Off-Campus

URGO helps students identify and apply for summer research opportunities throughout the country.  Many universities and organizations host summer undergraduate research programs.  These programs often include a research stipend and some include housing support.  Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!  This list is not comprehensive, so we encourage you to continue your search for programs beyond this list.  Check out our tips for applying to off-campus research to get started!

Research Opportunities

If you are not sure how to begin searching for undergraduate research opportunities, we recommend starting with the following databases:

The National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

  • Nationally funded research opportunities in all science fields, including the social and behavioral sciences
  • Includes some international research opportunities

The Association of American Medical Colleges Research Programs Database

  • Research opportunities in the medical field

Summer Research Opportunities in Life Sciences

  • Research opportunities with private companies

Summer Research Opportunities in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities

  • Excellent list of national opportunities for students majoring in the Social Sciences, Arts, or Humanities

More Summer Research Opportunities in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities

  • Includes programs specifically for the social sciences, arts, and humanities in addition to those open to all disciplines
  • Also includes science and technology opportunities

Summer Research Opportunities for Underrepresented Groups

  • List of research opportunities available to groups underrepresented in graduate/professional schools, including first generation college students, racial minorities, and those with financial need.  Check each program for eligibility details.

Organization of Biological Field Stations 

  • List of biology related internships and REUs.

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Research Opportunities Key

I- international students may apply

NP- eligibility requirements are not provided; program may or may not accept international students

D- database; includes many different research opportunities which may have individual policies for eligibility requirements

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Research Opportunities in Minnesota

If you would prefer to stay in Minnesota for the summer, check out the many research opportunities for undergraduates in state.

University of Minnesota Research Experiences for Undergraduates (open to non-U of M students):

Mayo Clinic Research Programs:

Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Undergraduate Women

Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Student Research Fellowships

Minneapolis Heart Institute Summer Research Internship I

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National Research Opportunities

Amgen Scholars website NP

Amgen provides research opportunities to science and engineering students at universities in the U.S. and Europe.

American Anthropological Association website D

Research and internship opportunities at many different institutions across the country, geared toward anthropology students and history students. Some opportunities take place abroad.

American Chemistry Society (ACS) Internships, Service Learning and Study Abroad for Chemistry Students website D

Internships, cooperative education, service learning and study abroad are great opportunities for college students to gain valuable, real-world experience. Learn more about what’s involved in these experiential programs and how they can benefit you.

American Economic Association Summer Program and Minority Scholarship Program website I

The American Economic Association’s Summer Program and Minority Scholarship Program is now based at the University of New Mexico. A program begun in 1974, the AEA Summer Program seeks to prepare talented undergraduates for doctoral programs in Economics and related disciplines, by offering a unique opportunity for students to gain technical skills in Economics, and conduct research with prominent faculty.

American Institute for Economic Research Student Summer Fellowship website I

AIER’s Summer Fellowship Practicum program introduces accomplished college students, post graduates and graduate students to the Institute’s mission, work, and research principles. Working closely with AIER research staff, summer fellows are immersed in the economic research process from “conception to completion”. The AIER Practicum enhances Fellows’ understanding of economic concepts, theories, and real world applications, and provide an opportunity to develop research, writing, and presentation skills.

American Mathematical Society website D

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

American Political Science Association Ralph Bunche Summer Institute website

Named in honor of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former APSA President, Ralph J. Bunche, the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) program goal is to encourage students to pursue academic careers in political science.

American Psychological Association website D

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Arcadia University STEM Program website NP 

This program, beginning Summer 2014, aims to make STEM research abroad more achievable than ever before for more students. It offers students a combination of rigorous academic study, under the direction of a research mentor, with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills while enjoying a world of cultural, societal and historical experiences.Through this experience students will explore hypothesis-driven research, investigate the role of literature exploration in the development of the research hypothesis and study, plan, learn to work collaboratively with other group members, and present and write about their research in an intelligent thought-provoking manner. Please visit the website for specific program details.

Archbold Biological Station Internship Program website NP

Internship opportunities in ecological research, environmental education, or land management that offer the chance for you to be trained in a field station setting and to design your own independent project. Open to post-baccalaureate, graduate, and undergraduate students.

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship website I

The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM General Meeting the following year.

Atlantis Project website NP

The Atlantis Project brings pre-health undergraduate students for 5-week summer programs and a 3-week January program in the Canary Islands and Azores Islands. Atlantis Fellows intern at local public hospitals, see the European healthcare system from the inside, improve language skills, and contribute to the community by teaching English to local residents – all of this in some of the most beautiful places on earth.


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Center for Disease Control and Prevention  website NP

This is a paid 10-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory website NP

Research in cancer biology, neuroscience, plant biology, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and bioinformatics and genomics.

College Qualified Leaders Program website 

Sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education and the Department of Defense, the CQL program offers interested undergraduates and graduates the opportunity for a research internship in a DoD lab. Internships are available year round and for the summer only. There is no deadline for applying and applications are accepted all year.

Central Michigan University Biological Station Research website NP

Ten week program for students who have completed their sophomore year to conduct research at the Beaver Island Biological Station.

Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health website

This is a paid 10-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked.

Committee on Institutional Cooperation Summer Research Opportunities Program website

Apply to programs at 8 top research universities with one application.


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Department of Homeland Security/Technology website D

The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in DHS-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at federal research facilities located across the country.

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Internships  website

Opportunities to participate in research in a broad range of science and engineering activities related to basic sciences, energy, and the environment.


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The Family Institute Summer Research Internship Program website

The Family Institute at Northwestern University sponsors an eight-week summer volunteer research internship program for advanced undergraduates who are interested in learning more about a career in clinical research and intervention with families. The program is coordinated by the research staff at The Family Institute at Northwestern University under the direction of Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, PhD, Director of Research, and is designed to give students broad exposure to a clinical and research environment.

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Genentech website I

As an intern or co-op, you will contribute daily to important projects and work side-by-side with biotech industry experts in a flexible and diverse work environment.


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Harvard Forest Summer Internship website NP

An opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species.

Harvard-MIT HST Summer Institute website NP

The Summer Institute at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology offers a unique opportunity for outstanding undergraduate college students considering a career in biomedical engineering and medical science.

Harvard Summer Research Opportunities (SROH) website NP

Live at Harvard for the summer, work alongside Harvard faculty and graduate students, and enjoy firsthand access to the amazing resources of this university. Our summer program will connect you with first-class researchers working in fields in the life and physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Must have completed a summer of research previously.

Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program in Early American History and Material Culture website

Historic Deerfield, Inc. invites college juniors and seniors to apply for its nine-week, tuition-free Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. Located in the scenic Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Historic Deerfield is the perfect place to explore New England and regional history, material culture and museum studies.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMS)  website NP

HHMI offers thousands of exciting experiences in the sciences for students at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.


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Isis Pharmaceuticals website I

Internship opportunities are offered in Research, Development and Business in various fields, such as Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Business Development, Clinical Development, Corporate Communications, Toxicology, and Pharmacokinetics. Students work under a practicing professional who provides guidance and mentorship during the internship program.

Indiana University REU website NP

Our program provides research experience in experimental and theoretical biophysics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, nuclear physics, accelerator and medical physics, and nuclear chemistry. Undergraduate physics majors from colleges and universities across the US will participate in the 10-week program.


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Janelia Research Campus website I

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars are among the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring basic neuroscience, imaging technology, and related fields of research at Janelia.

Jicamarca International Research Experience Program website I

Students will work with staff engineers and scientists on projects related to ongoing research or instrumentation development programs. Research may be conducted in neutral atmospheric and ionospheric science as well as radar/radio instrumentation and software development. Given its location, frequency of operation, and array system, most JRO’s research capabilities are unique. Besides the unique research capabilities where students are welcomed to propose and run their own experiments, JRO offers a good opportunity to get hands-on-experience on different aspects of radar systems, from changing the antenna connections, improving RF components of the system, to develop sophisticated acquisition and processing programs.


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Kansas State University Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program website

The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) at Kansas State University gives undergraduates from under-represented groups a first-hand experience with the research process. This experience is designed to help students prepare for graduate school and other advanced study. Participation in a program such as SUROP provides a first-hand look at the process and excitement of discovery through research and such experience is viewed favorably by the admissions committees for graduate and professional schools.

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LA-SiGMA REU:  Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Materials Science website

The Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Application (LA-SiGMA) is a 7-member alliance of universities throughout Louisiana. Members of LA-SiGMA provide six different sites and numerous projects for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring molecular interactions to model hydrophobic solubility, parallel finite elements on unstructured meshes using PETSc and Sieve, simulations of hydrogen storage materials, etc., the participants work on cutting edge research in material sciences and computational tools.

The Leadership Alliance website

One application for 19 prestigious institutions covering most disciplines


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Macalaster College’s Science and Research Office website D

This site is for Science summer research opportunities. Though some of the listed programs are exclusively for Macalaster students, the site clearly outlines a variety of off campus opportunities open to students from all universities. Since the entire site is geared towards science, it is a must-visit for science students.

Macalester Database for International Student Opportunities website D, I

University of Maryland- College of Behavioral and Social Sciences website

Established in 1999, the Summer Research Initiative (SRI) is part of the College’s longstanding commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral and economic sciences.

Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program website NP

This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Sacramento Bee, and Scientific American. The AAAS Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to non-specialists.

Maternal Child Health Care Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement – Undergraduate Program website

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. MCHC/RISE-UP’s ultimate goal is to promote a more diversified and equal health system by introducing highly qualified undergraduate scholars, especially those from underrepresented populations, to the field of public health. All students interested in addressing health disparities are encouraged to apply.

Mathematical Science Research Institute website

The MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) is a comprehensive summer program designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences.

Math Opportunities from MAA website D

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship website

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors).

Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science website

The American Bar Foundation sponsors a program of summer research fellowships to interest undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science.


