Internships and Undergraduate Research Experiences (REUS) are a great way to gain knowledge, skills, and community, while being supported financially and often with housing and mentoring.
Please note that this list is incomplete and for a more extensive list please set up a meeting with faculty advisors to learn more about internships and research experiences in specific areas.
Katayoun Chamany: Biology, Bioethics, Epidemiology, Biomedicine, Molecular Visualizations, Science Communication, Public Health
Bhawani Venkataraman: Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Policy, Climate, Energy
Jennifer Wilson: Mathematics, Big Data, and Stats, Radio lab and MoMath Museum
Ross Flek : Math, Big Data, and Stats
Examples of emerging internships suitable for Interdisciplinary Science Majors/Minors follow below but don’t forget to use the wonderful Library Guide, created by our team at TNS. Additionally, we have some science specific ways to find internships, including WEBGURU and other databases listed on “Finding” section of this website, as there are thousands of programs and the databases help you narrow your focus, geography, and needs ( paid or unpaid, etc). Also NSF has a database of REU organized by discipline. For instance, the NSF Biological Sciences REU, have amazing programs such as from Genomes to Phenomes or Marine Organism Health Resilience.
Note that for graduating seniors, there are still opportunities for summer internships. For instance the National Institutes of Health has a Summer Internship Program open to high school, college, and graduate students and this includes those undergraduates completing their BA in the spring. The NIH SIP program provides a stipend but no free housing, but with our Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellowship program we could subsidize the cost of housing. Additionally the DOE SULI has three different terms for summer, fall, and spring and is open to graduating seniors and provides travel support, and $500 weekly stipend. Additionally, students with limited access to research experiences during the academic year due to financial hardship or adversely affected by natural disasters (Hurricanes etc) are encouraged to apply to the Post-Bac research experience called IRTA ( note this is for students with strong research backgrounds)For those interested in conservation there are also the internships from the Alaska Conservation Fund which also accepts graduating seniors. For those that are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and are from under-represented minorities there are the NIH PREP post-bac programs that are fully funded and provide strong mentorship (Ronnie Almonte and Tesean Chavis completed these programs) . Lastly there is a great site for Green Careers SCA: Student Conservation Association, which has green jobs for students with strong liberal arts, humanities and science backgrounds.
The Tishman Environmental Scholars Summer Merit Scholars Program Students majoring in Environmental Studies or Interdisciplinary Science are selected annually to participate in this program. Together with a select group of students from across the country, Scholars engage in conservation research, develop environmental education programs, work on grassroots campaigns to advance pro-environment policies, and support programs to foster sustainable development in communities throughout the state. Tishman Merit Scholars receive
- a paid 12-week summer internship in Alaska in Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula
- Tuition scholarship for four credits of independent study
- roundtrip airfare from New York City to Anchorage
This program is co-sponsored by The New School and the Alaska Conservation Foundation. The sponsored internships are with major organizations dedicated to protecting the natural resources and cultural heritage of America’s last great wilderness. In past years, Lang students have worked for the Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF), the National Wildlife Federation, and the Alaska Conservation Alliance, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, among others. At the moment the program is run by Alan McGowan in the Environmental Studies program. So please contact him in the fall for internships the following summer. Additionally, students who are graduating can seek positions outside this New School Consortium and apply directly to the Alaska Conservation Foundation Internships. See this article for a more science-oriented position with the Community Action on Toxics.
GARDENING HORTICULTURE ARTS EDUCATION
Wave Hill Gardens has a number of paid internships ranging from rigorous hands on gardening and horticulture, to family arts programs, and curatorial internships ( pay ranges from $9.00- $15.00). Some programs are year round, others only weekends, and others are for post grad fellowships.
ARTS and VISUALIZATION
Imagine Science Films: Internships in film making, communications, and pubic programming. See site for descriptions ( 4 positions open, unpaid). If you have federal work study, we could work to apply this for June or August.
Visualization Collaborative REU. This is an unusual REU, as it is focused on a research project that requires molecular visualization and is open to ALL majors. They also pay for travel, housing in dorms, and provide a $4000 stipend for an 8 week experience at Purdue University in Indiana . An amazing opportunity. DEADLINE March 31 ( in 2016 they are not offering the program)
Data Science for Social Good, University of Chicago Summer Fellowship . This fellowship invites students from a variety of social science and natural science disciplines. to work with nonprofits, local governments, or federal agencies to solve high impact problems and to inform public policy decision making. Students perform modern data analysis tasks with real data alongside the experts that collected and created it. This is a free Data Science summer opportunity, appropriate for seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students; having some computer science background is useful such as R or Python. Deadline is Jan 31.
