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 Network (QEM) internship program is designed to enhance the students' ability to: apply their knowledge to a summer internship assignment; increase their understanding of the educational needs of minorities; and instill a sense of responsibility for helping minority students from low-income families through participation in campus projects at their home institutions during the academic year.

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.

For more information on the Summer Scholars Internship Program, please contact Gayle Pugh Lev at