Summer is a great time to leave UCF to participate in research programs at other universities and institutions.
For more information, select a database from the list below and explore the opportunities available throughout the United States and around the world, or check the calendar and attend our Summer Off-Campus Research Experiences workshop.
General information about summer off-campus research opportunities:
Start and End Dates:
Depends on the program, but most begin in June and end in early August. Some programs begin later in the summer and can conflict with the start of UCF’s fall semesters – so be careful! Some programs offer flexibility on these dates. Other organizations may even offer year-round programs.
Summer research programs are typically two or three months, but some opportunities are as short as ten days. Programs in the fall and spring can also vary widely in length.
Most applications become available in November and December, and are due between November and March. Many program deadlines fall in February.
Most programs pay a stipend that covers room and board. Many programs cover travel costs (to and from the location) in addition to room and board. Some programs off unpaid internships for credit (at UCF), while other institutions hire students as hourly employees.
Typical Application Components:
Most opportunities use an online application form, and some require applications to be mailed in along with additional materials. We recommend using the UCF Writing Center and the Office of Prestigious Awards to assist with application preparation. Applications tend to require:
- Relevant academic and research experience (although some programs are for students who are new to research)
- A personal statement (our workshop helps with this)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current resume
- Government-related opportunities also typically ask for a copy of your birth certificate or other proof of citizenship
National Science Foundation (NSF) – NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are one of the most common types of summer off-campus opportunity; their website has a wide range of opportunities for students.
i3 – iSchool Inclusion Institute of Information Sciences – The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students (in many major) from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. It is a yearlong experience that includes two summer institutes hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information and a research project spanning the year.
Big 10 Academic Alliance Summer Research Opportunities Program – Students can submit one application (that opens in November) for up to 10 universities.
Pathways to Science – Search for paid off-campus research opportunities in all fields, by region or discipline.
The Leadership Alliance – The Early Identification Program is a fully paid summer internship opportunity offered at over 20 institutions across the country, including Harvard, Stanford, the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.
Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) – Summer research internship in Germany for most STEM disciplines.
National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program (NIH SIP) – NIH summer research internships for STEM students.
Duke University: Research Fellowships and Opportunities – Summer research opportunities for all disciplines. Some opportunities focus primarily on biological sciences.
Beyond University of Washington (UW) Summer Research Programs – Research opportunities, including paid internships, in a variety of academic disciplines.
University of Hawaii at Manoa: Summer Research Internships – Extensive list of research opportunities, including interdisciplinary opportunities. Programs are sorted by discipline and include additional links of interest to undergraduate researchers.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – Humanities internships at NEH include various programs in research, project-related field work and administrative offices.
Rochester Institute of Technology: Paid Co-op/Internships – Undergraduate research opportunities primarily involving biology, medical, and psychology research.
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) – Universities associated with the AAMC offer undergraduate researchers interested in medicine and health disciplines with summer research programs.
Swarthmore College Listing: Health Related Summer Opportunities – Undergraduate and graduate research opportunities available in various universities, institutes, clinics, and international programs.
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) – Summer enrichment program designed for students interested in health professions.