Mount Sinai Dream Challenges Academy: The Resilience to Infectious Diseases DREAM Challenge is designed to assess the capabilities of developing early-stage predictors of viral resilience based on peripheral blood expression patterns of host immune response. Participants will be challenged to build predictors from time-series expression data that can distinguish people who do not get sick following exposure to flu and other respiratory viruses, as measured by resilience to contracting the virus and resilience to symptomatic manifestations of illness. STATISTICS required, and some biology and computer modeling preferred but not required.Open to seniors and graduate students. FREE! Deadline April 1 Other dream challenges seen here
MATHEMATICS (TARGETING WOMEN AND UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATIONS)
Summer Undergraduate Applied Mathematics Institute at Carnegie Mellon The Summer Undergraduate Applied Mathematics Institute (SUAMI) is an eight-week summer program for undergraduate students which targets minority and female students. The goals of the SUAMI are twofold: (1) to expose students to the nature, culture, and rigors of advanced work and research in the area of applied mathematics; there will be an option to conduct research in pure mathematics; (2) to give the students a taste of the graduate school experience to help them make a more informed decision on whether they should attend graduate school. Dates of the program: May 30 through July 25, 2017. Application Deadline is March 1st 2017.
There are many resources (PHCareers, Salaries ) that explain what a career in public health will provide and the various concentrations with some very new such as the PhD program in Health Policy with an emphasis in Bioethics at John Hopkins U, and the combined MA and MPH in Public Health and Bioethics at Emory. Also see this site for social justice
Peer Health Advocates Internships is an on campus program and students can choose a range of projects
Public Health Institute Internships : When they are available, all PHI Internships are posted on their employment page. Detailed postings for summer internships are posted in March and intern selections are made before June. Note that most of their positions are in California (Sacramento, Oakland and Berkeley)
Clinical Directors Network:THIS ORGANIZATION HAS NOT BEEN RESPONSIVE AS LATE- CHECK FOR UPDATES In the FUTURE. This organization promotes health in underserved communities and also educates and trains the healthcare workforce to be culturally competent and responsive to community needs. Interns can range from providing communications support to specific research projects. Alumni that have interned at Clinical Directors Network include Alisha Racho Jansen, Alexa Riggs, Nayaab Khawar. Please contact these students to learn more about their experiences or watch Alexa’s presentation about her project (Alexa Riggs video).
NYCDOH Health Training Internships . Summer and semester positions, with summer program involving mentorship, brown bag lunches etc. Projects can be at the lab bench, epidemiology, social media awareness, etc. Please not that this link changes all the time so do a google search. DEADLINES Summer Term: February 15; Fall Term: August 15; Spring Term: November 15
For those interested in the health disparities, The Bronx Area Health Education Center is an organization serving underserved communities and offers two summer internships (Summer Health and Health Careers) with details being posted in January. These programs specifically target students from diverse backgrounds and primarily juniors and seniors though the SHIP program targets freshman and sophomores.
Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC), offers a paid ($3300) summer experience doing meaningful work at a reproductive rights or social justice organization. The organizations are located across the country with many in NYC. Applications for Summer 2016 open in October 2015 DEADLINE Jan 15
Reproductive Health Access Project Internships and Fellowships Offers academic year internships for 10-15 hours per week with a focus on abortion, miscarriage, and contraception with respect to providing information on clinical tools and advocacy through newsletters, blogs, and programs for clinical workers. The Internships are found on the Get Involved page, and the fellowships are primarily for those holding an advanced graduate degree.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Internships: The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. Whether you are looking for a summer internship or a year-long fellowship, the following programs provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities and infectious disease lab research. DEADLINE JAN 31
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health: This is a paid 10-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked. DEADLINE JAN 27
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences The Summer Internship Program at the NIEHS is part of theNational Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (NIH SIP) . The NIEHS is located inResearch Triangle Park, North Carolina. DEADLINE Nov 2016- March 1, 2017
Public Health Solutions: Internships (paid, unpaid, and for credit) may be available at Public Health Solutions for undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited college or university in the United States. Students must have a 2.5 G.P.A if in undergraduate school or a 3.0 if in graduate school. Internships are designed to provide students with work experience and/or relevant experience in their field of study. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOW a MOHN FAMILY SCIENCE and SOCIAL JUSTICE FELLOW SITE ( so internal applications due in March to IS Department).
If you are interested in a possible internship contact Steven Houang alumn of the IS program and currently a Senior Research Assistant at PHS, to craft your application and inquiry following the protocol below.
