Summer Scholars Internship Program

 

Photo of the class of 2015 Summer Scholars Interns


The mission of NSF's Summer Scholars Internship Program (SSIP) is to develop undergraduate and graduate student potential through exposure to relevant science and engineering policy, research and education issues and programs; and to encourage students to earn graduate degrees and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Undergraduate and graduate students come to the National Science Foundation for a ten week summer experience to work in an office that aligns with the students' academic interests. NSF currently offers limited summer internships through the following organizations:

  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 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 post-secondary 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 (QEM) 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.

SSIP participants leave NSF with a better understanding of science administration and how Federal policies affect the science and engineering community. Students interested in a research-based experience are encouraged to apply to NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program or various opportunities offered through NSF's Engineering Research Centers (ERCs), and Material Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs). The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) lists other NSF programs on web pages for Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students.

Apply for SSIP

Bring your skills to NSF SSIP and gain experience working on science and engineering policy, research and education issues and programs. Apply through the following organizations:

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)
www.hacu.net/hacu/HNIP.asp
Summer 2022 Deadline: February 25, 2022

Quality Education for Minorities Network Talent Development and Innovation in Sciences (TDIS) Summer Internship
www.qem.org/qem-internships
Summer 2022 Deadline: February 25, 2022

For more information on the NSF Summer Scholars Internship Program, please contact the NSF SSIP team at nsfssip@nsf.gov.