Internship Opening: NSF Internship


Attached are a flyer and application packet attachment (in .pdf) describing Summer 2011 internship opportunities at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for students. The application packet describes science policy-focused opportunities that are available through the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network in Washington, DC, for undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field. The ten-week (May 31–August 5, 2011) internship opportunities are made possible through a grant to the QEM Network from the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), NSF.

The NSF internship will provide round-trip airfare, assistance with local transportation costs, shared summer housing on a local college campus, and a stipend ($3,000 for undergraduate students and $4,000 for graduate students), payable in three installments. In addition to the ten-week summer internship, interns will be strongly encouraged to implement STEM-focused outreach activities during the academic year when they return to their home institutions to continue their studies. These activities would focus on pre-college students residing, or attending school, in neighboring communities.

To be eligible for science internships at NSF, an applicant must be a citizen or national of the United States and must be a rising junior or senior, or a graduate student, currently enrolled in a science or engineering degree program at a minority-serving institution or at a non-minority institution with a track record in producing science and/or engineering graduates from underrepresented groups. Other eligibility requirements are listed in the application packet.

During the internship, following a one-week orientation at QEM, science student interns will be mentored by NSF program officers who are involved in implementing science policies and in managing/directing programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The interns will have opportunities to further develop their research, communications (oral and written), and other professional skills as well as to become a part of a peer network that includes students from across the country who are serving as summer interns in other QEM or NSF internship programs. Interns will be expected to prepare, and discuss with their mentors, individual development plans (IDPs); conduct a research project under the guidance of their mentors; submit mid-term and final written reports to QEM; and make several oral presentations throughout the summer.

We would appreciate your downloading and posting the flyer on your departmental bulletin boards to further ensure that students are aware of this career development opportunity. Please distribute the application packet to eligible students and feel free to duplicate as needed. On-line copies of the application are available for download at, along with additional Program information. The application deadline is Friday, January 28, 2011. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

The internship is a wonderful educational opportunity and we would greatly appreciate your encouraging students you believe could benefit from this experience to apply.

Sincerely yours,

Shirley M. McBay
QEM Network


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