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Summer Scholars Internship Program

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Summer Scholars Internship Program focuses on developing the potential of undergraduate and graduate students.

    The program:

    • Exposes students to relevant science and engineering policy, research and education issues and programs.
    • Encourages students to earn graduate degrees and pursue careers in STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

      Undergraduate and graduate students participating in the program come to NSF for a 10-week summer internship, where they work in NSF offices that align with their academic interests. Interns leave NSF with a better understanding of science administration and how federal policies affect the science and engineering community. 

      Apply to the program

      Bring your skills to NSF's Summer Scholars Internship Program and gain experience working on science and engineering policy, research and education issues and programs. Apply through the following organizations:

      • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities internship program has provided paid internships to thousands of students since 1992. HACU's mission is to promote the development of member colleges and universities; to improve access to and the quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and to meet the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.
      • The Quality Education for Minorities Network is dedicated to improving education from underrepresented students throughout the nation by providing technical assistance to minority-serving Institutions, funding internship opportunities for underrepresented students, and advocating for college and career readiness in STEM.

      Summer Scholars Interns

      Credit: National Science Foundation 

      The 2021 class of NSF's Summer Scholar interns meeting with the NSF Director, Sethuraman Panchanathan. 

      Other opportunities for students

      Students interested in a research-based experience are encouraged to apply to various opportunities offered by NSF, including:

      View additional NSF programs for Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students.

      Contact us

      For more information on the NSF Summer Scholars Internship Program, please contact