Internships & Co-ops
The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) supports both Industrial Internships and Co-op Industrial Assignments for qualified upper division students in the Chemical Engineering (ChEn) and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) programs. Valuable educational experiences may be gained during a period of full-time industrial employment in a setting that involves the application of chemical engineering and/or materials science and engineering principles. These industrial assignments also provide financial support. Additionally, students have the option of earning academic credit by enrolling in a course concurrently; these credits can be applied toward technical elective requirements.
Many opportunities exist on campus and in the department for undergraduates to participate in a research project, usually with a graduate student or postdoctoral associate under the supervision of a faculty member. For students considering graduate school, this is the best way to sample graduate student life. It also provides an excellent opportunity for getting to know professors so they can write more extensive letters of recommendation for employment or graduate studies. Check the department research areas page to identify professors doing research in areas that interest you.
Students who are interested in exploring other cultures may be able to arrange up to one year of study in a university in another country. Additionally, students may choose global seminar experiences during semester breaks. Many courses taken in a university abroad can be transferred for credits, especially towards liberal education requirements. Students who are interested in studying abroad are encouraged to consult with the Learning Abroad office (230 Heller Hall; 612-626-9000). CSE Students may also work with the CSE International Programs Team. Students are also encouraged to work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies as early as your freshman year.
Note: It may be easiest to study abroad in the sophomore year or after the core courses for your program are complete. A four-year graduation may be forfeited depending on the length of the abroad experience.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and Materials Advantage have student chapters on campus. Prof. Dauenhauer is the faculty advisor for AIChE and Prof. Mkhoyan is the faculty adviser for Materials Advantage.
The AIChE is the primary professional organization for chemical engineers, and Materials Advantage is the primary professional organization for materials science engineers.
The student chapters sponsor informational, educational, and social meetings, which include visits from corporate representatives and recruiters.
Excellent industrial or research experience can be gained without interfering with your studies through the many summer internship positions announced and posted at the CSE Career Services office (105 Lind; (612) 624-4090) and by checking this website, over the course of the year. Interviewing for industrial summer positions is generally conducted at the CSE Career Services Office well in advance of the summer – often in the preceding fall. Be sure to sign up early!
American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate Undergraduate Student Summer Fellowship Program
The goal of this program is to encourage students to pursue careers in cardiovascular research. Research projects with broad relevance to cardiovascular biology and stroke will be considered.
American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship - Washington, D.C.
The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who wish to, and have demonstrated the ability to pursue graduate careers in microbiology.
Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program - Washington University in St. Louis, MO
10-week summer research programs for exceptional students interested in pursuing biomedical research careers.
Center for Systems Biology, Undergraduate Summer Internship Program - Seattle, WA
The Center for Systems Biology provides highly motivated undergraduate students internship opportunities in several Faculty groups.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Watson School of Biological Sciences, Summer Undergraduate Research Program - Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Provides a place where young people are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant scientific community. Students from around the world are accepted to the fully subsidized, 10-week summer program to work with senior Laboratory staff members on independent research projects.
Four Directions Summer Research Program - Harvard Medical School Boston, MA
Students are assigned a medical school faculty mentor who will work closely with the student to ensure completion of a research project over the 8-week summer period.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Summer Intern Program - Seattle, WA
Students spend a nine week period as part of a research team after selecting an area of interest, such as: cellular biology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, membrane biology, molecular biology, molecular immunology, structural biology, oncogenes, or virology.
GSK Summer Undergraduate Research Program - Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, NY
This ten-week research program is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences.
Health Educational Research Opportunity (HERO) - Virginia Commonwealth University
10-week summer research experiences for undergraduate students and first-year medical or dental students. Students have the opportunity to work with VCU faculty on research projects that focus on diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung and blood, blood resources, and sleep disorders.
Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program - University of Wisconsin, WI
In the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program, students do independent research projects with faculty mentors for ten weeks in one of seven research areas: Biochemistry/Biophysics, Bioenergy, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Computational Biology & Biostatistics, Ecology, Plants and Environmental Systems, Neurobiology, Virology.
Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP) University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota LSSURP oversees and coordinates six life sciences programs. The programs begin with a joint orientation weekend, followed by participation in a 10-week research project under the direction of a University of Minnesota faculty mentor, and numerous special activities focused on professional development as well as social interaction.
Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - Rochester, MN
Is an opportunity to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.
