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Research opportunities:

REU's & internships

Off-campus undergraduate research and internship opportunities

We want to prepare, enable and encourage all NYC LSAMP Fellows to expand their research and professional skills. With that in mind, we have compiled an extensive list of summer research and internship opportunities for undergraduate students. Here you will find programs that span the range of academia, industry, non-profit and government. While not definitive, this list provides a good starting point for students interested in exploring STEM career paths outside their home campus. 


We strongly recommend and encourage that all students to apply and participate in such programs. Consult with your research mentor and LSAMP Faculty Coordinators to determine which programs are the best fit for you, your research interests, and post-graduate and career plans. 

This list will be updated regularly.  

NYC LSAMP partner institutions

CUNY programs
  • Early College Initiative (ECI)

    • Among its many initiatives, ECI partners with industry employers and works closely with them in order to advise students of the best academic sequence and degrees which provide the best foundation for students moving into careers in the industry field.

  • ​CUNY Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP)

    • CSURP is a 10-week research program for students interested in the areas of environmental science, nanoscience, neuroscience, photonics and structural biology.  ​

  • Nano-NY

    • Nano-NY is an NSF-funded undergraduate program which offers research opportunity in nanoscience at two premier NYC research institutions: the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at CUNY and Columbia University. 

  • Internship & Fellowship programs​​​

    • CUNY curates a list of internship opportunities through its internship ​portal (follow the instructions to register and apply). 

    • Civil Services Pathways is a fellowship program developed by CUNY in partnership with various New York City agencies, which allows for a seamless transition from CUNY graduate to New York City employee in the areas of policy and program analysis, data and digital services, and procurement and finance.

Other institutions
  • The Smithsonian Institution​

    • The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education and research complex, with active projects which span the arts and sciences. Most of the Smithsonian's research centers offer educational opportunities for undergraduates; altogether, there are dozens of internships and fellowships available each year. Use the Smithsonian's internship portal and fellowship portal to find the program which best suits your interests.

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)​​​

    • NIST is a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. ​Its mission is "to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology". Some of NIST's project areas include nanoscience/nanotechnology, engineering, information technology, quantum science, material and physical measurement, and more. Every year, NIST offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at both its Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO facilities. 

  • The Jackson Laboratory (JAX)

    • The Jackson Laboratory is a non-profit biomedical research institution. Its research uses ​mice as models to study the biological and genomic causes of human disease. The Summer Student Program is intended for those who want to pursue in genetics and genomics research, and emphasizes laboratory discovery, communication of knowledge and professional growth. 

  • California State University at Monterey Bay

    • The Monterey Bay REU Program is a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates interest in the ​fields of oceanography, marine biology and ecology, ocean engineering, and marine geology.

  • The Scripps Research Institute

    • Scripps Research is a non-profit institution focused on education and research in the biomedical fields. Between its two campuses - La Jolla, CA and Jupiter, FL - Scripps offer three summer research programs for undergraduate students. 

  • University of Utah​

    • The Department of Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Utah - one of the leading programs in weather and climate education and research, with special focus on mountain​ environments - hosts its Research Experience in Alpine Meteorology (REALM) program yearly.

  • Plant Science Research Network (PSRN)

  • Organization for Tropical Studies

    • The NSF LSAMP REU program is designed specifically for students in LSAMP-serving colleges. ​This 8-week program offers an opportunity to conduct research in the field in a broad range of projects related to tropical ecology and biology, including biodiversity conservation and agroecology. 

  • New York Academy of Sciences

    • In partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development, the New York Academy of Sciences runs the Afterschool STEM Mentoring program, where young scientists and engineers (undergraduate students included) work with middle school students in underserved communities throughout New York City.

Summer research experience for undergraduates (REU): NSF database 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds thousands of summer research programs throughout the country. ​Students can search the NSF database to find a program in any given discipline, research area or location. 

To start your search, click here to access the NSF REU database.

To help you navigate the search, we've created a short overview and tutorial, which you can find here.

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