Core Summer Internship Program
Providing STEM Students Hands-On Training in a Real World Lab Setting
The Core Summer Internship (CSI) Program aims to provide hands-on experiential research & technical training to UMass undergraduate students from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The key objectives of the CSI Program are to:
- Build and grow a competitive and industry-relevant on-campus internship opportunity for UMass undergraduate students.
- Provide in-depth technical training in cutting-edge research equipment facilities, research methods, and data analysis.
- Expose students to a range of interdisciplinary research culture and team science.
- Sharpen professional development skills & understanding of business & business development practices.
- Foster a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive community of students from a variety of different disciplines and areas of interest.
Funding for the Undergraduate Core Summer Internship Program is made possible by the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Information & Computer Science, the College of Engineering, the School of Public Health & Health Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research & Engagement, and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences.
We plan to expand the program to include industry co-sponsored internships for Summer 2020.
What Makes Us Unique
The Core Internship Program is a paid, undergraduate internship. Interns will be expected to work 320 hours over the course of the summer. The program has three major components:
1. Research Experience in the UMass Core Facilities (300 hours)
Student interns will work hand-in-hand with Core Facility Directors to support advanced research originating from both academic and industry-sponsored projects. Interns will use state-of-the-art technologies, and learn valuable, real-world technical skills to help launch their careers in Biotech, Advanced Manufacturing, Clinical & Academic Research and more! Students will apply to a specific facility of their choosing.
2. Professional Skill Development Workshop (10 hours)
Interns will attend weekly workshops focusing on how to thrive and advance their careers through the development of 1) a professional mindset, 2) an understanding of team building and team settings, 3) effective communication skills, and 4) key leadership skills.
- Develop industry-relevant professional ‘soft’ skills to increase career-readiness.
- Understand work culture, and anticipate professional expectations.
- Develop effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Navigate professional ethics, and develop key emotional & cultural intelligence.
- Understand team and how to function in a team setting.
- Become familiar with leadership & management skills.
3. Core Internship Community (10 hours)
Interns will meet weekly for Tea & Sympathy hour – an informal hour to connect with other interns, share your experience, talk about the fun science you’re working on, and eat delicious snacks.
The program also organizes a number of internship outings!
Any questions should be directed to Hannah Choi, Student Outreach Coordinator, at UMassCoreInterns@umass.edu
Click here to learn more about all of our core facilities.
Internship Applications for Summer 2020 will be available starting January 1, 2020.
Students will apply to a specific facility of their choosing. Below are the available internship positions for Summer 2020. Internship positions are highly competitive, and we expect a large volume of applicants this cycle. Please click the name of facility for the full job descriptions and to apply. Students may apply to up to 3 different positions and will be asked to rank order their choices. Positions are only open to UMass Amherst undergraduate students at this time.
January 1: Applications open | February 1: Applications due | March 13: Applicants will be notified of decisions
April: Internship Orientation & EH&S Trainings | May 18: Internship period starts
Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication (ADDFab) -Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist with the day-to-day operations of the Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication lab and engineering design consulting for the additive manufacturing community.
Animal Models-Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist with the day-to-day operations and routine maintenance, including managing mouse colonies in the facility, assist with conducting research projects.
Bioproduction and Biophysical Characterization-Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist with the day-to-day operations and routine maintenance, routine sample preparation and gathering of data for analysis, assist with conducting research projects.
Cell Culture-Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist in the day-to-day operations, aseptically maintain a large Plant Cell Culture Library (PCCL), prepare media and reagent, maintain a clean and organized lab, assist with experiments to improve workflow.
Center for Human Health and Performance-Seeking summer interns to assist with daily operations. Assist in protocol development, in the collection and analysis of data, and with the setup and maintenance of core equipment.
Computational Modeling-Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to learn basic knowledge of computational and modeling approaches to address biological questions, high-performance computing and Linux operation, and simulation software/packages. A small-scale research project will be conducted. Develop educational materials for the lab-module course.
Electron Microscopy-Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist in operation and research. Interns will have to opportunity to get hands-on-experience with state of the art electron microscopy instrumentation. Assist users with image processing. Develop educational material including basic training videos.
Flow Cytometry & Animal Imaging-Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist in operation and research. Interns will have to opportunity to get hands-on-experience with state of the art flow cytometry instrumentation.
Genomics Resource Lab-Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist in daily operations such as sample processing for sequencing. Operate and maintain equipment’s, lab maintenance, etc. Assist in setting up the workflow and troubleshooting protocol.
Human Magnetic Resonance Center (hMRC)-Seeking summer interns to assist with daily operations. Interns will have an opportunity to learn about and assist researchers with the design, implementation, data acquisition and analysis phases of neuroimaging and/or whole body imaging and spectroscopy.
Light Microscopy-Seeking summer interns to assist with daily operations. Operate and maintain 4 confocal microscopes, assist with training of new users on proper microscope usage and analysis of their data, general cleaning of laboratory, maintaining and organizing various microscopy-related peripherals.
Mass Spectrometry-Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist in operation and research. Interns will have to opportunity to get hands-on-experience with routine maintenance/lab housekeeping activities. Assist with routine sample analysis. Assist with conducting research projects.
Mobile Health Sensing and Analytics Laboratory (mHealth)- Seeking summer interns to assist with daily operations. Conduct research projects and data-collection studies. Help build, test and maintain custom research hardware and software. Meet with researchers to help implement study protocols
Nanofabrication-Seeking a summer intern to assist with daily operations of a cleanroom.
NMR- Seeking a summer intern to assist in research and operation this summer. The intern will have the opportunity to learn NMR experimental skills, basic sample preparation techniques, interpret data, conduct research on polymer physics, and train new users.
Roll to Roll Fabrication and Processing-Seeking a summer undergraduate intern to assist in daily operations of the Print & R2R labs. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about engineering design and consulting for printed electronics.
Sleep Monitoring Lab- Seeking a summer intern to assist in research and operation this summer. Operate and maintain polysomnographic and related equipment. Interact with and guide research participants through study protocols.