- Go to our home page: www.healthsolutions.org.
- Click Current Programs link.
- Decide which program(s) interest you. (Internship opportunities may also exist in non-program areas such as Accounting, Human Resources, Development & Communications, and Contracts/Legal.)
- Download an Internship Interest (word document) form here.
- Attach the completed Internship Interest form with your cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Upon request, Programs/Departments may ask Human Resources to assist them with finding interns. Human Resources will utilize the resumes and Internship Interest Forms received via the email@example.com inbox to help fill these internships. Due to the volume, Public Health Solutions can’t respond to every inquiry. If there is an internship opportunity available, only those applicants who there is an interest in will be contacted.
CivicSpark– California based. This year had two types of fellowships (Climate Action and Water) . Deadline is Oct 1 each year CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change and water management needs.
Medicins Sans Frontiers (Epidemiology, Advocacy, Public Events) Internships ( most pay $11 hour and are 4 months in length) – clik on the title of the position then hit apply, new pop up window has link up top corner and click for a description.
Genetic Counseling Resources will provide an overview of this increasing need in society; this site is a resource for those interested in exploring this profession, this article explains the birth of the Genetic Counselor as a profession and Sarah Lawrence College’s role in that evolution; a seminar based environment is the oldest genetic counseling graduate program in the nation and hosts a summer Genetic Counseling Info Session/ $25 fee we can cover it, and contact is
Northwestern Genetic Medicine Summer 1 week internship program . This unique internship combines lectures, field trips, discussion, and patient experiences to provide the interns a broader view of the genetic counseling profession and preparation for graduate school. We accept approximately 15 students for a one week internship.deadline April 23
USC Summer Research Internship . South Carolina six-week summer internship.
The selected intern will assist Genetic Counselor faculty with case preparation, educational and administrative projects with the opportunity to observe prenatal and cancer genetic counseling sessions. Designed to promote understanding of the Genetic Counseling Profession, the internship is excellent preparation for graduate education in genetic counseling. A stipend will be provided.Feb 1- March 1 deadline
MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Genetics Counseling Internship: UNPAID, but IS can support if accepted . The Clinical Cancer Genetics (CCG) program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the largest genetic counseling programs among the National Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The program’s mission is to provide research-driven genetic risk assessment, genetic testing, risk management. 4-6 week program for juniors and senior undergraduate. Interns will be paired with a genetic counselor, who they will assist in clinical and research activities as assigned. This part of the internship will be individualized per the schedule/patient load, research interest and plans of the supervising genetic counselor. Interns will receive constructive feedback which will help to become better candidates when applying to genetic counseling graduate school programs. April 1 deadline
IHG Summer Internship Program 8 Week Genetic Counseling Internship (Iowa, only accepts a small number but all get into graduate school) . Good info on this site for need and jobs, and training. $3300 . Deadline Feb 1
Genetic Alliance: Outreach, technology, data, and public health (Biotrust) internships $20/day stipend in DC. But IS can help support this experience financially if accepted.
The Atlantis Project has a summer shadow international program for students interested in exploring different health systems and who plan on a career in medicine or nursing .
CLINICAL MEDICINE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
NUY Emergency Medicine Research Associate Intern (Academic Year and Summer)
The Research Associate (RA) Internship is an innovative volunteer program for enthusiastic and inspired college and post-baccalaureate students. Created by the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine, the internship grants students an opportunity to experience and observe multiple aspects of clinical research. Interns will develop basic research skills and become an integral part of research projects and grants occurring through the Ronald O. Perelman. They will be taught how to collect and enter quality data, maintain databases, analyze data, participate in laboratory meetings, gain Principle Investigator mentorship and/or shadowing experiences. RA interns will also become oriented to the Institutional Review Board and other Human Subjects courses.
SCIENCE and MATH EDUCATION:
MEEP is a Summer Museum Education and Employment Program that provides one month of training and then 6 weeks or work at 20 hours a week at the American Museum of Natural History ( 10 weeks total)
NY Botanic Garden Internships : There are Graphic Design and Science and Horticulture positions are available through through Ethnobotany Program see above, but the garden also has internships for outreach and education. DEADLINE for Summer is most likely early Jan or Feb, they do not indicate.
MoMath: Museum of Mathematics Internships – see the download application up top on their jobs site.
SCIENCE RESEARCH EXPERIENCES : Note this is a SMALL sample use the databases under Finding, to find more or contact those students who completed them like Lianna Schwartz Orbach from the Alumni List under About Our Program
REU list Research Experiences for Undergraduates list generated by a current Interdisciplinary Science Student in her sophomore year using Web Guru, searching for those programs that did not require a full roster of prerequisite courses.
