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Summer Research Programs

Several established summer programs provide Princeton students, as well as students from other colleges and universities, with the opportunity to obtain hands-on research experience in specific fields. You can search the database below for research program opportunities that match your interests.

Program Name Description Application Deadline
ACEE Summer Internship Program

The ACEE Summer Internship Program provides competitive funding that supports undergraduate research on energy- and environment-related projects, particularly field work and laboratory research. The recipients will spend eight weeks this summer working under the guidance of a faculty adviser.

Department of Economics Summer Research Grants

The Department of Economics offers several Princeton University students the opportunity to spend the summer in Princeton pursuing independent research.  The research must be done under the guidance of a Princeton University faculty in the Economics Department.  Applicants are responsible to find a supervisor.

End of April
Derian CBLI Summer Research Internships

Rising juniors and seniors apply their academic skills to the information needs of a local nonprofit organization. Students complete specific projects and research under the direction of a nonprofit host. Additionally, with input from the host organization, students identify, design, and carry out the preliminary steps of a larger research project which is intended to serve the nonprofit’s needs and launch JP or senior thesis work.

Global Health Scholars Program

The Global Health Scholars Program provides outstanding Princeton students with funding for travel and research to pursue global health-related internships and senior thesis research. This competitive program, administered by the Center for Health and Wellbeing, is open to students from all departments.

Guggenheim Summer Internship Program

Generously funded by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation, Oscar S. Straus II Fellows in Criminal Justice are a group of Princeton University, Columbia University, and Barnard College students who intern each summer in the metropolitan New York area, at criminal justice non-profit organizations where they engage in direct client service, while working in legal services, social services, or policy and research. Launched in 1996, the Guggenheim program encourages students to develop on-the-job understanding of issues and successful programs in the fields of criminal justice, to learn about policy innovations, and to consider careers or further education in fields related to criminal justice.

Health Grand Challenge Internship Program

The Health Grand Challenge offers undergraduate summer internship positions that explore multidisciplinary aspects of global health and/or infectious disease. Internships are available in the U.S. and around the world.

Innovation for Successful Societies (ISS)

Interns play a critical role in the work of the Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS) research program. Interns assist researchers in case development, and conduct background research on major themes, individuals, and organizations engaged in reforms efforts in particular countries. Interns will become better acquainted with the topics of public policy, civil service, good governance, and management reform. They will also leave with valuable research, writing, and office work experience.

February - March
Interfaith Summer Internship Program (ISIP)

The Interfaith Summer Internship Program (ISIP) is a new initiative, whose three-part mission is to train Princeton students in interfaith organizing through a hands-on summer internship in New York City, to partner with organizations that focus on underserved communities, and to develop greater public awareness about the role that interfaith can play in fostering an otherwise secular civil society. The students and their internships are at the center of this program, but their work intentionally connects communities or constituencies of secular organizations, grassroots religious leaders, and scholars. Students will have individual internships with different host organizations, and will also work and learn collectively through a weeklong intensive program about religion and civic life, their own academic inquiry into the social role of religion, regular-peer group meetings. As a pilot program ISIP understands its work as exploratory, with the hope of both revising and expanding the program if it is deemed successful.

International Internship Program (IIP)

The International Internship Program (IIP) offers summer internships to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Students accepted to these internships receive an automatic financial award. IIP offers research-based internships in many areas of interest, from engineering, architecture, economic development, human rights, policy, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and computer science, as well as service-based internships abroad.

International Student Internship Program

The International Student Internship Program (ISIP) provides opportunities for international undergraduate students from educational institutions outside of the United States to intern with Princeton University faculty, scholars and administrators on campus in the summer. The program is administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations.

Early March
John C. Bogle '51 Fellows in Civic Service

The John C. Bogle ‘51 Fellows in Civic Service program (Bogle Fellowship) is a funded opportunity available exclusively to Princeton first-year students and was developed to support student participation in service or civic engagement pursuits during the summer before sophomore year.

