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Highlighted Summer Programs

While there are many research program opportunities at Loyola, including the 14 LUROP Fellowships and the McNair Program, students may be interested a research experience with another university or organization, many of which host summer research programs.

The first place to start looking for external summer research opportunities is the Summer Research Programs page, which includes detailed lists and searchable databases that can help you find just the right program for you.

Yet LUROP has also compiled a list of some highlighted research programs you may also want to consider. The science programs listed are unique in that they offer positions catered to medicine or industry. Additionally we have grouped a number of programs in the humanities which can be much more difficult to find than programs in the sciences.

Unique Science Opportunities

National Institutes of Health: Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Deadline: Open mid-November through March 1 (but you are highly encouraged to apply early)

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. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. Stipends are about $2,000. This is a highly prestigious and highly coveted research opportunity—only about 1 in 7 are accepted—so explore the SIP website to learn as much as you can before applying, and look out for possible workshops on applying to this excellent research opportunity for those interested in biomedical research. For students about to graduate, consider applying for the NIH's Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award, which provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH.

Cystic Fibrosis Student Traineeships

Deadline: Continuous

Student traineeships are offered to introduce students to research related to cystic fibrosis. Applicants must be students in or about to enter a doctoral program (MD, PhD, or MD/PhD) Senior-level undergraduates planning to pursue graduate training may also apply. Each applicant must work with a faculty sponsor on a research project related to CF. The stipend is $1,500 and is paid directly to the trainee.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

Deadline: Jan. 10 for summer programs, May 31 for fall programs

Sponsored by the US Department of Energy and Office of Science, the SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. Research interns spend 10 weeks (summer term) or 16 weeks (semester term) performing research under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. A stipend of $5,000 is also awarded.

United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Internship Program

Deadline: Jan. 15

DHS sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. This program is open to undergraduate students in a broad spectrum of DHS mission-relevant research areas and graduate students interested in the specific field of Nuclear and Radiological Threat Detection.

This program provides students with the opportunity to conduct research at federal research facilities located across the country. The goal of this program is to engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM issues and to promote long-term relationships between student researchers, DHS, and federal research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

Deadline: Feb. 1

The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor. Research areas of the internship are individually chosen so as to optimize the match between the skills and interests of the student, and the ongoing research programs of the laboratory.

Iowa Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) Program

Deadline: Feb. 4

The SUMR Program offers an intensive experience for highly motivated undergraduates interested in future combined MD/PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist. The program provides the opportunity to conduct hands-on intensive research with scientists at The University of Iowa. Participants carry out independent research conducted under the direction of an established mentor in the biomedical sciences. In addition, the program offers weekly seminars emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine, career development seminars, case-based learning sessions and physician-scientist shadowing. A stipend of $4,150 plus lodging and travel expenses is provided.

Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Ketting Tri-Institutional MD/PhD Gateways to the Laboratory Program

Deadline: Febuary 1

Every year, 15 students embark on a 10 week intensive journey of learning about the challenging and gratifying road of becoming a physician-scientist. Over the summer, students will:

Work independently on a research project at Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all located across the street from each other on the Upper East Side of New York City.

Present and participate in weekly journal clubs.

Participate in a hands-on tour of the Gross Anatomy Lab.

Sit for a Mock MCAT exam.

Scrub into surgeries at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Have on going mentorship by your "Big Sib" (a current MD-PhD student) as well as weekly meetings with the Program's leadership.

Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)

Deadline: February 8

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. SPHSP is a partnership between Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, Columbia University School of Nursing, and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Together they represent the broad spectrum of public health practice. SPHSP grant funding was awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Director, Office of Minority Health, and Health Equity (OMHHE).

Select Opportunities in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Be sure to Check out the Classics Department list!

Smithsonian Internships

Deadline: Rolling

There are several Smithsonian institutions, including the Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Libraries, American Art Museum, and more. You can apply for specific internship positions at specific institutions, and you can apply through a general pool or a program for minority students that places interns in several institutions. Some of the programs have stipends, and others do not. Click here for a list of the available internship programs, and here for a short video introduction to interning with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

American Museum of Natural History Internship Program

Deadline: April 1 (for summer internships)

The Anthropology Internship Program offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in anthropology, museums or related fields. Anthropology interns work on projects relating to the collections or to the ongoing research interests of the curatorial staff in the museum or in the field. The department's collections and research are focused on North American, Mexican/Central American and South American archaeology and ethnology; Asian, African and Pacific ethnology; and Biological Anthropology. In addition, internships are awarded in collections management, archives and conservation. Applicants should be enrolled in or have recently graduated from an academic institution.

Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, Awards and Grants

Deadline: Varies, but Mar. 1 for several summer programs

Psi Chi offers many grants and awards for undergraduates conducting research in psychology or presenting that research. Take a look at their brief overview of awards and grants. You will need to become a member of Psi Chi if you are not already one. Loyola Professor, Robert Morrison, PhD, sponsors many of the summer programs, so he should be a great resource for you.

Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students

The American Bar Foundation sponsors a program of summer research fellowships designed to introduce students from diverse backgrounds to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. The American Bar Foundation is an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to the study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The students will work at the American Bar Foundation's offices in Chicago, Illinois for 35 hours a week for a period of 8 weeks. Each student will receive a stipend of $3,600. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, and be a sophomore or junior, and have a GPA of at least 3.0 with a major in the social sciences or humanities. Applications from candidates who will add diversity to the field of law and social science are particularly encouraged.

Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship

Deadline: Dec. 31

The Emerging Scholars Fellowship program aims to expand the body of literature, creative expression, and discourse devoted to mental health with a particular emphasis on issues relevant to young adult communities.  The program encourages a wide range of project types, and research is one of them.  Emerging Scholars will be awarded a $750 stipend to support their work and may apply for an additional $250 in reimbursement for material expenses. After reading about the program on their website (linked in the title above), click here to apply.

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Journalism Internship Program

Deadline: Jan. 31 (for summer program—others are available)

The IHS Journalism Internship Program places aspiring journalists who support individual rights and economic freedom at media companies and non-profit, investigative newsrooms. Participants work on real assignments and learn core reporting skills, such as how to identify compelling stories, secure sources, research facts, and ask the right questions. The following internship tracks are available: Newspaper, Broadcast, New Media, and Investigative.

Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH)

Deadline: Feb 1

Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard is a summer program offered for currently enrolled undergraduates from across the country who are considering pursuing a PhD in the humanities, social sciences, or life/physical sciences; who have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of research experience; and who have taken at least one upper-level course in their field of study. US citizenship or permanent residency is required. The program structure can be viewed here.

American Bar Foundation (ABF) Summer Research Fellowship

Deadline: Feb. 15

The American Bar Foundation sponsors a program of summer research fellowships to interest undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science. The program is supported in part by the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, and the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates.

St. Olaf College Legal Scholars Program

Deadline: Feb 27

Summer Legal Scholars Program offers an opportunity for a select group of undergraduate students to perform intensive legal research and serve in a legal support role to social impact oriented clinics at the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, William Mitchell College of Law, and Drake University Law School. Selected students will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the clinic under the direction of the clinic director/law school faculty member. Through involvement in this program, students will become more knowledgeable about the field of law and legal services while providing valuable contributions to legal clinics serving diverse, under-resourced populations.

Dick Thornburgh Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program

Deadline: March 28

The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy and the University Honors College founded the Dick Thornburgh Summer Fellowships in 2011 to support undergraduate research into issues of governance addressed in Governor Dick Thornburgh’s long and eminent service in national and international leadership. Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,500 to provide their freedom from employment to perform their independent research and to assure their commitment to seminar responsibilities.