The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Core Summer Internship Program


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Industry-Relevant Training in the UMass Core Facilities

An on-campus, paid summer internship opportunity at the UMass Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS).  Open to non-graduating UMass undergraduates (current Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors).

The CSI Program provides hands-on, industry-relevant training and experience in the use and operation of state-of-the art research equipment located in the UMass centralized Core Facilities.

What Makes Us Unique

The Core Internship Program is a paid, on-campus, undergraduate internship with housing available on the UMass Amherst campus.  Interns will be expected to work ~310 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 receive direct supervision from Core Facility Directors to support advanced research originating from both academic and industry-sponsored projects.  Interns will be trained to use state-of-the-art technologies, and learn real-world technical skills to help launch their careers in Biotech, Advanced Manufacturing, Clinical & Academic Research and more! Interested students should apply to a specific facility of their choosing.

2. Develop Valuable Professional Development Skills for the Workplace (10 hours)

Biweekly ‘professional development’ workshops to help develop non-technical skills, including but not limited to:

  1. Introduction to soft skills
  2. Meet Near-Career Alumni/Former CSI Interns
  3. Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  4. Presentation, Public Speaking, and Networking
  5. Job search: Taking advantage of Career Services on Campus
  6. Feedback

3. Housing

Housing will be available in Oak Hall in the Honors College.


Application Timeline

December 19, 2022: Applications open
February 12, 2023: Priority Deadline for consideration (applications will remain open until interns are selected)
February 15-March 15, 2023: Application review, candidates interviewed
March 7-11, 2023: Interviews conducted
March 18-31, 2023: Summer 2023 Intern Cohort Defined, Search closes

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.

The CSI Program is dedicated to training students joining the next-generation workforce in fields of innovative science & technology, and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion on the UMass campus and beyond.  First-generation students and students from underrepresented minority groups are highly encouraged to apply.

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Internship Applications for Summer 2023

Students will apply to a specific facility of their choosing. Below are the available internship positions for Summer 2023. 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 three (3) different positions and will be asked to rank order their choices. Positions are only open to UMass Amherst undergraduate students at this time.

Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication (ADDFab)
Assist with day-to-day operations and engineering design consulting for additive manufacturing.

Center for Human Health and Performance (CH2P)
Assist with day-to-day operations, protocol development, data collection and analysis, setup and maintenance of core equipment.

Assist with the day to day communications for IALS. This includes interviews, photography and creating profiles of all student participants in the Core Summer Internship program to be used on IALS social channels and website.

Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation
Assist with various reseach projects such as smart IV pumps, robotic technology for patient care and product development.

Electron Microscopy
Assist with day-to-day operations, conduct literature surveys, basic sample preparation, data analysis and reporting.

Flow Cytometry and Animal Imaging
Assist with day-to-day operations, sample preparation, data collection and analysis, develop educational videos, QC and maintenance.

Light Microscopy
Assist with day-to-day operations, training and assisting users, marketing efforts, develop training materials.

Mass Spectrometry
Assist with day-to-day operations, coordinate scheduling of instruments, perform routine maintenance/lab housekeeping activities, assist with routine sample analysis, assist with conducting research projects

Assist with conducting research projects and data-collection studies; help build, test and maintain custom research hardware and software; and assist with day-to-day operations.

Opportunity to learn NMR experimental skills, interpret data, conduct research in biological applications of NMR, particularly in metabolomics and fragment based screening.

Assist with day-to-day operations, instrument operation, and data processing.

Raman, IR and XRF Spectroscopy
Assist with day-to-day operations including sample analysis using Raman, Infrared (IR) and X-ray Fluorescent (XRF) spectroscopy.

Sleep Lab
Assist with day-to-day operations, recruiting, scheduling, and data collection and analysis.

You are welcome to watch the 2021 CSI Overview and Q&A, to help answer any questions you may have before applying.

Replay from Thursday, March 4, 2021

CSI Overview and Q&A