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National Center for Coastal Ocean Science website D

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website D

The NIH is the primary agency for support of biomedical research. A number of NIH departments offer summer research opportunities. Students must be either United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

National Institute of Standards and Technology

SURF Gaithersburg, MD website I

SURF Boulder, CO website NP

NASA Combined Intern Application website

Application includes:

  • NASA Academy
  • NASA Student Internship Program
  • NASA Robotics Internship Program
  • NASA Independent Verification and Validation Internship Program
  • NASA Summer Aerospace Workforce Development Research Internship Program
  • NASA Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Student Internship Program

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Higher Education Undergraduate Programs List website 

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program website

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating 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.

The Nucleus website D

Database of summer opportunities in physics and astronomy.


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Ohio Aerospace Institute’s Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program at NASA Glenn website NP

Oak Ridge National Laboratory  website D

STEM research opportunities.


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Public Health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success Program website

The PLLUSS Program is a public health leadership and research program for undergraduate sophomore and junior scholars minoring or majoring in public health with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale. The PLLUSS Program provides scholars with mentored public health research and community health activities, mentorship, and professional development, especially in the area of promotion of health equity and the elimination of health disparities research. PLLUSS scholars will participate in a comprehensive educational and applied public health learning experience that will enhance their abilities to successfully transition to graduate and professional school, and ultimately to a career in public health.

Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institutes website

JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute website

RISE (Research in Science and Engineering) at Rutgers/UMDNJ website


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SciTechsperience Internships website NP

Scripps Research Institute website  I

Scripps has established a lengthy track record of major contributions to the betterment of health and the human condition. The institute has become internationally recognized for its research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, virology, and synthetic vaccine development.

Seven Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS7) website I

Since 2006, the Study and Internship Program (SIP) has enabled highly qualified undergraduates from U.S. and Canadian colleges to experience the German approach to hands-on education at a member of UAS7, a consortium of Germany’s top universities of applied sciences. SIP students spend a semester studying at a UAS7 campus and a semester interning in a laboratory.

Smithsonian Institute Internships website

Smithsonian internships are learning experiences guided by a mentor, occurring during a specific time frame, which provide benefits relating to an intern’s education, coursework, or career goals.

Space Sciences Division of the National Academy of Sciences website

National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Areas of research include radio astronomy, solar system studies and atmospheric and space sciences. Students interested in electronic instrumentation or computer science are also encouraged to apply. The assistantships, which include a stipend, accommodation, and round trip airline tickets, are conducted during a flexible ten week period beginning in June. Students will have opportunities to visit many of the beautiful sites of Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. Commonwealth.

Student Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) website

Schools throughout the country have 6-week medical or dental school prep programs for undergraduates who have completed 1 year of study.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) website NP

All disciplines. Targets minority students but accepts applications from all students. One application for 15 schools.

Study Abroad Research- Euroscholars Program website I

Apply for this program through Augsburg Abroad


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University of Alabama at Birmingham SIBS website

Biomedical Research -This summer, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is sponsoring an eight week program in which selected undergraduate students will conduct laboratory research under the guidance of individual UAB faculty members.

UC Berkeley (Amgen Scholars) website NP

UC Irvine Database  website D

Index of off-campus research opportunities (all disciplines)

UC Irvine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship website

UC Irvine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate and master’s diversity students an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects and provides an intense course of graduate preparation workshops. The program, which is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree and enter academic careers, provides the tools needed to facilitate application, admission, and enrollment to graduate school. The SURF program is open to virtually all academic fields at UC Irvine.

UC Riverside Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program website

Established in 1987, the Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP) is our eight-week summer research    program designed for rising juniors, seniors (and some masters students) from educationally and/or economically    disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants work under the supervision of a faculty mentor on the mentor’s research project.

University of Maryland BSOS Summer Research Initiative website 

University of Michigan Cardiovascular Research website I

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Research Programs website NP

UCLA Summer Programs website NP

University of Tennessee Knoxville Summer Department of Biochem and Cellular/ Molecular Biology website NP

University of Wisconsin-Madison website NP

The Institute for Biology Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites junior and senior undergraduate students interested in research careers in the biological sciences to participate in the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP). This hands-on research program is designed primarily to give students from other colleges and universities a chance to experience the richness of research at UW–Madison.

University of Washington Research Opportunities website NP


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Washington University in St. Louis website

The Summer Research Program in Global Health is an eight-week program open to: full-time college undergraduates; graduate students pursuing a Master in Public Health (MPH), Social Work (MSW), or Population Health Sciences (MPHS); and medical students looking to gain experience in the field of global health research.


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Yale Science and Engineering Research website NP

Programs and Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates (lists both Programs and Directories and National Laboratories, Corporations, Research Institutes and Universities)

Yosemite Environmental Science Research Training Program website

Conduct scientific research in one of the most remarkable places in the world. Mentors for research projects are faculty from the University of California, Merced, and scientists from Yosemite National Park and the US Geological Survey. Research projects will focus on the animals, plants, lakes, rivers, meadows, mountains, people, and places of Yosemite