Research Opportunities and Internships:

National Science Foundation (NSF):
The National Science Foundation's REU summer internships are a recognized set of programs intended to give undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in research experiences during the summer at participating universities nationwide. REU internships are available in a wide array of fields. Participants will work with an advising faculty member and their research group throughout the summer, developing an independent research project and presenting their results at the conclusion of the program. If selected, the cost of attendance is covered by the program. The full list of NSF REU internships can be found at:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography:
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California conducts a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program annually, aimed at exposing interested students to oceanographic research and providing mentoring and career guidance. Undergraduate interns choose to work directly with a sponsoring researcher and investigate a specific research topic during the program. The application process is highly selective, but if selected, the cost of an intern's participation is fully covered by the program. Details and application materials are located at:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration:
NASA offers paid undergraduate and graduate level internships in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 200 internships are available. The deadline is March 1st, but offers may begin going out as early as Feb. 2nd. Visit to apply for up to 15 opportunities with a single application. NSF offers a wide variety of paid summer research experiences for undergraduates. To search over 600 programs, please visit:

For summer research specifically in ocean sciences:

For summer research specifically in engineering:

For mentoring and professional development support, please take a look at AGEP alliances:

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University:
The Lamont Summer Intern Program provides interested undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate in research at Columbia University's Earth Institute over the course of the summer months. A list of potential advisors and topics are made available annually during the spring, and applicants are expected to choose a preferred advisor during the application process. The LDEO Summer Intern Program's internship process is highly competitive. If selected, the cost of attendance is covered by the program. The application can be found at:

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
WHOI's Summer Student Fellowship program is a valuable internship opportunity extended to undergraduate students following a competitive application process. Participants work directly with researchers at Woods Hole on a variety of research projects, and the internship also organizes workshops and events geared towards informing students about future career opportunities and preparing them for graduate school and advanced research. The cost of attendance is covered by WHOI. Application details are available at:

University of Pennsylvania: Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships:
CURF offers a unique funding opportunity in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's Climate Action Plan. Students can apply for the Penn Undergraduate Climate Action Grant for awards of between $2,500 and $5,000 in order to pursue sustainability-related research. Application details are located at:

Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences:
Oregon State University's COAS offers an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates internship. 20 students each year are admitted to preform independent summer research under the supervision of a faculty member. The program also hosts seminars and events that are designed to provide interns with useful career perspectives and advice. Students are fully funded for the duration of the internship, and recieve a stipend courtesy of the National Science Foundation. Internships are also available at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The application process is competitive, and is ideally suited to undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year during that summer.

The Institute for Broadening Participation:
The IBP maintains an excellent search service with listings for summer programs, research opportunities, internships, fellowships, and resources aimed at students from the high school level to postdoctorate researchers and early career scientists. This search service can be accessed at:

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR):
Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) holds the SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) program, which caters to undergraduate students interested in atmospheric and climate research. The program is aimed at students from groups and backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the atmospheric science community. Students can participate over multiple summers, with each year's program covering a ten-week period. Interns are paid a competitive wage, with housing and transportation costs covered by NCAR. Application details and program information can be found here:

NCAR also offers an undergraduate leadership program that spans a five-day period in the month of June. Students are introduced to opportunities available in atmospheric and climate research, and visit laboratories and research facilities. One student is nominated during their junior undergraduate year by their university, generally by a faculty member. Details are available at:

Geological Society of America:
The GSA has started a program of career fairs to connect interested students with the professional industry through workships and networking opportunities. Students are given the opportunity to present and discuss their research with companies in attendance. Pre-registration is required, and details are available from the program site HERE

Science and Technology Policy Opportunities:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science:
The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers an internship with the Office of Government Relations at the AAAS in both the spring and summer for undergraduate and graduate science students interested in science and technology policy. The summer internship includes a stipend and is full-time.

Details are available at:

The United States Department of Energy:
The DOE offers an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Science and Technology Policy Fellowship for scientists and researchers in related fields with an interest in energy policy and technology, as well as in factors and concerns that influence the energy sector. Fellowships are offered at three different levels aimed at graduates and researchers with different areas of expertise and backgrounds of experience, ranging from holders of undergraduate degrees to Senior Fellows with more than three years of post-doctorate research or technical experience. Details here:

American Geophysical Union:
The Office of Science and Technology policy offers an annual internship opportunity to undergraduate students interested in domestic and international issues concerning science, research, and technology. The Office of Science and Technology plays an important role advising the President of the United States and the federal government on relevant topics. Applications are open during the fall, and take place during the spring of the following year. The posting can be found at:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration:
NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) is the center for student internships and recruitment, and lists offers for student programs, scholarships, and fellowships.

Graduate School Programs:

United States:

WHOI Massachusetts Institute of Technology joint program:

The MIT/WHOI Joint Program is a highly selective graduate research program culminating in a PhD degree after five years of study that is jointly awarded by both Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Students are given access to the full range of faculty and resources offered by both institutions, and apply to one of five areas of research: Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Marine Geology and Geophysics, and Physical Oceanography. Students are admitted with full funding, often through "a research assistantship or internal fellowship, or a combination of the two."

Links: (graduate fellowship opportunities)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology EAPS department:

Johns Hopkins University Earth and Environmental Sciences:

Princeton University AOS (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences):

Princeton University Department of Geosciences:

University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences:

University of Washington School of Oceanography:

UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography:

Oregon State University COAS (College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences):

University of Miami Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science:

International Graduate Schools:

McGill University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, PhD program in Environment:

University of British Columbia EOS (Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences):

University of Kiel Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (IFM GEOMAR):

University of East Anglia School of Environmental Sciences:

University of Southampton National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS):