STEM Internships and Fellowships


Opportunities are ordered by nearest application deadline. Each internship and fellowship name is linked to the appropriate application page. Check back often for new opportunities!

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Last page update: April 15, 2019



National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program


  • 2019 Application Deadline: October 22-26, 2018 (depending on the office)
  • The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships per fiscal year under this program solicitation pending availability of funds.
  • Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. Currently, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year.


Individuals may apply as an undergraduate senior as well as post-baccalaureate, before beginning graduate training.

Applicants must self-certify that they are eligible to receive the Fellowship. Categories of applicants that are ineligible:

  • Those who do not hold United States citizenship, national, or permanent resident status by the application deadline.
  • Those who were previously awarded a Fellowship from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and accepted it.
  • Those who did not accept the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and failed to notify NSF by the published deadline for accepting the Fellowship.
  • Those who have completed the requirements for any graduate or professional degree by August 1 of the year the application is submitted, except 1) applicants who have completed a joint baccalaureate-master's (BS/MS) program and have not completed any further graduate study outside the joint program unless the graduate coursework was required to establish or maintain credentials in a profession such as teaching; or 2) applicants that have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years prior to November 1 of the year the application is submitted and have completed no additional graduate study as of August 1 of the year the application is submitted.
  • Current NSF employees.

Summary: The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.



  • Fall 2019 Application Deadline: Open until position is filled
  • Full time

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must currently be enrolled at a four-year university or college or completed a degree no more than 6 months ago
  • Must be available to work full time at our Washington DC facility beginning May/June 2018.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Hands on experience on a project team or through a prior internship


ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Summary: SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Here at SpaceX, you will obtain invaluable experience that you can’t learn in a classroom. SpaceX’s Internship/Co-Op Program have a history of significant contributions to hands-on extracurricular projects in addition to a strong academic record.

Based in Washington, D.C., the SpaceX government affairs team is responsible for all regulatory, congressional, executive branch, and state advocacy efforts. An intern on this team would be expected to prepare policy research documents, create presentation materials, attend and report back on local space policy events, and assist SpaceX staff in day-to-day functions.

Experience on Capitol Hill or with a government agency is highly desired. Candidates should have excellent communication skills and a working knowledge of the federal legislative process.

Majors represented are mainly: Political Science, Science & Technology Policy, Law, English.



Lockheed Martin


  • Fall 2019 Application Deadline: Open until position is filled
  • Full time

Basic Qualifications:

  • Pursuing degree in technical disciplines such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Security, or Information Technology
  • Most jobs require DoD Security Clearance, and therefore U.S. Citizenship
  • Experience with system performance analysis and testing
  • Experience with research-level software and prototype development
  • Programming skills in C, C++, Assembly, and/or Python
  • Knowledge of fixed and mobile communications exploitation, security, and implementation
  • Experience with reverse engineering tools and techniques (ie: OllyDbg, IDA Pro)


Summary: The Advanced Technology Laboratories have locations in Cherry Hill, NJ, Arlington, VA, Kennesaw, GA and Eagan, MN. Internship opportunities exist in the Advanced Technology Laboratories, on the front lines of applied research efforts. We embrace diversity of thought, collaborating with some of the best and brightest in government, industry and academia. Aligned with Lockheed Martin’s Chief Technology Officer, we work to advance scientific discovery and technology transition in cyber, materials science, robotics and autonomy, spectrum systems, data analytics and more.

The Advanced Concepts Laboratory (ACL) focuses on research in revolutionary information technology concepts including classified research and development. ACL is ATL's center of excellence for independent and contract research and development for the classified and intelligence communities. ACL nurtures this growth by meeting the very specialized technology goals and security requirements of our classified customers while providing an environment wherein our technical talent can flourish beyond the leading edge. In ACL you will work with engineers and scientists integral to defining, researching, and developing basic and applied solutions.



Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE)


  • 2019 Application Deadline: December 31, 2018
  • Full time, June 2-August 3
  • Paid


  • Students must have completed their freshman and sophomore years of college and be must be fully committed to an engineering or computer science major. The program is open to recent engineering and computer science graduates beginning study in a technology policy-related Master’s program or law school.
  • All WISE interns must be either citizens of the United States or legal permanent residents. You may not apply to the program if you are not already in the U.S., residing as a citizen or under a permanent resident visa.

Summary: Founded in 1980 through the collaborative efforts of several professional engineering societies, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program has become one of the premier Washington internship programs. The WISE goal is to prepare future leaders of the engineering profession in the United States who are aware of, and who can contribute to, the increasingly important issues at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy.

Each summer, the WISE societies select outstanding rising 3rd or 4th year engineering/computer science students, or students in engineering/computer science graduate programs, from a nation-wide pool of applicants. The students spend nine (9) weeks living in Washington, D.C. during which they learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, and how engineers can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory public policy decisionmaking.



National Institutes of Health (NIH): Amgen Scholars Program


  • Summer 2019 Deadline: Application Closed; check back for 2020 application in Fall 2019.
  • Full time, early-June to mid-August
  • Paid with housing provided (Bethesda, MD)

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be enrolled for Fall 2017 in a four-year college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other US territory.
  • Be a rising college junior or senior (including fifth-year college seniors). Transfer students from community colleges should contact us for advice on whether to apply to the Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP) or the AMGEN Scholars at NIH Program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (4.0 scale).


Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree, students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution, and previous Amgen Scholars are not eligible to apply.


Additional Information:

  • The Amgen Scholars Program at NIH is a summer internship for undergraduate students interested in PhD and combined degree programs in the sciences.
  • Students with experience in health disparities and a keen interest in learning more about the biological, environmental, social, and genetic causes of health disparities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • The admission committee will give preference to students who lack opportunities to perform independent research during the school year.
  • NIH welcomes applications from students in all science disciplines and encourages students from diverse backgrounds to apply.


Summary: The Amgen Scholars Program at NIH is a partnership between the Amgen Foundation, the Foundation for the NIH, and the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education. Amgen Scholars at NIH will spend the summer working at NIH's main campus in Bethesda, Maryland side-by-side with some of the world's leading scientists, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. During their internships at NIH, scholars will be matched with research mentors in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) where they will be immersed in a culture of translational science and will explore important elements of the basic, translational, and clinical research enterprise.



National Institutes of Health (NIH): Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)


  • 2020 Application Deadline: Application not yet posted; due date likely near February 2, 2020
  • Full time, 10 weeks
  • Paid with housing provided (Bethesda, MD)

BESIP Eligilibity:

  • Applicant must have completed at least three years (6 semesters or 9 quarters) of undergraduate study in a biomedical engineering or bioengineering degree program by the start of the 2017 summer.
  • Applicant must plan to be returning to undergraduate school for at least one term following the summer BESIP.
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident attending college in the U.S.
  • Because of housing arrangements, the structure of the program, the orientation procedures and the planned group activities, the student must be present on the Bethesda campus to participate in the entire ten-week program.


Summary: The NIBIB sponsored Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship (BESIP) is for undergraduate biomedical engineering students who have completed their junior year of college. The internship will allow rising senior bioengineering students to participate in cutting-edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class scientists in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, MD.

Selected by a nationwide competition, the interns will have the opportunity to indicate preferences from a list of available NIH projects that involve areas of engineering or physical science expertise. The students will participate in group meetings, attend planned lectures and laboratory visits, and be encouraged to submit posters to the NIH Poster Day where summer interns from all disciplines present their projects.


Internship Contact: Dr. Robert Lutz, BESIP Program Director



The Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute


  • Fall 2019 Application Deadline: Varies by opportunity (see below)
  • Full time
  • Unpaid

Qualifications vary by position, but generally speaking, upperclassmen are preferred.

Internships are available in the following areas:


Summary: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute leads the Smithsonian’s global effort to save species, better understand ecosystems, and train future generations of conservationists. Scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute also work in field stations around the world. More than 200 scientists and their partners in more than 30 countries create and share knowledge to aid in the survival and recovery of species and their habitats. Findings from these studies provide critical data for the management of captive populations and valuable insights for the conservation and management of wild populations.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute offers exciting and unique internships that help participants reach a range of academic and professional goals.