Summer is an ideal time to pursue an undergraduate research experience, as students may not be taking classes and can devote more time to research. Summer research opportunities are available at MSU as well as off campus. The opportunities listed below are mostly off campus opportunities. Carefully review each positing and note deadlines that often fall in late January through early March prior to the summer.


Arts and Humanities: Summer Research Opportunities

A sortable database of summer research opportunities in the Arts and Humanities maintained by the Council on Undergraduate Research Arts and Humanities Division.

Columbia Business School Summer Research Internship Program

Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in areas such as: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, and data analytics.

Cultural Vistas Program

This internship and work abroad opportunity allow students and professionals to develop the expanding set of competencies demanded in today’s global economy through sustained immersion in a foreign country.

Department of Energy Scholars Program (DOE)

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the mission and operations of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Department of Homeland Security Summer Internships (DHS)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related STEM disciplines.

Division of Organic Chemistry - American Chemical Society (SURF)

These competitive fellowships ($5,000) are awarded on the merits of students’ research proposals, academic records, faculty recommendations and their passion for laboratory science.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program responds to this need by increasing the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who choose to pursue coursework and careers in conservation.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Internships

Biomedical research internships at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Opportunites are available for high school and undergraduate students.

Increasing Statistical Preparation in Research Education for Underrepresented Undergraduates (INSPIRE U2)

Set at Spelman College, INSPIRE U2 provides a learning pathway that will set underrepresented female students on a track towards advanced degrees and careers in statistical fields.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Internships and Fellowships

The Ringling is dedicated to sharing its resources and experience with future museum and non-profit organization professionals interested in a career in the museum field.

Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program

The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library.

Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships

The goal of the program is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the Nation's capital, under the aegis of the SSB.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer.

NASA - DEVELOP National Program

For individuals interested in furthering their experience in the Earth sciences and remote sensing, including currently enrolled students, recent graduates, early career professionals, and transitioning career professionals.

NASA Internships and Fellowships

NASA Internships are competitive awards to support educational opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as educators.

National Institute on Drug Abuse Summer Research Internship Program

The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program supports all students with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in drug abuse research.

National Science Foundation - Summer REUs

This website helps you examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.


Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world.

NSF Biotechnology Program SURE

The BIT SURE program will fund ten undergraduate students to work on research projects that utilize transformative next-generation sequencing (NGS) tools.

ORISE Fellows through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a Department of Energy facility managed and operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)

This Institute is designed to encourage undergraduate students from under-represented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy.

Register Your Summer Research Experience

The Undergraduate Research Office provides ongoing professional development opportunities for undergraduate students engaged in research and creative activity on campus during the summer months. Sign-up to learn more!

REU Central Michigan University Great Lakes

This Central Michigan University Great Lakes Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, funded by the National Science Foundation and the College of Science and Engineering, supports the training of 8 students for 10 weeks during the summer.

REU Conservation Science at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami, the Zoo Miami Foundation, and Florida International University (FIU) will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation beginning in Summer 2020.

REU Immigration and Border Community

The Immigration and Border Community – REU, is a unique opportunity to learn social science research methods while collaborating with local organizations to conduct in-depth research about the unique challenges faced by border communities.

REU Northwestern University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center

The NU-Materials Research Science and Engineering Center is an interdisciplinary program focused on multi-functional nanoscale material structures.


The Research Experience in ALpine Meteorology (REALM) will rely on the natural scientific laboratory, provided by the nearby Wasatch Mountains and adjacent urban areas.

REU Weather, Climate, and Society

This Weather, Climate, and Society (WCS) REU will be hosted by the University of South Florida (USF).

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

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.

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS)

Search the SORS Guide to find an opportunity within one of the Smithsonian units that matches your study and/or research goals.

Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.

The Association of American Medical Colleges

List of Opportunities through the Association of American Medical Colleges

Van Andel Institute 2021 Summer Internship Programs

These programs are designed to provide undergraduate students opportunities to be mentored, become familiar with use of scientific equipment and technology, & learn valuable interpersonal and presentation skills.

WiSE Internship Program

WiSE is the Washington Intern Study Experience of a lifetime. The WISH Team works with students one-on-one to find them the internship that meets their goals.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship

Project topics span the vast spectrum of research in ocean sciences and engineering conducted in WHOI’s science departments and the Woods Hole Field Station of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Yale University - Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition

The Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition REU provides students from underrepresented backgrounds with joint training in developmental and comparative psychology research.

Yale University - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Yale SURF Program brings qualified undergraduates to Yale for eight weeks to explore what a Ph.D. could offer them.