Life Science Wadsworth REU: These life science based PAID ( $5000 +Housing) REUs are especially good for students with no lab experience and are target freshman,sophomores, and juniors. There are many areas, and one is stem cell research, videos on the site help you understand the research areas. The program is immersive, so don’t refrain from applying because of the location. DEADLINE Feb 26
REU in Minority Health. The University of Nebraska has several REUs and a unique program in Minority Health Disparities that includes behavioral and social sciences.DEADLINE FEB1 and MARCH 1
The Hastings Institute Emily Murray Student Fellowship: A bioethics think tank focused on the social and ethical implications of informed consent, environment and conservation, biotechnology, and health. Interns work on short term project (2-4 weeks) during the school year or the summer and have access to seminars, library and scholars at the Institute – $750 stipend and living quarters. Summer intern deadline April 15, academic year projects should be submitted 4 weeks in advance
Bioethics List of Programs nationwide
Global Bioethics Summer School: while not an paid internship nor research experience, the mentoring and the student conference presentation are along the same lines. It is expensive, but students could see if they can receive college credit.
HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE MELLON INTERNSHIP
LAMI is an amazing REU for students who might be combining their IS major with another major or minoring in IS. Applications open in November and Close on Feb 1. Open to Rising Juniors and Seniors
Environmental Internship Clearinghouse:http://environmentalinterns.ncseonline.org
New York Department of Environmental Protection: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/job_opportunities/internships.shtml
Bioenergy Scholars: The Bioenergy Scholars Program offers summer research work to undergraduates, who can apply to work at one of several universities in the Northeast US (including Penn State, Cornell, Rutgers, West Virginia University, SUNY ESF, and Delaware State University and others). After a one-week orientation program at Delaware State, students will be brought to their host university to spend the summer working side by side with graduate students and researchers on important bioenergy topics. Students will prepare a paper based on their work for presentation at the end of the summer. Applicants should have an interest in bioenergy, but students from a wide variety of backgrounds and locations are encouraged to apply. DEADLINE FEB 1
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA): NYSERDA sponsors and funds the research, development, and commercialization of new energy and environmental technologies and products. Innovations like alternative-fueled vehicles, green building projects, and solar/wind industries help create jobs in New York, preserve energy and protect the environment. Internship positions are available in our Albany, Buffalo and New York City offices. The work schedule may be up to 18.75 hours (maximum) per week during the academic year and 37.5 hours per week during the summer months, when not attending classes. To apply go to: https://home.eease.com/recruit2/?id=28304&t=1
ECOLOGY, ETHNOBOTANY, HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT
EcoHealthAlliance is a NYC organization that spans, big data, visualizations, emerging diseases, life sciences, and economics and global studies and has jobs and internships. The internships can be found under ” Careers” but you should work with an IS faculty member to craft your letter of inquiry and statement of interest.
Ethnobotany : Internships NYBotanic Garden; especially good for those who have completed Biodiversity Achieved Lab. Selection Committee meets three times per year and applicants are notified of final decisions by early December for spring internships, mid-April for summer internships, and early August for fall internships.
The National Council for Science and the Environment hosts an Environmental Internship Clearinghouse where institutions post environmentally related internships and research opportunities. Search at: http://environmentalinterns.ncseonline.org
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Since 2011 the Cary REU program has embraced a new focus – Translational Ecology. We hope to train a new generation of environmental scientists who are both prepared and motivated to translate ecological science to the public. DEADLINE FEB 5
NPS George Melendez Wright Climate Change Youth Initiative: The YLCC program provides paid summer internships to highly accomplished graduate and upper-level undergraduate students to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. DEADLINE JAN 28
National Resources Defense Council: NRDC helps train the next generation of environmental advocates. NRDC hires students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on enormous responsibility. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement. Over the course of an internship, NRDC interns work with lawyers, scientists, or policy analysts in different program areas and amass experience that they could not have obtained anywhere else.
Environmental Defense Fund: EDF offers internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates in a variety of fields. EDF offers a variety of opportunities for students and recent graduates. Click the links below to learn more:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers volunteer and paid internships throughout the year, including several listed below. For additional opportunities and a complete list of internships visit the AAAS Employment Application System. Examples of internships:
- Science News Writing Internship
- Science Web Editorial Internship
- The AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship
- Office of Government Relations Internship
- Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy (CSTSP) Internship
- The Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
- Marketing & Sales Internship
Under represented Minority Programs