Leach Summer Scholars Program

The Leach Summer Scholars Program, supported by the generosity of the Leach Endowment Fund for Student Research in the Sciences, is a nine-week summer research session for Princeton students who have completed the freshman or sophomore year, and who are interested in majoring in chemistry.

MAE Summer Practical Research Experience (SPRE)

MAE SPRE provides the opportunity for students to explore engineering from the research perspective and gain insight and experience that does not result from classroom learning. Students are exposed to different types of research that are being pursued by the faculty. A general outline of the summer project is jointly developed by the student and faculty adviser. Part of the criteria for selection involves a brief written proposal for a summer project of academic merit as well as a faculty sponsor who endorses the proposal.

MIRTHE - Summer REU program

MIRTHE is the National Science Foundation sponsored Engineering Reseach Center for Mid-InfraRed technlogies fo Health and the Environment, headquartered at Princeton University, wih partners City College New York, Johns Hopkins University, Rice Universiy, Texas A & M University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. MIRTHE develops mid-infrared sources and ultra-sensitive sensor sysems for environmental, medical and security applications.

December - February
Molecular Biophysics REU Program

Now in its tenth year, this program offers interdisciplinary research experience in leading laboratories to students majoring in the physical or mathematical science or engineering at colleges with limited research opportunities. The program is open only to non-Princeton students. Each student serves as a research assistant in the laboratory of a Princeton faculty member who serves as a mentor and research adviser. The program directors, in consultation with training faculty, match student interests to available projects.

Office of Sustainability Summer Internship Program

A variety of student employment opportunities are available for Princeton undergraduate students with the Office of Sustainability in the summer months.

End of March
Office of Undergraduate Research - Student Initiated Internships (OURSIP)

OURSIP provides a limited number of grants to Princeton freshmen and sophomores (and occasionally juniors) who have independently created or secured an unpaid faculty-mentored research internship over the summer. Proposals must come with a strong faculty endorsement to be considered for funding.

PEI Environmental Scholars Program

The Environmental Scholars Program enables students to continue research apprenticeships with a member of the Princeton faculty in the summer following their sophomore year and on a continuous basis culminating in field study as an integral component of their junior and senior independent work. It is intended for students who are able to clearly articulate a research agenda within the context of their academic course of study and with reference to previous research immersion experiences.

PEI Internship Program

The Princeton Environmental Institute Internship Program offers Princeton undergraduates an opportunity to complement their academic interests with hands-on, engaging, independent research and project experiences. Students interested in exploring and expanding their knowledge of complex global environmental problems related to energy and climate, sustainable development in Africa, and environmental sustainability are encouraged to apply.

January - mid March
Physics Department Summer Research Opportunities

Summer research positions are arranged informally, with students approaching individual faculty members. After students have arranged summer employment with a faculty adviser, the Department Representative will award fellowships to selected students in acknowledgement of their initiative and achievements.   Preference is given to the physics majors and prospective physics majors. 

PPPL Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (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 16 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Princeton Astrophysics Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Princeton Astrophysics runs the Undergraduate Summer Research Program in which students carryout research projects under the supervision of faculty and postdoc advisors. Students selected for this program (similar to a REU program) can participate in projects with a range of levels of difficulty and sophistication, spanning all of experimental, observational, theoretical, and computational astronomy. In addition to gaining valuable experience in research, a great way to explore pursuing a career in the field, the program also organizes weekly colloquia and seminars to teach the students about many aspects of astronomical research.

Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS)

PICS provides the opportunity for students to explore potential careers in public service and the non-profit sector. Princeton students bring their creativity, skills, and energy to their sponsoring non-profit organizations, producing effective, meaningful work on significant projects of value to the organizations. The internships encompass a wide range of endeavors in national and international organizations, working in group advocacy, legal services, public policy, the environment, health and social services, community development, education, and the arts.

Princeton Neuroscience Institute Summer Internship Program

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) is offering a summer internship program for highly motivated undergraduates, providing education and hands-on research experience in the field of neuroscience. Participants will closely collaborate with students and faculty at the PNI on original research projects, and thereby gain invaluable first-hand experience on what it is like to be a neuroscientist. Summer interns will also participate in group educational activities, including weekly foundational overview lectures from PNI faculty, lab meetings with the researchers with whom they will work, journal club reading groups, plus special forums on topics such as career advice and graduate school application preparation.

Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE)

The Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity offers an eight-week summer research experience for up to 30 undergraduates who express a serious interest in pursuing a Ph.D. and following a career in college or university teaching and research. The purpose of the program is to motivate and prepare students to make competitive applications to research doctoral programs, with a view toward completing the Ph.D. and going on to teach and conduct original research.

REACH International Summer Research Exchange Program

The REACH program is an International Research Exchange Program (REACH). Princeton University partners with three German Ruhr universities: Ruhr University Bochum, University of Duisburg-Essen, and TU Dortmund, and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), a Hong Kong government sponsored research center. The mission of the REACH program is to offer students on both sides an eight-week, hands-on research internship in an international context. Participating students will be immersed in a new culture while working on a research project in their field of study. The program aims to broaden students’ perspectives and enable them to become globally minded researchers and technologists.

ReMatch+ Summer Program

The program provides ReMatch+ participants an opportunity to carry out a paid graduate-mentored research project over the summer as well as engage with a diverse community of student researchers.

Science Writing Internship

The Princeton University Office of the Dean for Research offers an eight-week internship in science writing for the general public. The intern writes news articles, feature articles, web content and other items in the style used by major newspapers and magazines. The intern may also produce podcasts and video segments, and use social media.

Streicker International Fellows Fund

The Streicker International Fellows Fund was established in early 2015 by John H. Streicker ’64 to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to carry out substantive research or educational projects while immersed in a foreign culture. Streicker Fellows design their own projects or internships in conjunction with a hosting organization, in any academic or professional area, and in any geographic region outside of the United States. These projects or internships provide students with exceptional opportunities for intellectual and personal growth through a combination of work or research and immersion in a foreign culture.

Early February
Summer Program for Mathematics Majors

The Mathematics Department expects to support approximately 10 undergraduate mathematics majors for a summer research program. The program's goal is to provide math majors with the opportunity for reading and study in areas of math that are not part of the regular program of courses offered by our department. Each student will work under the direction of a faculty member in the Math Department.

Summer Programming Experiences (SPE)

Program offers novice programmers an opportunity to gain experience by working on a creative and substantive programming project, in a supportive, fun, and enriching environment, with the regular guidance of a faculty or graduate student mentor.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Diversity in Chemistry

The Princeton University Department of Chemistry welcomes applications for its second Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Diversity in Chemistry, particularly from students who identify with groups that are underrepresented in chemistry research. Designed to encourage a more diverse community of students and researchers pursuing careers in the chemical sciences, this nine-week summer program provides students with the opportunity to work with distinguished Princeton chemistry faculty. Each student pursues a project in one of the department's sub-disciplines, which, inorganic, materials, chemical biology, spectroscopy/physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry.

Mid February
Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Quantitative & Computational Biology

Each summer, the Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics provide intensive laboratory research experiences to a select group of Princeton undergraduates and undergraduates chosen from a nationwide pool. Each student joins a world-class research group—headed by a Faculty member and carries out an original research project. Participants are immersed in a culture of close collaboration with other undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, and thereby experience first-hand what it is like to be a scientist.

Early February
Summer Work Program in Germany

The Summer Work Program offers students summer internships in Germany. Students interested in summer research opportunities in the humanities, natural sciences, economics, computer science as well as interdisciplinary projects are encouraged to apply.

U.S. Health Policy Scholars Program

The U.S. Health Policy Scholars Program provides outstanding Princeton undergraduates with funding for travel and research to pursue internships and senior thesis research that relate to U.S. health policy. This competitive program, administered by the Center for Health and Wellbeing, is open to students from all departments.

WWS Undergraduate Program

The Woodrow Wilson School Undergraduate Program has funding available for summer grants to Woodrow Wilson School juniors for internships in governmental or non-profit organizations in public policy or international affairs.


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