Summer Physics Opportunities

Summer undergraduate physics opportunities are available in basic research, applied research, engineering, public science policy, and more. Many of these programs have common traits:

  • Work alongside faculty, senior researchers, and graduate students
  • 8-12 week program lengths
  • $3,000-$6,000 summer stipends
  • Open to students that have not yet graduated
  • Social activities and field trips to other facilities
  • Application due dates ranging from October through February
    Most applications are online and require at least the following:
    • A statement about your future plans and how the program will benefit you
    • College transcript
    • One or more letters of recommendation

The possible opportunities listed below are definitely NOT exhaustive. There are certainly many more programs and internships you can find by searching the internet. Also note that some of these sites may not yet be updated for the upcoming summer.


Programs, internships and other undergraduate physics opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF):
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Research in all areas of science and engineering
  • Hundreds of locations, separate application necessary for each program
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
  • Research in physics, engineering, electronics, information technology, and more
  • Two locations (Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder CO), with separate applications
  • SURF-NIST Gaithersburg
  • SURF-NIST Boulder
Department of Energy (DOE) programs:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
Other programs (not part of NSF-REU, NIST, NASA, or DOE):
Industry related programs:
Programs that might have openings for non-US citizens

There are definitely more possibilities than just the list below – be sure to look at other programs as well (especially the REUs). If a website is not clear on citizenship requirements, try sending an email to the program’s contact person for clarification.

More lists worth looking through for other options:
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Jim Crumley
Chair, Physics Department
SJU PEngl 107
Physics Department