11 February 2009

Summer internship at National Science Foundation

The institution: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

The program: Interns will be mentored by NSF program officers who are involved in implementing science policies and in managing/ directing programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The interns will have opportunities to further develop their research, communications (oral and written), and other professional skills as well as to become a part of a peer network that includes students from across the country who are serving as summer interns in other QEM or NSF internship programs. Interns will be expected to prepare, and discuss with their mentors, individual development plans; conduct a research project under the guidance of their mentors; submit mid-term and final written reports to QEM; and make oral presentations throughout the summer.

In addition to the ten-week summer internship, interns will be expected to implement science-oriented outreach activities during the academic year when they return to their home institutions to continue their studies. These activities would focus on pre-college students residing, or attending school, in neighboring communities. Interns who successfully complete at least six academic year outreach activities (three per semester), and provide written documentation at the end of each semester, will be eligible to receive an additional stipend of $1,000/semester.

  • 25 May - 31 July 2009

  • Round-trip airfare

  • Assistance with local transportation costs

  • Summer housing on a local college campus

  • $3,000 stipend for undergraduate students and $4,000 for graduate students


  • Citizen or national of the United States

  • Junior, senior, or graduate student

  • Currently enrolled in a science or engineering degree program at a minority-serving institution or at a non-minority institution with a track record in producing science and/or engineering graduates from underrepresented groups

Deadline: 6 March 2009

More information: http://qemnetwork.qem.org/internship.htm

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