Medical Scientist Training Program (MD, PHD) - University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
Offers an intensive experience for undergraduates interested in combined MD/PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist. The program provides students with experience in research laboratories and exposure to clinical medicine and medically-relevant research.
National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s (NSBRI) Summer Apprenticeship Program - Various Locations
NSBRI's summer program provides the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate or medical students from across the country to join ongoing project activities and gain hands-on experience in space biomedical research at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, and NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA.
NYU Summer Undergraduate Research Program - New York University School of Medicine, NY
Offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program for qualified sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing M.D., M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. degrees and a career in research.
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Undergraduate Intern Program - Seattle, WA
An opportunity to spend the summer working with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to infectious disease research. Each summer, Seattle BioMed will place three highly qualified undergraduate interns at the Institute.
Short-Term Training Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research - Wright State University Dayton, OH
STREAMS is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to encourage members of under-represented minority groups and students with disabilities to choose careers in cardiovascular-related research. Students spend 80 percent of their time in the program doing laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Summer Biomedical Training Program - University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD
Provides biomedical research experiences for undergraduate students, particularly those underrepresented in the field, who are interested in receiving a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in biomedicine.
Summer Medical and Research Training Program - Baylor College of Medicine, TX
The program is for undergraduate students who are interested in exploring a career in scientific research.
Summer Research Internship Program in Biomedicine - University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
Offers summer research internship opportunities to qualified college undergraduates considering a career in biomedical research.
Summer Research Program at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute - Oakland, California
The CHORI Summer Research Program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to immerse themselves fully in the world of basic and/or clinical research for three months during the summer.
Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Minority Students - Tufts University Boston, MA
Provides a mentored, 10-week research intensive experience for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing PhD or MD/PhD training upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.
Broad Summer Research Program (BSRP) - Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University
Designed for underrepresented minority undergraduate students with an interest in the physical, biological, or computer sciences, engineering, or mathematics and a commitment to research. Students will spend the summer in a laboratory at the Broad Institute, where they will perform original scientific research.
Summer Student Intern Program, Jackson Laboratory - Bar Harbor, Maine
The program focuses on the methods of science and communication. The students work closely with a faculty mentor, participate in active research groups, and conduct their work in a highly interactive and team oriented atmosphere under the guidance of their mentor.
Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research Program (SUMR) – University of Iowa
Offers an intensive experience for undergraduates interested in combined MD/PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist.
Summer Undergraduate Program for Educating Radiation Scientists - University of Pennsylvania, Philedelphia
Looking to attract talented undergraduate students into research careers in the disciplines of radiobiology, radiation physics, cancer biology, cancer imaging or pathophysiology.
Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Quantitative & Computational Biology – Princeton University
Provide intensive laboratory research experiences to a select group of undergraduates chosen from a nationwide pool. Each student joins a research group – headed by a Faculty member – and carries out an original research project.
SURF Program - University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, TX
An intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend ten weeks pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members.
Summer Research Opportunities – Duke University Durham, NC
A ten week summer program for research in systems biology.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Internship Challenge - Various Locations, Massachusetts
Facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences in paid summer internships across the state.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease STEP-UP Program - Various Locations
Provides undergraduate students an opportunity to spend 10 weeks at a university of their choice working with faculty on research projects. Students can work in such areas as diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, digestive, liver, urologic, kidney and hematologic diseases.
The Stanford Summer Research Program in Biomedical Sciences (SSRP) - Stanford University
A fully funded, eight week, residential internship program combines a rigorous research opportunity with comprehensive mentoring. Aimed at undergraduates who want to prepare for and enter Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences.
The University of Maryland School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (STAR) program
Designed to provide traditionally under-represented undergraduate students with 2 consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.
UCSF Summer Research Training Program - University of California, San Francisco
College students planning to earn a PhD in the field spend up to 10 weeks working with UCSF faculty members on research projects. Students selected for summer research at UCSF will participate in seminars, lectures, and social events, creating a cohesive community of student researchers.
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Summer Undergraduate Research Program - University of Massachusetts
A non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience. The program consists of "hands-on" laboratory research experience with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor.
University of Michigan Medical School Undergraduate Research Programs - University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Summer undergraduate research experiences offer students the opportunity to participate in exciting projects, mentored by and working side-by-side with scientists.
University of Rochester Medical Center, Summer Scholars Program
For undergraduate students interested in the Ph.D. degree in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences and for Students with a potential interest in attending graduate school at the University of Rochester.