STEM Internships

“A recent study found that employers extended job offers to 70% of their interns.” — NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers)

What is an internship? An internship is an on-the-job learning experience in which you may be provided opportunities to learn the ropes of a career-field while working full- or part-time. Interns traditionally perform entry-level tasks while taking part in skills development activities as part of the internship experience. Some internships are paid while others are on a volunteer basis.

STEM Internships

Department of Energy Internships and Fellowships

There are plenty of opportunities for students, recent graduates, and others looking for internships, fellowships, and similar programs with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ​Apply today! Information about DOE Internships and Fellowships can be found here​. 

Department of Energy Community College Internship (CCI)
  • The Community College Internships (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

Applications for the CCI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer (May through August), Fall (August through December), and Spring (January through May) Terms. In the Fall and Spring Terms, there is an option for a “flex-schedule” where the equivalent of 400 hours spent onsite at a host lab can be spread over a 16 week duration term. This option is available at the discretion of host labs. Under a flex-schedule, weekly stipends are based on a 40 hours/week payment, prorated accordingly, with any housing allowance being based upon a 10-week duration appointment. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP)

Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 “Opening Doors of Opportunity – Abriendo Puertas de Oportunidad”

Whether you are a student looking for an internship or a federal agency or corporation looking for an intern, we feel confident that we can help you in your pursuit. We are always in search of the best and the brightest to fill our many internship opportunities.  We are also looking to partner with government and corporate sector organizations interested in developing the next generation of dedicated public servants and business leaders. Our website contains information about our mission, upcoming program dates and deadlines, and ideas about how to get involved with our organization.  

FBI Honors Program Internship 

The FBI Honors Intern Program is a 10-week, paid summer internship for undergraduate (sophomore, junior or senior) and graduate college students. While exploring the FBI’s exciting career options, students will work side-by-side with FBI employees at an FBI Headquarters location or in one of our 56 field offices located across the country. This internship offers students an unmatched opportunity to help the FBI achieve its mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. FBI hiring managers seek applicants from a wide range of majors. Selected interns will be placed in assignments based on their location preferences, educational background, skill sets, and unique life experiences.

NASA Internships

NASA offers a robust internship experience and is an opportunity for all STEM majors, not just aerospace. Space exploration takes a melting pot of several careers/majors, including: biology, physics, environmental science, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and of course aerospace engineering.

​​​​IMPORTANT:  Apply to the term you plan on interning. Fall 2020 applications will reopen July 6, 2020.  Information can be found 

NASA L’SPACE Academy (NASA Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler) 

The NASA L’SPACE Academy is a free, online, interactive program open to undergraduate STEM major students interested in pursuing a career with NASA or other Space organizations.  L’SPACE consists of two Academies – the Mission Concept Academy, and the NASA Proposal Writing and Evaluation Experience Academy. Students may participate in one Academy per semester. Each 12-week Academy is designed to provide unique, hands-on learning and insight into the dynamic world of the Space Industry. Students can expect to learn NASA mission procedures and protocols from industry professionals as they collaborate with fellow team members to complete mission-related team-projects.

Requirements for participation include access to a computer with internet and headset capabilities, and time to devote an additional 4-hours per week beyond the online session requirements towards team projects.​  

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Internship Programs

The JPL Education Office manages numerous internship opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Find the program that’s right for you.

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergrads (REU)

​​​The National Science Foundation is a US Government agency that supports the research and education of STEM within North America. They offer Research Experience for Undergrads (REU). REU sites range from prestigious universities, famous labs, and other i​nstitutes, which act as research internships. There are REUs available for a wide variety of majors, including: astronomical sciences, chemistry, biology, computer science, cyberinfrastructure, physics, math, engineering, social science, behavioral science and economics.

Explore the NEU database: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program 

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) provides an opportunity for college students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating college students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program​ (for High School Students only)

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for high school students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating high school students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

GRID Alternatives Volunteering

GRID is always looking for volunteers.  For students who want to learn more, visit the​ website and sign up online here. GRID typically seek interns on a quarterly basis. Depending on the time of year and project needs/staff capacity, GRID may host interns in solar design, outreach, marketing/communications, operations/admin, construction, and/or workforce & volunteerism.

Internship Applications Opening in Late Fall 2020/Spring 2021

NASA ​Jet Propulsion Laboratory Student Independent Research Internship (NASA JPL SIRI)

The NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Student Independent Research (NASA JPL SIRI) application will open in October 2020. All the forms are attached including their resume template.  Please use this template for your resume – do not​ use other forms or versions.  

Please contact Katie Owashi at: katie.owashi@mvc.edu if you have any additional questions.  Please note that students may not apply directly to JPL and must meet the eligibility criteria (as listed in the instructions). All applicants must be enrolled at Moreno Valley College in Spring 2021. All information about this opportunity is posted on the JPL SIRI website linked above.

NASA Community College Aerospace Sch​olars (N​CAS) Program

NCAS gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career.  

Engineering Sensors, Systems, and Signal Processing for Speech Pathology

More information about the Engineering Sensors, Systems, and Signal Processing for Speech Pathology REU at the University of Alabama ​can be found at the link above.

SURE-Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at USC

More information about the SURE-Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at the University of Southern California can be at the link above.