EXTERNAL RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Corporations outside of the University of Illinois are searching for undergraduate researchers to join their ranks for a short period of time.

Summer 2022 TITANS AutonomyNM - R&D Undergraduate Intern at Sandia

SANDIA is currently hiring Undergraduate Student Interns to join its AutonomyNM Institute team for Summer 2022! Qualified candidates will part of the larger intern hub, Technical Internships to Advance National Security (TITANS) that includes tracks for Cybersecurity, Software and Math and Analytics.

AutonomyNM exists to innovate and implement autonomy solutions for our national security mission by recruiting the best and brightest from world-class institutions, mentoring the next generation of engineers and scientists, investing in our staff to develop new capabilities, and demonstrating cutting-edge research in the lab and beyond. The AutonomyNM intern program aims to give dedicated students opportunities to develop the leadership, technical, and professional skills necessary to positively impact the nation through autonomous systems R&D.

SANDIA is interested in students with a passion for research areas that include autonomous systems, aerodynamics and hypersonic flight, flight vehicle mechanics and modeling/simulation, machine learning, deep learning, complex algorithm development, neural networks, reinforcement learning, computer vision, sensing and perception, localization, sensor fusion, and navigation/guidance/control hardware and software development. The program is highly interdisciplinary and designed for students pursuing degrees in the following majors, in alphabetical order:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Data science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical engineering
COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate
  • Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.
  • Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-7400.
Posting Duration
  • This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’.
  • Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.
Required Qualifications
  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited undergraduate program
  • Pursuing a science, engineering, or math major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • U.S. citizenship

Research and Applications of Mechanics of Structures (RAMS) Internship at Sandia

Sponsored by Sandia’s Engineering Sciences Center, the Research and Applications of Mechanics of Structures (RAMS) Institute provides students an opportunity to work with outstanding technical staff in providing engineering solutions to national security mission deliverables. Institute participants will research, develop, and apply computational capabilities to define mechanical environments and simulate response of complex structural systems subjected to extreme loading conditions.

Work performed by participants could include:

  • Solid mechanics and structural dynamic analysis in support of research, product development, and product qualification
  • Development of material constitutive equations and computational codes
  • Prediction of the behavior and failure of material in multi-physics environments
  • Shock physics analysis
  • Integration of complex environmental test operations with computational simulation activities
Contact for Inquiries

Nonlinear Mechanics and Dynamics Research (NOMAD) Internship at Sandia

The Nonlinear Mechanics and Dynamics (NOMAD) Research Institute brings together graduate students and early career researchers to work in small teams on computational and experimental projects germane to nonlinear mechanics and dynamics.

Seeking highly qualified graduate and undergraduate engineering students with an interest in structural mechanics research and applications, including environments definitions, structural mechanics simulation, material mechanics, and shock physics are needed to support on-going programs during the summer.

Undergraduate students transitioning from the Junior to Senior year and graduate students having completed at least one year of studies toward an MS or Ph.D. degree are preferred. Successful candidates will be assigned a staff mentor and work as part of a team of interns from across the United States. Students will be challenged to conduct independent and group work, and to actively engage in mission activities.

NOMAD is an educational research opportunity where students are matched with research projects and mentors based on their interests and qualifications.

Qualifications
  • Minimum GPAs of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are required at Sandia for student internships
  • Preference will be given to students that meet a more rigorous standard of 3.3 undergraduate GPA
  • Applicants must be eligible to pursue DOE security clearance
Contact for Inquiries

Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) Research Scholars Program

The DPI Research Scholars program offers junior and senior engineering, computer science, data science, and data analytics students from UIUC, UIC, and Illinois Tech the opportunity to engage with DPI Science Teams on applied research projects during the Spring 2022 semester. Students will work virtually in teams of 3-5 on research and development activities around a project and produce a set of deliverables. Students will work remotely 15-20 hours per week and earn an hourly wage. As part of the program, students will enroll in a three-credit-hour course that promotes the exploration of R&D.

Apply today to be invited to the project Pitch Day, where you’ll get additional project details!

Requirements to be eligible for program review:

  • Students must be enrolled at Illinois Tech, University of Illinois Chicago or University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • UIUC students - CS majors must have completed CS 233, and CS 241 is recommended
  • All participants must have Junior or Senior standing (60 hours or more completed by January 2022)
  • All participants must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher
Program Timeline
  • October 29 – Application Deadline
  • November 10 – Project Pitch Day — 12 noon to 1 p.m. (Pitch Day video will be distributed to students unable to attend)
  • November 15 – Student Preferences — due by 5:00 p.m.
  • November 18 – Student Matching to Science Teams completed / Teams Announced
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Mayo Clinic SURF Program

The Illinois pre-selection period is now open for Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), a 10-week program that invites students to work alongside Mayo Clinic researchers on cutting-edge biomedical research.

This special pre-selection process allows for University of Illinois students to submit their SURF application to a selection committee of Illinois faculty and staff. Up to seven of Mayo Clinic’s prestigious fellowships are reserved for Illinois sophomores and juniors who are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a PhD or MD-PhD. Eligibility and program details can be found on the Mayo Clinic and Illinois Alliance website.

Application Deadline
  • November 7, 2021
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GEM Fellowship Program

The National GEM Consortium recruits high quality underrepresented students looking to pursue Master’s and Doctoral degrees in applied science and engineering, and matches their specific skills to the specific technical needs of GEM employer members.

