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Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program

Internships and Research Opportunities


Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Summer Opportunities


Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

Free six week summer preparatory program.  Seven medical and dental schools participate.


20 underrepresented students are selected.  The program provides a background in cellular biology, human anatomy, basic research skills, and experiences in clinical medicine. Students participate in seminars on minority health care issues, test-taking skills and MCAT prep​aration, and effective writing and research skills.

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National Institutes of Health

Molecular and Environmental Toxicology (for minority students)



Research Experience for Undergraduates - Astrophysics



Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program

May-August.  Application due: February

Full-time research for 10 weeks in one of five areas: Computational Biology & Biostatistics; Neurobiology; Cellular & Molecular Biology; Plan Biology; Environmental Biology


Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Engineering or Physical Science

May through August. 

Interested in candidates including first generation/low income, women, and students of color; completed at least their sophomore year, have a GPA of at least a 3.0 , be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and have a strong interest in a graduate degree in engineering or physical science.


Math, Biology, Biostatistics: Summer Research

Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute/ Institute for Strengthening the Understanding of Mathematics and Science

 June-August. Application deadline: March



Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics

 Learn how to apply statistical methods to investigate important health issues!  June- July.

 Application deadline: March


SACNAS Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Fellowships

(Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science)

Deadline: March

 Please submit the following in PDF to Susan Faulkner,, (540) 231-1259:

1. A letter of application, including your contact information.
2. A statement describing your academic interests and goals.
3. Most recent academic transcript.
4. A letter of support from our research mentor.


Marine Advanced Technology Education Center

 Aquarist Intern:

(on beautiful Santa Catalina Island in California)

The aquarist intern will aid the marine science director in daily aquarium operations including tank maintenance, feeding, health monitoring of organisms, and daily checks. Assist in specimen collecting, exhibit design, life support system management, curriculum development, and teaching of summer programs to scout groups.  Especially relevant for those interested in becoming an aquarist, animal husbandry or marine science education.

Deadline: December


Department of Energy, Marine Research Operations Laboratory Internships:

Five fabulous internship opportunities with the Office of Science, exclusively for community college students.  The summer internships are for 10 weeks. Students produce an abstract and publish their work in a scholarly journal.  The interns receive $400/week and travel up to $500 is covered. The internships are in these fields:

 1.       Marine Ecotoxicology and Environmental Biotechnology

 2.       Marine and Coastal Resources

 3.       Marine Chemistry

 4.       Aquatics Biology

 5.       GIS/Remote Sensing


At Sea Internships:

A PAID summer internship at-sea. Assist marine technicians and science parties aboard cutting edge scientific research vessels.  The MATE Center will provide the travel costs for interns to participate on research cruises throughout the country and the world. Learn how to operate and maintain a variety of scientific and navigational equipment, and run a scientific research cruise. MATE’s at-sea internships opportunities have ranged from onboard chemistry projects, biological surveys, GIS/bathymetric surveys (seafloor mapping), geological studies, work with ROVs, AUVs, manned submersibles, and much more! Room, board and a $250/week stipend will be provided to each intern.  Interns will gain transferable skills that can be used in any position; intrapersonal (people), computer, team work, technology, marine research techniques, marine electronics and communication skills.


Various Subjects

Amgen Scholars Program - CA Institute of Technology

Caltech introduces student to research during a ten-week summer program.  Areas of research include: biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, biopsychology, biotechnology, chemical and bio-molecular engineering, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, molecular pharmacology, molecular, cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, neuroscience, physiological psychology, and statistics.


Smithsonian Institution: Minority Internships

Full-time 10-week internships in summer, fall or spring Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on anthropology, including archaeology, astrophysics and astronomy, earth sciences and paleobiology, evolutionary and systematic biology, history of science and technology.


National Security Agency

The opportunity to learn from top NSA professionals, work with the most advanced technology.  Offers numerous programs in the form of internships, scholarships, cooperative education, and other employment programs in a variety of career areas.


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Capitol Forum, Washington D.C.

Annual Conference "Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: A National Imperative for the 21st Century"