Updated 2/21/2023

Internships provide paid opportunities (primarily during the summer) external to UMBC.

Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit Opportunity

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*Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit’s (CFSRU) provides technical leadership for the FBI as well as for other law enforcement and intelligence agencies through applied research and development.

What will I be doing? As a participant with the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit’s (CFSRU) Visiting Scientist Program (VSP), you will have an opportunity to enhance your professional development and increase your research capabilities and contributions by participating in forensic research initiatives utilizing state-of-the-art equipment under the mentorship of CFSRU scientists. The VSP will expose you to a research environment in a high security government facility and provides an opportunity to perform research in areas of interest unique to law enforcement and national security.

You may be involved in research including:

  • Human identification
  • Detection of Bio-threat agents
  • Detection of explosives and drugs
  • Characterization and comparison of forensic materials
  • Elemental analysis of trace evidence
  • Mass spectrometry applications to chemical and biological analyses, including IRMS
  • Development of instrumental methods
  • Evaluation of field portable instrumentation
  • Advancement of forensic chemistry, specifically in toxicology, and trace volatiles
  • Advancement of techniques for Imaging and Visualization

Under the guidance of a mentor, you may be involved in some or all of the following:

  • Conducting searches of scientific literature
  • Designing experimental plans
  • Conducting field tests
  • Performing analytical laboratory analyses
  • Analyzing instrumental data/ documenting results
  • Preparing and presenting research findings to diverse audiences, both orally and in writing

Why should I apply? Under the guidance of a mentor you will perform sophisticated laboratory techniques using emerging technologies, judge the completeness and accuracy of research results, perform statistical analyses on data, and prepare written manuscripts for FBI review and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Release of any information acquired during participation in this program is at the sole discretion of the FBI.

Where will I be located? Quantico, Virginia

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The details:

As a participant you will receive a stipend as support for your living and other expenses during this appointment. Stipend rates are determined by the CFSRU officials and are based on your academic and professional background. Relocation expenses, not to exceed $1,000, incurred in relocating from your current address to Quantico, Virginia (if more than 50 miles from the address shown on the application), may be reimbursed. You will receive a travel allowance of $5,000 per appointment year to cover travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities. The initial appointment can be for the summer or for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FBI contingent on the availability of funds. The appointment can be made on a full-time or part-time basis.

Participation Eligibility:

You must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Have completed requirements for a Bachelor’s, Master, or PhD or complete all the requirements for the degree by the anticipated start date of the appointment.
  • Undergo an extensive FBI background investigation and meet suitability criteria (Website.

Program Website:

Questions? Email FBIrpp@orau.orgPlease list the reference code [FBI-CFSRU-2022-02] for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is accepting applications for paid internship and fellowship opportunities at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). Apply now!

USDA-ARS Internship in Software Engineering for Agricultural Genomic Data
Location: Ames, Iowa
Degree: Bachelor’s Degree
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
Deadline: March 20, 2023USDA-ARS Research Assistant Internship in Entomology
Location: Miami, Florida
Degree: Bachelor’s Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/1/2023
Deadline: March 20, 2023USDA-ARS Entomology Museum and Research Technician Internship
Location: Beltsville, Maryland
Degree: Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree received within the last 36 months or anticipated to be received by 6/1/2023
Deadline: March 24, 2023USDA-ARS Postgraduate Research Opportunity in Rangeland Ecology and Integrated Pest Management
Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Degree: Doctoral Degree
Deadline: March 13, 2023USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Opportunity in Biobased Product Development
Location: Peoria, Illinois
Degree: Doctoral Degree
Deadline: May 1, 2023

USDA-ARS Research Fellowship Opportunity in Bacterial Respiratory Diseases
Location: Ames, Iowa
Degree: Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 5/29/2026
Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
Deadline: March 20, 2023

USDA-ARS Graduate Student Internship in Wheat Quality Research
Location: Wooster, Ohio
Degree: Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree
Deadline: March 20, 2023

USDA-ARS Activated Foods Postgraduate Fellowship
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Degree: Bachelor’s Degree received within the last 9 months
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
Deadline: February 22, 2023

USDA-ARS Postgraduate Research Opportunity in Environmental Sciences
Location: Beltsville, Maryland
Degree: Bachelor’s Degree
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
Deadline: March 27, 2023

USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Virus-Induced Gene Silencing in Plants
Location: Chatsworth, New Jersey
Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 5/31/2023
Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
Deadline: March 27, 2023

USDA-ARS Internship on African Swine Fever Virus Genomics
Location: This appointment will be fully remote
Degree: High School Diploma/GED
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen
Deadline: March 27, 2023

USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Location: Beltsville, Maryland
Degree: Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 8/31/2023
Deadline: August 28, 2023





AIChE Computational Molecular Science & Engineering Forum have created a distributed REU program for students interested in getting research experience in our field. The summer 2023 REU will be the 3rd installment of the CoMSEF scholars program. We will prioritize in person research experiences starting on June 12, but also include some options for virtual experiences with flexible start dates to accommodate student schedules.
Our program welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and especially those who might be interested in computational research, but have not yet had opportunities. Interested students can learn more about the program, and apply, by visiting our website at In addition, questions can be directed to   Jim Pfaendtner at


Department of Energy and American Chemical Society sponsored Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools (NCSS)

We are seeking curious and highly motivated students with strong science backgrounds to participate in the prestigious Department of Energy and American Chemical Society sponsored Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools (NCSS).The students receive an all-expense paid opportunity to complete a 6-week summer course (June 12, 2023 – July 21, 2023) in Nuclear Chemistry and Radiochemistry in either California at San Jose State University or New York at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Students also earn hours (tuition paid) of undergraduate chemistry credit through either San Jose State University or Stony Brook University (The State University of New York). Selected students also receive a stipend of $4,000 for the 6-week program.

The students will learn the fundamentals of nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry and their applications. A hands-on laboratory component gives the students experience in handling radioactive materials and radiation detectors. The students will meet scientists from academia, national laboratories, and industry from across the U.S. who will discuss the exciting opportunities in nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry.

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Program Flyer

Important: this year, transcripts and letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the secure links accessed through the application website.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2023.Please distribute this announcement to your undergraduate students and encourage them to consider this unique opportunity! If you or your students have any questions about the sponsored program, please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact information below.

Funding for this program is provided by the Department of Energy.



Molecules Meet Materials Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Molecules Meet Materials REU site at the University of South Dakota will support the training of 10 students for 10 weeks during summers 2022-2024. In this program, participants pursue collaborative research projects, with a focus on chemistry at interfaces in which molecular processes occur on surfaces. The site will train students to use spectroscopy, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and computational methods to study materials and molecules at interfaces. All students will also take part in a professional development and ethics training program, with a focus on science communication and preparation for graduate school or industrial careers. Through independent research projects and the workshop and seminar series, this site seeks to broaden the participation in STEM. Preference will be given to applications received by March 1st. 


We strongly encourage interested students to visit to apply or read more about the research opportunities in this REU. We will host an informal Zoom meet-and-greet Wednesday February 8th from 3PM to 8PM central time at .

The Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education has on-going opportunities for students at all levels.

The NSF Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (REU) programs have paid summer internship programs to suit any area of interest.

NIST’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

NASA Pathways Internship Program

The Army Educational Outreach Program

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Programs at FDA

Army Research Lab Student Opportunities