Top 10 international internships | CalTech, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin...

Top 10 international internships | CalTech, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin and more.


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1. inGEAR (Internship in Global Engineering & Advanced Research) Program – Michigan State University:
Location: East Lansing, Michigan, (United States)
Duration: 2 months. Starting 13 May, 2015.
Stipend: Students will receive on-campus housing and three meals per day. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student, including travel.
Application Deadline: 1 Feb, 2015

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As part of internship, students will work full-time on a substantive, faculty-guided research project and participate in professional development activities, including attending weekly seminars and completing periodic writing assignments.

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in any of the following engineering stream:

  • Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
2. Summer Research Fellowship Program, California Institute of Technology (CalTech-SURF) 
Location: Pasadena, California (United States)
Duration: Around 10 weeks. Starting on is June 16. You can choose at alternate starting date for your SURF by getting in touch with their SFP(Student-Faculty Programs)office. All students must join by July 13.
Stipend: Fellows receive a $6,000 award for the ten-week period. Housing is available for non-Caltech students working on campus, however, the cost of housing is not part of the SURF award. Students must pay for housing themselves.
Application Deadline: February 22, 2015
To be eligible for Caltech-SURF, you must:
– Be a continuing undergraduate student.
– Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0.
– Complete the second semester or third quarter at your college or university.
– International students are eligible to participate in SURF on the Caltech campus.And Caltech SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships) program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech. You will be required to pick the project you want to work on, and contact the mentor responsible for the project. You can check the list of projects here. This list is updated frequently, so make sure you check back regularly to keep a track of the latest projects.

3. Research Internship Programme – Institute Of Science And Technology, Austria:
Location: Vienna Woods, Austria

Streams: Neuroscience, Biology, Computer Science & Engineering, Mathematics, Physics

Duration: 8 – 12 weeks between May 15, 2015 and September 15, 2015
Application Deadline: 15 Feb, 2015

Candidates must be enrolled BS or MS students in good standing at a degree granting institution. They must have completed at least the fourth semester of their bachelor’s studies (before the respective start date).Interns will choose a group to work in, will be assigned a specific project and will conduct research under the close supervision of one of the members of the faculty and, for experimental labs, a lab mentor. The program culminates with a research symposium, where the interns present their work to their peers, faculty and lab mentors. Internships are full-time and will be conducted exclusively in English.4. DESY(Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron) Summer Student Program
Location: Hamburg/Berlin, Germany
Duration: July 21 – September 10, 2015.
Stipend: 1000 Euros per month + subsistence allowance to cover living expenses for a single person + Travel expenses will also be subsidized.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2015

– Applicants should have completed, by the summer of 2015, three years of full-time studies at university level in physics or related natural science disciplines. The main target audiences are students who in summer 2015 are:

  • about to obtain their Bachelor degree
  • having a Bachelor degree and finishing their first year of studies for Master degree or in between these two stages.
  • Applicants who already obtained a master-degree are not accepted.

– Good knowledge of English is essential.Summer students join experiments which are carried out with soft and hard X-rays using a variety of spectroscopic and scattering techniques for research in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology etc. Activities range from preparation, realization and evaluation of measurements to improvements of instrumentation. Summer students will work in the analysis, software or detector related fields of experiments in elementary particle physics (LHC, ILC, BELLE II, ALPS-II) and astroparticle physics (CTA), development of particle accelerators, theory of elementary
particles or computing.

5. Research – National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan:
Location: Taiwan
Stipend: Stipend: NTD 5000 + Round trip airfare.

Eligibility: Students in Master or PhD.

All applicants are to firstly contact and identify a professor at NCTU to be their research supervisor. The selected intern(s) will be conducting research on either a small independent project or assisting an ongoing project in the host laboratories. At the end of the research, students will be asked to submit a report regarding their research work at NCTU.

The selected intern(s) will be conducting research on either a small independent project or assisting an ongoing project in the host laboratories. At the end of the research, students will be asked to submit a report regarding their research work at NCTU.

 National Chiao Tung University, a top research university,  that emphasizes the integration of science and humanities by offering innovative trainings and interdisciplinary studies in a full spectrum of disciplines.It has been the cradle for the nation’s high-tech industry leaders
as well as for innovation and research.

6. Summer Research Internship Programme – Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute(MBARI)
Location: USA
Duration: 10 weeks. From June 8th, 2015 – August 14th, 2015.

– Open to undergraduate and graduate students (including recent graduates) and educators.

The focus of the MBARI internship is on the intern’s professional development—learning research techniques and improving communication and collaboration skills. Each intern will have an MBARI mentor who will supervise a specific project. Interns will also serve as peer-mentors to other interns.

