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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. Internships are offered for research projects working under the guidance of a faculty adviser on campus, or with non-profit organizations off-campus. Internships typically last from eight to ten weeks.  Opportunities exist for students from disciplines outside of engineering, including social sciences and natural sciences, and students from these departments are encouraged to apply.

February - March
Center for the Physics of Biological Function (CPBF) Summer School

CPBF offers a summer school for advanced undergraduates who are interested in biological physics. The school is an intense two weeks of lectures, seminars, and hands-on exercises. 

CITP Tech Policy Clinic

The Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) Clinic offers a Public Interest Technology Summer Fellowship (PIT-SF) program that is aimed at rising juniors and seniors attending school in the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT UN). Students interested in getting first-hand experience working on technology policy at the federal, state, and local level are encouraged to apply.


eLab Summer Accelerator

The Keller Center’s eLab Summer Accelerator Program at Princeton University is a launch pad for student startups. The program is open, by application only, to some of Princeton’s brightest and most dynamic students. The eLab is based in the new Entrepreneurial Hub at 34 Chambers Street in downtown Princeton. Over a period of ten weeks student teams work intensively on their startup ideas, following a specialized entrepreneurship curriculum presented to them during a 3-day intensive boot camp. The teams also attend meetings and workshops, and receive valuable mentorship and advising through a network of Keller Center faculty, staff, seasoned entrepreneurs and technology experts, all with the goal of developing their startup ideas into viable, scalable ventures. 

eLab Summer Associate Internship

The eLab Summer Associate internship is a fabulous opportunity for Princeton students interested in entrepreneurship and startups but aren't quite ready to launch their own venture. Students will be exposed to all aspects of startup business activities as well as participate in a variety of workshops, social events, and meetings over the course of the 10-week program. Make new friends, learn about startup life, and have a fun, exciting summer right here in Princeton! 

Health Scholars Program

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

Spring semester
HMEI Environmental Internship Program

The Environmental Internship Program based in the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) offers Princeton undergraduate students the opportunity to complement their academic course of study with hands-on research and project experiences during the summer months. Students who wish to expand their knowledge of global environmental problems are encouraged to apply.


January 10, 2022
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
Internships in Global Health

Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing offers undergraduate summer internship positions that explore multidisciplinary aspects of global health and/or infectious disease. Internships are fully-funded and are available in the U.S. and around the world.

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 in Chemistry

The Leach Summer Scholars Program in Chemistry (LSSP-C), 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.

Lewis Center for the Arts - Alex Adam '07 Award

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts is honored to provide funding through an award established in memory of Alexander Jay Adam ’07. The Alex Adam ’07 Award, made possible by a generous gift from his family, will provide support to undergraduates who want to spend a summer pursuing a project that will result in the creation of an original work of art.

February to March
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.

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.

February - early April
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 physics majors and prospective physics majors. 

PIIRS Undergraduate Fellowship

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Undergraduate Fellows Program supports summer international research for the senior thesis. Fellowships are available to students in the second semester of junior year, from any discipline, who submit a compelling statement of senior thesis research interests which includes the conduct of summer research abroad.

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.

January (first round)
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 School of Public and International Affairs Undergraduate Program

The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs Undergraduate Program has funding available for summer grants to Princeton School of Public and International Affairs Undergraduate Program juniors for internships in governmental or non-profit organizations in public policy or international affairs.

ProCES Derian Internships

Rising sophmores, 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.

ReMatch+ Summer Program

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

Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI)

The Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI) is designed to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. government, both in international and domestic agencies. SINSI offers an internship program to Princeton sophomores and juniors and a graduate program to Princeton seniors and MPA1 students. Admitted interns will work with the program directors to find a 8-10 week internship the following summer in a SINSI-funded federal government internship. The graduate program includes the 2 year MPA program and between the first and second year, a SINSI funded 2-year fellowship at a federal government agency.

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.

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 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. 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.

Contact faculty adviser and Katie Pyott
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.

Undergraduate Fellowships and Scholarships

The Office of International Programs lists a variety of scholarship and fellowships for undergraduates. The awards are for study, research, or internships that take place or begin during a student's undergraduate career. In some cases, postgraduate study is a component of the award.

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