The GEM Fellowship Program was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. also offers exposure to a number of opportunities to a number of opportunities in academia.

GEM Fellows are provided practical engineering summer work experiences through an employer sponsor and a portable academic year fellowship of tuition, fees, and a stipend which may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted

Program Eligibility
  • Must be a senior, or graduate of an accredited engineering or computer science program at the time of application.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8/4.0.
  • Must contractually agree to intern for two summers with sponsoring GEM Employer, beginning the Summer after sponsorship
General Eligibility
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at time of application.
  • Candidates are targeted for participation who are members of the following under-represented groups in science and engineering as defined by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:
    • American Indian/Native
    • African American/Black
    • Hispanic American/Latino
Application Deadline
  • November 15, 2021

Fermilab LBNF/DUNE in South Dakota FSCF Internship

A LBNF/DUNE in South Dakota FSCF intern is an undergraduate engineering student majoring in mining and related fields who is interested in working at a major underground construction project. While providing an opportunity to the student to gain understanding and experience of underground excavation, construction, and management, the intern will assist the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), Far Site Conventional Facilities (FSCF) project with overseeing and documenting construction progress and supporting procurement and management activities. The selected candidate(s) will work directly under the mentorship of a LBNF FSCF employee.

The position(s) will provide an opportunity to work on exciting projects in the field including, but not limited to, drill and blast excavation, ground support installation, shotcrete and concrete construction, ventilation design and layout, and other aspects of underground construction

Intern(s) would be based at the Sanford Lab in Lead, SD.

Eligibility
  • Undergraduate sophomore or junior at time of application
  • 4-year U.S. college or university enrollment
  • 3.0 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Eligible to work in the United States
Internship Details
  • Program Dates: May 23 – August 12, 2022
  • Acceptance Date: December 2021
Application Deadline
  • November 30, 2021

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program

The Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program is a 10-week summer program aimed at well-prepared, independent, and committed students with significant research experience. Now accepting applications from undergraduates and masters students from around the world who have not committed to a PhD program! Participants must be actively enrolled as a student during the period of the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program.

Janelia undergraduate scholars are dedicated future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring:

  • Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience
  • Biosensor Development
  • Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
  • Evolution & Genetics
  • Instrumentation & Computational Tool Development
  • Neuronal Cell Biology
  • Optical Physics & Imaging
  • Structural Biology & Biochemistry
  • Theory & Computational Neuroscience

This program provides an outstanding research experience, an opportunity to network with colleagues at all career levels, and a chance to form lifelong scientific collaborations and friendships. Stay on our beautiful campus and explore Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and the surrounding area.

Application Deadline
  • January 11, 2022
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EnSURE Program at Michigan State University

The EnSURE (Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program at Michigan State University offers summer research opportunities for high achieving undergraduates from May 23 through July 29, 2022.

At this time, we plan to offer EnSURE as a fully in-person experience during Summer 2022. Students who apply to the program should expect to be working in-person, on the MSU campus. EnSURE participants are MSU employees, and must agree to comply with all employment requirements, including any pandemic-related directives that may be in place during Summer 2022. Students who choose not to comply will not be able to participate in or be paid by EnSURE. Current directives can be found here: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

EnSURE is an "internship in graduate school" and provides participants with an early opportunity to become involved in research by working with faculty mentors in one of eight Engineering departments:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computational Mathematics, Science & Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Curious about what the undergraduate research experience is all about? Check out this video, featuring an EnSURE program alumna and other undergraduates from MSU.

Application Timeline

Applications for EnSURE are reviewed starting in December and selections are made on a rolling basis until the program is filled. Students will be notified if they are selected by a faculty mentor, and will have approximately 2 weeks to accept or reject the offer to participate in EnSURE. Based on previous years, we expect that the majority of the EnSURE selections will be made by March 1. Please note that priority is given to students who have not previously completed EnSURE.

ORISE 2021 Summer Research Internship Opportunities

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) develops and infuses innovative technologies to provide excellent facilities and realistic training lands for the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army and many other customers while also supporting ERDC’s research and development mission in geospatial research and engineering, military engineering, and civil works.

CERL directs its research efforts toward increasing the Army’s ability to more efficiently design, construct, operate and maintain its installations and contingency bases and to ensure environmental quality and safety at a reduced life-cycle cost. Excellent facilities support the Army’s training, readiness, mobilization and sustainability missions. Adequate infrastructure and realistic training lands are critical assets to installations in carrying out their military missions. Efficient contingency bases, which minimize the use of external resources and the generation of waste and enhance relations with local communities, are critical for successful deployments in all situations—from disaster response and humanitarian assistance to stability operations and conflicts.

Under the guidance of mentors, students and recent graduates will conduct research alongside CERL staff and primary researchers. Through student participation in the ORISE program at CERL, students will be introduced to a real world laboratory environment as well as modern research technologies and techniques. This experience will inspire students to continue to pursue STEM disciplines as a career pursuit.

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by ERDC-CERL. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: High School Diploma/GED, Associate's Degree, or Bachelor's Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s): Business; Communications and Graphics Design; Computer, Information, and Data Sciences; Earth and Geosciences; Engineering; Environmental and Marine Sciences; Life Health and Medical Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Nanotechnology; Other Non-S&E; Other Physical Sciences; Physics; Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Age: Must be 16 years of age