interns are involved in many facets of ACA's work including: researching arms control and security issues for articles and fact sheets; assisting in preparing and editing ACA's monthly journal Arms Control Today; monitoring activity in the press and on Capitol Hill; and supporting the analysts in a variety of administrative tasks. Interns are encouraged to engage in substantive discussions with ACA analysts in order to gain a deeper understanding of the arms control field.
Location:Washington, D.C.
Eligibility: Undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates
Fields: Marketing and Communications; Journalism; Government, Political Science
Funding: Unpaid. However, the merit-based Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship may be available.
Length: 3-6 months
Deadline: November for spring, April for summer, July for fall

Brookings Institute
Description: The Brookings Institution is one of the world's leading think tanks, conducting in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving societal problems at the local, national and global levels. The mission of the Internship program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful and practical work experience. Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Eligbility: varies
Fields: Economics, Foreign and Domestic Policy, Global Economy and Development, Government
Funding: May be paid, for academic credit, or externally sponsored
Length: 10-12 weeks
Deadline: July for fall, November for spring, March for summer

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Description: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities specializes in research and analysis oriented toward practical policy decisions and produces solid analytic reports on a timely basis that are accessible to public officials at national, state and local levels, to nonprofit organizations and to the media.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Eligibility: varies
Fields: Communications and Journalism, Government, Health Policy, Housing Policy, National Budget and Tax Policy, Tax Policy, Law, Welfare Reform and Income Support
Funding: $11.50+/ hour
Length: 10-12 weeks
Deadline: February for summer, June for fall, October for spring

Center for Legislative Archives Public Outreach Internships
Description: Interns work on a variety of projects along with outreach staff that develop research and writing skills, expand students' understanding of history and government, and provide opportunities to explore a variety of career paths.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Eligibility: All interested students may apply
Fields: Politics, Government, Public Policy, Political Science, Education, Communications
Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate student, recent grads
Funding: Unpaid, but available for academic credit
Deadline: November for spring, March for summer, July for fall

Department of Energy Scholars Program
Description: The DOE Scholars Program introduce students or post-graduates to federal work in energy and nuclear security.
Locations: Nationwide, including DC metro area
Fields: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology, Physics, Business, Policy, Program Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Safety and Health, Accounting and Finance, Law, Communications and other related areas
Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate of a U.S. accredited institute of higher education. U.S. citizen
Funding: Weekly stipends of $600+
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline: Mid-December

Institute for the Study of War
Description: The Institute for the Study of War advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. Interns work on research projects related to conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Russia-Ukraine, and Egypt, as well as counter-terrorism, or on projects supporting the operations of the Institute.
Location: Washington, DC
Fields: Military Science, Government, International Relations
Eligibility:
Funding: Unpaid
Length:
Deadline:

Institute for Women's Policy Research: Research Internship
Description: The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation. Interns will learn about the fundamentals of the non-profit sector, grow in their professional development, and gain insight into policy research on various intersectional issues that impact women’s economic justice.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Fields: Women's Studies, Public Policy, Economics, Sociology
Eligibility: varies
Funding: paid hourly
Length: 10 weeks
Deadline:

The Leadership Alliance
Description: The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) prepares undergraduates for research careers by providing students with hands-on research experiences.
Locations: Nationwide, including DC metro area
Fields: All. Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and Humanities
Eligibility: Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better; have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors); demonstrated interest and potential to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD; US citizen or permanent resident; attend an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories
Funding: The internship pays all expenses, providing students with a competitive stipend, travel, and housing
Length: 8-10 weeks
Deadline: Early February

National Academy of Social Insurance
Description: NASI's Washington Interns on Social Insurance have the opportunity to work with leading experts and officials who are recognized authorities on social insurance policy, Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, disability long-term care, health care financing, and related public and private programs; gain valuable work experience; make professional contacts and network in their areas of interest; and discuss current policy issues and attend Congressional hearings.
Location: Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD
Fields: Economics, Gerontology, Journalism, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Work, Actuarial Science or related subjects
Eligibility: All interested candidates are eligible to apply
Funding: $4,500+
Length: 12 weeks
Deadline: Early March

Search for Common Ground
Description: Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. SFCG implements projects from 39 offices in 26 countries.
Location: International, including Washington, DC
Fields: varies. Including Business Administration, Political Science, International Relations, Communications, Journalism, Accounting, and foreign languages
Eligibility: Varies
Funding: Unpaid
Length: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Smithsonian Institution
Description: Smithsonian internships are individualized learning experiences, guided by a mentor and with stated learning objectives. They are offered year-round in 19 museums and 9 research centers.
Location: Primarily Washington DC, plus 6 other US cites and 1 international site
Fields: History, Biology, Education, Business, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, Geology, Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Museum Studies, Finance, Accounting, Environmental Studies, Museum Conservation, Art, Art History, Art Preservation, Anthropology, African American Studies, Native American Studies, Asian Studies, Science Education, Law, Graphic Design, Zoology, International Relations, Library Science, Museum Studies
Eligibility: Varies
Funding: Up to $600 per week. However, select scholarships for racial and ethnic minority students as well as those in financial need are available, including
the Katzenberger Foundation Art Internship Program for Art History students with financial need
Diversity Awards Program (Formerly) Minority Awards Program) Internship
Native American Awards Program Internship for Native American students interested in studying the Smithsonian's Native American resources
Length: Varies
Deadline: Varies depending on program and semester

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