Summer interns are selected following a rigorous application procedure and merit review. They are from around the world and represent a variety of different backgrounds, experience, and education. They all share a common desire to learn more about the marine environment and to work with the scientists and engineers at MBARI.

Applications must include a cover letter (stating your specific research interests, complete contact information, relevant coursework and grades received, and the project that you are interested in applying for), curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. In addition, you must complete the online supplemental information form.

7. Summer Research Programme – Space Telescope Science Institute:
Location: Baltimore, USA
Duration: 10 weeks. you have to stay for atleast 9 weeks. There is no alternate starting date available.
Stipend: $600 per week or $6000 for the summer. A travel subsidy will include round-trip travel to Baltimore MD, by air, train or personal vehicle. Coordinated student housing will be offered to the SASP students. STScI will subsidize roughly 1/3 of the housing costs for students who use this housing option.
Application Deadline: 31 Jan, 2015. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2015.

Students work individually with STScI researchers and staff on research projects that might include data reduction and interpretation, software development, scientific writing, preparing data for public releases. The STScI Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP) has three broad goals for student participants:

  1. Expose advanced undergraduates to forefront research in astrophysics, and the workings of a space-based observatory.
  2. Furnish participants with opportunities for growth, achievement, and personal development.
  3. Place students in a cohort of friends and colleagues for their future.

– Final/prefinal year undergraduates with a strong interest in space astronomy.

– Non-U.S. citizens will be assisted in obtaining a Work Visa, if necessary
8. Khorana Program for Scholars – University of Wisconsin:
Location: Madison, USA
Duration: 10 weeks (May-July 2015)
Stipend: These are fully funded internships. You will get a stipend enough to cover your airfare, accommodation, VISA and other expenses.

Streams: Agricultural Science, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Health Science
Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply –

  1. Must be pursuing a B.Tech, M.Tech, or M.Sc. courses in Biotechnology (including agricultural, health and biomedical sciences). Students pursuing PhD are Not eligible to apply
  2. Must be completing their degree program on or after May 2016
  3. Should have a have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 8.0 or higher (Percentage equivalent: 80% and higher).

The Khorana Program is envisaged to:
– Provide encouragement to young scholars to undertake R&D.
– Enable students to carry out research at a premier University in the United States.
– Transform research into societal benefits Build a seamless scientific community between India and the United States.

9. LIGO-IndIGO Summer Students Program – California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
Location: Caltech campus in Pasadena, California or at the LIGO Observatory sites in Washington or Louisiana.
Duration: 10 weeks. The program runs from June 16 through August 21, 2015.

– The projects are mainly related to experimental physics, and may contain some aspects of mechanical, electrical, control-system, and software engineering. However, this is not an appropriate program for other aspects of engineering (such as civil or chemical engineering or biological engineering).
–  Particular emphasis will be given on experimental projects. Previous research experience in good experimental research projects, proven academic track record and demonstrated willingness for hardwork will be highly valued.
– The program runs during a fixed time period, and allows very little flexibility regarding the dates. Please apply only if you will be able to attend the program during these fixed dates.
– This is a highly competitive program, that receives 300-400 applications from India from which only 2 or 3 are selected. Also, the research projects can be quite demanding — requiring strong background, motivation and hardwork. Before applying, please consider whether you have a serious chance of success. Please apply only if you have sufficient background and interest in the area. Do not submit generic applications.The LIGO IndIGO Summer Students Program encourages undergraduate students to participate in the development of gravitational-wave astronomy through the LIGO Project. The program is supported by the US National Science Foundation. Considering the imminent possibility of the LIGO-India project, LIGO has graciously agreed to host a few talented and motivated undergraduate students from Indian institutions, pre-selected by IndIGO, as part of this program.

10. Summer Student Fellowhsip – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Location: USA
Duration: Minimum of 10 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks.
Stipend: $562.50 per week + Additional support is offered to help offset the cost of round-trip travel to Woods Hole. The 2015 travel allowance is $600. International students are required to pay a 14% U.S. Federal income tax on stipend payments, travel allowances and the fair-market value of their WHOI housing. This tax will be deducted from their stipend payments through Payroll deductions.
Application Deadline: 15 Feb, 2015


  • Students in a three year Bachelor’s Degree Program, such as those in the UK, must be in their second year
  • Students in a five year combined Bachelor/Master’s Degree Program must be in the third year of the program
  • Preference would be given to students studying in any of the fields of science or engineering

All Summer Student Fellows are expected to present a brief mid-summer progress report, a public oral presentation to their department of research project results at the end of the summer, and a final written report describing his or her summer research project.

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